Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Reading Record | Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend


My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - typically you will see these posts on a monthly basis, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record.

Today I'm sharing with you the thoughts I jotted down whilst reading Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. The thoughts I'm sharing below are of my reading experience, and whilst there is some detail to my thoughts, I have attempted to keep this post spoiler free as I do maintain a spoiler free blog.

A big THANK YOU to Bookworm & Theatre Mouse for kindly sharing her copy of Nevermoor with me!

STARTING THOUGHTS
I have heard a lot of great things surrounding this book, with nothing but praise from those who have read it. What I know of Nevermoor is that it is a magical middle grade adventure - the first in a new series - and I have often heard it likened to Harry Potter... Which intrigues me, but also scares me a little expectation wise.

PAGE 73
I'm finding it captivating so far, wanting to keep page turning and learn more about this fantasy world the author has created. I'm really liking the characters so far, especially the wackiness & whimsy of Jupiter North. I'm also enjoying the humour that is interspersed throughout. First impressions: we're off to a great start. 

PAGE 120
We're now learning a little more about the world of Nevermoor and Morrigan's (main character) place in it. We already knew that Jupiter North put in a bid to be Morrigan's patron - with his plan being to induct her into the Wundurous Society, however that isn't as straight forward as it sounds and Morrigan is now starting to get answers to questions.

In order to be a part of the Wundurous Society, Morrigan must go through four trials that are spaced out over a year. The final trial is the Show Trial, where you present and show your knack (a talent, a skill, your unique selling point). Having been known as a cursed child for so long, Morrigan is certain she has no such thing - unless her knack is her curse. 

Following on from finding this out and processing her thoughts, there is a lovely scene in which Jupiter assures Morrigan she has a knack - she need not worry about the Show Trial yet - and he tells her about his own knack (being a Witness - Jupiter sees things on a much deeper level than you or I would). There is a touching moment between Jupiter and Morrigan here; he truly believes in her and she feels like she has someone championing her.

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'"I've been told our candidates this year number more than five hundred. With so many talented young people in our midst, I feel certain we will find nine new Society members who will impress us, make us proud and make us glad to know them for the rest of their lives."'

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'"Joining the Wundurous Society is a privilege granted to the few and the special. Among our members are many of the Free State's supreme thinkers, leaders, performers, explorers, inventors, scientists, sorcerers, artists and athletes. We are the special ones. We are the great ones. And there are times when some of us are called upon to do great things, to protect these Seven Pockets against those who would do us harm. Against those who would seek to take away our freedom, and our lives."'

PAGE 142
I don't like this Noelle girl who has been introduced - she has such an attitude and rudeness towards others.

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I feel like I'm playing detective, trying to figure out what Morrigan's knack could be.

PAGE 254
Ooo… I had questions and theories surrounding Mr Jones, but I did not see that coming.

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Throughout I've really enjoyed the portrayal of the seasons within this book - they are comparable to our own, but unique and slightly elevated in a way. 

In the chapter I've just read, it is Christmas time and I just love all that the author has encompassed in that - especially the duel between Saint Nick and the Yule Queen; it was magical, festive and a whole lot of fun.

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Ooo… Things are getting interesting. Well, more so than they already were.

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Great ending. Questions were answered, but there is still some mystery and intrigue present. I look forward to reading about what's next for Morrigan Crow.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I really enjoyed this book! Author, Jessica Townsend, has done an amazing job of creating a magical world, building characters, and also filling her story with the pull of emotion. With the magical elements, cosiness you feel when moving through the realms of Nevermoor, as well as the amazing world building here, you can see why many have given the comparison between Harry Potter and Nevermoor. As an older reader of a MG book, and one who has had Harry Potter in her life for many years, I wouldn't put them on the same level, however that is because of nostalgia and a deep formed connection with HP - do I see the potential of this being a NEW 'Harry Potter' for the current generation of younger readers? Definitely!
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8 comments

  1. Oh wow, this looks like one my 9yo AND I would both enjoy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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  2. This is a neat way to sorta chronicle how you felt as you were reading! I like the sound of the humor, and the world sounds really magical. And the Christmas stuff too!

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    1. Thanks! I usually do these monthly, or for readathons, but definitely want to start doing more for specific books that I know I want to talk about - but perhaps aren't likely to share an in depth review.

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  3. This sounds fun and I love the idea of a Harry Potter like series for younger readers. I also like the format of your post. It's cool to see your thoughts as you're moving through the book.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne.

      Yes, I also love the idea of a Harry Potter for younger readers - I've heard this could be super a long series too.

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  4. This book has been EVERYWHERE this year. I’m glad you liked it. I’m on a long waitlist for it, of course.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I know, right?! As a lover of MG fiction, that scared me a little (haha!), but happy to have read & enjoyed.

      I hope you're able to get your hands on a copy soon(ish)!

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