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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

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.

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of listeners.

©2017 Jessica Townsend (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"The magical elements are well-written and clever...but the core of this novel lies in Morrigan's realization of her own value, of being a person worth attention and affection. A dark, mystical, and emotional look at a girl who has a complex relationship with magic in a sophisticated and lushly described world." ( The Bulletin)

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There's no excuse for how much I enjoyed this book

Full disclosure: I am a 49-year-old childless woman, and I LOVED this novel. I read it the first time because of my job as a bookseller... but I read it the second time purely for my own pleasure. When our sales rep came to pitch this title to us at the bookstore, he basically called it "the next Harry Potter." Yeah, I've heard that before. But honestly, of all the middle grade fantasies I've read in recent years, it most captures that same sense of fun and wonder of the Harry Potter novels.

The story is about Morrigan Crow, a young girl who is not only cursed, but doomed. She is saved from her fate at the last minute by an eccentric character named Jupiter North and whisked away to Nevermoor. There she lives in Jupiter's hotel, which is populated by giant talking cats, dwarf vampires, and other colorful and highly entertaining characters. But there's a catch--in order for her to remain safely in Nevermoor, she must compete for one of the few coveted spots in the Wundrous Society.

This first novel in the series is a great introduction to Morrigan's world, and it's denizens. Gemma Whelan does a great job with the performance--highly animated, but not cartoonish. I absolutely love putting this book in my customers' hands. And clearly I am a very immature woman, because I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the second book in the series!

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A bit over-hyped but still a good read

Disclaimer, this book is aimed at middle school and I am an adult. This review, then, is really geared toward adults.

I had heard how wonderful this book was and heard phrases like "the next Harry Potter".

It isn't. Well it might reach the same level of commercial success, but it is not of the same quality as the Potter books. I think it might even be unfair to this book to make the comparison.

It is actually a very good book. it doesn't have the depth or the well developed characters of Potter, but it is a good read with humor and adventure a plenty. The characters are likeable (or despicable in the case of the villians) but without much depth.

My only read complaint is that Morrigan is supposed to be eleven years old but comes off as much older. It makes the occasional really poor child-like decisions she makes jarring. It really is a minor enough quibble.

I did enjoy the book, even as an adult, and will very likely read the next.

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Good children's story

I think this was on sale so I bought it to listen to. I am not a child, but I enjoyed the book. A lot of children's magical stories tend to be carbon copies and I didn't get that feel with this one. It was original enough to leave you wondering what was happening and what would happen next. A good read, even for adults. I hope Jessica Townsend writes more of this series.

I enjoyed the reader Gemma Whelan too. She probably added to the enjoyment of the story because she was able to bring more to the story in how she read it.

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Music interlude not needed.

The music interlude at the end of each chapter killed the flow of the story and was out of place.
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Very Enjoyable

I loved the characters and story overall and the narration was great!

My only critisism was that I think there was way too much repetition in the build ups before each trial, repeating "the same stakes" too much.

I love the Morrigan character, real with a snarky edge and emotion to her.

A lot of very fun imaginative scenes in here and the voices for the bitchy girls was spot on.

I was happy to listen to a story where the protagonist is an 11-year-old girl who has some real depth and a sense of herself. I love it that her best friend is a boy.

This is a great listen. Worth the credit.

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AMAZING.

I LOVED this book. Even though this book just came out, I got it as soon as I could. I read it every single day. I can't wait for the next book to come out. Although, I heard that it took Jessica Townsend 10 years to complete Nevermoor: The trials of Morrigan Crow, so I'm not betting on her next book coming out any time soon. I would definitely recommend this book, it was filled with so many twists and, the characters and settings were so detailed. In case you were wondering (which you probably weren't) why my title has a period at the end, it is because that is all I have to say about this book. It was AMAZING.

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I tried so hard to like this

The reviews are excellent. I so wanted to love this book. I listened to over half of it and I kept getting bored and my mind kept wandering. So I stopped. There were some fantastical parts. But in between some of the trials, it dragged on and didn't hold my interest. I found I didn't want to listen to anymore.
The narration was superb.

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Neat story, annoying narrator

I liked the story however the narrator could not do other voices for anything in the world.

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Amazing story!

I’ll have to admit this story started slowly and I was a bit confused at first. However, it picks up quickly and is a wonderful tale of Morrigan Crow and how she discovers where she really belongs and who she considers her family. She does go through some angst and anxiety as to how she is going to ultimately stay in her new home but she does discover how wondrous she can be in the end.

I loved the mixture of magic and the elimination trials throughout the story. It’s the right amount of both that makes it a grand adventure to read.

I’m looking forward to the next book and I hope Gemma Whelan reads it as well....she was masterful at reading this book and all the voices she used for the characters was masterful!

Thank you Jessica Townsend for a great book!

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Blarg

A lot of people say that this is the next Harry Potter. I’m here to say otherwise. This has none of the pleasure, drama, wonder, or heartfelt words of JK Rowling’s work. Yes, I know this was made for kids, but Harry Potter is a young adults series and so Nevermoor shouldn’t be considered as the next Harry Potter in the first place if it’s for children. There’s not much of a plot, and the author introduces and discards of a topic very quickly. The narration is only slightly better than the story, but only because the narrator can preform many different voices. You would think the author was a 7 year old. I can sum up the whole story right now: “This is Morrigan Crow. She likes black. Her family is mean. OH HOORAY SHE’S SUDDENLY ALL-POWERFUL!!!!!!!!!! There are a ton of toddler-worthy made-up creatures. Let’s do thisohwaitnoletsdothiswaitidon’tlikethatnevermind. ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS IS NAMED AFTER A PLANET AND HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT A NICKNAME IS!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! What’s a Wundersmith? Idunnolet’sgohaveteaMorrigan!!!” Can’t you at least make SOME of the characters act even the slightest bit realistic? I mean, seriously... 😭

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