Wednesday 25 October 2017

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Book Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: Library

Goodreads, Amazon UK

Goodreads Summary: 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.
What did I think? Oh boy. Mostly. Even though the main character is a girl. So, first of all I read a few reviews that stated the prose is unbearable, but for me the prose was quite the opposite: bloody fantastic.

There's a narrator. I love narrators. The narrator uses footnotes to build the world. I love footnotes. (I really need to tackle Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.) The narrator is snarky. Brilliant.

Mia is an anti-hero and there's probably a lot of women I'd rather meet in a dark alley late at night, if possible I'd like not to meet Mia under such circumstances. She's quite deadly but so well developed.

All characters are well developed and the story is uplifting in places, downright depressing in others, always bloody, always a bit scary and mostly laced with 'what the hell?' THESE ARE CHILDREN YOU MONSTER. (Looking at the author here.)

The plot is filled with twists and is interesting throughout, there wasn't a single slow moment. The romance is amazing. Did you hear that? For once the romance is amazing!

This is a brilliant book and I highly recommend it to all fantasy fans that don't mind a young protagonist. If you're worried about the narrator and the somewhat purple prose, just read the first chapter, it'll tell you everything you need to know.


  1. This sounds so cool and the cover is amazing!!
    I'm so glad the romance is good in this book, totally makes me want to pick it up.

  2. Strong, concise review as always, Olivia! Thanks for sharing :)

    I love the sound of this book. It's one of the ones I keep meaning to start but never seem to get round to it.

    I LOVE anti-heroines! And yay for wonderful romance, too.

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  3. This sounds like it's told in a rather unique way. And like it may even be a bit disturbing - but in a good way. I've never read anything by Kristoff but I hear such raves about him. So glad this was a hit for you, Olivia!

  4. Okay, this seals it - I need to read this book. It's been on my TBR for so long!

    It sounds brilliant and shocking and awful and disturbing and I'm so interested to try this kind of Fantasy.

    Great review!

  5. an antiheroine, footnotes, and a narrator?! Sign me up! :D

  6. This has been on my to-read list for awhile, just based off of the cover alone. I'm guilty of doing cover buys. ;) I do really like the synopsis, though!
    Footnotes in a book draw me in quicker than anything else.

  7. The amount of times I picked up this book in the bookshop and put it away...but after your review I want to read it so badly!