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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  35,692 ratings  ·  8,557 reviews
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 “Lege
Hardcover, 501 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Sokeefe9 I don't know who else will know what I'm talking about, but almost the entire time I was reading this book, I couldn't help thinking about the Feyre-T…moreI don't know who else will know what I'm talking about, but almost the entire time I was reading this book, I couldn't help thinking about the Feyre-Tamlin-Rhysand love triangle. Like, seriously, Nick and Tamlin have way too much in common for me to like having Bree with him.(less)
Leah Not that we know of at this point, but sexuality is fairly fluid in this book and many character are so it wouldn't surprise me if she was.…moreNot that we know of at this point, but sexuality is fairly fluid in this book and many character are so it wouldn't surprise me if she was.(less)

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chan ☆
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, ya-fantasy
the best book i've read in a really long time. 2020 was sort of a fail on all fronts for me, so finding such a good book so early in 2021 feels like a good omen.

Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This took me approximately a million years to listen to the audiobook, but that's not the book's fault that's just me being lazy. But this was such an interesting and layered fantasy story. It dealt with grief and trauma very well, in a way I'd never seen before. The world that was built up totally captivated me. Despite taking me a long time to read, I think that the pacing did seem consistent as there was pretty much constant action, even in moments of inaction. The start of a super cool serie ...more
⚔️⚔️⚔️ 9/15/2020: THIS. BOOK. IS. OUT! ⚔️⚔️⚔️

Before we dive in, let me ask you this:

Did Clary ever have to think about the dangers of being picked up by police while at a party?

Would Jude ever have been questioned about the legitimacy of her presence at an Early College program?

When America was selected as Maxon’s queen (disclaimer: I’m just pulling this out of a hunch, I never got past book 1 lol), did his people ever hurl racial slurs at her?

Yeah, I didn't think so. The gutting (and grippi
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2021
tw: death of a parent; generational trauma (depictions of slavery, abuse, rape); gore; possession; demons; racism and micro-aggressions

This was one of the most outstanding debuts I have ever read. I went into this book fairly blind but knowing it was getting some hype, and that is well worth it. Even during a reading slump, I was able to experience the majesty of this story. Deonn combines fantasy elements that I never would have considered going together masterfully, while also weaving those fa
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Where should I even begin?!? Listen, I’m quite familiar with the legend of King Arthur but never in my life have I seen it done in this way. There is so much to unpack in this novel. The character development, the plot development, the spectacular writing, the university history woven into every single page, the connections I felt to the Black history discussed. Everything was done in such a fast paced and interesting manner that gave me such a connection to the story as a whole.

While this is be
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I did not expect this to be so intense and deep. This is such a robust and gripping modern day fantasy tale. So thoroughly entertaining. This author deserves a lot of acclaim for the complex and intricate world building alone. The unconventional perspective on fantasy was so refreshing.
I was honestly shaken multiple times through the book due to the plot twists and bombshells, which kept me riveted.
Can see this easily becoming a new favorite among fantasy lovers.
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hot dang, this book is incredible. That's how you write a YA Contemporary Fantasy! ((applause for dayssss))

Believe the hype, Legendborn is next level. I am so impressed with Tracy Deonn and cannot wait for the next book.

I would recommend going into this knowing as little as possible; just let the story wash over you. It's complex and layered. The characters are wonderful and the magic system is incredibly creative.

It's everything I look for in a Modern Urban Fantasy!!!

The mystery of it kept me c
krista ☽✧
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Don't make your life about the loss. Make it about the love.”

