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?

I’ve got a pretty good variety this week – a debut horror novel, an expansion on a Disney fairy tale, and a breezy summer rom-com.

With comp titles like Stranger Things and Get Out, it was impossible for me to pass this up. I just started Burn Down, Rise Up, and it’s already got me asking all kinds of questions. I think we’ll get along just fine.

Stranger Things meets Get Out in this Sapphic Horror debut from nonbinary, Afro-Latine author Vincent Tirado.

Mysterious disappearances.
An urban legend rumored to be responsible.
And one group of teens determined to save their city at any cost.

For over a year, the Bronx has been plagued by sudden disappearances that no one can explain. Sixteen-year-old Raquel does her best to ignore it. After all, the police only look for the white kids. But when her crush Charlize’s cousin goes missing, Raquel starts to pay attention—especially when her own mom comes down with a mysterious illness that seems linked to the disappearances.

Raquel and Charlize team up to investigate, but they soon discover that everything is tied to a terrifying urban legend called the Echo Game. The game is rumored to trap people in a sinister world underneath the city, and the rules are based on a particularly dark chapter in New York’s past. And if the friends want to save their home and everyone they love, they will have to play the game and destroy the evil at its heart—or die trying.

I’d never seen the Disney movie Brave when I requested this book – it was the author’s name (one of my favs) that made the decision for me. To understand what was going on, I watched the movie before reading the book and spent a highly entertaining couple of hours snorting and laughing along with Merida and her vibrant family. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend it. She’s hands down my favorite Disney princess.

Merida goes on an all-new, life-changing adventure in this original YA novel set several years after the close of Brave!

What if you had one year to save everything you loved?

ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.

TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal consequences.

THREE VOYAGES. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all – herself?

FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH – OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER. 

I’m getting ready to read If You Change Your Mind for a blog tour. I was in the mood for something light, and this summer rom-com set at the beach checked the boxes.

In this hilarious and heartfelt debut novel, an aspiring screenwriter learns sometimes love has its own script.
 
Harry wants nothing more than to write Hollywood screenplays. He knows the first step toward achieving that goal is winning a screenwriting competition that will seal his admission into the college of his dreams, so he’s determined to spend his summer free of distractions—also known as boys—and finish his script. After last year, Harry is certain love only exists in the movies anyway.
 
But then the cause of his first heartbreak, Grant, returns with a secret that could change everything—not to mention, there’s a new boy in town, Logan, who is so charming and sweet, he’s making Harry question everything he knows about romance. As he tries to keep his emotions in check and stick to his perfect plan for the future, Harry’s about to learn that life doesn’t always follow a script.

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

  1. Merida is one of my favorites 😍. My younger daughter and I argue about who gets to use her icon for Disney things. Lol. She thinks she gets to because of the curly hair but I say I’m the better choice because of the red hair. Such is the life of a mother with only daughters. Glad you enjoyed the movie and I look forward to hearing what you think of the book.

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    1. I don’t know how I missed Brave when it was released – I’ve always enjoyed animated movies, and the Toy Story series will always be a favorite. The urban setting is a bonus for Burn Down – it’s adding some interesting possibilities.

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