I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

I Am Still Alice is a powerful story of survival. Reading this one had me on the edge of my seat and fully invested.

“If you can’t be strong, you have to be smart. And smart is better than strong, out here.”


This book made me feel things, friends. It’s evocative, tense, and compelling and made my heart hurt so much while reading it. But there’s also a lot of hope and Jess’ grit to survive no matter the setbacks also filled my heart.

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff

“Be assured there will be no cliff-hangers in this, our final dance together. As promised, her birth you’ve witnessed, her life you’ve lived. All that remains is her death.”

In many ways this end to the Nevernight trilogy was both an amazing and lackluster read for me, and it’s taken almost two and a half months for me to sort through my feelings to write this review (thank goodness I am a note-taker!). But regardless this is going to be a difficult book to review due to it being the end of a trilogy. Tread lightly as the review will discuss spoilers from the first two books but is spoiler-free for Darkdawn.

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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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Review: The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

This contemporary mystery didn’t disappoint – I was left guessing until the very end!

⚠️ This is a heavy book that deals with some difficult topics, so please be sure to read my content warnings at the end of my review and make sure you are in the right place before picking this one up.

I went into The Cheerleaders with no expectations and let me tell you, I was in for a wild ride! I devoured this book in less than 24 hours over the course of two sittings *shakes fist at needing sleep* and my mind ceased to function when I finished it.

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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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