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The Trials of Morrigan Crow PDF, ePub eBook 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 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.

30 review for The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emma Giordano

    This book is absolutely enchanting. Nevermoor is an exciting fantasy tale full of magic, mischief, and wonder. I cannot recommend it enough! Nevermoor is by far the ONLY book I have read that comes close to bringing me the feelings I have while reading Harry Potter. It remains creative and unique while instilling the same emotions, excitement (and fear) of one of the greatest children’s novels of all time. That being said, Nevermoor truly stands on it’s own as a spectacular middle grade adventure This book is absolutely enchanting. Nevermoor is an exciting fantasy tale full of magic, mischief, and wonder. I cannot recommend it enough! Nevermoor is by far the ONLY book I have read that comes close to bringing me the feelings I have while reading Harry Potter. It remains creative and unique while instilling the same emotions, excitement (and fear) of one of the greatest children’s novels of all time. That being said, Nevermoor truly stands on it’s own as a spectacular middle grade adventure that will leave you craving more every time you set the book down. This is the perfect tale of sweet and thrilling. It features a high stakes competition that will keep you on the edge of your seat at every trial, while also focusing on the importance of friendship and believing in yourself. Morrigan is such a fantastic protagonist with endless complexities and loveable traits. It is a charming, developed world with a unique magic system and fascinating characters. There are so many twists and turns and unanticipated events that it’s hard not to love. Additionally, the audiobook is PHENOMENAL. If you are an audiobook listener, you MUST consume this story in that format. Gemma Whelan takes this story to new heights with unique character voices, fantastic acting, and flawless execution. There’s also these whimsical little jingles that signal the end of the chapter which was a really nice touch. This novel has absolutely become one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. My only small critique of the book is that I felt the chapters ended at odd times. Sometimes it felt as if it would stop mid-conversation/mid-scene and there were better breaking points a page or two into the next chapter. It was a slight distraction at some points but did not impact my overall enjoyment of the story. Nevermoor has truly stolen my heart. I’m irrevocably in love with this series from the first installment and am anxiously awaiting the sequel. I would highly recommend to any reader of any age. This is a whimsical tale you will not want to miss.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    Middle Grade is NOT my genre. I'm usually always disappointed but I keep trying just in case... and this book made it worth it! I mean... there's literally a giant talking cat! I'll continue the series!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Urban

    Great. Now I have to wait with bated breath for my Hogwarts letter AND Wundrous Society invitation to arrive? One was hard enough, two is just unfair.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    “The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.” Whenever people compare things to Harry Potter I immediately become wary of whatever they are comparing to it. I know this mostly comes from nostalgia, but still, I feel like saying something is “the next Harry Potter” is not only the highest praise, but also setting that thing up for the greatest fall. It took me a while to pick Nevermoor: The Trial “The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.” Whenever people compare things to Harry Potter I immediately become wary of whatever they are comparing to it. I know this mostly comes from nostalgia, but still, I feel like saying something is “the next Harry Potter” is not only the highest praise, but also setting that thing up for the greatest fall. It took me a while to pick Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow up, just because of that that. But you know what? I think it deserves that title; not only is it amazing, it actually does feel like the closest thing I’ve ever read to Harry Potter, while also completely and wholeheartedly being its own story. I loved this book. This book stars a young girl named Morrigan Crow, who has lived her life feeling unwanted by a family who believes her to be cursed. And this curse has also lead everyone, including Morrigan, to believe that she will die on her eleventh birthday. That is, until Jupiter North comes with an invitation to compete to join the Wundrous Society. Each year, kids compete to enter this exclusive Society, with the help of a sponsor. And all the children have different knacks, AKA: talents, which range from being able to grow hair on a whim, to being able to ride dragons, to being practically invisible, the possibilities are honestly endless. And Jupiter North has never taken a protégée under his wing, until Morrigan. So, everyone is wondering and assuming that she must have a talent unlike anyone has ever seen, but Morrigan doesn’t even know what special powers she possesses. But to even get into the Wundrous Society, Morrigan must complete each of the four trials. And all the trials are so very different, and so very unique, and such a dang treat to read. The trials were truly my favorite scenes in this book. And that’s saying a lot, because we have a giant, talking cat who is sassy and perfect. And a hotel, where Morrigan stays, with such an amazing cast of characters. And the Christmas scene and competition in this book? Honestly perfection. I truly did love this story with my whole heart. This book is such a love letter to found families. And I think this book could change so many lives of so many kids out there that feel so unwanted, when in reality they are so very wanted and the family we choose will always be greater than the family we are born into. This is something that took me a long while to figure out myself, but blood will always be just that – blood. Hell, every one out of fifteen people walking around Vegas are likely to have my blood type, and that’s all my blood has to say about me. Yes, this book is whimsical, and fun, but I also think it’s important. And my heart is so very happy just thinking about the message that will touch so many kids picking this book up. And this book has such an overwhelming message about how we can truly be anything we want to be. That good and bad are in all of us, and as long as you’re striving to do good, you can be good, no matter your past, and no matter who tells you otherwise. Overall, I can honestly say that each time I opened this book up that I experienced pure joy. From the messages, to the writing, to this fantastic story in general. There is so much to love about this book. If you are on the fence, please pick this one up. It’s honestly such a bright shining light in middle grade. And I cannot wait to see what comes next in Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow! Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch Trigger and content warnings for emotionally abusive parents and abandonment. Buddy read with Sue & Lourdes! ❤ Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by: 🌑 Samantha from Sam's Nonsense 🌒 Frankie from Frankie Reads 🌓 Kaitlin from Kitty G 🌔 Rachel from Kalanadi 🌕 Thomas from SFF180 🌖 Connor from Connor O'Brien 🌗 Sam from Thoughts on Tomes 🌘 Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw 🌑 Elena from Elena Reads Books

