Hey everyone! We’ve moved Middle-Grade Monday over from our TBR and Beyond Facebook Group to the blog! Hopefully we can bring you lots of great reviews, topics and maybe even some author interviews!
I’m a massive middle-grade fan, and I’m always trying to get people to give it a shot! Hopefully these reviews will give you a better idea if you want to try out the books or not! That is the goal anyway!
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: October 31st, 2017
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. – Synopsis from Goodreads
Remember that magical feeling the first time you read Harry Potter? Well, Nevermoor has those same magical feels. You know you’re reading something special and you know you are in for one hell of a journey.
Ok, before you start to throw rocks because I dared to compared this to Potter – calm down, take a breath, I promise it will be okay. All I mean is that, Nevermoor is just one of those special books that makes you want to believe in magic and I think it’s a book that the more young people learn about it, the more will read and cherish it – it’s just that kind of story. It centers around a cursed young girl named Morrigan who is supposed to die on her 12 birthday (cheery!), there are several children that are known as being cursed and basically blamed for literally anything that goes wrong. If you burn your supper, yep that is on Morrigan. Fell down the stairs? Morrigan’s father is going to have to pay that medical bill. It’s a pretty shady system and because of it, no one wants to go near the girl (obviously). Her own father treats her poorly. Her does take care of her financially and such but he is very cold towards her and never shows her any affection whatsoever.
Of course, if Morrigan died on that fated day, we wouldn’t have much of a story. Enter Jupiter – a strange man with crazy ideas and bright red hair wants to her to come with him and enter the numerous trials for a chance at the becoming a member of the Wunderous Society and so begins the read adventure.
Nevermoor is first-class storytelling, it’s not just for children – there is something for everyone in this story. It’s just incredible. The characters are all unique and have different and interesting backstories that start to unfold, the settings are incredible and the trials and unusual and exciting. I also love all the various odd characters running around, but I don’t want to give anything cool away. We, of course, have a villain but again I don’t want to speak on that one – you’ll have to read it to find out.
Even though I’ve mentioned Potter – Nevermoor is completely it’s own story. I never once felt it was a rip-off or something tired and rehashed. This is an original story and I’m so excited to be able to read it from the start as it’s being written. The author has said she is planning on this being a NINE series book and I am so here for it.