Candyce already read Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Isabelle joined the club. Both of us were pleasantly surprised about this book and wante to tell you about it! If you’re a middle grade fan, you definitely need to add this one to your collection.
A cursed girl 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.
Candyce There are actually a few versions of this book available! I love them all and the one above is my version and I think it’s really cute. Isabelle actually owns a hardcover that is gorgeous! Even under the dustjacket is pretty. It’s very appealing! I wish more YA books had amazing covers like this.
Isabelle Like Candyce said, I have a stunning hardcover version of Nevermoor. Especially the naked hardback is gorgeous and I’m so glad I decided to go for that one. I really like all of the Nevermoor covers actually, they all have some details that refer to the story. After reading the book you’ll know exactly which scene the cover is from.
“The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.”
Candyce When I first heard about this book I was a little hesitant. A lot of people were comparing it with Harry Potter. I was really afraid that it would be a copy of the story we know and love. Luckily that’s not a problem at all. Yes, I did get some Harry Potter vibes, but Nevermoor is very much its own unique story!
We follow Morrigan, a character who thinks she’s cursed. A lot of bad things happen and she’s always blamed. Her family is convinced she’s cursed and will die on her eleventh birthday. Things go different as expected and she’s taken away to Nevermoor.
The worldbuilding in this book is amazing and I would want to live there myself. The author takes time explaining everything and describing the world, but does this in a way that isn’t boring. She continues Morrigan’s tale at the same time. I couldn’t put the book down!
As we learn more about where she is, Morrigan is also learning about aspects of her life she never knew about. She’s on an amazing journey with such a fun set of characters (I will talk about them more after).Following Morrigan takes us on a fun ride and I loved discovering this new world and the trials she ends up participating in together.
Jessica Townsend managed to fill in this world in such a way that you think you know a lot, but it’s clear that we still have a lot to learn in the following books. All I know is that I want to live in that hotel. Having a room change itself to your preferences, without you having to do anything? Sign me up!
I’m not giving away too much about the plot, because I think you really need to experience this one as you go. I can tell you that the worldbuilding and writing are amazing!!
Isabelle This book was so hyped that I was a bit scared to pick it up. Especially the comparisons to Harry Potter had me wondering how this could possibly live up to all the expectations. But I have to say I absolutely loved it! It’s mostly the atmosphere that reminded me of Harry Potter but it’s a completely unique story otherwise.
This is a Middle Grade story and that means we got a lot of focus on friendships and discovering who you are. I really love those themes and that’s a big part of why I adore MG so much. Morrigan doesn’t think too highly of herself but over the course of this story she learns a lot about who she is and starts growing!
I enjoyed getting to know this world so much! There is a lot to learn and I can’t wait for the next books to find out more. Alongside Morrigan we discover so many magical things and I loved how imaginative it all was. This world is quite whimsical and I wish I could visit it!
The plot itself was fun as well! I loved reading about the trials a lot. They reminded me a little bit of the Triwizard Tournament from HP and I simply adore anything having to do with a magical tournament. The second trial was probably me favorite! And after finishing this wonderful book, I obviously had to read the sequel right away 😉
“Morrigan’s night held only one possibility. Like every other child born precisely eleven years ago on the last Eventide, when the clock struck midnight she would die-the eleven short years of her doomed life complete; her curse finally fulfilled.”
Candyce There are quite a few characters in this book that make the story very interesting. Starting off with our main character Morrigan. I can’t imagine what it’s like thinking you’re cursed and that you’ll die when you turn eleven. I felt really bad for her, because she misses so much affection that she deserves from her parents.
That being said, Morrigan is a very strong little girl. When her world is turned upside down she goes with the flow and discovers things as she goes. I think she’s really brave and starts enjoying her new life. I think it helps that there is a lot of support and they all want to be there for her.
Nevermoor has quite a few amazing characters, so I can’t talk about them all. I will choose a few that I really enjoyed. Jupiter comes and rescues Morrigan and I really like him. He’s quite the quirky character, but I love how he just want Morrigan to succeed! I have a feeling we still have a lot to discover about this mentor!
Hawthorne is a boy who can ride dragons and becomes friends with Morrigan. For her this was so important. Finally someone who doesn’t have to care sees her for more than just what she always thought she was, a curse.
Last but not least, the cat Fen. As a cat lover, I will always love characters like her. She’s a lot of fun though and I love the humor we run into when she’s around. I hope we see a lot more of her in the books to come!
Isabelle Candyce already said it, but we have quite some interesting characters in Nevermoor! Morrigan is our main character and she’s a bit dark for an eleven-year old. That made a lot of sense knowing her background but it was also quite sad. She continues to be a bit doom-and-gloom but I actually enjoyed that a lot haha. Morrigan is a great character to read about and I can’t wait to see more of her journey on discovering what she can do and who she’ll become!
Jupiter is Morrigan’s mentor and he was pretty interesting. He hardly gives her any information, not always the best way to go but it makes for a good story haha. You could tell he really cared for Morrigan though and like Candyce I think we have yet to learn a lot about him.
Hawthorne quickly becomes friends with Morrigan and it was great seeing him just accept her for who she is. I loved that he rides dragons and I hope we get to see more of that, because that’s just super cool. He’s also always in for whatever Morrigan comes up with and I think it’s important to have a friend like that!
Fen is another character that just needs to be mentioned. She is a kind of magical cat and she was awesome. I loved all her scenes and basically everything that comes out of her mouth.
We are both definitely a big fan of this series! Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is the second book and we will be reviewing that one soon! Have you read Nevermoor yet? What did you think?