  5. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    me: i don't really like middle grade Nevermoor: hi me: talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    4 1/2 stars. This could be the beginning of a new series phenomenon. What do you say, Jessica Townsend? Are you ready for it? Morrigan Crow was born to die on her eleventh birthday. She is cursed. But an invitation to the elusive Wundrous Society changes her destiny. She needs to pass challenging trials that will determine if she has it in her to be part of something bigger than herself and join the elite group. But everyone seems to have a talent, something that makes them… magical. Except her. 4 1/2 stars. This could be the beginning of a new series phenomenon. What do you say, Jessica Townsend? Are you ready for it? Morrigan Crow was born to die on her eleventh birthday. She is cursed. But an invitation to the elusive Wundrous Society changes her destiny. She needs to pass challenging trials that will determine if she has it in her to be part of something bigger than herself and join the elite group. But everyone seems to have a talent, something that makes them… magical. Except her. Will she find it before it’s too late? Either she becomes part of the secret organization, or she dies. Jessica Townsend knows what readers want. She knows we need to be hooked and surprised and mystified. Being hooked is easy, as the world building is special, like a cake with multiple layers. You think you’ve tasted it all, only to discover there are more hidden flavours. I’m one for competitions, so the trials had me going. They are extremely concealed, until it’s the right time to disclose what the children will need to do. Having read the book, I can tell you they are not predictable, hence the surprising factor. As with any book, if we already know everything, there is little use to keeping on reading. The characters have secrets. The Wundrous Society itself is a mystery. Even now, I feel as if I’ve only been privy to 5% of its mysteries, at most. I don’t know if it’s a sort of school or spy society… It’s killing me, of course, but it’s also making me die to pick the sequel up, which is the ideal reaction after finishing a book. Jessica Townsend did that to me. It’s when you’re ready to cry at the idea of a book not having any sequels that you know it made its mark on you. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  7. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy ⚓️

    Middle of the road middle grade. That best describes this reading experience for me, which was a huge bummer. Someone I follow gushed about this book and how "magical" it was...and it just didn't live up to those expectations for me, sadly. In fact, this read like a book that was trying too hard to be the next big movie franchise. A lot of the elements of the book felt very choppy and very clearly borrowed from other huge blockbusters, i.e., Harry Potter (obviously), The Hunger Games, Mary Poppins Middle of the road middle grade. That best describes this reading experience for me, which was a huge bummer. Someone I follow gushed about this book and how "magical" it was...and it just didn't live up to those expectations for me, sadly. In fact, this read like a book that was trying too hard to be the next big movie franchise. A lot of the elements of the book felt very choppy and very clearly borrowed from other huge blockbusters, i.e., Harry Potter (obviously), The Hunger Games, Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz, to name just a few. Full disclosure, though: the fact that I read this on the heels of my FIRST read of Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban (my first read of the HP series ever in general) probably didn't help matters any. All that said, while the story didn't blow me away, I DID enjoy it well enough. The main character, Morrigan, read pretty flat for me this go-round; but, I really liked Jupiter North and Hawthorne Swift and I will still read the next one to find out what happens. And who knows, maybe I will like this better upon a second read when I'm prepping for book two.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was SO GOOD. It’s no surprise that I’m not much of a fantasy or middle grade reader but I still found this to be absolutely charming 💕

