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Nevermoor: Book Review

Nevermoor: Book Review

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

(Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend

Published October 31st 2017

RATING: ★★★★

4 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 465

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Series? Yes, this is the first book in series!

MY REVIEW OF Nevermoor:

Children’s Middle Grade/ Young Adult – Fantasy 


I originally picked up this book because I heard it described as a magical Children’s book, somewhat similar to Harry Potter. And I was sold. That was all I needed to hear. Because of some of its raving reviews, and the connections readers were making to Harry Potter, I thought I would LOVE this book. While I did really enjoy it, it didn’t make my all-times favorites list.

I did really enjoy the characters and the trials that Morrigan had to go through and the setting was spectacular. This book is full of magic, mystique and WONDER!

I would have to say that this book is a totally unique addition in the world of middle grade books as well as young adult books. What makes this book standout is that it can be enjoyed by SO MANY age groups. 

I ended up listening to this book as an audiobook and it was really enjoyable. I thought that Gemma Whelan, did a phenomenal job, and I am tempted to listen to the next book as an audiobook as well!

I do plan on continuing the series and reading the next book Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this book review!


Sarah June


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