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Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado

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About the Book-Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado

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.

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“It was in ourselves, and no matter what happened, that would always be part of our legacy.” 

Quote from Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado

Our Review of Burn Down, Rise Up

Nope Nope nope. This didn’t work for me AT ALL. Ask me why and I have no clue. I tried hard to be in sync with this book but honestly, I was having such a difficult time grasping what was happening and why was it happening. What is weird is that the plot had a good intrigue to it. I had this book on audiobook and partial fun went out the window with the narration. The other half went with the haywire kind of story development. It was sort of hot and cold. Suddenly something so magnanimous happened and then completely overthrowing it the book winds down on teenage drama which given the plot and purpose of the book felt very weird and out of place.

I had some serious issues with the central character of the book. I couldn’t see or understand the decisions and behaviour of the character so, naturally, that proved to be an obstacle as I was too caught up with the character’s attitude and persona. The major trouble was that the plot seemed to convey a lot of stuff. Cultural diversity. Modern Day hazards, teenage troubles, familial bonds, historical and cultural representations…. I don’t know there was quite a lot but somehow nothing seemed to be tethered or at least I couldn’t hold on to all the pieces.


It was chaotic for me as I have no idea about the whole picture of what happened in the book and everything seemed to be coming in pieces and bits which is not a good way to have a story narration. So I actually couldn’t enjoy the book because I felt pieces were missing or the whole book wasn’t stitched properly and certain parts jutted out. ( if that makes any sense)

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