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    This took me literally no time at all because this story is SO. GOOD. This world is the most unique thing I’ve read in a very long time, and the whole thing was filled with so many twists and turns and surprises I was left on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE. TIME. I need the next one NOW. NOOOWWWWW.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    What a fun middle grade read!! I don’t read of this genre & I am kicking myself for not! This was so whimsical & just downright fun!! ☂ ☁ I would highly recommend if your looking for a fun read! My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ What a fun middle grade read!! I don’t read of this genre & I am kicking myself for not! This was so whimsical & just downright fun!! ☂️ ☁️ I would highly recommend if your looking for a fun read! My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  11. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader

    I loved this audiobook, narrated by Gemma Whelan so much the first time around! I had always planned to listen to it again and now seems like the perfect time to do so as the second book in this series, Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is set to be released next month on November 13, 2018. I will be writing a second review here. I saved my first review below if you're interested in reading it. (view spoiler)[ It's taken me a while to decide how to review this audiobook. Here's what I've I loved this audiobook, narrated by Gemma Whelan so much the first time around! I had always planned to listen to it again and now seems like the perfect time to do so as the second book in this series, Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow is set to be released next month on November 13, 2018. I will be writing a second review here. I saved my first review below if you're interested in reading it. (view spoiler)[ It's taken me a while to decide how to review this audiobook. Here's what I've come up with. The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend audiobook, narrated by Gemma Whelan is honestly the best book in this genre I have ever listened to! I am so glad I decided to listen to the audiobook rather than read it as I could never have imagined all the inflections and individual voices and accents that each character was given by narrator Gemma Whelan! 5★'s Further information about narrator ratings can be found at the bottom of my profile page. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4... I'm not going to summarize it for you as there are plenty of descriptions to go around. I'm just going to give you a list of some of the words that come to mind when the book came to an end. Fun. Amusing. Hilarious. Exuberant. Scintillating. Dazzling. Charming. Enchanting. Ingenious. Fascinating. There were many times that I laughed out loud, sometimes until my stomach began to ache and I had to pause the book! This is a real gem! There are plenty of frightening, sinister, and harrowing parts of the story, too, that brought about a sense of danger, anxiety, and foreboding that I experienced along with Morrigan! I made myself listen to this audiobook slowly because if I hadn't I could have easily sat and listened to the entire book in one sitting! More than that, though, is that I just didn't want it to end! Waiting for the next one in the series is going to be excruciating! Fortunately it's coming out in October, 2018! I absolutely know that I will be listening to The Trials of Morrigan Crow again. Many, many more times and never get tired of it! You may think I'm exaggerating but for me, I can't say enough how much I loved and adored this audiobook! Bottom line, all I can really say is LISTEN TO the audiobook The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, narrated by Gemma Whelan! YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED! I would like to send a special thanks to my very good friend, Brenda, for introducing this book to me. It would have been a big miss if I hadn't known of it. Thank you, mate! (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    The Trials of Morrigan Crow is one of those middle grade children's books which is still perfectly readable by adults who like fantasy. I loved it. Jessica Townsend introduces her magical world by saying little but showing lots - just the way it should be done. There's a wonderful talking cat and a hotel which creates itself according to the resident's needs and desires. There are dragons and dragon riders. There are witches and people who can perform amazing tasks. And there is much more! All of The Trials of Morrigan Crow is one of those middle grade children's books which is still perfectly readable by adults who like fantasy. I loved it. Jessica Townsend introduces her magical world by saying little but showing lots - just the way it should be done. There's a wonderful talking cat and a hotel which creates itself according to the resident's needs and desires. There are dragons and dragon riders. There are witches and people who can perform amazing tasks. And there is much more! All of the characters are delightful especially Jupiter and Hawthorne. Morrigan Crow herself shows tremendous promise of good things to come in future books. The story is excellent and is complete in this book but with plenty of hints about what is to come. And all of this was well written, nicely paced and thoroughly enjoyable. Five stars for this first episode in the series and I look forward to much more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn K.

