Author: Jessica Townsend
Series Number: 1
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Hachette NZ in exchange for a honest review.
Summary: A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
i don’t read a lot of middle grade. aside from percy jackson and ruby redfort, i just don’t. but boy am i glad i picked up nevermoor. i started it last year but didn’t really get into it and only decided to read it as i was on a plane with nothing else to read.
one of the biggest selling points in nevermoor was the writing. everything was so well worded i just couldn’t tear myself away from the book. there was only a few slow bits (but they were so few and far apart that it’s probably not even worth mentioning). the world building was really well written. i didn’t feel overwhelmed or bored due to too much focus on minor things. i really liked that one of the characters was a giant cat and no one seemed to mind??? the adventure also really made this book worthwhile.
as for characters, i absolutely loved morrigan. she was so much fun to read about, and very relatable. i liked the way she handled situations in order to get through the trials. another fav is jupiter north. it’s really not that hard to love him. he’s so flamboyant and out there. he reminds me a little of cinna from the hunger games. if he wasn’t in the story, i probably wouldn’t have finished reading it. jupiter north is nevermoor.
the ???? ending ???? wow !!! (need i say more?)
i would love to know more about nevermoor. it seems like such a fun place to live. and if you still don’t feel compelled to pick this book up, lets just say the lack of romance was a welcoming thing.