By Avery Finley


AUTHOR: Jessica Townsend

GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy

AGES: 10+

SYNOPSIS: Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart––an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests––or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

RATING: (1-5 stars) 5 stars

MY FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS BOOK: “The point is—as far as the Society is concerned—if you are not honest, and determined, and brave, then it doesn’t matter how talented you are.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS: My favorite thing about this book was the magical society. It is very mysterious, so every bit of information I could get about it had me intrigued.

MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IN THIS BOOK WAS: My favorite character in this book was Jupiter. He is very kind to Morrigan and has the funniest ideas. I adore all of his shenanigans.

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Avery Finley, 16, is an avid reader and book reviewer. When not reading, you can find her playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, or with one of her pets! Follow her on Instagram and TikTok at @readbyfin.