Hi, galaxy travelers and book readers! I’m back with another blog post and this one is all about diverse books in need of some love from you guys. It is said to be something magical about the number 50, at least in regards to the number of book reviews a novel needs to have on Amazon in order to unlock certain marketing privileges. Because of this, I decided to mention 15 books with less than 50 reviews on Amazon that you should totally buy, read, and support by leaving a review. If you have followed my blog for a while you might recognize this concept and ask, haven’t I seen a post similar to this one before and the truth is that, yes, you have. In August 2017, I did post a blog post called Twelve Diverse Books Flying Under The Radar and the purpose of that post was the same as this one — to recommend books in need of love and book reviews because they have less than 50 reviews on Amazon. To make things easier I have made a key that you can follow when you go through the list,
★ is seen with books that have less than 100 ratings on Goodreads,
✿ is shown next to books with queer authors, and
✱ is the symbol that is shown next to the books written by authors of color.
Disclaimer: I have not read all of these books so be aware that there might be incorrect information, and that’s on me. I have taken the information on here from synopses and reviews I researched for this post.
Now go forth and support these amazing books and authors. The books are sorted in alphabetical order after their title and they truly deserve your support. I hope you’ll find your next read in one of these fifteen books. Don’t forget to write a review when you’re done, just a sentence is enough!
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (✿ + ✱). This is a young adult mystery where there are secrets, murder, and undying loyalty and no one out of the three queer main characters can be trusted in regards to what happened the night of the murder. Amazon.
A Night at the Mall by M. Hollis (★ + ✿). Grace is about to meet a girl for a date at the mall but when she’s stood up, she decides to go shopping. This leads to a fun encounter when she realizes she is not the only girl left behind after closing time. Amazon.
The “Forget You” Brew by Tara Frejas (★ + ✱). This romance is about a man afraid to tell a woman he loves her and the woman who drank a brew to forget him. In the midst of all the misunderstandings, Kyle does everything he can to make it right. Amazon.
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz. This book is about Mercedes, a bi Puerto Rican teenager in love with her best friend, who has to deal with her Abuela being in a coma. The story explores topics such as art, family, friendship, and love. Amazon.
Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton (★ + ✿). This book is a queer retelling of Robin Hood, where Robin Hood falls in love with Lady Marian Fitzwalter while doing everything she can to feed her people. Amazon.
Let It Shine by Alyssa Cole (✱). This is a historical romance, set in the 1960s, between a black heroine who is a Civil Rights activist and a Jewish boxer. The two have amazing chemistry and in the novel realize that their paths have crossed in the past. Amazon.
Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson (✱). This novel is about Ever, a black teen, and her summer at a camp for geniuses, where she has the chance to win a scholarship to her dream college. Her identity is a secret and her family unaware of where she is. Amazon.
#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid (✱). In this book, a black teen who works for the CIA gets his cover blown when he starts to trend online. This activates a chain of events where Peter will have to use his training to save his school, job, and life. Amazon.
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David (✱). This novel is about Alex, the perfect IT girl, who decides to prove Adam wrong when he calls her selfish. It backfires and Alex risks losing the prom queen tiara, and more importantly, her heart and friendships. Amazon.
Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria (✱). It is hard for Jill to get over her boyfriend of seven years when he is the lead guitarist and she is the vocalist of their band. However, in the midst of it all, there is Shinta who is there for her unlike never before. Amazon.
The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho (✱). This fantasy novella features a love story between two women in hell. The story takes inspiration from Chinese mythology and will leave its reader thinking about life, death, and what happens in the afterlife. Amazon.
Wander This World by G. L. Tomas (★ + ✱). This novel is about Melanie and Penley who are both queer, she is Afro-Latinx and a vampire, he is Filipino. Their romance is hot, and the story itself involves a serial killer drama that will draw you in. Amazon.
West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo (★ + ✱). In this romance, Victoria, an aspiring food journalist, and Joel, her cameraman, have amazing chemistry. This leads to them both being featured in front of the camera at the biggest foodie event of the year. Amazon.
What About Today by Dawn Lanuza (★ + ✱). In this young adult romance, Aiden and Gemma have a typical meet-cute and spend an entire day together at an amusement park. The story is sweet and cute, and have moments readers will truly enjoy. Amazon.
What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra (✱). This book is about how a day, and what we make of that day, can affect our lives. The romance between Ben and Naya is great, and the essence of their story is the importance of passions and being independent. Amazon.
That, my friends, concludes this list of 15 books in need of love from you guys and from Amazon. I hope you found a new book to fall in love with or perhaps was reminded of a book you already love and need to review. For the books on this list I haven’t read yet (but already own) I hope to do so soon. I want to support them as they deserve to be supported. Did you find a book on this list you’ll be reading soon?