Podcast Episode #59 – Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend

December 9, 2017 Giveaways, Podcast, Reviews 2 ★★★★★

TTT_podcast_logoWelcome to the fifty-ninth episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Anni.

In this episode, we discuss some film news, and we list some of our favourite reads for 2017. We’re giving books away to two lucky winners! We also review Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. This review is spoiler-free, until it’s not. We do give fair warning before spoilers. This episode was recorded on 6 December 2017.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend (32:00)

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Published by Hachette on October 10th 2017
Genres: Children’s FictionFantasy
Pages: 449
Source: My copy
Amazon • Amazon UK • Book Depository • Bookworld
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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.

Nevermoor UK cover

We, quite simply, loved this book. Everything about it was delightful and very well put together.

If you liked Harry Potter or the Magisterium series from Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, you’ll love this.

More, please!

Giveaway – Favourites for the year (22:35)

Enter to win any of the books listed in this post, using the form below!

Two winners will win a book of their choice, from Booktopia for Aussie winners, or Book Depository for everyone else.

This giveaway is open internationally, as long as Book Depository ships to your country (go here to check).

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Books, TV series and other things mentioned

Nevermoor film to be produced by Twentieth Century Fox.

The Wrath and the Dawn film rights acquired by Imagine.

Unearthed film rights acquired by Colombia pictures, to be produced by Tyler Thompson.

Thor: Ragnarok was awesome!

Graevale (Medoran Chronicles #4) by Lynette Noni – launch at Mt Alvernia College, Kedron, on January 25, 2018. Book here.

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

2 Responses to “Podcast Episode #59 – Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend”

  1. Fola

    I can’t believe I’m so slow writing this review, but in fairness, the book has now been read by 4 people in our home and I always come in last when it comes to that debate.

    Everything about this book drips with wonder. To say that Jessica Townsend is a once in a decade writer/storyteller is not too brave a comment.

    She writes her brave lead, Morigan, with grace and while she has a shadowy past, her desire to find hope is ever present. I know there have been a lot of comparisons to Potter here, but while I think that’s fair, I think that Nevermoor stands on its own, and no comparisons are needed.

    I hate spoilery reviews, but I will say this. You’ll fall in love with Morigan Crow. If you’re an old duffer like me you will start planning your Jupiter cosplay before you finish the chapter when he is introduced (which is perhaps my favorite character introduction in a decade). And you’ll never look at an old hotel or an umbrella the same.
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    • Anni

      Thanks Fola, such a glowing recommendation 🙂 I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed Nevermoor as much as we did.

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