Book Review: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Title: Nevermoor
Author: Jessica Townsend
Series: Nevermoor #1
Publication Date: 10th October 2017

Synopsis: "Morrigan Crow is cursed.
Born on an unlucky day, she is 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 Eventide.

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 to a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to pass four difficult and dangerous trials - or she'll have to leave the city and confront her deadly fate."

My thoughts: This book was so magical, so beautiful, so... wundrous. (Nevermoor jokes... they shall soon be a thing.) I was unexpectedly sent a proof copy of this and I honestly could hug the person who did that - I was in a bit of a slump at the time, not really seeing magic anywhere, and this book lifted me up, dusted me off, and then thrilled and beguiled me with tales of smoking rooms, changing walls, chandeliers that grow, and dragon-riding best friends.

Be honest - just that little description there has you a little intrigued, am I right?

What Townsend has created her is a beautiful book full of whimsy and delight, and just a little bit of underlying threat and fear. Morrigan Crow is such an interesting main character, one struggling to understand the sudden turn her life has taken, and I found that I related to her so easily. The trials, and Jupiter North, and the other characters that appear in this book are just all so ...I am running out of words. They are larger-than-life and most (most) are absolutely huggable.

Townsend's writing style is smooth and a dream to read - nothing jarred me out of my experience of reading this. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it, and being eager to get back to it pretty much all the time. Even now, as I write this, I am gazing at its beautiful cover thinking about how long I should wait before I read it again, because maybe I missed something or didn't appreciate it fully the first time round...

This book is a charming romp, and I highly recommend it. I have already talked it up to basically anyone who will listen. Please give it a look!

[I received an unsolicited copy of this book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!!]

A favourite line from the book: ''And is your room all right?'
'Y-yes, of course!' she stammered. 'At least it was when I left it. I swear.''

You would like this book if: Magical, comfortable, cozy reads filled with whimsy and wonder. (If you don't like those kinds of things, I am not entirely sure we can be friends.)

Tea to drink while reading this book: Ohh a cozy hot chocolate, or some quite milky tea for comfort.

Rating:  10/10

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