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Nevermoor by Jessica Townshend

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By Sophie O'Loughlin

“A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who 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.”

First things first- my advance reader copy of this book is absolutely beautiful. The cover is starry and the title is gold and catches the light just beautifully. To be honest I never normally read fantasy books like this but the cover just caught my eye and I had to give it a go.

And I’m so glad I did. This book is cool and interesting from the start. I’d describe it as a mixture of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games (just in the trials aspect). It’s so fantastical it makes me want to live in Nevermoor.

Morrigan Crow is a cursed child who is doomed to die on Eventide on her birthday. She causes destruction and misfortune to all those around her and her family want her gone. There are some hilarious scenes featuring her increasingly frustrated father and her awful, unsympathetic stepmother. The only family member who even likes Morrigan is her grandmother.

Morrigan is only 11 in the book but she’s not annoying or whingey like some younger characters can be. I presume this book is aimed at children of that age but it is still appealing to older readers- I certainly enjoyed it and I’m 17!

The names in this book are great. The world building is fantastic. Everything is just wonderful to be honest. There’s a great twist at the end that gets built up to throughout the book, interesting subplots, and an exciting plot.

(c) Sophie O’Loughlin

Order your copy online here.

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