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Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Review & Giveaway

November 22, 2018

Whether you find November 22 a perfect day to eat loads of pie and turkey or a day to spend with family, I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

 

Today The Reading Corner for All will be highlighting the wondrous world of Nevermoor and Morrigan Crow's adventures from book one and two in the Nevermoor series. The Nevermoor series caught my attention from the moment I read the back cover of the first book Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow. I am elated to have been provided with a review copy for book one and its brilliant sequel Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

 

Thank you Hachette Book Group and Little, Brown!

 

Jamie from Rockstar Book Tours put together a great blog tour so be sure to check out the rest of the stops by clicking the banner below. 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Books 

 

Book One

Nevermoor:

The Trails of Morrigan Crow 

by Jessica Townsend

 

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 480

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudible, B&NiBooksTBD

 

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

 

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.

 

Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers.

Book Two

Wundersmith:

The Calling of Morrigan Crow

by Jessica Townsend

Pub. Date: November 13, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 544

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks

TBD

 

The captivating and heart-pounding sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 Kids' Indie Next Pick Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, as heroine Morrigan battles a new evil.


Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?


Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow was an instant New York Times bestseller, an IndieBound bestseller and a #1 Indies Introduce Pick, with movie rights sold to Fox.

 

About Jessica

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Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats - all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, will be released in 2018.

 

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow,

(US Only)

Click here

 

Review

 

"What happens if I close my eyes?"

"You miss the fun."

 

In her Nevermoor series, author Jessica Townsend realized the full potential of the middle grade genre by crafting a story filled with the timeless elements of imagination, originality, and pure heart. 

 

Morrigan was an absolutely endearing character and it was wonderful to see her development. In the first book, Morrigan sees herself as the curse everyone claims she is which causes her to have little self-worth. Yet from the moment that she sets foot in Nevermoor, Morrigan gradually starts to embrace Jupiter's mantra to "Step boldly!" through life. It was great to see how those two words radicalized Morrigan's world and opened a greater doorway to allow all of Nevermoor's magic to pass through. This magic came in the form of  the larger than life personality of the Magnificat, Fenestra, to the family and friends she makes in this creative world.

 

As I finished, Wundersmith I sat for a moment to think of an apt description of Townsend's writing. To quote Nevermoor Townsend "didn't just have a knack, she had a giftof engaging readers through her spirited storytelling that I didn't want to miss a moment of. Just like Hogwarts calls to all, Nevermoor will forevermore be a part of your reading experience.
 

 

Thank you for joining us again at The Reading Corner for All. I hope you'll find this series as a wonderful reminder to "Step boldly!" on your own adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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