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Review: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend


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.

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


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