Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 199 user ratings

" 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. " said.

" 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! " said.

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

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


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!
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" 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. " said.

"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
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