arc review – nevernight


nevernight by jay kristoff

release date – august 9th, 2016

genre – mature ya high fantasy

publisher / imprint – thomas dunne books

preorder here – amazon | barnes and noble | book depository

source – received arc via publisher

summary (from goodreads) –

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?

*thank you, st. martin’s press, for sending me a copy of the book. receiving this copy is not influenced with my review. my review only contains my thoughts and opinions of the book. and warning: since it is categorized as mature ya, this book contain very mature content, such as gore/violence, sex, and explicit language. be mindful of that if you are a young reader (someone like me, maybe) who is going to read this heck of a book.*

ever since kristoff announced that he is going to be writing nevernight or this trilogy itself, i was beyond excited to read the book. i really enjoyed illuminae so i shouldn’t be disappointed with nevernight. the summary and the excerpt both gave me the feeling to wanting to read more. and after finishing it, i really enjoyed the book. too bad that this is an arc and now that i’ve finished it, i have to wait for the next book to come out instead of now. #bookbloggerproblems. but you just have to know that it was worth the anticipation. nevernight was just what i wanted to be: very unique and original, riveting, intoxicating, and very much, heart-breaking. i mean, this is from jay kristoff. his specialty is knowing how to make our hearts drop to the ground by crafting what we won’t expect to see in his books.

the characters were unlike any other, whether you compare them to each other or any other badass character in other books. they each display their own way of saying they are a total badass even if they don’t shine as often. i really like kristoff‘s use of characterization towards each of them, especially mia. mia corvere show that even when she is badass, she has a weakness and has a soft spot and she can still be a badass with it, no matter what. she knows what she think is prejudice and just. she knows that she is strong whether people assume that she is not that isn’t banal at all. mia corvere seems to be is the anti-hero that everyone will love when they will read nevernight.

this book has footnotes. i never suspect there will be footnotes at all. at first, i wasn’t sure if i continue reading the footnotes since some of them were more pointless than informational, but i still did and they just end up being all right for me. there were some footnotes that gives off historical background to the world it is in that i liked most about it. but you have to know that footnotes are meant to be read optionally. i wanted to read its footnotes just so i can grasp more with the setting that kristoff successfully done. besides the footnotes, he really did a great job with creating an entirely remarkable atmosphere as it was inspired by italian culture, but still constructs it with his own distinctive world-building.

even though this book was, in fact, amazing, i wasn’t a big fan of the first part of the book. when i started reading, i did stumble with the book a few times and the pacing became slow for me. jay’s intricate and exquisite writing style seems to be what made it a difficulty. if you only read illuminae, you have to know that his writing is like jumping into a different world without knowing what is it. all it takes is to get used to his prose and to know that it gets better if you take it slowly with reading his writing. another problem was understanding what the text is, exactly. if you don’t know what i mean, the first part of the book will mostly have chapters that both contain 2 types of text: regular and italic. what the difference was between the two was that the italic symbolizes that it is a flashback and the regular text show that it’s occurring in present-time. so yeah, if you want to read this book, be aware of that.

nevernight was overall, a great and an astounding read. the characters were spot-on, the writing was again, meticulously flawless, and even though the pacing was slow at first, it gets faster and better from there. i just can’t stop loving this book even when i’m heartbroken in pieces at the same time. the anticipation for the second book of this trilogy is as high as when i was anticipating on gemina after i read illuminae. if you want to know if it does capture ‘harry potter meets the lies of locke lamora’, it does. nevernight expresses both the cunning, sophistication, and mystical feel as those two books.



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