Britt & Ava's Pick:
I cannot praise this book highly enough. Deonn takes all of the privilege and legacy of Arthurian legend (and our modern society) and exposes it for the chilling beast it is - and then she flips it on its head in a celebration and ode to Black girl magic, to the people society would deem "outliers and misfits," and to the ghosts (literally!) history would have you forget. -Ava
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.