I want to start a new blog series focusing on pre-release hype and what I think of the book in question. This is because I sometimes get the opportunity to read ARCs months before publication date and I have to wait entirely too long to talk about them, and forget stuff along the way. I will always post full reviews closer to the date, just think of these posts as a taster.
The first in this series will look at Nevernight!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff will be released August 9th (US) and August 11th (UK/Aus)
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 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 love her. And they drink her fear.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book from Harper Voyager Australia in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way contributed the intensity of my fangirling.
Hype Met? EFF YES!
I finished this book earlier on in the month and enjoyed it so much, I thought I’d write a short post urging you all to i) read it immediately if you have access to the ARC and ii) go and preorder it, because you’re worth it. I buddy-read this book with the wonderful Aila, which made the experience all the more enjoyable. I’ll write a full review closer to the date of release.
1. The covers are AMAZING and would deserve to be on your shelf.
The cover designers for these books are geniuses who knows how to entice bookworms with eye-candy. Whether it’s the US version with the kick-ass typography and illustration, or the UK/Aus cover with the stunning artwork by Kerby Rosanes (of Animorphia fame!), these are books you could and should proudly display – face OUT – on your bookshelf.
2. It has footnotes!
Ever since I started reading Discworld as a wee girl, I have always been obsessed with irreverant and hilarious footnotes. Nevernight has these in abundance and I found them all highly amusing. Whether they’re adding another layer to the worldbuilding or just there to remind you how funny the narrator is – they added immensely to the reading experience.
3. The blurb is NOT a lie.
The book claims to be Harry Potter meets Locke Lamora. Usually I regard these claims with a high dose of cynicism and skepticism, but I was delighted to find that the book largely met and even exceeded these ridiculously high expectations.
The dark plot and humour reminded me of Locke Lamora, and the school setting of Harry Potter (if Harry Potter ‘was smuttier and stabbier’ – from the author’s own mouth). It’s a beast of its own, though, with unique worldbuilding and characters. There are three suns, and the world is almost always flooded in light! There’s assassins and blood magic and shadowshapers! There’s a cat that’s not a cat, and a hilariously bad-tempered horse nicknamed Bastard! There’s grit and myths and danger, and a whole heap of fun to top it all off!
4. It’s Jay Kristoff’s strongest book yet.
There are books that I enjoy and then forget about. And then there are books I read and henceforth eagerly await whatever else the author will publish, whether it’s from the same series or a completely different world. This book falls into the latter category (obviously, or I wouldn’t be writing this post). Jay Kristoff manages to play around with a variety of writing styles, and pulled them all off with poise. It’s engaging, it’s rich, it’s witty, and it’s utterly memorable.
5. You can brag that you were one of the first to read Nevernight when it becomes a bestseller.
Because make no mistake, it will be. It’s one of those fantasy that would appeal to both young adult and adult readers – not just because the book dares to involve blood and guts and sex – but because it’s a good book and all good books have universal appeal. Plus Jay Kristoff already has Illuminae and The Lotus Wars under his belt to trailblaze the way for Nevernight. Yay for hipster cred!
BONUS: If you preorder the US version, they will come signed!
Did I convince you? Have you already read the book? Chat to me below!