94. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Synopsis (as taken from Amazon) is as follows:

Morrigan Crow is cursed, destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But, as the clock strikes midnight, she’s whisked away by a remarkable man called Jupiter North and taken to the secret city of Nevermoor.

There she’s invited to join the Wundrous Society. Mystery, magic and protection are hers – if only she can pass four impossible trials, using an exceptional talent. Which she doesn’t have…

Ability to read – I have been so excited to read this book. I have heard nothing but good things about it. The title immediately gave me flashbacks to the books/show of ‘Mortimer and Arabel’, where the raven ‘Mortimer’ squawked ‘nevermoor’ when he was upset. This is far different from that but it was my excitement over the term ‘nevermoor’ that filled me with excitement and curiosity for the book. I had no difficulty with reading this. I read this over the course of a couple of days to savour it.

Characterization – The characters in this book were so richly created and it is something I look forward to in Children’s Fiction. Morrigan Crow was everything I wanted from a character. Brave, compelling, smart, fierce, emotional, sarcastic, compassionate and a whole lot more. For the story, Morrigan seemed the perfect match and I was quickly drawn to her side and the adventure she went on. Jupiter North was mysterious and curious. His presence brought me more questions than answers. Throughout the book I was definitely watching for his next move, and he is definitely a character I’ll be watching as the series continues. Hawthorne was a rambunctious little scamp and a welcomed addition to Morrigan’s circle of friends. I don’t know much about him yet, other than him being bold, brave, funny and loyal but I look forward to getting to know him.

Visualization – I found it very easy to visualize this. I was given such a rich playground of details to work with. The characters were fully formed and easy to picture and the setting was descriptive and easy to distinguish and navigate.

Uniqueness – I am happy to discover that this book 100% lived up to the hype that surrounded it. I have read a lot of fantastic books this year but there was something about this book that set it apart from the rest. Most of the Children’s books I read are stand alone books and I haven’t found a series where the first book has interested me so much since Harry Potter – I know right! High standards! – I promise, sometimes I do read books with a low rating – this is not one of them though.

Star Rating – ★★★★★

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