“The most important thing you can do in this world, the most necessary thing, is to survive it. You can't do anything for anyone else if you don't take care of yourself first.”

rating - 3.75 stars✨✨

Legend Born is the first book in a fantasy series that has come out last year by author Tracy Deonn. This book is definitely something else. It is a diverse urban fantasy story inspired by something I had 0 clue off Merlin and King Ar
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Some of my friends were saying that this is like The Mortal Instruments, and while I can kind of see what they mean, I also think that LEGENDBORN is a much better book. Clary and Jace were such immature little shits, whereas all of the characters in LEGENDBORN-- even if they aren't nice-- have nuance. Plus, the heroine, Bree, is just really fascinating. She is unlike a lot of heroines I've read in YA. She's allowed to have sexual agency.
Kevin (Irish Reader)
3.5 Stars

I really thought I was going to love this book more than I did, but unfortunately it was a little bit of a disappointment for me. Don’t get me wrong though, I still enjoyed it, but I was predicting a 5 star read!

The things I loved about this book was the characters, such as Bree (main character), as I really enjoyed how she dealt with her grief and how strong she was, as a character. I also really liked the romance! This book has a love triangle, which I usually don’t love that much, bu
“Don’t make your life about the loss. Make it about the love.”

~Rating- 1.25 stars~

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-Mention of most of these in the review-

Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn is the first book in the Legendborn series. This was a book I was hoping to enjoy and adore due to all the hype, but sadly I did not like it and was disappointed.

Before I explain why I disliked the book, I wanted to emphasize what I loved. I loved the portrayal of grief with the main character Bree and the rep
Lucie V.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Simon & Schuster Canada). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ Writting
✅ Main character
🆗 Plot
🆗❌ World-building (complex hierarchy)
❌ Info-dump

DNF at 29%

I know that this is a very unpopular opinion as I saw and read so many 4 stars and 5 stars reviews. I wanted to like this book so much, but I just could not get into the story. This book has great potential and I understand why it is so popular, but sadly it was not for me.

The basic storyli
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars
[Buddy read with my bby Darceeeee !]

This is a novel of Arthurian legends retold & re-vamped, and amazing as hell Southern Black Girl Magic.
(It kinda gave off some hunger games vibes at times, or maybe more HP-ish ones, actually? Maybe. Maybe a mix of both?
Or more Shadowhunters? 🤔
*thinking on it*)

Regardless, just trust me on THIS, guys ...
THIS LEFT ME STUNNED! Consider me officially SHOOK!
Legendborn seriously is such an EPIC READ; I could NOT tear myself away from this
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, ya
Legendborn was a pleasant surprise! It should get nominated for GR’s award of 2020’s best debut at the very least. It reimagines the Arthurian Legend in a completely new way. You see, the knights of the round table were stronger than your usual knight. They fought demons or rather “Shadowborns” and kept them at bay saving humans from them. Their descendants, the Legendborn, inherited their power and they’re still hunting demons centuries later.
Our main character, Bree, ends up getting involved
Mika Auguste
maybe i’ll review this when i have actual clear thoughts to form words....but for now i’m just gonna settle with I NEED THE NEXT BOOK AND I NEED IT NOW


Ms. Woc Reader
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fantasy that truly stood out among the other releases this year. Love it or hate it this book brought a different premise and I saw a lot of fanfare around it. It gave me a lot to think about and break down.

Bree Matthew's is still grieving her mother's death and getting accepted into UNC Chapel Hill's early college program seems like the distraction she needs. But was her mother's death actually an accident? Bree ends up stumbling upon a secret Arthurian society that may have the answ
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm kicking myself for not being better about bookmarking quotes I'd like to use in reviews while listening to audio, because this story has many sections that are worthy of remembering. After seeing so many raving reviews about this book, I was eager to jump in, and after waiting for what felt like ages, my audiobook hold from the library came in. It was the absolute perfect timing in listening to this book, and if the second were already released, I would have jumped straight into that one as ...more
“Don’t make your life about the loss. Make it about the love.”

Sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews is grieving for the loss of her mother, when she enrolls in a college program for intelligent high schoolers. On her first night on campus Bree witnesses a magical assault, causing her to question whether her mother’s death was in truth an accident. A failed attempt to erase her memory of this night causes Bree’s own unique magic and memories that have previously been altered with to become uncovered. Br
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Wow, this book. It does have a slow start and took me awhile to get used to the whole magic system and Arthurian legend background. Bree was kind of thrown into this world, so I did enjoy learning about everything with her, it just took me a long time to get who was who among the tons of characters and how their magic/hierarchy worked.

