Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) ~ by Jay Kristoff
429 pages (hardcover) ~ Adult Fantasy
August 2016 ~ St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 5/5
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This book came as such a surprise to me. The first 100 pages or so I kept asking myself, “do I like this?” It was so different than anything I have ever read before that I had to keep checking in with myself. But the more I read, the more I loved it, and here’s why….
- Jay Kristoff’s writing is so unique. There is so much wit and sarcasm that I had to read certain sections twice to really appreciate all of the little nuances. The structure of the book is also so unique – certain descriptions would be repeated verbatim but applied to very different things. This was such a clever way to connect things and provide so many “light bulb” moments. I freaking loved it!
- Because I listened to most of the book on audio, the footnotes were really bugging me at first because it was hard to tell when I switched from story to footnote. But after a while, and once I started to recognize the shift, I came to appreciate the footnotes. There was so much world building and history in them, and most of them were just plain hilarious. Some seemed to exist for nothing more than to make us laugh.
- The Red Church was such an amazing concept. I really loved the sanctity and ritual of it all. I was raised Catholic so these types of rituals will always appeal to me. This “school” is like a bloody version of Hogwarts, where you die if you don’t pass your OWLS.
- All of the teachers had unique gifts and personalities. I loved Mia’s interactions with each of them. Spider Killer was my favorite.
Every character, including the minor ones, had intricate and interesting backstories. I loved all of them.
- The ending took me completely by surprise! I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was not that! The last 100 pages were completely suspenseful and packed full of action.
- The set up for the next book was complete and tied so well to what Mia went through in book 1 and before.
I would have liked more of the backstory on each of the members of the Red Church. Though, I have a feeling I may get more of this in the next books. I would have also liked more information on the Ashkahi blood magic that Adonai uses as transport. This was such a fascinating concept to me and I just wanted more. But again, maybe in the next book. Overall, this was a perfect start to what is shaping up to be an amazing series!
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