Gritty & dark, RELUCTANT IMMORTALS consumed me from the first page to the very last. The horrors of being irrevocably changed by someone without your consent. Of trying to regain a sense of agency and make our own choices free from what was done to us. It asks: are we doomed to be monsters if we come from one?
While Reader Voracious generally focuses on the bookish adventures taken when reading, another big part of my life are video games. Unsurprisingly, I love the adventuring of RPG games the most, gravitating towards franchises rich with lore and worldbuilding.
Three years ago, my dear pal Cassie tagged me in 10 Games I Wish I Could Play Again For the First Time. Of course I didn’t share my list right away, oh no. In true Kal fashion I hoarded this tag in my drafts like Scrooge McDuck hoards gold coins until my patrons voted for my list of 10 video games to be unleashed into the world.
What a wild and heartbreaking ride this duology was. For the Wolf was one of my favorite reads of 2021 and let me tell you: it was a STRUGGLE to wait for the release of For the Throne. Now the duology is complete and all of you can experience all the heartbreak and sacrifice and love without needing to wait. Aren’t you lucky!
Being able to read and review upcoming books before publication is a perk of running a book blog that I love. How doesn’t like free books? With Advanced Reader/Reviewer Copies (ARCs) comes responsibility because they are a publisher’s marketing tool to generate word-of-mouth buzz for a book. It’s exciting to be part of that. But every book reviewer needs a plan to manage ARC stress to avoid burnout.
It’s a “great problem to have,” but ARC-related stress is still stress and the best way to manage it is to get organized. Here are 5 tried and true methods to manage ARC stress that I’ve cultivated over the last four years.
Due to a WordPress bug, last week’s scheduled post didn’t go up as intended & is buried in readers. In case you missed it, please check out Mystery vs Thriller: Differences & Book Recommendations
Friends, I devoured The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey in one sitting yesterday afternoon and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Equal parts science fiction and domestic thriller, this book is a page-turning and heartbreaking exploration of humanity, motherhood, and the roles thrust upon us by society.
Welcome to the first installment of Genres Defined, a new Reader Voracious series that deep dives into the nuance of genres: what are the defining characteristics? what is reasonable to expect when picking up a book? Today we are talking Mystery vs Thriller!