Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between Bad and Good, but between Bad and Worse. —Joseph Brodsky

Friends, Vicious is a book that totally surprised me in the best of ways. I've owned this book for months but was kind of afraid to read because of the hype and my lukewarm/conflicted feelings about the Shades of Magic trilogy, but when I impulse bought the Limited Special Edition OwlCrate for Vengeful and decided that it was about time that I give this book a try... and I am so glad that I did because I loved it! If you enjoy morally gray characters and anti-heroes like I do, this definitely is a book for you.


Vicious is told in the perspectives of Eli and Victor, who are former college roommates turned enemies, I really enjoyed the storytelling overall: the narrative shifts between present-day and ten years prior, meaning that the reader is thrust into the present with little context and slowly discovers what happened to turn friends into foes. Continue reading...

My Bad Reading Habits Tag

Happy Tuesday friends, and welcome to another really old tag! #KaleenaIsASlacker2k18 Many thanks to the lovely Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall for tagging me in the Bad Reading Habits Tag three months ago! If you aren't already following Kelly, you're missing out and need to go visit her immediately! She writes amazing reviews and discussion posts, and is an absolute doll.

I am not sure who the original creator of this tag is, and there don't seem to be any rules other than sharing a few of your bad reading habits. Easy, right?!  Here are just a few that might make you clutch your books to your chest in abject horror! Continue reading...

Children of the Dark by Jonathan Janz

... is that really the ending? Is there a sequel? What the hell is going on? (I have since learned that this is a prequel to the Savage Species Series, so good. Time to read more!)

Friends, Jonathan Janz has done it again! Er, or whatever you would call it since this was published back in 2016. After reading and loving The Siren and the Specter, I had to read more from this author and picked this up on a whim (sorry, TBR). I have been in a bit of a horror kick lately and am so glad that I have found Janz's work! Continue reading...

Reading Around the Globe: Devyn Jase

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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? Devyn Jayse
  2. Blog URL? www.devynjayse.com
  3. Twitter handle? @DevynJayse
  4. Where do you live? Kuwait

  5. Continue reading...

The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

"This is not a good house."

The House by the Cemetery was a book that I wanted to adore with all the recipes of an interesting story: an abandoned, dilapidated house that is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of a witch and the greedy hubris to capitalize on the past to create a Halloween attraction of the haunted house. Unfortunately this book failed to live up to my expectations; the writing felt disjointed, the plot was predictable, the characters were one-dimensional whose decisions made no logical sense, and there were a number of plotholes in the book that constantly prohibited me from getting into the story.


The old house at Bachelor's Grove has been abandoned and locked up for decades, local legends telling stories of the ghosts that haunt the place and rumors of 'satanic rituals' being done there. Continue reading...

Blogoween Local Legends

Local Legends that Demand a Book

Today's BLOGOWEEN host is Camilla @ Reader in the Attic, and you can find her prompt post here. I was initially so nervous about this prompt, but then I remembered that Sacramento was big during the Gold Rush and likely has a lot of history... so I took to Google and was not disappointed!


In case you aren't sure what Blogoween is, you can check out the information post here, and a list of all the prompts can be found here.

Prompt Title: Local Supernaturals Who Demand A Book
Explanation: Share your local stories of ghosts, supernaturals and what happens round your area. Either where you live, or nearby; can also share your own personal scary experience. These are the stories which you think, deserve their own novel – could add a blurb to the story. Can share as many stories as you wish as long they’re: horror/supernatural/scary/ghostly etc. Continue reading...

SCAREtober is Coming! (Info Post)

SCAREtober Mascot

SCAREtober mascot, Sven

By now I think it is widely known around these parts that I absolutely love Halloween and that October is my favorite month. I just love when the weather finally begins to cool, the leaves change colors, and hot cocoa weather begins! I also find the colder months much more conducive for reading... I find it hard to want to curl up with a book when it is 110F outside. (Goodbye summer!)


My love of the Halloween season is what drew me to want to create something fun for the book blogging community. This has been in the works since before I got involved in BLOGOWEEN, and I am so excited to finally release the information into the world! Continue reading...

Reading Around the Globe: thebackwardsbookshelf

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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? Kate
  2. Blog URL? thebackwardsbookshelf.wordpress.com
  3. Twitter handle? @bckwrdsbookshlf
  4. Where do you live? Manila, Philippines Continue reading...

5 Characters that I’d Want During the Zombie Apocalypse

Welcome one and all to Reader Voracious and my fourth day as a Blogoween host! This is my final day as a host and my final awesome prompt for you to use on your blog in celebration of Blogoween. In case you aren't sure what this is, you can check out the information post here, and a list of all the prompts can be found here.


Today's Blogoween Prompt

Prompt Title: They got my back! Explanation: 5 characters you would want with you during the zombie apocalypse Continue reading...

An Evening of Mystery & Murder

Welcome one and all to Reader Voracious and my third day as a Blogoween host! For the next two days I will be providing an awesome prompt for you to use on your blog in celebration of Blogoween. In case you aren't sure what this is, you can check out the information post here, and a list of all the prompts can be found here.


Today's Blogoween Prompt

Prompt Title: An Evening of Mystery & Murder

Explanation: You're hosting a Halloween-themed dinner party and seven of your favorite morally gray fictional characters and/or villains have accepted your invitation. Sometime during the party there is a murder, and there are only seven suspects - you and your guests. Who did you invite, who was murdered, what was the murder weapon, and where in the house did it occur. Continue reading...