Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 6th August 2016
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Plot: 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.

I received an eARC by Harper Voyager in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never read a Jay Kristoff book before. nevernight2

Yeah, I’ll probably get my head chopped off for saying that. But when I saw Nevernight on Netgalley I just went for it.


I hadn’t really known what to expect, I glanced at the plot, didn’t read any other reviews, and went ahead and stuck it on my kindle and had around 12 hours of travelling time to just read the shit out of it.

You’re immediately swept in, this very Italian inspired world full of dark magic and intrigue. It’s absolutely beautiful, from the descriptions of cities to the colourful language of the characters (which I’ll go on to in a minute), to the hilarious footnotes written by our comedic narrator.

Mia Corvere, despite only being a teenager, swears, a lot. I find it rather peculiar sometimes when a teenage character doesn’t swear at all, because it can’t be further from the truth. Despite being in a fantasy setting, Mia’s dialogue is funny and real and truthful. She’s furious, and why shouldn’t she be? Her family, her life, has been taken away from her. What better way than to just soak and boil in revenge and vengeance and be ready to slit the throat of anyone who crosses you? She’s so well rounded, so developed, and strong, in so many ways other than throwing daggers about.

This book was just a cacophony of awesomeness with so many elements drawn in to just make it a fabulous new release. It has action, violence, female friendship, and a whole lot of sex. I’ve always found sex in YA to be a bit timid and awkward, and that’s because it is when you’re a teenager. And while I agree that you can’t give a thumbs up to graphic violence in YA but turn your nose up at graphic sex, I think it’s best to just mention that while the scenes are definitely rather adult and sexy, you still might be a bit surprised that you’re reading a YA fantasy novel and not something from the passion section during these points.

Still, oh so imaginative and now I want to read everything Jay Kristoff has done. GET IT. READ IT. LOVE IT.

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  1. Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

    July 29, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    The more reviews of this book that I read, the more excited I become! Fantastic review, hun! 🙂

    1. zoeyriver

      July 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Exactly! And just when I think I can’t get any more excited… comes another review and my excitment grows (:

  2. zoeyriver

    July 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I’m so-so glad you loved it 😀
    Ah, I think I’ll lose my mind before reading this book. It honestly cannot come soon enough. I’m insanely counting the days.
    I’m so happy to hear you loved it ^__^

  3. hiraethforthepages

    July 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I CANNOT WAIT! This review is so great! I bought this book when I went to the Nevernight launch and now I just can’t wait to pick it up!

  4. Melissa @ BookNerdMomo

    July 29, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I’m so excited for this book! And you’re not alone, I haven’t read anything else by Jay Kristoff either. I want to read Illuminae but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. However, this one I’m going to read asap once it’s released because it sounds so interesting. Great review! 😄

    1. hollie (hollieblog)

      July 30, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Yes! I didn’t really have an interest in Illuminae until now!

  5. Kelsey

    July 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Eek this sounds fantastic! I’ve also never read any Jay Kristoff before either, whoops! Thinking this might have to be my first

  6. Clara Cheng

    August 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Beautiful and intriguing review aww <3 I've heard mixed reviews about this one but yours makes me feeling positive now. Haha.

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