Review: Nevernight

I am excited to do this review, because it is the first review I am doing after starting my new system! That system basically consists of me taking notes on the book so when the time comes to do the review I have a lot of reference to hopefully improve the quality of my reviews (we’ll see.)

I’ve been trying this a couple different ways, method 1 is every other chapter or so I update my goodreads with a few notes on what is going on, and any key points or feelings I am having while reading. The second method is placing sticky notes throughout the book (about every 30-50 pages depending on length) and adding my thoughts there. I have found that I like the sticky note method a bit more 1) because I enjoy physically writing things, and 2) if I pick my phone up to update goodreads I am more tempted to stray to twitter or just play on my phone. So I am mainly using the sticky note method and I hope it helps me make better reviews!? Let’s see!

Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: August 9th, 2016
Pages: 429
Date Read: June 17, 2019
My Rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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?

I knew I would love this before I even read it. After hearing about it for so long, and knowing it was about a female assassin with shadow powers, I just knew it would be the book for me. It most definitely was. (SO STABBY)

First I want to talk about the main character: Badass Mia Corvere. She has a super tragic backstory and it set her on a path of revenge for her family, which is why she has become a deadly assassin. She controls darkness and has a shadow-cat for a sidekick. A SHADOWCAT. What more needs to be said?
Her path to avenge her family leads her to a secret society that trains young people to be the best assassins in the game, and so her journey begins. Along the way Mia experiences friendship, death, betrayal and heartbreak, but through it all she only becomes stronger.
Even though she is a deadly assassin, she still cares about people. She doesn’t like senseless killing and she refuses to kill those who have not done wrong. She will even choose to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Her ultimate goal is to take out all of the evil forces haunting her home of Godsgrave.

The writing style was amazing. Jay Kristoff is a genius. I love the back and forth between the past and present. We are slowly given information on Mia’s tragic childhood, and how it made her into who she is in the present. There is a lot of symmetry between her past and present, and I thought it flowed really well and built up a lot of anticipation. Also the use of footnotes to gain more information about the world was very cool and unique.
The unknown narrator also adds a level of mystery to the whole book, and I cant wait to find out who it is!

Now to discuss the plot! LOVED the plot. I am a big fan of the academy/school setting. Where our main character has to go to school to learn to hone his/her skills. Bonus points when there are tests that only a few can succeed and move on to become… In Nevernight Mia is at an academy like place where her and other students are competing to become a blade, which is basically a head assassin within this secret assassin society. She is brutalized there. None of these tests are easy, and Mia comes close to losing her life many times, and it was just such an exciting read.

This was just such a phenomenal read. I couldn’t put it down because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Who would die next? What witty remark would the shadowcat make? Would Mia suceed in her mission? I will definitely be reading Godsgrave soon, especially with Darkdawn’s pending release! I have to know where Mia’s story leads her, and everyone knows how much I love the stabby! 😈

I hope you enjoyed this review (even though it doesn’t feel all the much different from my other reviews.) Which means I probably haven’t improved all that much, but hopefully practice makes perfect and they will improve with time! If you’ve read Nevernight let me know in the comments how you liked it! Also if you can recommend any other books with a similar feel to this one, let me know! As always thank you and Happy Reading🖤



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