WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

This week features an explosive YA thriller and two paranormals – one of which may contain zombies (woohoo!) – I’ll find out when I get to it.

I’ll read anything Mindy McGinnis cares to write. The second book in this duology is just as engrossing and bizarre as the first. I was thinking how the story feels like a timer is running down, and it’s just a matter of time until it explodes. And then I noticed the blurb says almost the same thing. Trust me – it’s an apt description.

In the dark and stunning sequel to The Initial Insult, award-winning author Mindy McGinnis concludes this suspenseful YA duology as long-held family secrets finally come to light . . . changing Amontillado forevermore.

Tress Montor murdered Felicity Turnado—but she might not have to live with the guilt for long. With an infected arm held together by duct tape, the panther who clawed her open on the loose, and the whole town on the hunt for the lost homecoming queen, the odds are stacked against Tress. As her mind slides deeper into delirium, Tress is haunted by the growing sound of Felicity’s heartbeat pulsing from the “best friend” charm around her fevered neck.

Ribbit Usher has been a punchline his whole life—from his nickname to his latest turn as the unwitting star of a humiliating viral video. In the past he’s willingly played the fool, but now it’s time to fulfill his destiny. That means saving the girl, so that Felicity can take her place at his side and Ribbit can exact revenge on all who have done him wrong—which includes his cousin, Tress. Ribbit is held by a pact he made with his mother long ago, a pact that must be delivered upon in four days.

With time ticking down and an enemy she considers a friend lurking in the shadows, Tress’s grip on reality is failing. Can she keep both mind and body together long enough to finally find out what happened to her parents? 

I finished I Am Margaret Moore over the weekend. I struggled with this book for a couple reasons. One was the writing style (kind of manic and hard to follow) and the other its description as a paranormal thriller. Things make sense later on and it’s an amazing twist, but I’m thinking about this one before I write the review.

Hannah Capin’s I Am Margaret Moore is a paranormal thriller that tests the hold of sisterhood and truth.

I am a girl. I am a monster, too.

Each summer the girls of Deck Five come back to Marshall Naval School. They sail on jewel-blue waters; they march on green drill-fields; they earn sunburns and honors. They push until they break apart and heal again, stronger.

Each summer Margaret and Rose and Flor and Nisreen come back to the place where they are girls, safe away from the world: sisters bound by something more than blood.

But this summer everything has changed. Girls are missing and a boy is dead. It’s because of Margaret Moore, the boys say. It’s because of what happened that night in the storm.

Margaret’s friends vanish one by one, swallowed up into the lies she has told about what happened between her and a boy with the world at his feet. Can she unravel the secrets of this summer and last, or will she be pulled under by the place she once called home? 

What We Harvest sounds super creepy, and I’ll probably get to it in the next couple days. Those idyllic small towns are never what they seem to be, and I’m betting this one holds some spine-tingling secrets.

For fans of Wilder Girls comes a nightmarish debut guaranteed to keep you up through the night, about an idyllic small town poisoned by its past, and one girl who must fight the strange disease that’s slowly claiming everyone she loves.

Wren owes everything she has to her home, Hollow’s End, a centuries-old, picture perfect American town. Tourists travel miles to marvel at its miracle crops, including the shimmering, iridescent wheat of Wren’s family farm. Until five months ago.

That’s when the quicksilver mercury blight first surfaced, poisoning the farms of Hollow’s End one by one. It began by consuming the crops–thick, silver sludge bleeding from the earth. Next were the animals. Infected livestock and wild creatures alike staggered off into the woods by day—only to return at night, their eyes, fogged white, leering from the trees.

Then, the blight came for the neighbors.

Wren is among the last locals standing. And the blight has finally come for her, too. Now, the only one she can turn to is the last person she wants to call: her ex, Derek. They haven’t spoken in months, but Wren and Derek still have one thing in common—Hollow’s End means everything to them. Only there’s much they don’t know about their hometown and its renowned miracle crops. And they’re about to discover that miracles aren’t free.

Their ancestors have an awful lot to pay for, and Wren and Derek are the only ones left to settle old debts.

23 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

  1. I Am Margaret Moore sounds good despite the style of prose. I’m actually reading my second Brian Bowyer book right now. His style of prose is like a drunken binge (in an artistic way) that went over my head in his previous book. I decided to try another book of his, and I’m FINALLY used to his prose! So I might still have to read I Am Margaret Moore!

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    1. I think it might be a book for you, Priscilla. The reviews on Goodreads are split, with some reviewers loving this type of writing. I’ll have to look into Bowyer. “Drunken binge (in an artistic way)” is a pretty good description of this one, lol.


    1. It seems like the reviews are split right down the middle. I finished my review yesterday. If you can make it through the confusion and time shifts, at around 60% everything comes to light. It’s a brilliant twist.

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