The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1) by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who 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 ...


Details The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

TitleThe Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)
ISBN9780316439954
Author
Release DateOct 31st, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade
Rating

Reviews The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

  • Lola Reviewer
    1970-01-01
    4 1/2 stars. This could be the beginning of a new series phenomenon. What do you say, Jessica Townsend? Are you ready for it?Morrigan Crow was born to die on her eleventh birthday. She is cursed. But an invitation to the elusive Wundrous Society changes her destiny. She needs to pass challenging trials that will determine if she has it in her to be part of something bigger than herself and join the elite group. But everyone seems to have a talent...
  • Mary Urban
    1970-01-01
    Great. Now I have to wait with bated breath for my Hogwarts letter AND Wundrous Society invitation to arrive? One was hard enough, two is just unfair.
  • Billie
    1970-01-01
    Books are constantly being compared to Harry Potter, but rarely do they capture that same sense of charm and discovery and wonder on first reading. I'm not going to say that Nevermoor reaches quite those heights, but it comes really, really close and seemingly without trying. Like a Dahl-ian heroine, Morrigan Crow is unloved and unappreciated by her family because she is a supposedly "cursed" child, destined to die at midnight on Eventide and bri...
  • Rachel Lightwood
    1970-01-01
    The Trials of Morrigan Crow was a magical middle grade story that I know will enchant a whole generation of readers. I went into this story with incredibly low expectations since I rarely trust hype (especially when it comes from publisher-driven marketing) but I fell in love with this world. It was just so whimsical and clever; a blend of Flitterwig and The Paper Magician. Townsend has a natural knack for atmospheric world-building and I loved a...
  • Munro's Kids
    1970-01-01
    Okay, so until the halfway point I didn't want to like this book. It didn't start out strong, and seemed to borrow a bunch of ideas and tropes from other well-loved classics:- Mysterious and magical world that most humans don't know about (Harry Potter)- An age-old enemy of the magical world who is potentially popping back up again after being previously defeated (Harry Potter)- Borderline insane childish mentor shrouded in mystery who picks up o...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    1970-01-01
    Absolutely beautiful. Breathtaking!Review to come.
  • Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
    1970-01-01
    Do you ever read a book and it reminds you of the exact reasons you love a particular genre? Yeah, well that was NEVERMOOR for me!There are honestly not enough words to describe exactly how much fun I had reading this - it covered pretty much everything I love about quirky urban fantasy novels! It was such an imaginative, whimsical, and refreshing read, and is abundant with loveable characters (and a few insufferable ones, too!). One of the main ...
  • Karyn Silverman
    1970-01-01
    Thoroughly enjoyable. Exactly the kind of book I loved as a tween. Looking forward to book 2.
  • Lianna
    1970-01-01
    I am VERY careful (and VERY sensitive) about invoking the name of some of my favorites when making comparisons with new titles. People too often throw around the name of the greats for hype and the books very rarely hold up. However, in the case of The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) not only are the comparisons accurate, but the hype very much deserved. Reminiscent of Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland and yes...Harry Potter; Morrigan Crow ...
  • Hilary Scroggie
    1970-01-01
    This was a complete delight. I seem to be on a lucky kick of magical places and excellent heroines lately. Also, I might need a shelf about magical castles/houses/hotels.
  • Robin Stevens
    1970-01-01
    I just cannot praise this book enough. It's magical, mysterious, fun and wildly inventive, and Nevermoor is a place that I just desperately want to go live in. Please can I check into the Deucalion Hotel and sit in the Smoking Room? This book is going to be compared to Harry Potter, and in terms of worldbuilding and the emotions it gives readers it should be. But it's important to say that it's its own fiercely unique thing, and that's what makes...
  • Kim
    1970-01-01
    Superb. Akin to nonsense fantasy like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or The Phantom Tollbooth, The Trials of Morrigan Crow has a toothsome high fantasy center inside the froth of delicious strangeness. The characters are vivid, the pacing breakneck, and more than once, the writing induced me to fits of laughter. A delight to read alone or aloud...and I cannot wait 'til book two!
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Excellent.
  • Ruth
    1970-01-01
    It's rare that a book with this much hype actually lives up to it. Can't wait for book 2!
  • Kirsti
    1970-01-01
    I was lucky enough to be offered a chance to read the uncorrected proof of this book, and I have to say I jumped at the chance! YA, magic and enough recommendations of brilliance in the front convinced me this was worth trying, and the actual book blew me away. I was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the writing from the very beginning, and it only got better as it went on. There are going to be inevitable comparisons to Harry P...
