Review: Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend

Aaaaand here it is – the last book I read (in full) in 2018!

Nevermoor is the tale of Morrigan Crow – who has grown up on the Cursed Child register, and is destined to die as the clock strikes midnight on her eleventh birthday. But the miraculous Jupiter North whisks her away mere hours from the clock chiming, and so begins Morrigan’s adventure in the secret city of Nevermoor. North has put her forward as a candidate for the Wundrous society, but first she must pass 4 trials using her ‘knack’ – a talent she’s certain she doesn’t possess.

The characters were eccentric, lovable, and gorgeously written by Townsend. Morrigan is witty, courageous, and genuinely amusing. Jupiter North feels like Willy Wonka, living in his fantastical Hotel Deucalion whose rooms morph to fit the personality of however dwells inside. (The Hotel really is a character in itself too!) Also in the mix is a Magnificat, Fen, who is delightfully feline and disdainful (I know the feeling, my cat would be the same), and trouble-making Hawthorne who is actually a big sweetie at heart, and a fabulous friend to Morrigan. I laughed out loud at numerous points in this book in large part to the dialogue among all these characters, much to the amusement of my other half.

The story keeps a great pace throughout, and with so much to learn about this new world, and the mysteries of Jupiter North, you’re kept intrigued the whole way through. There are questions to be answered, people to discover, and trials to be won (or not)! With enough time in between trials to inject humour and budding friendships, Nevermoor was a genuinely exciting and enthralling read.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. So many people – young and old – have written rave reviews on blogs and Instagram accounts that I follow, so needless to say I was hoping for good things. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, and I’m already keen to read Book 2 (Wundersmith) when I can get my hands on a copy!

Rating: With a cast of quirky and original characters, this book will make you grin while you read. It’s a captivating read and the adventure element keeps you hooked throughout. Great for younger readers, but equally entertaining for those of us who are young at heart, too.

AU Release date: 31 October 2017

Publisher: Hachette / Lothian


If you loved Nevermoor, or if you’re still not convinced, here is a cute read from Hachette about how they reacted when they first read the initial manuscript.

Until next time,
M xx

Buy Nevermoor here

3 thoughts on “Review: Nevermoor – Jessica Townsend

  1. Absolutely one of my favourites this year, a friend suggested it, and I read it, then passed it onto my tween who loved it too. (I’ve also read Wundersmith, and I will say I loved it too). Great start to a series – thanks for the review – which reminded me what a great book it is.


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