Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. For this week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday, I’ve chosen “ When No One is Watching” by Alyssa Cole.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…
Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.
But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.
When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?”
Why I Can’t Wait
Getout meets Rear Window? Thriller?! Count me all the way in!
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. This week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday is: “Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas.
“Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.”
Why I Can’t Wait
First of all, look at that cover! Stunning. Besides an amazing blurb that pulled me in right away, this book has some amazing representation (Trans/ LGBTQ + lantinx) and is written by Ownvoice author, Aiden Thomas. Ownvoice is defined online as “books about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group.”. It is so important for these voices to continue to be heard, supported, and normalized within our communities. I can’t wait to read this.
Cemetery Boys releases September 1,2020.
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. This week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday is: ” Finna: Poems” by Nate Marshall.
“Dynamic poems that celebrate the Black vernacular and engage with the world through the lens of Hip Hop as well as America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets–from an award-winning author and poet.
fin-na /ˈfinə/ contraction: (1) going to; intending to. rooted in African American Vernacular English. (2) eye dialect spelling of “fixing to.” (3) Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow.
A lyrical and sharp celebration, these poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy. In three key parts, Finna explores the mythos and erasure of names in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, through the celebration and examination of the Black vernacular, expands the notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.”
Why I Can’t Wait:
Language is what brings us together.Vernacular African-American English is often times frowned upon. Those who speak it are often stigmatized or looked at as not being educated. In this book, the author aims to celebrate it versus tearing it down. This, to me, is super important. Vernacular African-American English is a language. It is part of a culture. I’m super excited to check this one out. I have the ARC and plan on reading it in either June or July.
“Finna” by Nate Marshall releases on August 11, 2020.
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. This week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday is: “The Cousins” By Karen M. McManus
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.
Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything
Why I can’t wait!
I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying as well as the sequel One of Us is Next. McManus is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA Mystery/ Thriller authors and I can’t wait to read this one.
Is this book on your reading radar? Have you read any books by Karen M. McManus yet? I look forward to hearing from you! ❤