For me this is one of those books that got a little bit of hype a few months ago and then it seemed to die off very quickly, but of course you know I had to read it so what did I think?
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
Taken from goodreads
As soon as I started reading I was hooked, the story grabs your attention from the off and it does not let go until you close the book after reading the last page. You are taken on a whirlwind of a ride through this story, one second you are nose deep as you are seeing Brianna figure out her new life and then close to tears the next, it was a great adventure to go on.
Character wise, I think you get the right amount of development for both the main characters and the side characters, which seems to be almost unheard off recently. Brianna is off course a fantastic character to read about but a few of the noticeable characters that if you read this book should keep an eye for are Greer and Sel, I love them both and can’t wait to see what is going to happen with them in the next book.
The book delves deep into a lot of problems both from the past and the present and makes you think about how the world is now. For example a few of the topics that the book brings up are, gender, race, class, slavery and many more and each time a topic comes up you are shown all the good and the bad points of each topic making you think which is always a welcomed surprise.
I am sitting here trying to think about another series that got me this hyped for a sequel and I really can’t, this book is just something else in my opinion. It makes you sit and think about it after you finish the book and it has been some time since a book has made me do that. If you own this book but yet to read it then trust me read it asap, if you don’t own it then make it your next purchase or borrow.