Morrigan Crow continues to be dazzled by all the wonders of Nevermoor and the curious people in it. With her loyal friend Hawthorne by her side, she has more glorious adventures than ever before. But starting school in a magical place isn’t necessarily easier – on the contrary it complicates things. Beneath the surface, shadows are creeping in on Morrigan at all times and if she cannot learn to control her powers, they might consume her.
It has taken me a long time to write this review. It’s not that I’m confused about my opinion of it, au contraire, I just love this universe so much that I’m having a hard time finding the right words. I obviously won’t spoil anything of significance since this is the second book in a long (I believe) series. However, I will tell you why I highly recommend that you pick up this series:
The characters are truly unique. They have a Harry Potter vibe about them as they come in weird shapes and sizes and have all kinds of different quirks and skills to them. Some can manipulate the elements while others have a knack for fortune-telling or bending time. They are, however, completely their own and the HP vibe doesn’t come off as a knock-off at all! Morrigan is sympathetic but not to the point where she’s sad and dull. She’s an 11-year old girl with lots of energy, curiosity and flaws of her own. This combination makes it truly fun to follow along on her journey.
The world, much like the characters, is extraordinary. Everything seems to be alive and able to sense its surroundings. Streets and bedrooms can change overnight and with all sorts of magic to be seen, nothing is done in the “usual” way – why use a subway when you can hop onto an umbrella ride? Why keep pets when you can have a proud magnificat as a friend?
The story itself is incredibly well put together. We follow Morrigan’s journey from a world where knowing your place is a given to a world where nothing makes sense – in the best way. There is nothing typical about this adventure at all and that’s what keeps the reader so engrossed – what crazy event will happen next? Even the bad guys and villains don’t come with the typical hero-slays-dragon drama; they’re a lot more complex and you’re never sure where to place them.
In short, I feel like this series is highly underrated and Wundersmith was just as amazing to read as the first book in the series, Nevermoor. I cannot recommend it enough – to children, teenagers and adults alike! As if the books aren’t enough, I just found out that Twentieth Century Fox is currently planning the movie adaptation for Nevermoor – I am beyond psyched!
(I’ve mixed up my rating chart this year and included Entertainment since I thought it was a missing element. Sometimes the writing is bad or the characters suck but there’s still a good chunk of entertainment value in there *ahem* The Selection *ahem*. I’ve also changed Plot to Story as it felt more vibrant. Hope you enjoy the new system – let me know what you think!)
Page count: 404
Goodreads rating: 4,5/5