Reviewed: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Monday, 8 August 2016

Nevernight | Jay Kristoff | Published August 11, 2016
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Dark, graphic, brutal, gory, vulgar. What's not to love?!

Mia is determined to get her revenge for the killing of her family when she was a child and in order to do so is training to be a brutal assassin. There's something about assassin books that I really like and this one was a lot darker and a lot less afraid to actually commit murder. If there's one thing Jay Kristoff isn't afraid to do in Nevernight, it's have their characters commit murder or be murdered!

The setting is mostly in a brutal boarding school where a group of students are competing through a series of trials and competitions to become top assassins. I love boarding school settings and, again, this one being so dark and brutal (the teachers aren't afraid to nonchalantly murder you) was just so exciting.

One of my favourite aspects of Nevernight was the humour. There are little comments here and there that had me laughing out loud ("Hmm. I appear to have misplaced the fuck I was about to give for what you think."). I loved this side by side with the more darker moments. One of the absolute best things? Mr Kindly the sassy not-cat who I would pretty much love to have in my life.

So why only 4 stars? Two reasons.

The footnotes, whilst providing more insight into the world and delivered by a pretty funny narrator who had some great snide comments, did become tiresome quite fast. I appreciate the idea of them but I was glad when they decreased in frequency as the book went on.

The writing style took some getting used to. I'm really not the biggest fan of flowery prose. I'm all about the plot and as long as the writing is decent then I'm happy. The writing in Nevernight is of the flowery kind and this was a struggle for me at first. I'm so glad that I persevered though and I would recommend doing so if you're in the same boat as me as once you're used to it, and things start moving along, you discover the epicness that is Nevernight.

If you're looking for a dark and brutal fantasy with a touch of humour thrown in then this is the book for you.

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  1. I really loved the use of the footnotes personally, i liked the way which they helped to expand and explain the world, although there were a few that I think just went on for a bit too much details (and i have to admit i did just skim read some them). However, some of them are so funny! This was such an amazing book and i can't wait for the next book as i feel as though there are still so much to learn about this world, and i also look forward to more time figuring out more about Mr Kindly.

    - Hills of Books

    1. Some of the footnotes really were funny! The narrator was actually one of my favourite things, I loved their little comments. I agree that they just went on for a bit too long at times though. I just wanted to get back to the main story! I'm really excited for book two as well, it'll be interesting to learn even more about the world. I think it's going to be fun to see Mr Kindly with the new shadow who joined Mia too.