Author: Jessica Townsend
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review.
Nevermoor is an enchanting tale that celebrates individuality and relishes in the extraordinary. Morrigan Crow and The Wunderous Society will undoubtedly capture the imagination of generations of children and adults alike. Infused with wonders and magic, this is a story that begs to be shared by parents and kids everywhere.
Morrigan Crow was born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year. Since birth, Morrigan has been told that she is cursed – doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. As such, family members and society alike have held Morrigan and children like her at a distance – denying them affection and opportunities, despite Morrigan’s obvious display of vast intellect. Morrigan’s life truly begins the moment it was meant to end, on the eve of her eleventh birthday, when Jupiter North appears to extend Morrigan an invitation to Nevermoor.
The adventures Morrigan embarks on during her time in Nevermoor is filled with dangers and delight. Jessica Townsend’s creates a vivid and fantastical world in Nevermoor, where nothing is impossible and possibilities are endless. Within these pages you’ll find mysteries and mischief, magic and monsters, and a young girl who’s finally allowed to discover her full potential under the guidance of a loving mentor.
The most well-developed relationship in this novel is the one between Jupiter North and Morrigan. I loved their banter and effortless chemistry – and it’s a delight to see another character so invested in Morrigan and her personal growth. I also loved see Morrigan gradually develop confidence as the novel progressed. However, I did find that Morrigan’s other relationships lacked development, perhaps due to the lack of page time.
Morrigan and her tale gives me high hopes for the future of Australian fantasy fiction, it’s a breath of fresh air filled with well-loved tropes mixed together with imaginative ideas. Nevermoor reads like a perfect marriage between Alice in Wonderland, Roald Dahl, and Mary Poppins – and I can easily see this saga amassing an adoring fanbase of its own. At times, plot points can feel derivative of its aforementioned predecessors, but there are enough original elements here for the book to shine on its own.
Nevermoor is a boldly imagined world, perfect for middle-grade readers seeking for their next magical refuge.