Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

*sighs* As much as it pains me to say it… I was disappointed with this book. In terms of the mystery’s plotting, Maniscalco did an incredible job crafting a good mystery that kept me guessing. But what I enjoy most about the series is the characters, and I was left frustrated.

“I inquire once more, which will you lose before the week is through? Your heart? Your head? Perhaps, you will lose your life, your very soul to this magical traveling show.”

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There Will Come a Darkness (Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool | ARC Review

There Will Come a Darkness is an ambitious epic fantasy debut with fantastic world-building and a cast of fully realized characters you can’t help but love. This book is action-packed and has high stakes, making for a gripping read!
There’s one final prophecy that’s been closely guarded for over 100 years since the Prophets left the world. Does it spell the end of the world, or a new beginning? The time foretold is now and all that (maybe) stands in its way are five characters but their roles are unclear.

I’m a simple reader: put doomsday prophecies, loveable characters doing their best, and morally grey characters in a book and I’m summoned! This book is epic fantasy at its best, building the world up around the reader through the characters and their experiences. The world is rich and vast, but the world-building is doled out slowly so it never feels like an info-dump.

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Guest Review: Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower

Greetings friends, I am super excited to announce the first guest review on Reader Voracious! Lilyn from Sci-fi & Scary read Whispers in the Dark and loved it so much that they needed to write a review for it. The problem? One of the SF&S contributors already reviewed it and was looking for a blog to host their review. I was more than happy to lend Reader Voracious for the day to give you a bonus review, so please give Lilyn a warm welcome!

Lilyn’s Review

I normally don’t review books by authors that I ‘know’ (even if it’s just a loose connection on Twitter). I feel like there is a potential for bias there as soon as you develop any sort of affection for them as a person. It’s gotten cracks about me being a princess in a white tower before, but I don’t care. We all operate to our own personal standards of what we’re comfortable with.

Well, this is the princess coming down from her white tower and breaking her own rules to tell you all that You Need to Read This Book because it’s just that damned good.

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The Babysitter’s Coven (The Babysitter’s Coven #1) by Kate Williams | ARC Review

A quick note before we dive in: as a reviewer, I strive to be critical yet respectful because I know how much work goes into writing a book. I prescribe to the belief that no two readers read the same book and make an effort to highlight positives about the book, be clear about the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it, and to the extent possible share who may enjoy it. I originally was going to rate this 2 stars, but after sorting through my feelings and writing my review I realized I personally cannot recommend this book. I think there have got to be better witchy reads out there without harmful stereotypes and creepy adult behavior for teens to read.

Believe me, no one is sadder than I am that this book didn’t work for me. The cover is absolutely eye-catching and “Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a phrase I didn’t know I needed until I heard it. I wanted to love this book and it was one of my most anticipated Fall releases. But unfortunately, I was left wanting for character development and worldbuilding and found the narrative at times questionable and uncomfortable.

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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

☠️ You can read an excerpt on PenguinTeen.com!

Holy moly, ghouls and pals! This book. I was looking for a spooky read and this faux-documentary style story in the vein of The Blair Witch Project looked incredibly promising. Not only does it deliver on the spookiness, but it is so much more than that. If you are a fan of found footage and mixed media storytelling, please add this one to your October TBRs.

“FIND THE ROAD. FIND THE GATES. FIND THE GIRL.”

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