    What in the world... Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow had garnered an exceeding amount of praise and recognition throughout news articles, catching my attention as well. From the film rights already sold to a 7-figure deal between major publishers and even being likened to Harry Potter (I mean no I didn't buy it of course, but c'mon don't we readers all get hopeful that the next big thing is finally here?) Nevermoor ignited so much buzz on the web that I had to see for m What in the world... Jessica Townsend's Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow had garnered an exceeding amount of praise and recognition throughout news articles, catching my attention as well. From the film rights already sold to a 7-figure deal between major publishers and even being likened to Harry Potter (I mean no I didn't buy it of course, but c'mon don't we readers all get hopeful that the next big thing is finally here?) Nevermoor ignited so much buzz on the web that I had to see for myself if this novel was worth the hype. Most unfortunately, it wasn't. Not even close to it. How to describe Nevermoor? A mash-up of Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, and Hotel Transylvania. I use the Harry Potter card carefully. It is not thrilling, sophisticated, and creative as Harry Potter. I say Harry Potter only because there were similar aspects like how Morrigan is a "cursed child" and grows up being very lonely and feared/hated by others. And there are plenty of other scenes that are reminiscent of Harry Potter, which isn't a bad thing, but only is if it feels redundant and unoriginal. Now, I say Marry Poppins because Jupiter North is Marry Poppins much in masculine form. Period. And lastly, I say Hotel Transylvania because Halloweenish characters appear throughout the novel. I cannot express enough how utterly disappointed I am. Nevermoor did not wow me, amaze me, entertain me, impress me, or even amuse me. It did not do the very thing news articles, Goodreads reviewers, and blurbs relentlessly promised: to wow me and us readers. It was a long, jarring flop. Morrigan Crow was one dimensional. She always feels like the background, experiencing everything from afar and not keen to make her own decisions nor ask questions when she needs to. She's not independent nor strong-minded. Jupiter North once again is Mary Poppins. Eccentric, warm hearted, and a mentor to Morrigan. Now, the story lacks conflict and tension. And I've seen and loved plenty of children's novels that have those essential aspects. So the whole book from beginning to end felt like a long, exhausting, and taxing read. It literally drained the energy out of me. The writing wasn't anything special. I believe the writer doesn't know how to write figuratively. It was extremely dry, plain and unoriginal. It didn't help that the main character was almost always in a drab and gloomy mood. Another issue about this book is that the relative location of the characters in a scene isn't described thoroughly. For example, there was a scene where Morrigan went into the elevator with Jupiter, but all of a sudden there were a bunch of people with them and Martha the maid was there. And this happened consistently. Or supporting characters were not described very thoroughly in detail like their physical appearance and personalities. And they felt like placeholders, not unique or charming in any way. It was sometimes very frustrating. Another biggie problem was how the conflicts were solved. Goodness! Trial after trial, Morrigan smoothly passed through all including the climax of the novel by slim needle hole of luck that she'll easily pass through. It was strange and upsetting. None of it felt believable. It didn't support or enrich Morrigan's character. Because she slipped through so easy in all of these "daring and difficult" trials and other conflicts, the conflicts didn't feel like conflicts at all. Overall, this novel did not meet up with all the hype. It's actually really mediocre. I still cannot understand how so much praise was given to this novel. There wasn't a deep meaning or theme within the book that could outshine the slow paced, dull plot. This is just a typical children's novel that is easily forgotten.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell Awww! This was so adorable. I don't really enjoy middle-grade category because I always feel too old myself for that, but I didn't feel it with Nevermoor. Everyone compares this book to Harry Potter. Nevermoor is not Harry Potter. They have nothing to do with each other. Keep in mind! The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Morrigan, who is a "cursed" child. She travels to Nevermoor and she has to do four trials to become a member of Wu My thoughts in a nutshell Awww! This was so adorable. I don't really enjoy middle-grade category because I always feel too old myself for that, but I didn't feel it with Nevermoor. Everyone compares this book to Harry Potter. Nevermoor is not Harry Potter. They have nothing to do with each other. Keep in mind! The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Morrigan, who is a "cursed" child. She travels to Nevermoor and she has to do four trials to become a member of Wundrous Society. What impressed me Nevermoor is such a fascinating and imaginative read. I adored the whole world-building, it was so magical and whimsical. If something terrible happened, society blamed Morrigan because she is a cursed girl. So, the book started with Morrigan's apologies letters. I laughed so much about that. I loved the characterization of this novel. Every character has a personality even though it is a middle-grade book! Morrigan is a brave, intelligent little girl. I liked her temperament. She is an excellent protagonist. I don't know why, but I thought through the book that Jupiter is a woman. I saw that he is a gentleman, but my brain kept telling me he is a she. LOL. It makes no sense, I know. Anyway, he was my absolute favorite person. His attitude and humor worked for me perfectly. I enjoyed the trials. All were interesting and exciting, but my favorite was the first one, the talking paper. I want the same exam method at my school. Nevermoor's most powerful point is the writing style. Jessica Townsend is a talented storyteller. I admire how fluent and fabulous her book is. The ending was predictable, but I still enjoy it. I will probably read the second and third book. I listened to the audiobook version, the narrator did a fantastic job. Her voice brought the story to life. What I don't like It was a bit long. I felt some part was over-written and I noticed I started to feel some boredom. This is just a personal opinion. I'm starting to get bored soon if the book is too repetitive. Make a conclusion Overall, Nevermoor is a real page-turner. I highly recommend it to young and adult as well. It is an utterly delightful and lighthearted read for the summer. I gave it a strong 4 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara (sarawithoutanH)

