Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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age 9+

First-rate, spellbinding story of misfit girl who's magic.

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age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 9+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 8+

Ideal reading for Harry Potter fans

I found Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow utterly engaging. I don't completely agree that its the next HP just yet, but Townsend has done a fantastic job of creating a vivid and magical world and wunderful (see what I did there?!) characters. The recommendation on the front of the book say its Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland, I understand how they have come to make those comparisons but I feel it has a bit more Doctor Who than Alice. In my head Jupiter was the tenth doctor, finally ginger, running amok in Nevermoor. The arachnipod at the start had a little steampunk (think the Wild Wild West film from the 90's and the spider machine) feel to it, but where Jupiter was controlling it from felt so much like the console from the TARDIS. The trails to get into the Society reminded me of the Hunger Games a little bit, but I found them really enjoyable. Enough with making comparisons though, onto the review. When I read junior fiction, I sometimes have trouble with the pacing and keeping myself interested. It wasn't a problem with Nevermoor though. I was engaged all the way through, which is saying something at 450 pages. I loved the concept of Wunder, I'm interested to see how the problems with the Wundersmith will continue in the following books in the series. I adored Morrigan as a main character. She's a bit glum, enjoys wearing black but always up for an adventure. Hawthorne and Jack were great side kicks to her story. I have a funny feeling that even though Morrigan and Cadence were somewhat unfriendly toward one another in this book that it may change in the future. Even though we have Morrigan as our protagonist I would love more positive female relationships (Morrigan's interaction with her family isn't great, step-mum Ivy is a troll[not literally]) FENESTRA IS MY FAVOURITE. Who wouldn't love a gigantic cat? I'd recommend for readers, probably 8 and up who enjoy fantasy. It is on the larger end of the spectrum which may discourage some readers, but its definitely worth it!

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This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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