Review: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
For me, Legendborn was a novel that started out big, with a wonderful, emotional hook, a strong heroine and an interesting plot. Unfortunately, my interest began to waver after about a hundred pages in, and the novel felt overlong and packed in with a bit too much information. I felt that the plot could have improved had Bree learned her mother's secret earlier in the novel and therefore she could have infiltrated the Legendborn armed with a bit more information. But maybe that's just me and that's not the story that the author intended to write--after all, there is a lot in this novel about ancestral pain. There's a bit of teen melodrama packed into the pages as well, which was fun to read about.
Legendborn reminded me a lot of The Mortal Instruments, though this novel has two pleasing--and realistic twists. The first is unlike the Shadowhunters, the characters in Legendborn are still expected to attend school, get good grades etc. The second and more important element is diversity. Bree has certainly suffered her share of discrimination, she feels rage at the many injustices that people of colour have experienced in the United States, past and present, and she experiences both conscious and unconscious prejudice from the Legendborn. And then ... well, even if I saw the big reveal at the end coming, I didn't think it was any less brilliant.
Legendborn is a compelling read, though overlong in places.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my copy of Legendborn.