ARC Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Genre: YA/NA High Fantasy
Published August 9th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Format: ARC
Length: 448 pages

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

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?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, explicit language, and violence.

Note: All quotations in the advance reader’s copy is subject to change in the finished copy.

As a first time reader of Jay Kristoff, I had no idea what I was going into. The synopsis was intriguing, and the cover was stunning, so I was definitely pumped to start this novel. I love school-like tropes and assassin main characters, so this concept grabbed me and didn’t let go until the last page. I don’t want to talk too much about the plot (because you should go read it!!!!) but I guarantee that it’s amazing (SO MANY PLOT TWISTS).

Mia was a fantastic main character; she was vengeful, angry, tough, and an all-around badass girl who I was rooting for throughout this whole novel, reminiscent of Adelina from THE YOUNG ELITES and Celaena from THRONE OF GLASS. The book also presents lots of flashbacks in which we learn more about Mia’s background and the events leading up to her need to avenge her family, making her character more relatable to me.

“The last thing you will ever be in this world, girl, is someone’s hero… But you will be a girl heroes fear.” (13, ARC)

This novel did take me longer to read than usual, which I think may be because there were a lot of characters to keep track of (although this also may be attributed to the fact that I always read physical books at a slower pace). Many of the characters were part of the Red Church, which, in fact, is filled with new characters. It was difficult, in some respect, to fully understand what was going on at times, to be honest. Nonetheless, a lot of the characters, including the other Acolytes, were well-developed and surprised me at the most unexpected times, including our own Mia.

Additionally, the writing style was remarkable. The writing flows with mystery and thrills and contains a mix of “university professor” and “swearing like a sailor”, both of which were very enjoyable to read for me. However, the most obvious aspect of this novel was the number of footnotes throughout the whole novel. The footnotes added a lot more humor and world-building that wasn’t explicitly stated throughout the story, so, in a way, it added to the whole experience. I personally thought the footnotes were pretty interesting at first but I ended up not reading them by the end of the novel (oops).

Overall, this first installment of this trilogy was incredibly impressive. Filled with action-packed fight scenes to exciting sexy scenes, NEVERNIGHT is not a book you want to miss out on!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Have you read this book yet? Are you planning to read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


25 thoughts on “ARC Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

  1. Every “it was amazing!” review about Nevernight (which is basically *every* review I read so far), only makes me want read the book even more! And here i thought I reached my limit of how much I need Nevernight in my life.
    Oh my god, I’m beyond pumped for this. Already pre-ordered my copy. August can’t come soon enough 😀
    *taking a deep, relaxing breath*
    I trust your opinion, Ali. Can’t wait to read Nevernight (:

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    • Ahh, I can’t wait for you to read it! And I’m really hoping you love it! 🙂 I can’t wait for you to get your copy (yours is going to be signed right???); let me know your thoughts when you finish it! 🙂


  2. I can’t wait until I get a chance to read this. Every who has read it so far seems to have really enjoyed it. Great review 🙂


  3. I’m like 10% in and not really feeling it. Everyone has said how amazing it is so I want to get to where it is amazing but I’m kinda meh about it. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! Are you planning on buying any of the special versions?


    • Ah, it’s okay! Hope you get hooked soon, though! I’m not sure yet… I think I’ll just preorder one of the US first editions or a UK edition because they’re so pretty, but I’m not sure! What about you?


  4. I really want to read this book! Literally every review I’ve read has been super positive (like yours), so now I can’t wait for it to be released! Like you, I’ve never read a book by this author before (I have Illuminae sitting on my shelf however!), so I haven’t preordered it/got the special editions, but I’m thinking I might pick it up when it’s released. Lovely review!

    Denise | The Bibliolater


  5. This has become one of my most anticipated books of the summer. This book has everything I love in a fantasy I’m very positive that it’ll deliver. The footnotes sound like a really interesting narrative choice but I do love that it adds that sprinkle of humour. I’m glad you enjoyed this book so much and I can’t wait to read it. 😀


  6. Fantastic review! Like you the cover and synopsis really captured my interest and I was dying to read it! I love YA novels with a strong MC and the fact this has assassins, revenge and all over badassery I’m super stoked!


  7. The fact that Jay Kristoff wrote this novel is really what caught my attention and I also couldn’t help but love the cover! After reading the synopsis I knew this would be a book I’d enjoy immensely so I’m really glad you gave it a positive review and enjoyed it as much as I hope to! I love the fact that this book seems to have an amazing, badass protagonist as well as many other well-developed characters to enjoy and a fantastic plot with mystery and thrills!!


  8. I actually just pre-ordered this book last night on a whim! I don’t usually pre-order books unless I know I will love them, so it’s a pretty huge deal that I ended up pre-ordering this. BUT it looks super awesome, and the cover is gorgeous (I got the UK hardback, but both covers are beautiful, really), and I have heard amazing things about it, and I’m meeting the author in a month!

    Everything you mentioned sound like things I would really like in a book (and have liked in separate books, so to see them all in one book will be awesome), and I am so excited to read it! I love badass female characters, and am always up for finding new ones to admire 😀

    I’m glad you liked this one, and I hope the other books in the series are as awesome! Great review ^.^


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