TWELVE DIVERSE BOOKS FLYING UNDER THE RADAR is a segment started by Olivia @ Olivia Chanel’s Galaxy of Books!
I saw Olivia’s most recent post of diverse books and thought it would be a fun idea to do one of my own, with books that I think are under-hyped and deserve more love. I’ve chosen 4 Young Adult, 4 New Adult, and 4 Adult books, so I hope there’s something here that may interest you!
Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Kan’s normal life is turned upside down when Shelly moves in with her family and begins taking over every facet of Kan’s personality and general existence.
The Blazing Star by Imani Josey 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 When she touches an ancient scarab, Portia White, along with her twin sister and another girl from school, is transported to Ancient Egypt and must navigate life there while attempting to find a way home.
Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Emma has always been the introverted geek on the outskirts, and she’s been happy there. When her new, mean girl stepsister moves in, that all changes for the worst.
Assassins: Nemesis by Erica Cameron 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Recently orphaned and nearly kidnapped, Blake relies on a family of assassins for protection. When his safe house is compromised, the Calvers get Blake out of the line fire and Blake realizes the only chance of survival is to work with them to take down a corrupt corporation.
The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Siblings Bridget and Theodor are reunited after years apart and must work together, along with their partners and friends, to put a stop to human trafficking.
A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Home for winter break, Toby runs into his best friend’s older brother, the guy he’s crushed on since he was a boy, and it’s the chance they both needed to act on their feelings and desires.
Apple Polisher by Heidi Belleau 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Christian wants to be a kindergarten teacher, which means he toes the line of what is and is not appropriate. He knows working in a porn rental shop is not on his list of appropriate things, but he can never say no to his aunt when she needs him.
Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time by Various Authors, edited by Hope Nicholson 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 A collection of queer, sci-fi short stories from Indigenous writers that represent many varied sexualities, genders, and experiences.
Shatterproof by Xen Sanders 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Grey wants to die. He doesn’t fear death but embraces it. His most recent suicide attempt lands him in the hospital and under the concerned attentions of EMT and banished fae Saint.
The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 Upon her father’s death, Nina is called back to claim the throne of the kingdom she left behind years before. She expects all the responsibilities and rules–Felipe, her childhood friend and prince of the neighboring kingdom, is a bit of a surprise, however.
Sweetwater by Lisa Henry 🌺 Goodreads & Amazon 🌺 As the only Deaf person in his small town, Elijah is generally treated as unintelligent or largely ignored, until two very different men take notice of him. When tragedy strikes, in the form of his adoptive father’s murder, Elijah is torn between both men and his desire for revenge.