Phenomenal read! LOVED it!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 October 2020
I honestly have no idea where to start with this book. I literally finished reading it and then cuddled it to my chest and felt completely distraught that I had finished it so quickly. I truly felt lost and still have, while writing this, an extreme case of book hangover. I don't know how on earth I am supposed to wait patiently for the next in the series or go about my life right now.
I also just had to sit and take a few minutes to close my mouth, as I very much resembled a goldfish once I had read the last few words, for Authors amaze me and I felt stunned at how Tracy Deonn was able to create and weave this magical, magnificent story. Don't you just love it when you read an awesome book and your mind just has to take a second to comprehend that people can create such wonderful things?
I guess I should try and start from the beginning and try to make this review articulate and not me just rambling but eeeek. Ok, my squeal is out of the way now. The prologue had me in tears. I was literally drawn in within the first few paragraphs at how honest, real and raw Tracy introduced us to Bree and what she was going through. My Nanna passed away back in December and I don't think I have ever been able to explain the hurt or fully write down and express the pain I felt. Life moved very fast afterwards and it all felt incredibly surreal and strange. The emotions and how Bree spoke when her mother died really hit me hard and I immediately connected to her on a level that had me hugging the book that early on. The way Bree reacted, her words and responses, I felt them in my heart and loved her and wanted to be there for her straight away.
After the prologue and that heart breaking night, we then follow Bree and her best friend Alice to UNC where on their first night on Campus the best friends attend a party they shouldn't be at. This causes their worlds to flip upside down in more ways than one as Bree and Alice don't see eye to eye causing a rift in their normally solid as a rock friendship and Bree see's something that takes her breath away and that she doesn't quite understand or believe can possibly be real. Enter demons and Selwyn Kane, but more on him later.
There are consequences to the girls actions and the next day the dean of UNC assigns them mentors to keep them on track. Enter Nick Davis...I'm holding in my squeals right now. Bree and Nick immediately connect, though Bree tries not to feel all the feels. She doesn't want a mentor. She doesn't want to need or like Nick. But after another attack on campus that only her and Nick (and Nick's world) are privy to, Bree has to talk to him. She saw something that transports her back to the night her Mother died and she starts to believe that maybe her Mom's death wasn't an accident after all. She has questions and it seems Nick might have some answers or can at least help her find some.
Bree's right to some extent and Nick isn't simply a University mentor, he's part of a secret society, or at least he was, but has turned his back on it all, not wanting any part of it. However, the more Bree learns about the Legendborn and their world, she needs Nick's help and connections to get to the bottom of her Mother's death. She comes up with a plan to infiltrate the Legendborn and Nick can't let her do it on her own for he knows the dangers within. It's an extremely risky plan and one that will test every part of Bree physically and emotionally, not to mention test friendships and create enemies a long the way. But she has to do it. She won't rest until she finds out what really happened the night her Mom died.
Ok, so I really don't want to give any spoilers away so I feel like I have to be careful with what I say and how I talk about the characters within this brilliant book. There are wonderful twists and turns, sad ones and happy ones too that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside and have you giggling and excited, but I can't say too much about that, you will just have to read the book to find out what I'm talking about but the relationships...eeeek. I had to squeal again. I loved the connections Bree had with different characters and the things she uncovered that bonded them in specific ways or helped her understand them. Certain misunderstood people captured my heart and I fell in love with them. The banter they shared, the rollercoaster they went on to learn about each other and the feelings they get when each other is near...well...you have to read the book!!!!!
But, I'm trying not to show favouritism because really every single character in this book had a hold on my heart. I adore Nick and love, love, loved how him and Bree connected, how they spoke to each other, that caring, flirting, understanding way they had with each other was just beautiful. Bree herself simply kicked ass and I loved her so much. She was so incredibly tough but you felt her pain and vulnerability and I truly thought she was just amazing, as was Alice. The strong unit they made was awesome and inspiring. The same can be said for those in the Secret Society. You absolutely MUST meet William. I thought Tor was another badass but I hope her relationship with the team and Bree will grow in the next book maybe. I fell in love with Sar because she was just a sweetheart and again, kicked ass and the love she had for Tor made my heart melt. Whitty was awesome and always made me smile and Greer pulled at my heart strings too with their kind nature and ability to really get Bree and be there for her. One of the biggest things I adored about this book was this beautiful cast of characters all belonging in this spectacular world. When reading this book, it felt like everyone was invited to the party and that was such a powerful thing. I could connect with so many different characters for different reasons and I think that was just magical and drew me into the story more. It made me happy, like ridiculously happy.
As I mentioned above, I do have a favourite character but you will have to comment below if you've read the book so we can talk, as I don't want to say their name because then I feel like it gives things away!
As for this action packed story and my fear of scary that I mentioned above, well, ok, there may have been a few gruesome bits when it came to fighting other worldly demons and creatures that had me 'ewwing' out loud, but at the same time I was gripping the book so tight and sat on the edge of my seat during these scenes. By the end of them I just wanted to be Bree and kick some ass too. I loved her strength and how many times she felt fear but she stood tall and fought. But, like I said, the story is so action packed and intricate and suspenseful and captivating that I found myself loving all the scary bits too. I loved every part of uncovering more about the world of the Legendborn and I had to keep turning the pages to find out what and who Bree was and why her magic was so different to the others. Finding out more about her ancestors was fascinating and so important, not just within the pages but I think the way Tracy Deon talks about race, history and what Bree's ancestors had to go through and what Bree herself has to go through daily, feeling like she doesn't belong in certain places, is so very important to read, hear and understand in order for us to keep fighting the fight in the real world and not dismiss this history, or her words, in order to see real change and stand up for change.
The magic, the Legend of King Arthur, the Rootcrafters, the whole premise of this story will have you glued to the pages. It sucked me in so much; I was blown away and fascinated by it all. It was incredible when the pieces of the puzzle started being put together, how the lives, legends and families all intertwined and I could not get enough. Again, I found myself in awe of Tracy and her writing skills and was bouncing on the edge of my seat feeling inspired to write. I've been grinning all week, disappearing into my own little world of the Legendborn, planning Cosplay outfits, watching YouTubers and reading book bloggers reviews, just so I can hear and talk about this book. Ooh and I must mention too...have you just stopped and looked at this cover??? Initially, that is what drew me to this book. I had seen Tracy on Twitter and then when I saw this cover it might have been a situation where I judged a book by its cover and this time totally won because it's truly one of my favourites. I think it's stunning.
I highly, highly, highly recommend picking up a copy of 'Legendborn' NOW! and then telling me that you have read it because we need to discuss it in more detail when I'm not worried about giving spoilers.
So, if you've read it, let's talk. If you haven't read it, go buy it now and also, if you are a fan of Fantasy please will you let me know in the comments below what you would recommend for my next Fantasy read?
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