Review: Nevernight

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Published: August 9, 2016 by St. Martin’s Press

Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1

Rating:★★★★★ (5 Stars)

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In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

It took me so long to finish Nevernight, in part because I didn’t like to read it before bed due to the mindset necessary for this marvelously bloody book.

This is 100% an adult book, no matter the age of the main character. There is lots of murder and blood and sex, which contribute to a delicious and addicting story. I am a sucker for a good assassin story, and this book definitely delivers. Mia is a girl driven to violence based on vengeance. She is perfectly vicious with a merciful twist that makes her all the more interesting. One of my other favorite characters was Tric, who I thought was such a strong character with a story that had my heart aching.

I absolutely adored the narrative style. It’s written in third person, as a narrator tells the reader the story in a meandering prose that was absolutely enchanting. The use of footnotes to expand upon the history of the world was so inventive and made me feel as if I was a part of the world. So many areas were fleshed out and explained, with mini stories about famous historical figures and events happening in Godsgrave. I felt that the world in this book was more developed than some series I’ve read because of the mini asides.  It was a bit slow during the center with the training descriptions, but the beginning and the end were absolutely marvelous (especially the last 100 pages!).  I can’t wait to sink into Godsgrave—hopefully soon even though I have so many other books to read!

O.W.L. Readathon!

Hello everyone! This month I’ve decided to participate in the O.W.L. marathon run by Book Riot (check out her announcement on BookTube!). You can also check out the different prompts and instructions HERE if you so desire. If you’re already a part of this readathon, I made my own “Exam Report Card” to help me keep track of what books I’m reading for which prompt. You can find it HERE.

Some of these I’ve already read, but I thought I’d put them on here anyway. I’m trying to keep my list a little lighter this month because work is really picking up so I don’t expect to get through all of these, but I hope to finish as many as possible!

Ancient Runes: A book with a symbol on the cover

I’ll finally be picking up The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon for this one! I’ve been meaning to read this prequel novella to the Bone Season series (which is one of my favorites) for a long time. The symbol for SCION is located on the cover, so it makes it perfect for this challenge!

Astronomy: Read a Science Fiction Novel

I received the book The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie from NetGalley last month, and I finally read it this month! The Ritchie sisters write some of my favorite NA romance series, so I was so excited to read their foray into YA science fiction! I’ve included the synopsis below if you’re interested in reading more about it, and will be posting a full review soon!

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Add it on Goodreads HERE!

​In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

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Defense Against the Dark Arts: Book featuring a secret society or club

I didn’t knock all the books I wanted to off last month, so Nevernight by Jay Kristoff will be carrying over. Mia is a part of a secret society of assassins, plus I think she would appreciate the subject so I’ll be using this book for the DADA challenge!

Charms: Read a fantasy bookTheCruelPrince_9780316416948_OwlCrate_F1.indd

I’ve really been wanting to read a book with fairies lately, so I’m planning on reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black which I’ve heard such amazing things about. I may end up switching it out for another book depending on my mood when I need to start it, just because I have so many fantasies on my TBR!

Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title

The classic that I’ve chosen to read in April is Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I’m also stretching this one a bit, but I’m going to count it as my “Herbology” exam because “North” is technically located in the title (just go with it). Even though I love Austen, I still haven’t read all of her books! I’ve been trying to keep my Classic of the Month shorter the past few months, both because classes are at fool swing, and I’m also reading War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace is a MONSTER of a book, so I’ve been slowly but surely working through it and am hoping to finish it by the month of May.

History of Magic: Read a historical fiction

I’ve read The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, which is a historical romance novel for this O.W.L.!

Potions: Read a book about/with alchemy29622131

I’m finally picking up The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano which I received in an OwlCrate last year for this challenge. The heroine’s brother is an amazing alchemist, and she herself can change things to gemstone with a touch! I’m excited to dive into this Midas inspired fantasy retelling.

Transfiguration: Read a book that deals with shapeshifting

For this one, I read Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce which includes a shapeshifting mage! I also know that later the heroine learns how to shapeshift, but that’s because I don’t read Tamora Pierce’s series in chronological order. (whoops)

Summary of April TBR (and what I’ve already knocked off)

  1. The Pale Dreamer by Samantha Shannon
  2. The Raging Ones  by K. B. Ritchie
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
  7. The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
  8. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

What are you planning on reading this month?

 

Mar. TBR Tuesday

I recently made a TBR jar to help me decide what books to read next! You can check out how I made mine in my post HERE. This is the fun new way I’m going to be choosing a book or two to read each month. Note: you can click on the book covers below to read more about them on Goodreads.

And the first book that I drew for March was…

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff! I actually started this a while ago and put it down because I got distracted by other reads. Now I have no excuse, and I’m excited to return to this world!

I Instagram-polled my followers to help me decide my next read for this month, and out of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson, they chose Mistborn!

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I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this series, and am excited to find out what all of the hype is about! (If you’d like to join in on some more of my shenanigans, my Instagram is @emiesnook)

I was also recently approved for an ARC of one of my anticipated reads of the year, The Raging Ones, the fantasy debut of two of my favorite romance authors, Krista and Becca Ritchie! This book is definitely moving to the top of my TBR for the month.

Other books that I’m hoping to read/finish:

  1. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (my Classic of the Month!)
  3. Alphas Like Us (Like Us #3) by Becca and Krista Ritchie
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (continuing with read-a-long)

I may be a little overly-optimistic trying to finish multiple 600 page books this month, in the midst of midterm exam season, but I’m going to try my best!

What books are you planning on reading this month?