The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz | 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:

A fever dream of desires fulfilled.

Nestled in the shadow of the Appalachians is where Gwen Ashby stumbles upon the William Marshall Academy, and she’s given a trial position as a literature teacher. The gothic boarding school seems trapped in time yet it feels like home the moment Gwen arrives.

She’s charmed by the lovely buildings, bewitched by the eager students…and utterly seduced by the headmaster. Edwin Yorke is noble, handsome and infuriatingly proper. But his tweedy exterior and courtly manners conceal a raw sensual power that Gwen longs to unleash.

It’s strangely thrilling to be the only woman on campus—save one other. An eerie white-clad figure roams the grounds by night. She never speaks. She leaves no trace. But this ghostly blight on Gwen’s new dream life is the key to the Marshall Academy’s mysterious allure.

My Thoughts:

So I didn’t know anything about this book when I picked it up. I saw it on Riley Marie’s Fall Recommendations video and thought it sounded kind of interesting. And when I saw that it was only 130 pages, I figured I’d be able to fly through it. I thought it’d be worth a try, especially because it’s something that I don’t normally read. Based on how Riley described it, it’s an academia gothic story. Mixed in there was a mysterious ghost story.

When I initially started the book, I found it kind of interesting following Gwen in her pursuit of finding out about the William Marshall Academy. But it quickly turned into a steamy erotic novel. Maybe it was because of how short the book was, but everything between Gwen and the headmaster happened at an unrealistic pace. I found myself cringing when Gwen had some internal monologue and fantasies about the headmaster at only 30 pages into the book.

I knew that there was going to be a romance between the main character and the headmaster; that much is pretty clear in the synopsis. But the fact that it was the majority of the book was kind of off-putting for me. I usually don’t mind sex scenes in books, especially if the book is a romance. But it has to be tastefully done. And I don’t feel like it was done that way in this book since it was 90% of the book.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like this book. And that’s not necessarily the case. I liked it for the most part. I was more interested in the mystery aspect of the book, especially the ghostly woman who roamed the campus. I wanted to know more about her, which I did end up finding out at the end of the book.

The ending is probably what saved this book for me. I was really planning on giving it a 2-star rating, which I’ve never given a book before. But the ending (I won’t say what happens in case you want to read it for yourself) made me bump my rating to a 3-star. It was unexpected, though it kind of made everything else that happened in the story make sense.

But there you have it. Those are my thoughts on The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz. It wasn’t what I expected, and overall, I thought it was okay. If you don’t mind an overabundance of steamy scenes, then I’d suggest picking it up for yourself.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on the book? I’d love to discuss them 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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