Buddy Review| Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

We’ve both wanted to read Nevernight for quite some time, but just hadn’t taken the time to do so. A buddyread got us going. It’s perfect timing as well, because Darkdawn releases in September. Nevernight is a hyped book, so we were curious if it would live up to our expectations. If you want to see if it did, keep on reading!

“Sometimes weakness is a weapon. If you’re smart enough to use it.”

Cover

Candyce There are a few editions of this book and they all have amazing covers! I love my UK version of Nevernight though. Under the dust jacket is another beautiful cover! I was curious when I saw it the first time.

Isabelle I adore the UK covers! So happy I have this one. But I have to say, I also really like the US version. And with the way I’m enjoying these I wouldn’t mind getting multiple copies. The ‘Never Flinch, Never Fear, Never Forget’ also had me super curious.

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

Plot

Candyce It’s hard to put into words what I thought of Nevernight. This book is so unique and nothing like any other book I’ve ever read. A lot of people keep saying this is YA and believe me when I say it’s not! Nevernight is bloody, violent, sexy and everything you don’t find in that genre.

Mia, a 16 year old girl, is our main character. She’s out for revenge after her father was executed and the rest of her family was taken away from her. Mia is determined to get to The Red Church (a group of assassins) and become a Blade. Once that happens, she can get the revenge she’s after.

Nevernight is a long book and it takes a bit to get to the real action. I didn’t mind that at all in this book. This author has created such an amazing world. I am so happy he decided to give us all of the information as everything slowly builds. Nevernight has such detailed worldbuilding, it’s so impressive. The Republic of Itreya and Godsgrave both sound like such interesting places and the way this book was written, I can picture everything.

On top of the amazing world we read about, Jay Kristoff has an amazing writing style. He’s unique in his writing and I love his sarcasm. This book is intense and bloody, but he’s so sarcastic at times. I laughed out loud quite a few times. Another unique thing about this book is the use of footnotes. At first, I didn’t think I would enjoy them, but I ended up loving them. The extra information or sarcasm fit this story perfectly.

Like the blurb says, The Red Church is no Hogwarts. That is so true! Mia follows classes of seduction, use of weapons, poisons and even learning to pickpocket. This school isn’t for the weak and students die along the way. Things get harsh! Basically you can’t trust anyone, because who knows what will happen?

Nevernight is filled with so many twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I came to love quite a few of the characters and I have no clue where this story will go!

 

Isabelle What a book! It’s going to be hard to give a review for this one and I just want to say, please go and experience it for yourself. This seems to be a very polarizing read, people either love it or hate it! I think a big part of that comes from the footnotes. Nevernight is brought to you like a bit of a history book. And while the narrator tells the story of Mia, the footnotes tell you more about the world. Apart from world building, we also get extremely funny and sarcastic comments in the footnotes. And I absolutely loved it! I am amazed at the extensive world building Jay Kristoff managed to put into this series. While I loved the footnotes, they did cause be to lose my place in the book a lot and slowed down my reading a bit. But the further we got, the better I got at finding my place again. The footnotes are such an amazing part of the story, so I would never want to see them taken out.

I knew Nevernight was an adult read but I still wasn’t prepared for the brutality, the blood, the gore, the deaths and yes the smut! As you might know, I’m not really an adult romance reader so I don’t read that much smut but I think it was really well done her. And I have to say, that opening chapter was pure genius. I think it will be my favorite opening ever. Recently I started tabbing some of my books and I used so many tabs in Nevernight haha. There are amazing quotes, incredible scenes, and a ton of OMG-moments. I saw some of the twists coming, but was severely shocked by others.

The setting in Nevernight is mostly the Red Church, a place that was so interesting to read about. I also think the story picked up once we got to the Red Church. We got more action and some unexpected moments and I just wanted to read on and on and on. I don’t think I would’ve been able to survive the classes in the Red Church but they do sound amazing. And I’m so happy we could attend through this story! Hopefully from all this gushing you get that I loved this book and will start Godsgrave immediately.

Characters

Candyce Mia is such a fun character. She’s sassy, brave, tough, sad and feels more than she wants to let on. No one should have to experience what Mia did, losing your family and seeing everything happen. Especially poor Mr. Puddles. Mia wants revenge and that goal keeps her going.

There’s definitely more to Mia that meets the eye and she’s still not completey sure what she is. There are things she can do most people can’t and Mia wants to know what she is. Mia becomes even stronger during this story though. I loved seeing her change. Even though revenge is still number one in the list of her priorities, her feelings are starting to play a bigger part in how she reacts to things. Mia has a bigger heart than someone only after revenge.

Mr. Kindly, Mia’s non-cat, was my favorite character in this book. He’s there to keep Mia’s fear at bay and always appears at the perfect moments. I love his take on situations and the remarks he makes when Mia is up to something. I hope we see a lot more of him!

Tric is a character Mia met on her way to The Red Church and has his own revenge. He was a bit mysterious to me in the beginning, but we slowly get to know more about him. Another character that is really brave and more caring than the students there normally are.

There are so many interesting characters in this book and if I were to write about all of them, I would have a book of my own. Let’s just say  Nevernight has an amazing cast of characters!!

Isabelle Apart from a wonderful plot, Nevernight has some great characters. Jay Kristoff knows what he’s doing ;). Mia is our main character and I loved following her and getting to know her. She starts off as this badass girl who might seem a bit closed off. But throughout the story we learn more about her past and see different sides of her. Mia is not all that she seems and I really feel for her. While she really wants her revenge, she also never loses sight of what truly important and I don’t think many in her position would follow in her footsteps. I can’t wait to see where those footsteps head to next.

Mr. Kindly is another very important and also a very unique character. He is a non-cat and to find out how that works exactly you have to read it for yourself haha. I loved his comments on everything Mia did (or didn’t do) and the interaction with Eclipse was the best. Godsgrave better be filled with the two of them!

Tric, Lotti, and Ash were probably my favorite students next to Mia. And I’m heartbroken to think how everything turns out. As I said, this is very much an adult novel so don’t for a second think everyone will make it out unscathed. Or anyone really ;). The professors were super cool as well, they are not the teachers you’re expecting and I hope they are featured in the sequel as well.

We were both blown away by this book! It’s hard to put into words how amazing it is. Keep an eye on the blog next month, because we both plan on reading Godsgrave. Have you read Nevernight? What did you think?

Rating Report
Plot
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing Style
5 Stars
Overall Enjoyment
5 Stars
Cover
5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars

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