Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Review

  • Author: Jessica Townsend
  • Series: Nevermoor #1
  • Genre: Fantasy and Middle Grade
  • No. of page: 384
  • Date Read: 25.01.19 – 31.01.19
  • Rating: 5 stars (Favourite)

Words cannot express how amazing and magical this book was! Part of me wishes I didn’t devour this book as quickly as I did and just read it slowly, taking in every single detail. But if I love a book I end up reading them so quickly! I will definitely be re-reading this in the future.

Plot: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 genuinely have no bad things to say about this book so it will be purely positive things. I feel I might have peaked early this year.

The imagination in this book was amazing, it surprises me, with every book I read, in the vast creativity of authors where they can come up with such fun and imaginative ideas. This book is no exception! This book exuded magic and imagination, I felt like magic was spilling out of the pages! While I don’t like to compare books to other books, I definitely felt the same kind of magical feeling that I got when I read Harry Potter for the first time. I love the Hotel Deucalion with its varying rooms. I loved especially how the hotel changes the resident’s room to match their personality. It was fun to see Morrigan’s room develop as the story went on. I loved the brolly rail I thought that was super fun and I was impressed in the variety of trials! My favourite would have to be the Book Trial!

This was overall just a really fun book. I enjoyed reading it so much and it was so funny. The dialogue in this book was well balanced in being incredibly funny but not in a cringey way and I found myself laughing out loud at times.

The plot was really incredible. Whether it was just a chapter at the Deucalion or a chapter which involved an important trial each chapter introduces something new, whether it’s an unknown fact about a character or an insight further into the book’s on-going mystery. The mystery especially was one of the biggest highlights, Townsend was really good at keeping you intrigued right until the end, never really solving things but also maintaining the excitement throughout. You can’t possibly put the book down as you need more of this world, these characters, this story!

All the characters were exceptional. They worked really well as an ensemble cast and were all really likeable. They were also all incredibly different which made for a better reading experience. Morrigan was also a solid main character and I enjoyed viewing Nevermoor from her eyes. I found her POV to be fun to read about. My favourite character though would probably have to be Hawthorne Swift, he was such a ray of sunshine, hilarious and so much fun to read about.

The next book I will be reading is my first sci-fi novel of 2019. I will be reading Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the third and final book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy.

Bookish Questions Tag

So, I thought I would give a bit more of an insight into my reading habits and opinions by answering a few questions to do with all things books.

1.What was the last book you read? The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

2. What book are you currently reading? I am currently reading The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein. One of my best friends adores the series and she nearly cried when I told her I had decided to pick it up!

3. How often do you read? I try to read every day. I read on the bus mostly, when I’m commuting to and from work.

4. What was the last bad book you read? The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. It was just so boring and lacklustre.

5. What’s your favourite book? I’d say right now my favourite book is Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. The worldbuilding, the intricate plot, the characters! Oh my gosh, it was amazing and I highly recommend it!

6. What’s your least favourite book? Probably Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I never got the hype surrounding the book. I preferred the movies a lot more.

7. Do you prefer physical books or e-books? I prefer physical books, I like collecting books and seeing them all organised and colourful on my shelf. Also, it’s a lot more satisfying reading a physical book than an e-book.

8. What was your favourite book you had to read in school? It wasn’t actually a novel but it was the play, An Inspector Calls by J.B. Presitly. I love a good murder mystery so this appealed to me a lot!

9. What is your favourite book series? I would have to say, the Harry Potter series and the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series. Both series I read in my childhood and plan to re-read now i’m older.

10. What is your favourite genre? I can’t pick just one sadly, so i will have to go with, Fantasy, Murder Mystery and re-tellings (not sure if that’s a genre).

11. Who is your favourite fictional character? Again, I can’t pick just one! Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, Circe from Circe by Madeline Miller, Hercule Poirot and James from Lost Boy by Christina Henry.

12. Has a book ever transported you somewhere? I think all good books must be able to transport the reader to their world. Notable books where I found this happen includes; Senlin Ascends, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Alice by Christina Henry and Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

13. How long does it take your to read a book? It depends really on how much I enjoy the book. If I really enjoy the book it could take 3-5 days but on average it takes me just over a week.

13. Where is your favourite place to read? I mostly used to just read in my bedroom but now that I must commute to and from work on the bus. I find that that’s where I love to read the most as it’s a perfect way to relax after a hectic day.

15. Who gave you your love of reading? Probably my Nan. She was the one who introduced me to Harry Potter which was the first set of books that I loved. I am now the person in my family who inspires other people to read which is really lovely.

16. What book is next on your list to read? I have a massive TBR list and I know that more books are coming due to Christmas being in a number of days but off the top of my head I’d say, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

17. What book have you re-read the most? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I have read that book 4 times so far.

18. Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several books at a time? I tend to read one book at a time but recently I have started reading two at at time. I find it hard to balance two books though so I will probably go back to just reading one.

19. What’s your policy on book-lending? I tend to not lend my books out to people. I have only ever done so with my mum and those books were And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

20. A genre you rarely read. I tend to not read contemporaries or romances. I don’t read a lot of contemporaries because they represent real-life and I prefer to get away from it and be transported into another world. I would only read a conetmporary if another genre was mixed in such as mystery or thriller. I don’t read romances as to me they can get quite boring, cringey and repetitive. I only read romances if it’s mixed in with another genre like fantasy.

21. Name a case in which hype ruined the book you were reading. I would say A Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace. I was shocked and disappointed with what I read. It was the first poetry anthology I had ever read and I didn’t understand why it was hyped up as much as she was. I then read her 2nd anthology A Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One and that was AMAZING!

22. If you could read in a foreign language, what language would you choose? I would choose Japanese. I have a lot of Japanese authors on my list and one of my favourite books this year was written by a Japanese author. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. It also means I get to read a variety of manga on initial release.

23. Books I am likely to bring on holiday. I would bring whatever is available. For example, if I have a lot of books given to me for Christmas that I haven’t read I will take them or I would just buy some books at Waterstones. Whatever I fancy to be honest.

24. Name a book you could not finish. I have DNF’d only a couple of books which I am happy about. The most recent book is The Magician’s Nephew. Others would include, New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I mainly DNF’d these because the writing was hard to follow or because the plot was boring.

25. Do you like to keep your books organised? Yes. I organise my shelf by alphabetical order of authors surname and then by chronological order if it’s a series.

26. Have there been any books you have been avoiding? I read Senlin Acsends in April of this year and I still haven’t read the sequel, The Arm of the Sphinx, as I’m worried I might not enjoy it as much as the first. The same goes for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I couldn’t really get into the Prisoner of Azkaban until the final 6 chapters so I am worried that if I re-read Goblet of Fire I won’t enjoy it that much.

27. Name a book you didn’t expect to like but did. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completley Fine by Gail Honeyman. I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy it because it was an adult contemporary (which isn’t a genre I read a lot) and by what people had told me I thought it was going to be sort of like a self-help book about learning to live instead of just surviving. But I was enthralled by the characters, the diaglouge and the plot wasn’t what it seems to be first hand which impressed me.

28. Do you wish to be a writer? I feel like I have great ideas that could be really good books but I lack the skill and could never produce a book that would make someone go wow! I would have to hire a ghost writer.

29. A book that was ruined by the movie adaptation. For me Percy Jackson and the Lighting Theif/Sea of Monsters. I read the series because I really enjoyed the movies and I was shocked by how bad the movies were compared to the books.

30. A movie that has done a book justice. For me I would say the original Death on the Nile movie starring Peter Ustinoff as Hercule Poirot. It’s quite dialogue heavy but it’s so intricately done.