    Ok, I'm gonna have to rethink my "I don't like middle grade" stance. This was beautiful and perfect and I need the next book ASAP. It's so creative and special and I just can't find enough nice things to say about it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helene Jeppesen

    This is a wonderful story that sends you on a journey, quite like Harry Potter. I think that if I had read this as a child, I would’ve given it 5 stars. But reading it as an adult was very much like reading the first Harry Potter book (and probably also other fantasy children’s books I can’t think of now), which made me able to clearly predict and guess the storyline before it played out. That being said, this was a wonderful story that contains everything that a children’s book should contain: This is a wonderful story that sends you on a journey, quite like Harry Potter. I think that if I had read this as a child, I would’ve given it 5 stars. But reading it as an adult was very much like reading the first Harry Potter book (and probably also other fantasy children’s books I can’t think of now), which made me able to clearly predict and guess the storyline before it played out. That being said, this was a wonderful story that contains everything that a children’s book should contain: Discoveries about yourself, magic, alluring creatures, and friendships contrasted with the ultimate antagonist. There’s especially one scene that made me realize how connected I was to the characters - a scene that made me feel sheer injustice and stomp my feet as a child as I was reading it. This was an alluring start to a series that I’m definitely going to continue reading once the second book comes out in September. Hopefully, that sequel will be less reminiscent of Harry Potter and have more of a plot on its own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣

    Nope. The girl gets blamed for the most stupid things ever. This makes the premise completely unbelievable and the book not worth reading. Why would the children be made to read this? In order to damage their potential for logical thinking or something? DNF.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Umut Reviews

    I enjoyed this book. I liked Morrigan as a character, she’s very charming. As always, there’s a villain and the good, and there are many messages while she’s going through the trials. The writing was quite good. Townsend made the story very exciting, very action packed. The world is described in detail that was very enjoyable to read. The side characters were even very well thought through. If you’re going to pick up a middle grade book to enjoy your time and get lost in a magical world with a cu I enjoyed this book. I liked Morrigan as a character, she’s very charming. As always, there’s a villain and the good, and there are many messages while she’s going through the trials. The writing was quite good. Townsend made the story very exciting, very action packed. The world is described in detail that was very enjoyable to read. The side characters were even very well thought through. If you’re going to pick up a middle grade book to enjoy your time and get lost in a magical world with a cute character, it's a good choice. Somehow when I read this first, I was more excited about it. But, as time passed, I realised I didn't care for the sequel that much. So, maybe on reflection, I didn't find it that memorable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Romie

