September in Review

YOU GUYS HALLOWEEN SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE TOMORROW! 🎃👻🧛 Yes, I have been celebrating for over a month but now people won't look at me funny for doing so! October is the best month because all the spooky movies and the weather is finally not boiling! Although the latter is yet to be seen as I am typing this from 97 degree heat, which is just rude, but according to weather forecasts I will be enjoying rainy weather in Vancouver when this post goes live!

But I digress. September was a great month for me both professionally and on the blog! I'm currently on vacation in Vancouver, Canada for a long weekend trip with my best friend to adventure and see Journey/Def Leppard. Definitely the highlight of my month. Since I am on vacation, I won't be blog hopping or replying to comments/tweets until Wednesday! Continue reading...

Reading Around the Globe: wanderwithnicka

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a new series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.
  1. What is your name? Nicka
  2. Blog URL? http://wanderwithnicka.com
  3. Twitter handle? @wanderwithnicka
  4. Where do you live? United Arab Emirates Continue reading...
Unboxing the VENGEFUL Special Limited Edition Owlcrate box

Unboxing the VENGEFUL Special Limited Edition Owlcrate!

Welcome to my very first unboxing, voracious readers! You may not know this about me, but I am a minimalist and tend to avoid subscription boxes like this because the few knick knacks that I own I would rather curate myself. However when I saw this special and limited edition box advertised it was as if I had an out of body experience; I grabbed my credit card and had checked out before I really realized what I was doing. The most embarrassing part of this whole situation is that while I have an eBook of VICIOUS, I hadn't read it yet. I literally started reading it on Monday with Jen (loving it so far!). This is capitalism at its finest and consumerism at its worst. Continue reading...

Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1) by Peter McLean

"Ellinburg is corrupt to the core," she said. "From Governor Hauer on down, the city all but stands on the shoulders of its underworld."

Priest of Bones is the first installment of the new grimdark fantasy series War for the Rose Throne. If you are like me and love morally grey characters and anti-heroes, then you will love Priest of Bones! Tomas Piety is an army priest who prior to being conscripted to fight in the war was the boss of the Pious Men, a gang that ruled the streets of Ellinburg known as the Stink. When he and what's left of his men return home, he finds that he's been dethroned by some opportunistic outsiders. Continue reading...

The Entertaining Blogger Award

Hi my name is Kaleena and I hoard all tags and awards for literal months and am the actual worst. Hi, Kaleena. We all know that I love to hoard tags and awards but the beautiful Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall nominated me for this five months ago. And then my book bestie Christine @ The Uncorked Librarian tagged me last month. I am so honored to be considered entertaining and that my silly comments and references resonate with people! 🏆  I'd like to thank the academy for this honor and my dad for raising me to cherish sarcasm and cultivate a dry wit. 🏆

I must be stopped. But better late than never, right? You all should definitely check out Kelly and Christine's blogs. They are both absolutely wonderful and deserve all the love in the world! Continue reading...

A Darker Shade of Magic book review

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

Three very different Londons, in three very different countries, and Kell was one of the only living souls to have seen them all.

Welcome to the Darker Shade of Magic realm, where parallel Londons exist in very different countries and outside the understanding of all inhabitants save royalty and a select few. Long ago travel between the Londons was possible, but the doors have long since been closed to all but the two remaining Antari - rare magicians with the ability to travel between the Londons. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first installment to the Shades of Magic trilogy and I am excited for more!

"There's Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London. See? I'm a fast learner."

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Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

"We are not foretold."

Beneath the Citadel is a standalone young adult fantasy which at its heart challenges the notion of destiny and predetermination. The city of Eldra has been ruled for centuries by the High Council, which maintains its power through prophecy. It's been four years since the rebellion was quelled, but there's a ragtag group of friends determined to fight back against the council so that the all the lives lost meant something.

This is a difficult review for me to write. While I enjoyed the overall plot and found it to be unique, the writing style didn't really work for me and I personally found the execution to be lacking. It is worth it to note that I buddy read this with Melanie, who loved it, and at the time of writing there is an average rating of 4.05 on Goodreads. While this book didn't hit the spot for me, I do recommend this book! So without further adieu, let's hop into the review! Continue reading...

InkedbyBooks Reader Interview

Reading Around the Globe: inkedbybooks

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Welcome to Reading Around the Globe, a new series here on Reader Voracious Blog geared at fostering a culture of understanding in the bookish community about access to books in various countries around the world. Each post in the series highlights a full interview with one international reader. You can read more about this series here on the series master post.

  1. What is your name? Silje (a bit weird to pronounce in English since it’s a very nordic name).
  2. Blog URL? www.inkedbybooks.wordpress.com
  3. Twitter handle? Also @inkedbybooks granted I’m not the best at tweeting about books but I love to see everybody else do it. I’m mostly on bookstagram also with @inkedbybooks
  4. Where do you live? Just outside Copenhagen in Denmark! Continue reading...

Top 10 Anticipated Reads for October 2018

October is almost here and my heart is full of pumpkin spice and covered in scarves! It's that time of the month where I start to panic at all the exciting upcoming releases; October 2018 is an amazing month for next-in-series releases (all of which I haven't read, so you will notice that this list is devoid of Kingdom of Ash, Muse of Nightmares, and The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.)

My book ban has officially crumbled into a pile of dust and good intentions and it is all October 2nd's fault. I almost feel like the ban made my buy more books. So needless to say I am working on creating some kind of guidelines for buying books instead of trying to go cold turkey. Expect a post that goes more in depth on this topic soon! But for now... here are the October books that are helping my TBR Tower turn into a future murder weapon. Continue reading...

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

"There are stories around here that the place is haunted. All manners of ghosties and goblins."

This book wasn't what I was expecting but I found myself devouring the pages in one morning nonetheless. If I were to categorize this book it is first and foremost a historical romance; it felt like reading Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights with supernatural/witchy elements. This is a successful historical fiction book, but unfortunately I found the witch plotline underdeveloped and secondary to the romance.

The Montrose family has all but been run out of Boston due to rumors, but it is not until well into the book that the reader learns what happened. Continue reading...