Wednesday, August 24, 2022

#BookReview: Wings of Ebony (Wings of Ebony #1) by J. Elle

Synopsis: “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.


Rating: 1 Star
My Review: This is a story I was so excited for and I had a signed copy to boot.  But once I started reading this it just wasn't for me. I was so bored and the characters just didn't grab me at all. The story was flat and I just didn't like it at all. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Rue's life was forever changed the day her mother was shot and killed before her eyes. In what feels like an instant, she is whisked away from her half-sister Tasha to live with her previously absent father in Ghizon-a world filled with magic wielders because oh, she's half-god and magic is real. Thrust into a new world with new powers, Rue begins her training. She's the only Black girl in a world filled with grey folk. Missing her sister, Rue returns to Houston on the anniversary of their mother's death, where she finds herself in a battle to keep her sister safe and save both of her worlds from the evils trying to destroy them. This high-stakes debut is #BlackGirlMagic at its most earnest, teaching readers that strength is nothing to apologize for. VERDICT An ode to family, true belonging, and magic. Highly recommended for all collections.-India Winslow, formerly at Cary Memorial Lib., Lexington, MAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"The best fantasy novels invent alternate worlds in order to illuminate our own. Wings of Ebony is one of them—a bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive vision of a Black girl’s journey to reclaim her magic from forces determined to destroy her. The parallels to our current reality are unmistakable and the book brings us all a much-needed ray of hope." Nicola Yoon,#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star

"Wings of Ebony is an intense, page-turner of a book about magic, sisterhood, community and family. Debut author J. Elle offers us a richly-wrought world, weaving together past and present with a rare blend of deft insight and keen humor that leaves the reader wanting more." Sabaa Tahir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes 

"There is little on earth more powerful than seeing a reflection of the self, not only as it is, but also as it COULD be. Wings of Ebony is a rooftop-shout of affirmation that black girls from ALL walks of life are magic." — Nic Stone, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin.

 "A remarkable, breathtaking, earthshaking, poetic thrillride bristling with magic, life, and so much love. Rue and her incredible adventures will change the world." Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper

"A powerful, thoughtful, and masterful exploration of #BlackGirlMagic that enthralls you from the first page and refuses to let you go." Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars

"A heart-racing thrilling fantasy that sucks you in from the very first page. J. Elle has such a voracious voice and she's about to change the game!" —Tiffany D. Jackson, author of Grown and Monday’s Not Coming

J. Elle has crafted an unapologetic heroine determined to save her block from agents of stolen magic in this immersive hidden world. A thrilling and irresistible new saga about loyalty and lineage." —

Kim Johnson, Indie bestselling author of This Is My America

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