The wonderous magic of a cursed life

Hey you all! I promised you guys and girls some reviews of all the lovely books I read, so, here I am to share one of them. The book I will be reviewing today is called Morrigan Crow: The Trials of Morrigan Crow written by Jessica Townsend. And let me tell you this book is AWESOME!!! What’s it about?

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 eleventh 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.

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I love this cover ❤ ❤ ❤

What did I think of this book?

Let’s start with main character Morrigan. There are two things you need to know about her. First, she just turned eleven. Second, she’s cursed and because of this she will probably never get older than twelve. Everybody around her either treats her like she’s invisible or like she’s the cause of every single thing that goes wrong. Bad weather? Failed crops? A bad fall? Yeah, that has to be that cursed child Morrigan Crow. From the very first page you will empathize with Morrigan and hope her life will get better. This book is marketed as perfect for Harry Potter fans/ the next Harry Potter and I have to say that this once I can see the resemblance. Just like Harry Morrigan is a lonely, mistreated child who possesses magic. The ages of both characters are the same and both live in worlds that are more than they seem.

A glorious adventure starts when Morrigan is saved by Jupiter North and taken to Nevermoor. As reader you are completely swept of your feet by all the wondrous events and the suspenseful trials Morrigan has to face and overcome. Morrigan’s slightly gloomy character in combination with her sense of adventure, her knack for mischief and her delicious sarcasm turn Morrigan into a lovely and fun character who will steal your heart ❤ I absolutely loved the way in which she discovered friendship, love, courage and a sense of selfworth. And that plottwist at the end where Jupiter finally revealed what Morrigan’s ability was, is so cool and sad at the same time!

Aside from a wonderful main character this book is filled with a cast of fun and bizar side characters. Take Morrigan’s mentor Jupiter North who is like a funny combination of Hagrid and Dumbledore and on more than one occasion is so vague that you can’t help but try to solve the riddle of what the heck he is talking about along with Morrigan, or the head of housekeeping Fenestra who is a giant talking cat with a mean streak and a knack for violence, or the vampiredwarf Frank, the opera singer Dame Chanda, and the janitor Kedgeree. All these crazy characters are part of the staff of the amazing hotel Deucalion, Morrigan’s new home. Aside from the Deucalion staff you also have Hawthorn, a dragonrider who participates in the same trials as Morrigan and shows her the meaning of friendship and Jupiters’ nephew Jack who loves to argue with Morrigan which provides a lot of funny and snarky dialogues. Of course there are a few evil characters too. Like the arrogant and insufferable Noelle, the sneaky Carlijn (this name was changed to suit a Dutch public better and I can’t find her original name anywhere online so correct me if you know how she’s called in English) and the illustrous Wundersmith who seems to scare the crap out of everyone. In short a wonderfully whacky cast who will keep you entertained from start to finish.

I loved the worldbuilding in this book. It’s really well-developed and truly fantastical. The story takes place in a world divided into sections that are united under the rule of the Republic. What people don’t know, however, is that there is also a free sector for which Nevermoor is the capital. In the Republic everything is controlled and regulated strictly, even the magical beasts. In Nevermoor nothing and no one seems to follow rules, magical beasts roam freely, witches, vampires, zombies, and you name it live amongst ordinary people and there are even some people who possess a magical ability (or knack). The description of this world and everything in it is gorgously detailed and effertlessly transports you inside the story. The suspense is written just as masterfully and will have you turning pages well into the night. I just flew right through the story and couldn’t stop reading.

Jessica’s writing style is fast-paced, full of fantasy, humorous and descriptive in a way that’s not boring or longwinded but well-balanced and lively. I really fell in love with her writing and I’m putting her on my authors-to-follow list! I don’t know when the second book will be translated to Dutch, but I hope it won’t take too long because I need to know what happens next haha.

If you like middlegrade fantasy stories with a well-developed main character, a cast of whacky side characters that’s fast-paced and brimming with action and humor you should definitely put this one on your reading list!!! And if you’re a Harry Potter fan like me and have been hesitant to read this one because of all the talk about how much this reminds people of HP, don’t hesitate any longer because this is not a cheap knock-off or copy, but a lovely story that possesses all the wonderful qualities HP does.

Happy reading you all!

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