Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #195: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas and Wings of Ebony by J. Elle


Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:


Concrete Rose

By: Angie Thomas

Expected Publication Date: January 12th, 2021

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International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

I still haven't read "The Hate U Give" yet, but seeing a prequel to the book sounds really interesting!!  Definitely giving this one a try!

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Wings of Ebony

By: J. Elle

Expected Publication Date: January 26th, 2021

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In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry--and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she'll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds.

Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, and The Hunger Games.

“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue's taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.

Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.

Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Wow! A book that involves godly powers and murder and mystery?  Count me in!

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So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!




  1. Ooh nice picks! These are new to me ones. I hope you end up loving them once you get to read them!

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  2. Wings of Ebony is completely new to me, but it really does sound good. Concrete Rose is on my wish list and I am so excited about that one. I hope you enjoy both of these, Ronyell! I hope you have a Happy New Year.

  3. Haven't read either of these, nice choices! Will have to add them to my TBR list!

  4. I definitely want to read Concrete Rose! Great choices๐Ÿ˜

  5. Wings of Ebony draws me more probably because I tend to read in part for escape. Hope you enjoy both though. They sound great!

  6. Oooh, these sound really good and are both new to me. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. This is the first I've heard of Wings of Ebony, but it sounds good! Great picks! Thanks for stopping by my post on Lisa Loves Literature yesterday!