Hi friends! I’m baaaack to review a book that’s been on my radar for what feels like forever*? And it’s a middle-grade so look at me expanding my horizons and being special.
*of course, it’s only been a year…
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.
I really, really enjoyed this one! Middle-grade has been a genre I haven’t gotten a chance to pick up much this year but this has gotten so much hype. It’s actually been compared to Harry Potter, and I have to admit that that comparison is extremely accurate. Yet, it’s still its own book??? More on that later!
Some reasons why this is so unique and special snowflake-y:
- The entire world is like so magical and wonderful and gives me HP vibes just because it’s that version of comfy-sweet.
- Those trials are amazing??? And original???
- Can we also just appreciate a logical female heroine???
- Oh yes and Jupiter may or may not give Dumbledore a run for his money as “best mentor ever”! Although IS Dumbledore the best mentor??? NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR HARRY POTTER TANGENTS.
The reason this was so reminiscent of the Harry Potter series was mainly the atmosphere, the characters, and the humor. Who can forget Fred and George’s brilliant banter??? But Morrigan is literally so similar to Harry in that she is sassy. And there was this Christmas scene that was purely Harry Potter atmosphere.
Of course, it’s in no way a copy-cat of Harry Potter. Everything is so different and so unique, it’s kinda like comparing Percy Jackson to HP!
And those TRIALS. I WANT MOREEEEEEE
I’m such a sucker for competitions of any kind but ESPECIALLY magical ones. I do wish there was more time spent between them but the trials themselves were amazing. And the plot was soooo intriguing and I was impressed by how clever several of the twists were!
My main issues were simply that it took a bit too long to get anywhere. And then the spaces of time between the trials were technically huge jumps??? I feel like the pacing could have been a bit better. And the dynamic between Jack and Morrigan was just completely flipped on it’s head without warning??? I NEEDED AT LEAST ANOTHER SCENE.
oh yeah and during that umbrella scene all I could think of was Yondu going: “I’M MARY POPPINS Y’ALL!…small interlude over
I do think that this book is ever so slightly over-hyped, because while it IS good don’t get me wrong, it’s not the most magnificent thing ever. Tell me! Have you heard of this? Do you like magical competitions? Have you read this?