Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood #1) by Kim Smejkal

I am so excited to bring you my (late) review for Ink in the Blood as part of the blog tour! This was supposed to go up last week, but my hospital visits kind of disrupted my reading. But good things come to those who wait!

“You two are bright stars in the Rabble Mob, and the Rabble Mob is family.”

I first fell in love with this book when I saw the cover reveal last year, and friends, let me tell you that the insides of this dark fantasy debut from Kim Smejkal most certainly match!

Smekjal’s writing is lush and beautiful with beautiful descriptions, but is also fast-paced and engaging. We jump straight into the thick of the story, and I love the way that we are introduced to the world. The action, character introduction, and worldbuilding are all introduced slowly while not sacrificing one aspect of the story for another.

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Guest ARC Review: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Greetings friends, I am super excited to announce that Lilyn from Sci-fi & Scary is back with another guest review here on Reader Voracious!

I made my reading goal in 2020 to spend the entire year reading nothing but diverse voices. I also wanted to stretch my genre boundaries a bit. I love my sci-fi and horror, but sometimes you gotta read outside your comfortable little boxes. The Gravity of Us had just enough of the science part of my favorite science fiction (astronauts! Mars!) to make me think I’d be comfortable reading it.

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Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani

I am so excited to bring you my review for Seven Deadly Shadows as part of the blog tour!

“I am a girl surrounded by monsters and ghosts from an ancient world. Most days, they scare me less than people do.”

I’m a big fan of Courtney Alameda’s writing, so I jumped at the chance to read and review an ARC of this retelling of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai despite not being familiar with the source material. This book cured my slump and I devoured it in two sittings. This is a fun and immersive read that I recommend with my whole heart.

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ARC Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

This book has rended my heart and spoken my soul. Its prose flows freely, layers of meaning shrouded behind every word. This won’t be a book for everyone, but it certainly was for ME. I loved it with my whole heart and loved the feeling of empowerment that I got from reading this feminist retelling of Macbeth. This book is dark, twisted, and powerful.

“Fair is foul and foul is fair – another spell.”

So much of what I love about this book is how it retells Macbeth. How it lends itself to analysis and comparison. But I don’t want to spoil any of that for you, dear friend.

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ARC Review: A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier

A Castle in the Clouds was an impulse download on Edelweiss because I’d been experiencing SFF burnout, and I am so glad that I picked this book up. It’s funny and smart with a dash of cute, and I adored my time reading it!

“Legend had it that the hotel was haunted, and I could well believe it.”

Originally released in German back in 2017, this US edition was translated by Romy Fursland and is a fast-paced and engaging read. Told in Sophie’s perspective, we follow her life as a new intern at a secluded old hotel in the Swiss mountains. She’s quit school and is embarking on her own, trying to find her path and hoping that this year-long post will provide some of that clarity.

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