Hey Ho Bookaholics!
Today I bring to you a review of the most wonderfully scripted books I have read this year. The characters have stolen my heart, baffled my mind, and gave me a lesson in the history of a place I will (hopefully) never visit thus rendering it useless except for book discussions (so not entirely useless).
When I received this book as a Christmas present from my Best Friend, I read it immediately and was captivated by the elaborate detail and beauty of the writing that I knew it has to be the most perfectly written book ever.
Today, ladies, gents, and those who are neither; I am bringing to you my review of Nevernight by the amazing Jay Kristoff.
Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.
Throughout a good chunk of the first quarter of the book I was mostly lost as to what course the story was taking. In the first chapter especially, I was perplexed as to who the woman was and why she was in bed with an older man, and upon reading further, I deduced that the woman was indeed Mia – and not her mother as I guessed – I am still unsure of why and how that scene came about.
As the story goes on it becomes clear who Mia is and what her motivations are for the actions she takes revealed though scattered flashbacks to her childhood where we learn of the horrors she has witnessed.
When reading, I felt confused and often times lost to the story due to the unfamiliarity of not only the setting – which was assisted by the map at the beginning of the book – but the unfamiliarity of the slang that was oftentimes left unexplained and the meaning had to be deduced entirely from context.
I was very taken aback by the witt of the narrator who I actually imagined as Jay Kristoff and the use of modern references as the aforementioned ‘Hogwarts’. There are also parts in the footnotes where the narrator gets all sassy and it’s a great break from the seriousness and foreignness of the story.
Throughout this book, Jay Kristoff has inspired me to be more descriptive and creative with my writing
Jay Kristoff just manages to keep you hooked with this book, and in the parts where the level of action decreases you as the reader begin to feel more on edge; the feeling that something is coming is always there with this book, and until that thing comes you are left hooked hanging on to every word.
I came across a few strong quotes from this magnificent novel, though I read without sticky notes and my phone is typically in the other room so I seldom remember the quotes I loved.
One of the ones I’d mange to capture is:
“Easier to hide in the dark than the limelight.”
I quite like this one as it is very true especially coupled with Mia’s frequent saying “Better to be underestimated.” I’ve thought about this fact even before reading Nevernight, and it’s true in many aspects; though only very useful in things that involve talent and trial, not school.
I obviously rate this book a massive five out of five stars! I would give this a higher rating if possible. I’m going to make some comparisons here so you all know how highly I am rating this book, and say that the writing is better than Cassandra Clare’s, which in turn makes the storyline far more intriguing.
I would also like you to all know that I began this book sometime after Christmas in 2016, and have in all you finished it as the clock struck 12midnight on the 21st of December 2017! Almost a year after I had begun it.
“When in doubt, it’s best to be polite when dealing with lunatics.”
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