Hello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.
After all, if a story is written for young readers, shouldn’t they get to share their review of it?
Today’s review by 11 year old Presha Patel from Vadodara is on a widely popular and recent book, often compared with Harry Potter. Presha is a student of Young Orators.
Author- Jessica Townsend
This book is one of my greatest possessions, not just because of the storyline but because it reminds me of home (Australia), as this was my birthday present from my best friend Amelia. From the point of un-wrapping the gift wrap to finishing it, this book captured my full attention. I was so engrossed by the cover page, credits to Jim Madsen; I couldn’t stop from taking a peek through this book straight away.
During this ‘peek’- which lasted a few hours, I discovered the magical and exciting land of Nevermoor. A land, which was so beautifully described by Jessica Townsend, I could almost imagine myself being there.
This story revolves around, 11 year old Morrigan Crow, who is a sweet and caring person, yet had to experience many sorrows in life due to the short comings of others. Her father is more a politician than a father and a mean step mom doesn’t help her existence. This girl may seem ordinary, but her life is not that simple. Morrigan led a cursed life – not because she was actually cursed, but because everyone thought so. She was born on an unlucky day and is blamed for all local misfortunes. Imagine just walking by an old lady, carrying five bags of groceries, when she inevitably drops the grocery, you are somehow blamed for it! But, more than this, the curse means that Morrigan Crow is doomed to die on midnight on her 11 th birthday! That would be so scary! The whole book is about Morrigan’s journey while competing in four trials to become a part of the Wondrous Society, of Nevermoor. From being hated in the beginning to the point of being constantly made to apologize for things she never did, to finding true love in Nevermoor.
Jessica Townsend has done a good job, describing each detail, where in one could visualize the whole land, the events, the people, etc. in minute. She has beautifully captured Morrigan’s emotion, making the reader experience the hate, the thrill, the love, the sorrow and the joy with Morrigan. You almost cheer with the same excitement as her towards the end of the book.
My favourite part of this middle-grade fantasy was when Jupiter North whisked Morrigan into the magical land of Nevermoor. Even though, I didn’t know where Jupiter was taking her, it felt like the beginning of a new and exciting adventure.
This book teaches us the value of love, and how it would feel without it. It teaches us to respect and value everything we have.
Many people compare this book to Harry Potter, and have expectations for it. But, you should read this book with an open-mind, and not as the next Harry Potter series. I would like to change people’s thinking towards comparing a book with another book.
With all the amazing lessons, fantasy, adventure, joy this book brings to its readers; I rate this book an obvious five star, 5/5!
This book is recommended for ages: 10-13
*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest
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