Aussie Author Challenge Australian Women Writers Book Reviews Erin's Book Challenge

Book Review: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend #AWW2019

Ten-year-old Morrigan Crow is a cursed child. She is held responsible for all the misfortunes that befall her state – from natural disasters to personal bad luck. But Morrigan herself is doomed. Because the curse means she and other born on this day are doomed to die at midnight on Eventide which also happens to fall on her eleventh birthday. As Morrigan awaits her end, a strange man, Jupiter North arrives. Just as she is being chased by hounds and hunters prepared to meet her fate, he whisks her away to safety to an enchanting land – Nevermoor. But the only way she can stay as an ‘illegal’, is if she wins a place in the prestigious Wundrous Society. To do this, she must compete against hundreds of other children in four difficult trials. Each competitor has an extraordinary talent or skill that sets them apart and holds them in contention to join the society. The problem is, Morrigan doesn’t seem to have any special talents. And if she loses, she has to return to meet her fate.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first book in the Nevermoor series by debut author Jessica Townsend. It is a middle-grade book and a cross between Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. There’s magic though not in the Harry Potter style, and dragons, and the amazing Hotel Deucalion where the rooms change to suit the owner’s personality, and gigantic Magnificats. Morrigan has to also try and fight back those who are fixated on having her removed from Nevermoor for being an illegal immigrant without her official papers – something similar to what is happening in Australia today.

Morrigan herself is a brave, curious and funny girl. Her ability to see humour in times of adversity is quite endearing. There are some flashes of Harry Potter in the novel especially the manner in which Jupiter arrives to let Morrigan know she is coming with him to Nevermoor. Potter fans will finish it reminiscent of Hagrid’s arrival informing Harry that he’s a wizard. Similar to Harry, Morrigan too is in a loveless family where she doesn’t belong – in her case, it’s her father and stepmother, and her grandmother. Nevermoor for Morrigan is a promise of a place where she can belong.

Nevermoor is a sweet book, filled with adventure and laughs. It’s time for a new generation to enter a fantastical world of beasts and magic and possibly, the eventual fight between good and evil.

My rating:

Where to buy the book:

Amazon | Book Depository | Booktopia |

Where to find the author:

Website | Instagram | Twitter

***Read and reviewed for the 2019 Aussie Author Challenge, 2019 Australian Women Writer’s Challenge, and Erin’s book challenge 10.0***

Until next time,

You Might Also Like

  • Soumya
    29 January 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Yay finally something that is close enough to Harry Potter, you must be thrilled, no? 🙂

    Like you said, it is now time for the new generation to enter another magical world where there is a clear definition of good and evil.

    I’m going to try this one.
    Soumya recently posted…Book Review: Everything I Never Told You – Celeste NgMy Profile

  • Shantala
    31 January 2019 at 1:03 am

    A cross between Harry Potter and Hunger Games? I am going to try this one! Thanks for sharing, Sanch!
    Shantala recently posted…Crazy Rich Asians – Worth The Hype?My Profile

  • Shalini R
    31 January 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Where is my phone, let me put the book in my Amazon cart right away 🙂 I badly need some magic in my life right now and what better than this book! Thanks for a fab review as always, Sanch.
    Shalini R recently posted…Mindrolling Monastery- A Photo TourMy Profile

  • Anamika Agnihotri
    31 January 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I have not been a fan of the fantasy genre. I am recently working on picking up books for reading in this genre. I am adding Never Moor to my Goodreads To read list.
    Anamika Agnihotri recently posted…Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows #KidLitBookReview 24My Profile

  • Obsessivemom
    1 February 2019 at 1:41 pm

    A cross between Harry Potter and Hunger Games sounds so perfect for me. I am looking for books for my stuck-on-Percy_Jackson son. I’m tired of seeing him re-read the same stuff over and over again. I should try this one. It sounds good.
    Obsessivemom recently posted…Salt to the Sea – A #ReviewMy Profile

  • January 2019 Reflections - Sanch Writes
    2 February 2019 at 9:13 am

    […] cry ugly tears and will stay with me for a long, long time. Apart from these, I also read Poonachi, Nevermoor, One half from the east, Adulthood is a myth and Cloudwish {review of this to come soon}. I […]

  • Shalzmojo
    3 February 2019 at 12:48 am

    I was reminded of Hunger games when I started reading this review. Quite a review you racked up here Sanch and I am tempted by the association to Harry Potter. 4 stars – hmmmmmmm. Marked on my TBR for sure!!
    Shalzmojo recently posted…#Gratitude – Beginnings in January 2019My Profile