This book is so action-packed and the last 100 pages were ABSOLUTELY INSANE. I am still not sure what to think right now about what ha
Lia Carstairs
Many thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for sharing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date.

Hold up.
Did it seriously just end like that ?!?!?😤

It seems that I'm on a streak of cliffhangers and it's not fun.😢

But wow, Legendborn was an amazing Arthurian retelling. There's no doubt that I absolutely love the tv show, Merlin , and seeing that this book was based off of the legend......well, I just HAD
☆Pelumi☆ (On major hiatus)
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Don't make your life about the loss. Make it about the love.”

This book was absolutely fantastic! Beautiful characters, and awesome plot, I really enjoyed it!

Before I get to the review, I would like to thank Aly for Buddy-Reading this with me. I really enjoyed screaming and ranting talking about it with you! Click here for her review!

Characters: I loved the characters! I mean I didn't love all of them, I hated some of them completely. But that shows how well the author is developing thei
Lauren Lanz
Happy publication day to the wonderful Legendborn!! ❤️

This book was phenomenal!

Legendborn was everything I never knew I needed. My first time delving into Arthurian mythology. My first time experiencing magical secret societies. All things I’m eager to see more of in the future. This paired with the intricately planned plot made for a really wonderful story!

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

After the death of her mother, sixteen year old Bree is hoping to get as far from home as possible. So,
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favorites
I desperately want to be able to yell at someone, ‘Why didn’t you tell me to read this earlier????’ But the truth is that basically everyone told me to read Legendborn before I eventually did, so I have nobody to blame but myself.

For Briana Matthews, a lot of things seem to come easily. She’s an excellent student, accepted to University of North Carolina’s Early College program at 16. She’s close with her parents and her best friend Alice, who is joining her at school. But what Bree could never
Unknown Reviews
Jul 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is it, guys.

What an astonishing debut. The further I went into this book, the more captivated I became in the world of Legendborn. This book hits that niche spot after a long thread of swing-and-misses and is possibly my one of my favourite books released in 2020.

(Okay, I’ve probably only read like two books released in 2020, but in general, I’m telling you this is top-tier stuff.)

Bree is a young girl whose mother passed away in a tragic accident that may not just be an accident. Aft
Paige ♠
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a buddy read with Gabriela. It was my first buddy read and I really enjoyed the experience!

This book was awesome! I had high expectations going in and it ended up delivering 😁

THE REPRESENTATION was really well done. I think this book did a good job of showing the subtle (and not so subtle) influences of racism in everyday life for Bree. It's sad that Bree and other people in the US have to put up with these types of situations and it's great to have a book in the YA Fantasy genre fina
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Laura
Legendborn is a fantastic work of young adult fiction, and if you compare it to boring white stories, I will cut you (kidding - but you get my point).

CW : (view spoiler)

It's fresh, imaginative, fast-paced, it pictures one of
Rebecca Roanhorse
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This YA fantasy has been marketed as a reimagining of the Arthurian legend and it is that, but it is so much more. But before we get to the more, let's talk about 1) the YA and 2) the Arthur. The YA was pitch perfect. A new girl sucked into the mysteries of a secret society dealing with parents, school, best friend issues, and caught between two love interests. (I'll never tire of a well-done love triangle, esp ones with mystical complications that aren't as clear cut as they seem on the surface ...more
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Tracy Deonn is a writer and 2nd gen fangirl. She grew up in North Carolina, where she devoured fantasy books and Southern food in equal measure. After earning two degrees from UNC-CH, Tracy worked in live theater, video games, and K-12 education. When she’s not writing, Tracy panels at SFF conventions, reads fanfic, arranges doggy playdates, and keeps an eye out for ginger-flavored everything.

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