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 forgot to prep this post yesterday, so I’m rushing through it this morning. This week features pirates, demons, sorcerers, and a murder mystery. Tell me that’s not a good variety.

I’m at 80% with The Wicked Bargain. I always love me some pirates, but this one has moved a little slowly for my taste. A narcissistic demon added some comic relief I’ve enjoyed, and overall it’s been a good read.

El Diablo is in the details in this Latinx pirate fantasy starring a transmasculine nonbinary teen with a mission of revenge, redemption, and revolution.

On Mar León-de la Rosa’s 16th birthday, el Diablo comes calling. Mar is a transmasculine nonbinary teen pirate hiding a magical ability to manipulate fire and ice. But their magic isn’t enough to reverse a wicked bargain made by their father and now el Diablo has come to collect his payment: the soul of Mar’s father and the entire crew of their ship.

When Mar is miraculously rescued by the sole remaining pirate crew in the Caribbean, el Diablo returns to give them a choice: give up your soul to save your father by the Harvest Moon or never see him again. The task is impossible–Mar refuses to make a bargain and there’s no way their magic is any match for el Diablo. Then, Mar finds the most unlikely allies: Bas, an infuriatingly arrogant and handsome pirate — and the captain’s son; and Dami, a genderfluid demonio whose motives are never quite clear. For the first time in their life, Mar may have the courage to use their magic. It could be their only redemption — or it could mean certain death.

Found family is my favorite trope, and Spell Bound offers extra helpings of it. Two awkward teens in like with each other, rival sorcerers, and an iron-fisted Consortium bent on controlling magic have made for an entertaining read from the first page.

Two rival apprentice sorcerers must team up to save their teachers and protect their own magic in this lively young adult romantic adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of In Deeper Waters and So This Is Ever After.

Edison Rooker isn’t sure what to expect when he enters the office of Antonia Hex, the powerful sorceress who runs a call center for magical emergencies. He doesn’t have much experience with hexes or curses. Heck, he doesn’t even have magic. But he does have a plan—to regain the access to the magical world he lost when his grandmother passed.

Antonia is…intimidating, but she gives him a job and a new name—Rook—both of which he’s happy to accept. Now all Rook has to do is keep his Spell Binder, an illegal magical detection device, hidden from the Magical Consortium. And contend with Sun, the grumpy and annoyingly cute apprentice to Antonia’s rival colleague, Fable. But dealing with competition isn’t so bad; as Sun seems to pop up more and more, and Rook minds less and less.

But when the Consortium gets wind of Rook’s Spell Binder, they come for Antonia. All alone, Rook runs to the only other magical person he knows: Sun. Except Fable has also been attacked, and now Rook and Sun have no choice but to work together to get their mentors back…or face losing their magic forever.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a murder mystery, and at only 256 pages (according to Goodreads) it looks like this one will move at a brisk pace.

In a gripping novel perfect for fans of Sadie and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, two best friends start a true crime podcast—only to realize they may have helped a killer in the process.

In August of 1999, dazzlingly popular cheerleader Clarissa Campbell disappears from a party in the woods outside the rural town of Oreville, Washington and is never seen again. The police question her friends, teachers, and the adults who knew her—who all have something to hide. And thanks to Clarissa’s beauty, the mystery captures the attention of the nation. But with no leads and no body, the case soon grows cold. Despite the efforts of internet sleuths and true-crime aficionados, Clarissa is never found—dead or alive.

Over twenty years later, Oreville high-school juniors and best friends Blair and Cameron start a true crime podcast, determined to unravel the story of what—or who—happened to this rural urban legend. In the process they uncover a nest of dirty small-town secrets, the sordid truth of Clarissa’s relationship with her charismatic boyfriend, and a high school art teacher turned small-town figurehead who had a very good reason for wanting Clarissa dead. Such a good reason, in fact, that they might have to make him the highlight of their next episode…

But does an ugly history with a missing girl make him guilty of murder? Or are two teenage girls about to destroy the life of an innocent man—and help the true killer walk free?

21 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #AmReading

  1. Ooo… the last 2 sound really good. The first one “sounds” good in the blurb — I mean a narcissistic demon? How could I resist? Well, a too slow pace would be how. Be sure to let us know how/if it balances out for you. Have a great rest of the week, Teri. Hugs.

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    1. I finished that one yesterday, and the pace really picked up and led to an exciting ending. Kind of boosted the star rating. The narcissistic demon was probably one of my favorite parts of the story. Hugs, Teagan!


  2. Sara H

    This is the second blog I found that mentions “Missing Clarissa” so I think that’s a sign that I need to add it to the TBR pile. Thank you so much for sharing and it looks like I’ve got some reading to do (lol). I am on a huge mystery/thriller kick! I just finished “On the Sly: A Sylvia Wilson Mystery” by Wendy Koenig and it’s definitely my favorite read of 2023 so far. It’s not your typical police procedural and the main character, Sylvia, is funny, flawed and I can’t wait to see what happens as the series develops.
    Picture this (lol): Sylvia, trying to open her bar for a shift, and comes to find that the reason her front door won’t open is because there is a dead body blocking it. And, it turns out, it’s an ex-cop. Sylvia is the only one who knows the alarm code and although she is positive the backdoor was locked the night before it is open, and the alarm has been disarmed, with absolutely no sign of a break-in and nothing stolen. This soon leads police to believe that Sylvia might be responsible for this murder. This was an action-packed read that was fun, exciting, and Sylvia’s witty inner dialogue made me laugh out loud throughout. Here is the website if you decide you want to check this book out (highly recommend) – https://wendylkoenig.com/
    If you do end up checking it out, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks again for the descriptions and happy reading

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    1. That sounds like the perfect setup for a mystery, and witty inner dialogue is always a favorite of mine. Hope you get a chance to read Missing Clarissa – thanks for visiting, Sara!


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