Title: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Series: Nevermoor #1
Author: Jessica Townsend
Release Date: Oct 31, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy
Blurb: 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.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve picked up a middle grade book that wasn’t Harry Potter. And I’m sorry to say that I haven’t even worked my way through all of those yet. But I’m determined to finally pick up The Half-Blood Prince soon! Anywho…there was just something about this cover that totally pulled me in. And then I was seeing tons of people enjoyed it. And well, I had a friend that wanted to pick it up, too. So, a group read was put into place, and I’m just soooo glad!
I went into this story blind, and I was so completely captured by the whimsically weird and utterly delightful world and characters that are a part of Nevermoor. I enjoyed the mysteriousness of the plot and not being able to tell if certain characters were good or bad. I thoroughly enjoyed the friendship between Morrigan and Hawthorne, and I would so love to go stay at the ever-changing Hotel Duecalion. Can someone please get me one of those bedrooms that constantly changes to suit my moods and needs?!?!
Seeing Nevermoor through Morrigan’s eyes was fabulous. I absolutely loved experiencing the joy she felt at seeing St. Nick battle it out with the Yule Queen! And then feeling all of her emotions as she experiences the different trials while attempting to be awarded a spot in the Wundrous Society. The whole story was magical and fun and I can’t wait to read the next book! 4.5 Stars!