Title: Nevermoor – the Trials of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
*Note* This was a review copy sent to me by the Danish publisher, Gyldendal Ung, so thank you so much to them for sending me this book.
Alright. I knew nothing about Nevermoor when I received it for review by the translated publisher, but I thought, alright, let’s give it a shot. Another Dane, who had received it for review, said she really enjoyed it, so that was really all I had to go on. And I did not mind at all. I liked going into this book completely blind because I had no expectations or thoughts on this so my mind was completely wiped clean when I turned the first page. So here’s my thoughts on Nevermoor – the Trials of Morrigan Crow.
Also, please not that I read this book in Danish, so for the sake of simplicity and me not having to go and check and translated all the important phrases, I’ve taken the “liberty” of using the synopsis from the book’s Goodreads page (but’s it explains it really well… obviously):
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 to confront her deadly fate.
So… this book would be classified as a middle grade, but that had no effect on me liking this story any less like a YA book would. Because I did. I enjoyed the heck out of this story. It was fun, thrilling, with great world-building and likeable (and dis-likeable) characters, and it had me turning the pages to find out how Morrigan would do in the trials and most of all, what her talent would turn out to be (hint: it’s definitely a surprise!).
So even though you might think that a middle grade book is not your thing because you’re too old or middle grade books aren’t serious enough, you might be surprised. I certainly was and I will gladly say that I am very much looking forward to the sequel coming out in October (so far away *miserable emoji*).
The book wasn’t all that predictable as I might have thought it would be given its target age group and I loved that I was able to laugh out loud several times throughout the story (I mean, who doesn’t love that in a book).
So.. would I recommend this book?
Yes! Definitely yes!
But then why have you not given it 5 stars, you might ask (I don’t know if you were thinking that, but let’s just assume that you did).
Excellent question my dear reader.
It was a really good and entertaining story, but it still lacked a little extra that would earn it that last star.
But despite that little hiccup – it’s a great and read-worthy book!