Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Nevermoor #1: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow has just one wish, to live. She knows that is not going to happen. Like all other children born on Eventide, she is cursed and destined to die with the coming of the next age.
All this changes with the unexpected appearance of Jupiter North and his offer of escape to Morrigan. From the moment she accepts his strange but welcome offer, her life changes in ways she could never have imagined.
I was totally enchanted by this story. Morrigan is caught up in dreadful plight not of her own making. She want to be like other kids, have friends and play, but no one will come near her, not even her own family. She is ostracised with no where to turn for help.
Middle school readers will enjoy following along as Morrigan explores the new life that Jupiter has brought her to. He has opened the door, but then left it up to her to walk through and embrace the opportunities.
Author Jessica Townsend has created a complex world and her vivid descriptions have brought it to life. I could clearly picture Morrigan and her new friend Hawthorne exploring the Deucalion Hotel where she lives with Jupiter and their many unusual guests. I think the smoking room, it's not what you imagine, would be my favourite place to hide away. I love this story and eagerly await the next book in the Nevermoor series.
For younger readers, I also recommend the magical series Whatever After by Sarah Mlyowski.
If you like the idea of a magical hotel, then you'll also enjoy The Supernormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy by Gwenda Bond & Christopher Rowe.
Cover image courtesy Hachette Book Group.
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.