Nevermoor – by Jessica Townsend
I normally avoid reading books that are arrive with a lot of hype and fanfare. But once in a while that hype is more than justified, and that is truely the case with Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend.
I was nearly put off reading this book with the cover saying it was Harry Potter crossed with Alice in Wonderland. Surely no book could live up to that hype! But fortunately I read the blurb on the back and thought I would give it a go. Morrigan Crow is a cursed child who is set to die on Eventide night, but she is swept away by Jupiter North to the magical city of Nvermoor. In Nevermoor she finds that to be allowed to stay she must pass four tests in order to join the Wonderous Society and avoid deportation.
Where to start with what I loved about this book? The characters manage to be fantastical and identifiable both at the same time. The plot lines move quickly, it is just scary enough and has enough twists and turns that it will keep you wanting to read more. However what is truely astounding about this book is the sheer scale of the imaginative nature of the world and the people that Jessica Townsend has conjured. There is dragon riding, witches, magic, an amazing hotel I want to stay in, and my personal favourite – a Magnificat called Fen.
Advanced 8+ readers should be able to give this a try, and everyone over that age has the capacity to fall under Jessica’s spell. This is a great book to be put in Christmas stockings, but why wait until then?