    I don't know why, but this book made me feel extremely nostalgic, and somehow I loved it. I cannot wait to get to the second book so I can be back in this world with all these amazing characters! (4.25) p.s. I loved the way this book dealt with immigration, it absolutely broke my heart, but I think it's important to talk about the way immigrants are treated, and this book did that brilliantly “Fasten your seat belt, Morrigan Crow. And whatever you do, don’t close your eyes.” “What happens if I clos I don't know why, but this book made me feel extremely nostalgic, and somehow I loved it. I cannot wait to get to the second book so I can be back in this world with all these amazing characters! (4.25) p.s. I loved the way this book dealt with immigration, it absolutely broke my heart, but I think it's important to talk about the way immigrants are treated, and this book did that brilliantly “Fasten your seat belt, Morrigan Crow. And whatever you do, don’t close your eyes.” “What happens if I close my eyes?” “You miss the fun.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    HP Saucerer

    Nevermoor has been making great waves for a while now. Upon its release, came the inevitable comparisons to other commercially successful book series, as did the stories of bidding wars and movie rights, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about, and having read it, I can confirm that it is truly and utterly brilliant. Apparently, it took Jessica Townsend almost ten years to write and from very early on it’s evident that this is a book with tremendous scope, a story many years in the makin Nevermoor has been making great waves for a while now. Upon its release, came the inevitable comparisons to other commercially successful book series, as did the stories of bidding wars and movie rights, so I was keen to see what all the fuss was about, and having read it, I can confirm that it is truly and utterly brilliant. Apparently, it took Jessica Townsend almost ten years to write and from very early on it’s evident that this is a book with tremendous scope, a story many years in the making, in all of the intricate details included, as well as the great number of exciting plot lines that keep you reading on. We’re not just reading to find out whether Morrigan gets into the Wundrous Society, we’re also reading to discover her knack, to figure out what the inscrutable Mr Jones is up to, to discover what the deal is with Cadence, and why Jack has an eyepatch; there’s just so much going on. Then there’s the complex and colorful array of characters that populate the story: from the loyal and obstinately headstrong Fenestra the Magnificat, to the charismatic and gregarious Jupiter North, to trouble-making dragon-rider Hawthorn, as well as lots of minor characters who more than make their mark; Nevermoor is a truly magical place and somewhere you quickly feel at home. Something which works so well in the book, is the multifaceted world that you can’t help but become immersed in. Not only is it so carefully crafted and detailed, it’s also incredibly alluring. So much so, that you want to stay at the Hotel Deucalion and unwind in the Smoking Parlour. You want to take the Wunderground and travel on the Gossamer Line. You want to visit the Room of Shadows and ride the Brolly Rail. It’s a world absolutely teeming with wonder and the comparisons to Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland, you have to say, are certainly justified. I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s vivid, imaginative and surprisingly funny. I can’t wait now to read the sequel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Born as a cursed girl destined to die on the night of her eleventh birthday, Morrigan Crow was resigned to the fact that it was her fault whenever things went wrong. But as the hours crept toward midnight, Morrigan was rescued – whisked away in an unusual vehicle by a total stranger. Jupiter North was her saviour, and