I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. For some time I found myself reading and writing dry work-related material, but when that ended I came back to fiction, and it was primarily romance. Before that, I’d never read romance, it was always crime, police procedurals, murder/mystery, and political historical novels, and plenty of non-fiction history. For the past seven years I’ve been reviewing as Kazza at our sister site On Top Down Under Book Reviews which is predominantly a MM romance, LGBTQ review site. I will still be reviewing there but right now I’ll be spending some more time at this site, reviewing books with darker notes and hints as their underpinning themes.
Also: I live in Australia. I’m a mad-keen gardener, have two dogs, love animals, music, ballet, movies, theatre, and photography. I find there’s so much good TV these days it’s staggering, but nothing beats a good book.
Karen’s Preferred Reading:
Paranormal – vampires are my absolute favourite and have been since I first discovered Dracula at age twelve. I also love werewolves, but any supernatural being with a good story to tell in an interesting, edgier world is what I’m looking for. I prefer some subplot/plot romance in paranormal but it definitely isn’t mandatory.
Romance – I enjoy the romance genre, but for this site I’m specifically looking for darker, edgier themes and concepts, strong psychological arcs or tropes, interesting twists and plots. Definitely something I can sink my teeth into. Different. Literary. Any and all orientation combinations are welcome.
Psychological – within any genre.
Urban Fantasy – subplot/plot romance is good but not mandatory.
Fantasy/High Fantasy – subplot/plot romance is good but not mandatory.
Gothic Themes – subplot/plot romance is good but not mandatory.
Murder/Mystery. Crime. Noir. Police Procedurals.
Stories of Retribution – well thought out payback is something that works very well for me.
Historical/Alt-Historical – subplot/plot romance is good but not mandatory.
Humour – I love quality dark humour.
Strong storytelling and quality writing are imperative, but because I am an absolute character obsessive, charismatic and intriguing characters, good or bad, are required for me to continue on with any book or series. Quirky is definitely something I enjoy.
I am time-strapped these days and because of that it may sometimes seem that I really like to love every book. I can assure you I don’t. I attempt to choose what I read very carefully.
I rarely read YA books.
I do not read books containing primary or descriptive animal cruelty.
Karen reads in mobi format only