The Night That Never Ends.
Hey all I'm back. And I have totally been dreading writing this review. Mainly because this is SUCH a big and hyped book and I know that not falling all over myself about it's greatness... is obviously going to be the end of the world.
So if you haven't guessed by now this review is over Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. NOW... before you all jump and murder me because you think I'm gonna dump on Nevernight. Thats no what this review is about. I did enjoy Nevernight and ended up giving it a good rating and review on Goodreads but I definitely don't believe it lived up to the hype surrounding it. That being said.... it's also the first book and the ending had just gotten good when Kristoff decided to end the story. So. Without further ado lets find out why!
If you haven't read this book yet fair warning... the beginning of the book is SUPER slow. Obviously building up to what is to come. But this felt agonizingly long. I would start reading and just mentally prepare myself to be in for the long haul. I ended up venting to a friend about the frustration I felt from how little process I had made in the book. She swore to me that it picked up soon and I believed her. She was not wrong. Once Mia and Tric had finally made it to their destination it was as if someone had pressed fast forward. I couldn't get enough of their training and the chemistry and everything. I am super glad I stuck it out cause man I do see why people get caught up in the story. By the end and all the twist and turns that our crazy driver (Krisoff) takes us on.... I was completely caught off guard at what was unfolding before me... and before I knew it the book was done. And I was like...damn how the hell did that happen so fast. Kristoff knows how to build and destroy hopes and while I believe that the dude is a madman he's also a witch and mothereffing genius.
That being said. With his woodcraft being so strong even in the low points of the story I can see why people describe his writing as difficult to read. The flashbacks were meant to be jarring and as you continue reading things begin to fall into place and make sense but for a while it feels like your receiving information that you don't need. But after sticking to it y0ou realize how much the flashbacks add to the plot line and as it continues on you end up needing them to help develop Mia's character.
Last but not least I wanna touch on the footnotes.... Because I both love and hate them. If you read books Ebook style you really have to watch for the ***little floating stars. As someone who went back and forth from the Ebook and physical copy I feel like I probably missed a lot of them while in the Ebook format. My biggest problem is I felt like Kristoff used both the foot notes and the copy to make his comments. And obviously that isn't even a huge issue when you break down.
Overall I gave Nevernight a 4 star rating because of its slow beginning but once this thing kicked off there was no stopping it. Krisoff is a mastermind when it comes to destroying people's hearts and souls... and I got invested in the wrong characters and I feel it deeply now. The magic system and break down assassin training wise breaks down wonderfully and universe wise I believe its super strong.
I am super excited to see where the story goes and I am hoping to become as obsessed as all of you are with this series because I can totally see where the crazy love stems from. I am really becoming infatuated with Mia especially with the turn at the end of the book. No spoilers but you'll never see it coming and if you claim you did you are a dark sorcerer. And I chose not to believe you!
Thats all for now!
These pages take me places and I can't wait to see where I go next!
All my love!