Can’t Wait Wednesday: Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss books we’re excited about.



Genre: MG, Fantasy | Release Date: August 4th 2020 | Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago. Pao is embarrassed to admit that she has been told to stay away for even longer than that, because her mother is constantly warning her about La Llorona, the wailing ghost woman who wanders the banks of the Gila at night, looking for young people to drag into its murky depths.

Hating her mother’s humiliating superstitions and knowing that she and her friends would never venture into the water, Pao organzizes a meet-up to test out her new telescope near the Gila, since it’s the best stargazing spot. But when Emma never arrives and Pao sees a shadowy figure in the reeds, it seems like maybe her mom was right. . . .

Pao has always relied on hard science to make sense of the world, but to find her friend she will have to enter the world of her nightmares, which includes unnatural mist, mind-bending monsters, and relentless spirits controlled by a terrifying force that defies both logic and legend.

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I want this book SO BAD. It sounds so amazing, and I can’t wait to devour it whole. I love the story of La Llorona, and Rick Riordan Presents has been killing it lately with their books. This sounds like such a wonderful adventure, and it’s going to be a pleasant mix of spooky and fun. CAN I JUST HAVE IT NOW PLZ AND THANK U.



This book gives me major “Friends on the Other Side” feels.


What do you think? Is this on your book TBR as well? 


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