ARC Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

Posted August 8, 2016 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: August 9th 2016
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

My Review

First of all I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy of this! I got it on my birthday, and honestly it was the best birthday present ever because I wanted to read this so badly. I mean, think about it for a hot minute:

Bad ass girl MC?


Boarding school for freaking assassins?

this pleases me

The only other book I’ve read by Kristoff is Illuminae, but this book was so totally different, and in the best way possible. I think I may like it better, only because it was so intense. And I mean, truly, it was like a Hogwarts for assassins.

Now I’ve seen plenty of people on Goodreads saying that this book was too descriptive, or the little notes at the bottom were too much to read, but I didn’t see either of those things, really. I liked how descriptive it is, simply because I would much rather a book that described more than it needed to than one that didn’t describe enough. As for the notes at the bottom of each page, I found that you really don’t have to read them all. I did like reading them, because I had the time to and I liked the witty humor in them, but other than that it’s mainly just back story.

So I guess I’m just making a little PSA that you don’t have to read those notes at the bottom, just in case you were worried about a few people hating on them. But, I will say if you’ve got the time to, I definitely would. They’re so good at building the world up, and they’re hilarious.


And this is the part where I go on a mini rant (in the best way possible) about one of my favorite parts of this book:

Actual, real life sex is included. And no, it doesn’t fade to black.

It’s like real life.

I’m so tired of seeing sex just brushed over in YA novels, or girls in the books seeming to be shamed for feeling normal, human feelings like wanting to have sex. It’s so refreshing to see that being totally, and utterly accepted in this book.

It’s kind of like a middle finger to anyone who thinks that sex can’t belong in a YA novel, and I’m in love with it.

In summary, if you want a book with a bad ass female character, the not fade to black kind of sex (aka real life, but ya know, whatever, call it scandalous if you want.. I’m only a little bitter on the whole subject), and a Hogwarts for assassins, this is the book for you. And if you don’t want any of that… Just like… Why the hell not?

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

  • I’m so happy that you didn’t mind the over-descriptivenes! I had read a few people who really didn’t like it and found it confusing at times but it makes me feel a whole lot better knowing you still loved the book.
    And real sex? Uhm, yes!
    I cannot wait to get my hands on this sometime next week! I read the first two books in Kristoff’s Lotus War series and they are FANTASTIC! And I mean amazing. I found that sometimes he was too descriptive and long-winded for me but his world building and characters and story-telling are breathtaking and I can’t get enough of it!
    Great review! Thank you for being the positive voice of reason on a rocky release! 😀

    • Olivia

      I know, so many people were annoyed by the over-descriptiveness but I think it would be a whole lot worse if there was a lack of it, honestly! I think if you go into it knowing it might not be a super fast read, and that there is a ton of world building within those little footnotes, you’ll really like it!!