One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London | 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:

Real love…as seen on TV

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.

My Thoughts:

Okay, I don’t know what took me so long to read this book. I had it since June, and I just got to it this month. Then again, I decided to listen to the audiobook, but still. I wish I had read this as soon as I got it because it was so good!

I felt like I was watching a reality TV show, especially since the main character starred on one throughout the book. I don’t normally watch that type of TV, but for some reason, I really enjoyed it in this book. I was invested from page one from all the drama. I literally ate this book up like candy; it was so much fun seeing all those guys duking it out for Bea’s attention.

I think what originally drew me to this book was the fact that the main character was plus size, and she was into fashion. And that was something that I loved about this book. To say that Bea was badass its an understatement. She was so inspirational because she felt so real and genuine. Plus, you don’t usually see those types of people on shows like The Bachelorette.

The author handled the issue of body image so well throughout the book. It was especially apparent with Bea’s doubts that she had about someone like her finding love and deserving love. Not only that, but the fact that there were so many minor characters (most of the guys on the show honestly) who were so cruel to her made the whole story feel more concrete and relatable.

Being someone who has struggled with her weight all her life, I felt for Bea every time someone talked down about her weight and being able to find someone who will truly love her for her. I didn’t necessarily get it as directly as Bea did since she was on national television, but those thoughts and doubts that she had when she read comments online or had someone talk down to her about her being fat hit me pretty hard because they’re the same ones I have all the time. About whether I should indulge in that piece of chocolate cake. Whether I should wear something that shows off the rolls on my back. They’re all constantly in my mind.

Anyway, the whole story was a rollercoaster because of all the drama, but I was living for it all. Especially that ending! But I’m not going to spoil anything because I highly recommend this book if you like The Bachelorette or even if you don’t. This book is pretty much perfection wrapped up in book form.

So there you have it. Have you read this book? Do you plan on reading it? 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.

9 thoughts on “One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London | Book Review

  1. I was nervous to read this because I find The Bachelor to be annoying and I was afraid of how her body image issues would be portrayed. Seeing that you loved it makes me want to give it a try, especially now that I’m getting into romance!

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