Duology Review: Want & Ruse by Cindy Pon

The Want duology is a critically important addition to YA and speculative fiction, and more people should be talking about this book! Want tackles social and political issues: wealth disparity, access to healthcare, climate change and environmental issues, all with a found family of misfits set on changing the world for the better.

I’ll admit that it may not be the best time to read speculative fiction that hits so close to reality right now. TLDR: I wholly recommend reading the Want duology but please be sure you are in the right mindset when picking it up as it deals with viruses and may not make for the best pandemic reading experience.

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All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace

If you’ve been looking for a pirate YA adventure with a morally grey female protagonist, fantastic squad banter, and a medium burn romance… be sure to pick up All the Stars and Teeth!

Well, I devoured this book in a five-and-a-half-hour sitting! If you’ve been looking for a pirate YA adventure with a morally grey female protagonist, fantastic squad banter, and a medium burn romance… be sure to pick up All the Stars and Teeth!

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Anticipated Adventures: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Anticipated Adventures is a regular feature at Reader Voracious where I highlight and discuss upcoming releases I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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I know what you’re thinking: “Kal, you already break my TBR monthly with Anticipated Reads!” Don’t worry, those posts aren’t going away. Anticipated Adventures is meant to spotlight releases further in advance, especially debuts and recently announced pre-order incentives.

📣 This week, I’m stoked to spotlight one of my most highly anticipated debuts of this year! Cemetery Boys is an LGBTQ+ paranormal YA fantasy with a trans gay main character with a stunning cover and preorder campaign!

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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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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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