Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | 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:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to put it out there that this is the third time I’ve read this book. But I hadn’t reviewed it on my blog yet, so I figured I would try to concisely put my thoughts in one place. Emphasis on try.

The fact that I read this book three times just proves how good this book is. And how much I absolutely loved it. I don’t normally reread books unless they had some sort of impact on me, and this one definitely did.

So the main character, Eliza, deals with anxiety, though she doesn’t really know it until she has a panic attack at school. But the representation of mental illness was amazing because it not only shows that the main character has it, but also shows how someone should deal with it, which I think is equally as important.

She also deals with the pressure of being a creator and having so many opinions of fans online. She wants to make everyone happy in terms of the web comic that she’s creating, but at the same time, she puts so much of her time and energy into the project that she can’t focus on anything else.

The characters had so much depth, and it made them feel so real. To the point where I almost cried at the end of the book this time I read it. I don’t know why, but for some reason this time it hit me a little differently than the other times I read it. I felt really emotionally connected to the characters, and by the end, something happens that almost breaks me. I won’t spoil it in case you haven’t read this book, but just be warned that it might be a trigger for some people.

And the relationship between Eliza and Wallace….it was just freaking adorable, I could barely handle it. I really liked the family aspect to the whole story too because Eliza’s parents were so involved in her life, or at least they tried to be.

So there you have it. Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on 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.

10 thoughts on “Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | Book Review

  1. What a sweet review. Really enjoyed reading it. I’ve already read the book and agree with you on everything. My favorite thing about the book is probably the portrayal of family and how it shows how complicated those relations can be.
    Also just want to say your GIF-game is strong in this post. I appreciate it 😀

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