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 organisation: 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 and confront her deadly fate once and for all.
Before I start, this book has been getting so much hype maybe I expected too much. So I ended up pretty disappointed. It’s an okay book but not the mindblowing story it was hyped up to be.
Majority of the book is so slow, I didn’t find myself gripped to the story at all and I kept putting down for a while. Middle grade is usually a genre that I find fun and gripping and an easy read, I usually fly through it. I found the last 70-80 pages were the best part of the entire novel, the story picked up and was actually interesting for a bit.
The writing style is just meh? Nothing particularly great about it, the story itself was pretty flat and wasn’t very unique or creative. I don’t understand the praise surrounding this book at all…
The ending/ final trial was a complete cop-out, in my opinion. Left me pretty damn disappointed. The ‘plot twists’ were just meh, nothing shocking.
The world itself was the most interesting part, in my opinion, Nevermoor seems like such a weird and wonderful place. I am interested in knowing more about it so I really hope the next book has more worldbuilding.
Morrigan Crow: She was an okay main character, I didn’t love her but I didn’t dislike her either; she was just average. I did feel sorry for her, being a ‘cursed’ child and having everything blamed on her but she was still a bit bland. She started off well, she was a bit feisty but she seemed to lose that trait after the first few chapters.
I did like her friend, he was quite entertaining and their friendship was quite sweet.
Jupiter North: I found him to be an interesting and amusing character but even he couldn’t save the boring plot.
I saw a lot of people mention the talking cat, Fen, but she was just boring, I don’t see the appeal, personally.
Overall: It was an alright book. Some parts were enjoyable but a lot of it could have been better. I am actually interested to see where the story goes so I will be continuing the series to see if it does get better!
Rating: 3 Stars