Friday Favorites: Hidden Gems

By: Stephanie Wyatt

Hidden Gems are what I like to call the books that a person reads where finding another reader of said book or series is a rare and beautiful thing. Here are a few of my favorites from throughout the years.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

This series was my answer to Harry Potter for a while because I wasn’t allowed to read them until I was 12, so I read Artemis Fowl instead. It’s about a teenage technology genius who has to rescue his dad with a team of various different magical creatures, and then helps them on missions that threaten the magical community. I’ve only read the first four so far. I think I will have to do a kindle search to see how everyone ended up.

The Wicked Lovely Series by Melissa Marr

This series was my young adult introduction to fairies that weren’t Tinker Bell. It tells the story of a sixteen-year-old girl named Ashlinn who was born into a family that was gifted with the Sight. She was taught her whole life to ignore them until one day a Fairie King shows up at her high school asking for her help to break a curse that has bound his powers for centuries. Seth is also one of my favorite Young Adult love interests that I have ever read.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

This series was during my everything vampire phase after I read Twilight. It plays a little more to the Dracula side of vampires, but it’s an enemies-to-lovers YA series. Plus, the main character is a vegetarian who has hippy parents and eats lentils, and the vampires are interesting in their own way. It’s a quick read too which is always good.

The Goddess Test Series by Aimee Carter

Okay the best way to describe this is to imagine the Greek Gods and Goddesses going to high school on Earth. This is a modern-day retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth, only the original Persephone decided to live in the Underworld with Adonis so Demeter had another daughter. I love Greek mythology and love stories, so this was a perfect fit for me.

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

This tells the story of a group of high school kids on their school trip to Italy during the summer. It’s probably as close to those beach reads you find in airport bookstores, but I find myself thinking about scenes and characters from it a few years later.

To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker

I read this book every few years. It is basically a Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann fanfiction with different names. They bring up more pirates and use more pirate terms. It’s also one of the few pirate books out there. It’s an incredibly quick read and makes my pirate loving heart happy.

What are your favorite Hidden Gems? Have you read any of these? Let us know in the comments.

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