Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow – Jessica Townsend

nevermoorFrom the publisher:  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. 

The witty banter, fast pace, and intriguing characters make this one of the most fun books I have read this year.  Morrigan rolls her eyes at her being blamed for every citizen’s problems and finds it rather curious that her family isn’t overly saddened that she is slated to die quite soon.  Hooray for Jupiter whisking her away.  Morrigan’s worry that she has no special talent is relatable.  I was perturbed with Jupiter for keeping vital information from her but maybe that was part of her personal challenge.  Good thing she found a fantastic best friend to support her.  Fun, charming, clever and deserving of all the accolades, this book is a winner!   I look forward to reading more from this author. Highly recommend.

eGalley review                                             Publication date 10.31.17

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