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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Book Review
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Nevernight 
by Jay Kristoff

Rating: XXXX

Published: July 25th 2016

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You’re a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

So I finally did it, I read Nevernight and I have a sinking feeling it may be one of my favourite books I’ve ever read. I apologise to everyone who has been telling me to read it these past few years, I’m sorry it took me so long to read it so that’s all that matters right?

I must admit I had some trouble at first, although the start is cleverly written it drags a little while the story is set up and you get used to the writing style as well as the footnotes. Footnotes probably don’t sound too bad but some of the ones in Nevernight are half a page long and yes, you could probably ignore them but honestly, some of them are hilarious, they’re fun and a lot of them are actually pretty interesting and tell little tales of their own. The main problem I had was not that they distracted from the story although they did do that a little it wasn’t too much of a problem it was more the fact that I kept losing my place after reading said footnote which was a little jarring. There are fewer footnotes as the book moves on and I got a bit better at keeping my place, I also listening to a fair bit of this via audiobook which reads them out as part of the story which is kind of perfect, to be honest. I’m not the hugest fan of the way the narrator reads the book, he sounds a bit off but after a while, you get used to the style and I find it preferable to getting lost reading footnotes.

Once Mia arrives at the Red Church (I wouldn’t class this as a spoiler as it’s part of the synopsis) things really pick up, I’ve affectionately named this part “Mia enrols in murder Hogwarts” because it totally has stabby Harry Potter vibes which feels like a weird way of describing this kind of book (which is an adult book by the way, as I’ve said before, a teenage protagonist does not a YA make and that is defintley the case here) but it just feels a good fit as you get to know Mia and the main characters.

Speaking of characters, I absolutely ADORE Mia. She’s sassy and even when she makes some not great choices she totally owns them which is one of my favourite qualities, it also helps that she could almost certainly murder me in under five seconds without me being any the wiser (if you’re into that sort of thing). She has vulnerable moments too (although there’s no way she’d ever admit to having actual feelings) but it helps to ground her and give her more depth instead of just making her an angry ball of revenge (she’s probably about 85% that as well though). The other church initiates are interesting and all have their own tales to tell and their own reasons to join the church as well as distinctive personalities which I loved learning throughout the book. I found Hush especially interesting and loved the relationship between Mia and Ashlin but Tric stole my damned heart. Mr Kindly also holds a special place in my heart, a sarcastic black cat made of shadows? It’s like he was written for me.

As previously mentioned, the first third dragged a little but was still enjoyable, the rest of the book absolutely flew by and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I’m shocked I didn’t manage to rip them, especially towards the end. There’s a particular moment that feels like it comes out of nowhere and punches you in the face. I reread this part about four times because I wasn’t sure I’d read it right at first and when I realised I had…I might have thrown my book across the room I’m not gonna lie.

This book absolutely rocked my world and at writing this I’m already about 200 pages through Godsgrave, I’m not sure how ready I am for the third book in the trilogy not long after.

If you’ve already read Nevernight and want to know my thought on some of the more spoilery aspects of the book you can check out my book talk video below!

 

 

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spoiler free, WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 14th August

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It’s been a slow reading couple of weeks for me! With little man off school and then being ill the past few days I’ve not been able to get very much reading done at all but I did finally tick an eagerly anticipated book off my TBR though!

If you want to join in with WWW don’t forget to send over a big thank you to Sam at Taking on a World of Words for keeping WWW alive and kicking.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

I’m really gutted I haven’t been able to read much of this at the moment but I’m already really enjoying what I’ve read so far and can’t wait to finally get back into it now I’m feeling a lot better. Will admit I’m a little scared of having to wait for Darkdawn after finishing this though.

What did you recently finish reading?

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

You’re probably seeing a pattern here right? I’m SO glad I finally got around to reading this book because, as expected, I absolutely freaking adore it. Nevernight is basically the story of Mia joining Murder Hogwarts and I love me some boarding school stories AND assassins, this is honestly the perfect book for me. Also, it may have broken me for a day or two as well. I made a YouTube video about it. (warnings for a sprinkling of bad language and spoilers after being warned in advance).

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Finding Home: Volume Two by Harri Conner, What Magic is This? by Holly Bourne

Assuming I manage to finish Godsgrave before Darkdawn releases I plan to have a binge read of some graphic novels I have on my TBR at the moment and I received a finished copy of What Magic is This? From the lovely folks at Barrington Stoke this weekend and I think because it’s a nice short read I should be able to fit it in no problem.

What are you reading at the moment? Have you read something recently that you’ve absolutely loved? Tell me all about it!

 

spoiler free, tbr thursday

August TBR


So as I thought it might, YALC totally messed with my TBR plans for the month. I may have brought…a few books. I think I might have to be extra lucky to get through all six of these this month but you never know!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
My next read after Nevernight for obvious reasons. I hear the cliffhanger endings are painful so I’m glad I have these two to read together and then not too long of a wait for Darkdawn releasing in September!

