Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! đź’•

We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.

But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.

So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!

The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.

The following is from Goodreads:

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.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.

But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.

I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.

But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.

So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

The following is from Goodreads:

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

MY THOUGHTS:

I’m going to try my best, but I’m physically struggling to find words to describe how much I loved this book. Any thoughts that I try to convey for this book doesn’t seem to compare to the actual greatness that is this book. I’m left stunned at its beauty that Elizabeth Acevedo created.

To start, I loved the way that it was written. It was written in verse like her debut novel, The Poet X, and it’s honestly one of my favorite formats for books to be written in. I read a lot of Ellen Hopkins’ books as a teenager, which were also written in this format, and it amazes me that the author is able to create such vivid stories in verse. There aren’t as many words as there would normally be in a book that’s written in prose, so the author has to somehow cram so much imagery and feeling into so little words. I’m convinced that it’s magic that helps them be able to do that.

The characters were so unique and great as well. The sisters had so much in common, yet they were so different. Each one had their own experiences that the other sister couldn’t begin to understand. There was amazing exploration of heritage and family and different life experiences that Elizabeth Acevedo packs into such as short amount of time – the story only takes place over the course of three months. But it feels like you’re with the characters for so much longer than that. By the end, it’s like you’re part of the family.

The story deals with so many issues, including sexual assault, grief, family, race and so much more. The story and these characters are ones that will stick with you even after you’re done reading it. It was heart wrenching and raw and emotional. I’m seriously struggling with ways to describe it because it’s that good. I think everyone needs to read it.

I wasn’t surprised that I loved it so much. I loved both of her other books as well. I’m pretty sure I’d read anything that Elizabeth Acevedo writes at this point. All of her books have been amazing. And if you haven’t read any of them, or are hesitant to read this one, I would highly recommend it.

So there you have it. It’s been a while since I’ve given a book five stars, but this one truly deserves it and all of the hype that’s surrounding it. Have you read this book? If so, what’d you think of it? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

6 thoughts on “Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo | Book Review

  1. Whaaaat? A book in verse that’s done well? After reading books with verse that just don’t do anything with the medium, I’m intrigued! The subject matter looks interesting too!

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