  • Charlie
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely adored magical Nevermoor - step boldly into a fantastical world full of gothic delights, wunderous imagination, and sensationally surreal friends and foes. Morrigan is a mix of Wednesday Addams, Coraline, Hermione and her own uniquely cursed Crowness. A book full to the brim with brilliance. Keep an eye out for it this Autumn!
  • Grace
    1970-01-01
    Just magical. It's like Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, set in a hotel, with The Doctor as headmaster. Oh, and a dash of Wednesday Addams, which was a nice touch. I loved Hallowmas, Yuletide, The Black Parade, the Deucalion and the Brolly Rail. Oh, and Fenestra! I want a Magnificat! The societal commentary on refugees did not go amiss, and I have to say I personally related strongly to Morrigan's anxiety manifesting in her nightly stomach ac...
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    Take the baffling, seemingly impossible trials of Harry Potter’s Triwizard Tournament, stir it up with a dash of Dahl-ian whimsy and weirdness, plop some of the most fantastically heart-full characters into this magical brew, and you have the delicious NEVERMOOR. Finer than fairy floss and brighter than Wunder, this book will have readers enchanted from beginning to end.
  • Madison
    1970-01-01
    A delightful, whimsical and purely imaginative fantasy, Nevermore is sure to capture the attention of readers of all ages. Nevermoor is reminiscent of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Unwanteds, and yet has a quality that is unique to this charming story. I was captured by the very first chapter, enchanted by the mysterious and colourful Jupiter North, and intrigued by the magic of Nevermoor, but it was the brave heroine of this sto...
  • Laura Noakes
    1970-01-01
    A fun-filled, charming, LOL-funny adventure, that is whip smart and blisteringly original. This is MG fantasy at its best. PLUS, Morrigan is such a fabulously witty protagonist. This book is utterly marvellous.
  • Fiona M
    1970-01-01
    This didn't grip me as much as I was hoping. it wasn't bad but it had potential to do so much more. Quite a bit was just a bit too predictable. Luckily it was made for by interesting characters and world building. I also feel if some parts were cut down, it would help balance the story. The trials were too far split up with a lot of completely irrelevant happenings imbetween. Had it been brought closer it would have made the story seem so much mo...
  • Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
    1970-01-01
    I won an Uncorrected Proof Copy thanks to Dymocks.(3.75)RTC
  • Emily Norman
    1970-01-01
    Fantastic! A must read 💛
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    Wow, I LOVED this. It's endlessly inventive, effortlessly engaging, and genuinely funny, with a delightful hint of creep and a really well-done touch of anachronism that ups the comedy and makes for really fun world-building. I want MORE MORE MOREI devoured this adventure across two days and am now extremely bummed I have to wait so long for book two. I'd say the Harry Potter comps are apt, but Nevermoor doesn't feel overly allegiant to anything ...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    This is the perfect book for fans of Caleb Huett's TOP ELF and the Harry Potter series--twists of delightful magic and spine-tingling darkness keep this story moving along at a brisk pace. NEVERMOOR is sure to entertain, and it would make a great family read-aloud. Bonus: the main character is a smart and resourceful girl!
  • Amber
    1970-01-01
    I literally can not STAND how good this book was...seriously. My only regret is that I have a life and could not read this faster...it took me a very sad 2-3 weeks :(Exceptionally well done. The world building? Perfection. The characters? Described so well that you can see them standing in your living room...and all of them minus the sucky bad guys are SO lovable and fun! The plot was well thought out - and executed in a way that works. I'd reall...
  • Judith
    1970-01-01
    I would like to thank the publisher and netgalley.com for allowing me to read the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Jessica Townsend has written an absolute winner here that I feel sure is going to swoop to popularity among young and older fantasy fans alike. As a debut novel it is charming, magical, compelling and enthralling and will surely become a worldwide success in the footsteps of the Harry Potter series. Morrigan Crow, ou...
  • Hillary
    1970-01-01
    Just finished my ARC of book #1 -- this book is a DELIGHT!! The magical town of Nevermoor has all of the charm of the HP Wizarding World, with endearing characters and a sense of quirk/whimsy. Highly recommend for Harry Potter fans!
  • Alana Eising
    1970-01-01
    There is a huge amount of industry hype about this book, and I can see why. I received a beautifully-wrapped, sparkly ARC at the bookshop where I work, picked it up on the weekend, and devoured it in two sittings. It certainly isn't perfect. There's some flat dialogue and paper-thin characterisation. The story itself borrows heavily from other favourites (there's a good reason why it's being compared to Harry Potter) and at times I had to remind ...