Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Review: here
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.
R A M B L E
A big thing about me is that I love middle grade. Percy Jackson is one of my favourite series ever and I adore Harry Potter. So, with Nevermoor being marketed as ‘Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland’ I was pretty excited, obviously. When I went to buy the book the lady who served me told me how the author had grown up and went to school in an area I had lived during my younger years. My mum actually taught at the swimming pool that is next to the high school of the author.
That’s all irrelevant though. I was just really excited to read this, especially after all the marketing I saw for this book. Thankfully, it wasn’t a letdown. This is a wunderous (little book joke) book that kept me gripped every page. It was magical and it was hilarious. It has the magic elements from Harry Potter and the humour from Percy Jackson. I was stifling giggles every other page. It was honestly a shock since the main character is eleven in this book.
There are of course tropes featured throughout this book, but I believe they’re executed well and in a way that leaves you giggling. It’s important to take into consideration that this is a middle-grade novel, and a lot of my readers I presume are out of that age bracket so this book isn’t exactly targeted towards you. Whenever I read books like Nevermoor I’m always careful to picture I am one of my younger cousins reading this.
I really think this book will be the next Harry Potter. Big claim, but it truly is the Harry Potter of the upcoming generation. I may be a tad bias though, the author is Australian and I’m doing my best to support Australian authors!
P L O T
Morrigan Crow is cursed. That may seem like an exaggeration, but nope, she is straight up cursed. Ultimately meaning that any shortcomings that happen to anyone in her particular town are blamed on her almost instantly. In addition, her father tends to treat her quite terribly due to the amount of money he has had to pay in order to right Morrigan Crow’s wrongs.
The thing with cursed children though is that when their 11th birthday rolls around they die. It’s pretty damn morbid. Morrigan’s 11th birthday is fast approaching when it is suddenly her time up, a bit early too. Thankfully, at the right moment, an offer appears and an opportunity within a quirky man named Jupiter. Jupiter takes her to Nevermoor and has given her the opportunity to fight for a prestigious position in The Wunderous Society.
The plot was crazy. Honestly, there wasn’t a dull moment. I found it paralleled Percy Jackson in that way. I read a few reviews saying that was similar to Harry Potter, but there were certain parts of Harry Potter I personally found dull. Nevermoor never had me once feeling that way! The twists and turns that Jessica Townsend managed to incorporate left me shocked and having to lift my jaw from the ground.
C H A R A C T E R S
#M O R R I G A N C R O W
Morrigan Crow, our main character, was damn hilarious. The girl didn’t know when to hold her tongue and came out with the most hilarious things. I am basically speechless with how much I enjoyed her character. I really found her similar to Percy Jackson (I know the book isn’t even compared to Percy Jackson in the marketing, but oh well) with her snark which I definitely enjoyed since I’m just itching to do another Percy Jackson re-read.
Her reactions were so genuine as well. Her childlike glee and confusion were very well written, if not a tad obvious due to the book being a debut. I am honestly so excited to see how she ages and grows throughout the series, especially since we’ll be seeing this particular series on the big screen soon.
It is important to remember throughout the book that she is eleven and that her decisions may seem childish because…well…she’s a child. Super shocking, I know.
O V E R A L L
Overall, this may not be the book for you but you may have a young child in your family who is just getting into chapter books and this is the book for them. Pick it up as a Christmas present for them and maybe give it a quick scan, you may be surprised by how much you actually enjoy it!
Happy reading everyone!
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