patron, and their arrival in Nevermoor, a magical place which had Morrigan enthralled, felt like a dream. Hotel Deucalion was to be her home; it was where Jupiter lived – in fact he Born as a cursed girl destined to die on the night of her eleventh birthday, Morrigan Crow was resigned to the fact that it was her fault whenever things went wrong. But as the hours crept toward midnight, Morrigan was rescued – whisked away in an unusual vehicle by a total stranger. Jupiter North was her saviour, and patron, and their arrival in Nevermoor, a magical place which had Morrigan enthralled, felt like a dream. Hotel Deucalion was to be her home; it was where Jupiter lived – in fact he owned the charming hotel – and also where the Magnificat, Fenestra resided as head of housekeeping. Fen was a grumpy cat, but she had a heart of gold if one could find it in all that fur. But it was the news that Jupiter expected Morrigan to participate in four tough trials over the coming year, to the end of joining the Wundrous Society, a prestigious and coveted group of people in Nevermoor, that terrified Morrigan. Five hundred children would enter – only nine would be chosen. But though Jupiter told her she was safe in Nevermoor, she wasn’t sure she was. The black-smoke hounds would be baying for her if she failed – her terror was never far from the surface. Nevermoor, first in the Nevermoor series by Aussie author Jessica Townsend is absolutely, breathtakingly brilliant! Fantastical, clever, imaginative, magical – I was riveted, unable to put it down. The author is destined to go a long way in my opinion – and this is her debut! I love the cover – the look on Morrigan’s face as first one, then another leapt from the building with their special umbrella after uttering the words “Step Boldly”. I was thrilled to see book two will be released in 2018! Can’t wait to catch up with Morrigan, Jupiter and the rest of the Nevermoor family! Highly recommended. With thanks to Hachette AU for my copy to read and review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Yeah, this was brilliantly fun. I see why it's so often compared to Harry Potter, but it's unique in its own right and I really found it a fun story! This follows Morrigan Crow, a young girl who is cursed and blamed for all of the problems that occur in her town. However, although Morrigan's life up until now hasn't been the best, she is trying to make the most of it because within a year Eventide is due to come and start a new Age and that means she's due to die. Morrigan was a character I liked Yeah, this was brilliantly fun. I see why it's so often compared to Harry Potter, but it's unique in its own right and I really found it a fun story! This follows Morrigan Crow, a young girl who is cursed and blamed for all of the problems that occur in her town. However, although Morrigan's life up until now hasn't been the best, she is trying to make the most of it because within a year Eventide is due to come and start a new Age and that means she's due to die. Morrigan was a character I liked from the start, she's rather sarcastic and silly at times, but she's also very caring and she really does just crave love and trust from those around her. However, when she is faced with the prospect of an early death, she decides that she's rather ready to follow an escape route into another land, Nevermoor, and that's precisely what happens... Nevermoor as a place is fantastical and whimsical and filled with charm and fun. I have to admit that I really liked the ideas that Townsend was playing with here and it felt like a very fresh take on many of the older fantasy tropes. I definitely enjoyed the ideas of Xmas and Halloween (or the Nevermoor versions of them) and the trials were fun to follow to. In general this a perfectly fun story with a lot to enjoy. It felt a little young for me, because it's geared towards children, but it was still a highly enjoyable read and I will be buying the sequel too when it's out. 4*s