X-Men: Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine
I did start reading this last month but ended up putting it on hold due to wanting to get my YALC reads finished so I’m getting back to it this month alongside my rewatching of all the X-Men films because I love them, even the bad ones.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
I was excited to be approached by a publisher I hadn’t worked with before and offered a review copy of Lisa Jewell’s new book in exchange for an honest review, I wasn’t sure at first as my TBR is somehow still growing at a painful rate but I checked out the synopsis and I was sold. “You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive…”

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
This was a YALC buy, I had actually picked up two other books in a two for £7 deal when the bookseller told me they also did three for £10 and recommended The Kingdom. I was getting low on bag space so thought to decline when she mentioned that the book was essentially, “imagine Disney princesses but they’re A.I” as I’m sure you can guess I caved the moment she mentioned A.I. Lots of people who I spoke to (while holding said book as, like I said, bag space was at an all-time low) recommended the book and said how much they loved it so it got bumped right to this months TBR, it’s only a reasonably short book too so I’m hoping I should be able to fit it in easily.

STAGS by M.A Bennett
So I’ve had STAGS on my Netgalley for ages but after reading and not enjoying The Island by M.A Bennett I had been reluctant to try STAGS for a while, despite all the great reviews I’d heard it’s been getting. I got chatting with one of the booksellers at the Hot Key books stand who went into a bit more depth and showed me the prospectus they had made to go alongside the book and honestly that kind of sold me. STAGS has a sequel called DOGS coming out pretty immanently (I resisted buying it early at YALC in case I didn’t like STAGS in the end) so thought now would be a good time to read it.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
I’ve been going through my books lately and trying to get rid of ones I really don’t think I’m going to get around to reading and I’d put a few of my arcs up for trade and one I got in return was Wilder Girls. I’d already become intrigued by this book after reading a review from one of the bloggers I’m in a “support” group with (I can’t remember whose blog it was I’m sorry! If I commented on your Wilder Girls review though it was probably you) and so when I was offered this arc in return I jumped at the chance, I’ve seen some beautiful fan art for it recently as well and decided that as it’s out soon I should get to that one asap too.

What is your TBR for the month looking like? If you attended, have you got a lot of books from YALC to read? What book are you most looking forward to reading this month?

#SixforSunday, spoiler free

S4S – Summer TBR

So I have already posted a TBR for the month which is also sort of doubled up as my YALC TBR as well so I’m going to take the opportunity this week to use the Summer TBR prompt for this weeks Six for Sunday as a broader TBR of books I want to read over the next few months. There are a lot of books that have been out for a good while that I’ve been meaning to get to. I may have cheated a little bit and lumped some series of books together but I won’t tell if you don’t. You can find lots of awesome stuff, including some of the 2019 prompts for Six for Sunday if you want to join in over at Steph’s blog A Little but a Lot. 

Nevernight, Godsgrave and Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
I am determined to finally finish Nevernight and get through Godsgrave in time for the Darkdawn release in September! I’ve loved what I’ve read of it so far but I made the mistake of sandwiching my reading of Nevernight between two blog tour books and ran out of time to finish it. Once I’ve worked my way through this months review books I’m dedicating August to getting caught up ready for the final book and Jay’s impending September visit to the UK as well!

Six of Crows and The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I made the same mistake with Six of Crows as with Nevernight and had to abandon it over halfway through which was painful because it’s SO up my alley, I LOVE groups of misfits, heists and morally grey characters and Six of Crows has all of these things. Then obviously I can move onto the Crooked Kingdom which will mean I’ll be caught up enough to finally read King of Scars although that’s not a summer priority for me.

Gilded Cage by Vic James
Since reading Sanctuary I’ve been desperate to read Vic’s earlier work, I’ve been hearing great things about this trilogy and I would really like to at least get the first one read before YALC (I’m debating trying to go Saturday too so I can meet her!)

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I have been meaning to read this book and its sequels FOREVER. I think I just get worried they won’t live up to the hype I’ve heard sometimes but this is one of the reasons it took me so long to read the Illuminae files which have become my favourite books so I know I need to take the leap and I think this summer it might finally be time.

Ghosts of the Shadowmarket By Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan
The most recent book on this list, I’d really like to get this bindup of short stories read to start The Red Scrolls of Magic in the Autumn, I kept putting it on my monthly TBR but I think this is one that will have to wait until later in the summer as it is one of the only ones I have yet to buy.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I’ve been debating reading this for a little while now. The sheer size of it has put me off time and again but earlier this year both the kindle and audible versions were on sale super cheap so I brought them both and now have absolutely no excuse not to finally listen to/read this book!

I’m so excited to finally read these damn books. I get distracted so easily so feel free to bug me and bug me about reading them!

What books are you looking forward to reading this summer and are any of them books you’ve been wanting to read for a while?