The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! 💕

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:

From Morgan Matson, the best-selling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school. 
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a congressman and he’s never around). 
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby – pretty much the most awesome people on the planet. Who needs anyone else? 
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out, too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer premed internship and lands both her and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all – working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super-cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

My Thoughts:

This was my third time reading this book, and each time reminds me why I love Morgan Matson’s books much. I have read all of her bookstand each one is so different and unique from the others. Though I think they all (or most of them) take place in the same town that Matson created because there are some cameos of other characters mentioned in this book, which is a lot of fun.

I wasn’t going to review this books since I’ve read it three times, and I feel like my opinions are going to be kind of biased so this might just be a full on gush about the book. But anyway, let’s actually get onto the review!

What I Loved:

The friendships in this book were so realistic and made me wish I had a friend group that was that connected and there for each other. But not only that, but they had their arguments and disagreements that most friends have in real life, so they felt genuine.

The romance! Seriously, I don’t think there was one Morgan Matson book where I didn’t adore the romance. And this one was no different. Andie and Clark were adorable together. I loved that Clark was a writer (that spoke to me as not only a reader, but as a writer as well).

The family dynamics of this story were really good as well. Especially how they grow throughout the story. In the beginning, Andie’s dad, being that he is in politics, wasn’t around much. So Andie was pretty much free to do whatever she wanted to an extent. But as the story progresses, their relationship gets closer because of the scandal that keeps her dad home most of the summer.

Andie is a really relatable character considering how well she maintains this image for the press since her father is a congressman and is always in front of cameras. She has to deal with so much pressure that is thrown at her. It’s not only relatable, but also admirable.

Also, PUPPIES. Andie ends up walking dogs during the summer, so there were always dogs (one particular scene with her and Clark is just so endearing).

What I Didn’t Like:

I think my only complaint with this book is it’s length. This has been an ongoing issue for me every time I pick this book up. For a contemporary book, it’s long at over 500 pages. It definitely felt like it dragged in some parts.

But this time I read it, I listened to it on audiobook. I loved the narrator, and I was also able to read through the book a lot faster.

So there you have it: my thoughts on The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. Have you read this book? Or any of Matson’s other books? What’d you think of them? I’d love to discuss it in the comments below!

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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.

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