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    There is more than just a little of Harry Potter in this book and I still don't quite know what I think about that. I love the world the author is creating, but those similarities make me uncomfortable. Having said that, The Trials of Morrigan Crow is a debut and I guess debut novels often reflect the author's influences. And the story really is magical. I believe 20th Century Fox have snapped up the movie rights to it already after only one book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Swann

    WOOOOOOW!!!! I loved this so much! This one gave me all of the same feelings I had when I read Harry Potter. It was magical and whimsical. It was incredibly creative and the way it was written made it so easy to imagine. I could picture every detail so clearly. I loved every word of this book and I’m so excited for this new series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cass Burton

    It will be a challenge to find many books that I love more than this one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Iulia

    I absolutely loved Nevermoor, but I can't help wishing I was a kid, so I could enjoy it even more.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Oh man this was so charming and so much fun! I loved the world, the characters, and all the twists and turns. Definitely a new favorite series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus

    ⚠ Warning: Unpopular Opinion Ahead ⚠ I was so excited about this book but unfortunately I’m in the minority here and couldn’t make it past 36%. There were too many obvious nods to other books so I ended up feeling like I was reading a list of the author’s favourite things. Amongst others, it was as if I were rereading Roald Dahl, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and possibly rewatching a Gilmore Girls episode, but all mashed up and distorted. I keep going back to i ⚠️ Warning: Unpopular Opinion Ahead ⚠️ I was so excited about this book but unfortunately I’m in the minority here and couldn’t make it past 36%. There were too many obvious nods to other books so I ended up feeling like I was reading a list of the author’s favourite things. Amongst others, it was as if I were rereading Roald Dahl, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and possibly rewatching a Gilmore Girls episode, but all mashed up and distorted. I keep going back to it and can’t move on from where I left it. If I ever manage to finish this one I’ll update my review and will grovel to the author for forgiveness if I wind up loving it. At this point though, I just can’t try any more. Thank you so much to NetGalley And Hachette Children’s Books, Australia for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    **5 OUTSTANDING, WELL-EARNED STARS** . WOW. I feel speechless. I know I said this before about another book, but this is the best book I have read in 2019 so far. Each book I read this year is better than the last. It has been a long time since I entered a fantasy world as magical, charming, disarming, and unique as The Trials of Morrigan Crow. The story follows a cursed young girl destined to die on her eleventh birthday, until she is swept up into Nevermoor, a magical, hidden realm. In Nevermo **5 OUTSTANDING, WELL-EARNED STARS** . WOW. I feel speechless. I know I said this before about another book, but this is the best book I have read in 2019 so far. Each book I read this year is better than the last. It has been a long time since I entered a fantasy world as magical, charming, disarming, and unique as The Trials of Morrigan Crow. The story follows a cursed young girl destined to die on her eleventh birthday, until she is swept up into Nevermoor, a magical, hidden realm. In Nevermoor, she must complete a set of trials or risk the hunters that are out to kill her. But not all is dark and gloomy. Nevermoor is full of magical, enthralling dwellings and hilarious, quirky characters. The best character of all, I am happy to say, is the main character, Morrigan, who is strong, compassionate, and clever. "Not the best place to study for a test, in Morrigan's opinion, but Fen wouldn't let them eat their lunch in the library and Kedgeree had earlier announced that gravity had been suspended in the dining room until further notice." The world that Jessica Townsend creates is truly wondrous. I found myself completely enamored with Nevermoor, the characters, and the magic system. I haven't come across a fantasy story so skillfully detailed and wonderfully unique since Harry Potter. Every detail is important and has a function. Every conversation is intriguing, funny, and informative. Every character is fully fleshed out and has a purpose. There are no wasted words on the page. "You don't steer, or brake-- and if you kick me in the sides even once, I'll hide raw sardines in your room. You'll never find them, but the stench will seep deep into your skin and clothes and invade your dreams at night until you go mad." The Trials of Morrigan Crow is delightfully spooky and equally funny, with a good mix of light and fluffy but also dark humor. I laughed out loud often, and during the most unexpected times, which I found pleasantly surprising. The characters are lovable and wonderfully weird, and you feel yourself become instantly attached to each and every single one. Even the ones that you think are bad. I'll say it again--not a single word, event, conversation, character, detail, ANYTHING, is wasted. Everything is on the page for a reason. The foreshadowing and detail is so excellently done that you KNOW this series is only going to get better as it goes on. Townsend's storytelling reminds me of the level J.K. Rowling is at--that moment in HP when you realized every single little thing mattered and questions left unanswered from the earlier books were eventually answered skillfully and perfectly placed in later books. This is a truly delightful, fun, and consuming story. The amount of skill that went into this is mind-boggling and humbling, and it left me in awe. It is certainly a favorite of mine and I cannot wait to start the second one in the series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Visagie

    Read the full review at www.yourwordsmyink.com I wish my 11-year-old-self had read this book. It is fantastic and magical and wonderful and a delight to read. Townsend paints such a vivid picture and creates such a stunningly realistic, yet magical world, I wish I could live in Nevermoor. This book feels like Harry Potter, Narnia, Dr Seuss and all the best memories of your childhood rolled into one. The plot is as unique as the world Townsend created and I honestly cannot wait to read more. This b Read the full review at www.yourwordsmyink.com I wish my 11-year-old-self had read this book. It is fantastic and magical and wonderful and a delight to read. Townsend paints such a vivid picture and creates such a stunningly realistic, yet magical world, I wish I could live in Nevermoor. This book feels like Harry Potter, Narnia, Dr Seuss and all the best memories of your childhood rolled into one. The plot is as unique as the world Townsend created and I honestly cannot wait to read more. This book made me wish I could grow up with the characters, as I did with Harry Potter. Nevermoor invoked all of the feelings I felt when reading Harry Potter, but the book still stands well on its own and is a fantastical adventure in its own right. This book is perfect for older readers as well, since I, a 22-year-old, am currently raving about how amazing it is. I'm eagerly awaiting my Wundrous Society invitation and the second book.

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