Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Book One in the Neverknight Chronicles
Published By: Thomas Dunne Books (August 9, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 2.5-3 Stars


Book Description:
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?











Nevernight was high on my must read, definitely can't wait to get my hands on reads for 2016 and also being my first Kristoff book, I was super excited to dive in and see what this author's work was all about.

Not knowing ever what to expect from this genre, only added to the excitement and the anticipation. 

I can say, without a doubt, that this book took me by surprise. It was most definitely unlike anything else I have read or seen in young adult fantasy.

Vulgar, explicit, and not something I would classify as young adult by any stretch of the imagination, Kristoff knocked me flat on my back with the severity and darkness of his writing.

If you can get past the udder shock of getting something unexpected and not at all in the YA norm, and see the writing for what it is, absolutely brilliant, this is actually a good read. If, you can get past the initial shock of language, sex, and bloodshed.

I wish I could say that I loved this but I didn't. I did like it though but the writing while, brilliant, could also be disjointed and confusing at times as the story switched back and forth from the past to the present to the now and the shadows. 

I can see a lot of people loving this and a lot of people being thrown off like I was but still liking it nonetheless. 


*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

68 comments:

  1. Ah sorry it wasn't what you were expecting

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  2. I've been hearing about this one being disjointed and confusing when it comes to the writing. I'm not sure how I would feel about that unfortunately. I do have a copy, so I'll give it a try, but if I can't get into it, I probably won't bother finishing it.
    Is this being labeled as YA? I thought it was adult or NA?

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    1. I think most people are assuming it is YA because of the age of the protagonist but it definitely is not YA.

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  3. I was so excited about this until the reviews started coming in. Unfortunately, most people didn't like it. I don't think I'll even read it at this point, I just know it won't work.

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    1. I know, I was pretty surprised by it as well and all the reviews. I do want to try something else from this author though, maybe just something more mild. ;)

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  4. Yeah I haven't seen many people love this one like I thought I would. It is hard to get into a book when the writing is confusing. Sorry this wasn't better for you!

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    1. It is and I think that and all the gore are what really kept me from loving it.

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  5. You have me super curious now Ali! I'm not sure if it will be a book for me or not, but I'm always intrigued by something completely unexpected. Thanks for your thoughts on this one!

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    1. You never know Jenny, you might like it. ;)

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  6. Me and you have similar thoughts on this one. The purple prose just didn't fit this story. I don't need a fancy "blood and gore" story. Give it to me straight.

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    1. Yeah it was just downright weird at times, so much didn't need to be there.

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    2. Oh boy, two for two, I should hold off reading this. I'm not motivated to read it since you two didn't like it enough.

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    3. I think it was just much darker than anyone expected and way more vulgar than I was prepared for.

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  7. I think the rating system needs to be revamped because when you shelf something YA and the library hasn't vetted just what age to put it in. There can be real trouble! And I'm totally against anything that a reviewer describes as vulgar in any YA selection. Thanks for your brutally honest review!

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    1. Thanks Debbie and maybe it won' be YA by the time it comes out but I definitely think it needs to be clearly stated that it isn't. I thought it was going into it although now that I look on Netgalley it was sci fi & fantasy, the YA isn't there anymore.

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  8. it's not really my type of book but thanks for the review.

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  9. Thanks for the review. Sounds a hard read.

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  10. Hmm, I actually thought this was marketed as adult. I so want to read a sampling. It sounds like dark, high fantasy.

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    1. It is marked that way now Kim but when it first came out it wasn't. It is hard core fantasy.

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  11. Oh, I always heard it was Adult. Guess they got that wrong at first. haha Thanks for sharing - I am really curious about this one, but it's good to know what didn't work for people going in sometimes.

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    1. You might like it more knowing what to expect going into it, you never know.

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  12. Hmmm...I've been on the fence about this one but leaning away...I think you've confirmed it for me.

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    1. It probably isn't a book for everyone that's for sure.

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  13. Yea, I would classify this one as more adult as well. I could see older YA kids reading this okay, but not younger. I didn't really get into this one until the end. Since I'm an ending girl, it made the book for me. Didn't love it, but I did like it well enough.

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    1. Yeah I think that's how I felt as well. It was great writing just not for me so much.

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  14. Really looking forward to this one. I know he pushed the envelope a little bit so I'm curious. Glad you enjoyed it, Ali!

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    1. I think if you're prepared for it, you'll like it more than I did Joy.

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  15. I re-read your review two times because your rating was very low and I feel like I need read this book for give my own opinion because the PLOT sounds wonderful to me (I am a huge fan of YA Fantasy).
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. This was actually mislabeled, it isn't YA but definitely read it, it's worth it to form your own opinion about it. ;)

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  16. UGH, READING THIS BOOK GAVE ME A HEADACHE. :(

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    1. It didn't give me a headache but it was a tough read to get through at times.

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  17. No I don't think this would be one for me either Ali. Vulgar No, and high fantasy, no. Sorry it wasn't what you were expecting :)

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  18. I really like the blurb, it sounds super exciting but I keep hearing a lot of bad things about it lately, especially from popular reviewers ! I, honestly don't know if I'm going to end up reading this !
    Also, I was really confused when I saw it, thinking it was a YA but apparently it's not ( obviously if it contains sex, violence...etc ) and that's not really my thing !
    Well, hope your next read will be much better :)

    "Book Addict"

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    1. I thought it was YA as well which was why I was so confused going into it. I think it might have been mislabeled at one point but it says fantasy now so at least those now going into it will be more aware that it might (and does) have adult content. I think the setting of a school like Hogwarts didn't help the confusion.

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  19. Woah, this does not sound like something I would enjoy. There's definitely a limit to the amount vulgarity I can take in, but despite this glaring quibble, I'm glad you were able to find some redeeming factors :)

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    1. Thanks Claudia, the writing really wasn't bad, just not for me.

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  20. I just finished this, Ali! I ended up liking it more than you did, but I will say you are spot on when it comes to it being gritty and bloody. I think this should really be for mature/adult readers regardless of Mia's age. The violence and adult themes really make it so. I was so on edge about just how far Mia would go for revenge and once in the Red Church I could not put it down. I'm sorry this one was not for you, great, honest review :)

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    1. Thanks Kim and I'm glad you did like it better than me. ;)

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  21. Ah I do like being taken by surprise but that doesn't sound like a totally fun surprise. The cover is so creepy!

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    1. Ha ha, I love the cover, it actually fits the theme and mood of the book very well.

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  22. Well hell, as if I can pass that up. Dark, vulgar, shocking ... yup, sounds like a book for me. lol.

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    1. LO it wouldn't surprise me if you like this. :P

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  23. This is definitely a polarizing read. I've read some very glowing reviews and others that were just brutally honest. I read Kristoff's first book and I thought it was just ok. I think I'll wait around before picking this one up. Glad you still managed to enjoy it after all the big shocks.

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    1. Yeah it seems like one you either love or hate for most people.

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  24. This is the first non-glowing review I've seen on this book, which is nice. I dont think this is my kind of book, but I would like to try it. On audio specifically.

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    1. You might like it, especially if you're prepared for the bad stuff. ;)

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  25. Well, I certainly am glad I read your review, Ali, as I just heard of this book and was considering ... maybe ... buying it. I have to say I didn't find The Illuminae Files all that brilliant. Yes, the format was new and imaginative, but aside from that, the writing was mediocre at best. Now, apparently this latest offering by Mr. Kristoff adds even more unpleasantness to that. Foul language, sex, and bloodshed is not what YA lit should be known for. So, I'll give this one a most definite miss.

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    1. It was shocking Ramona but it is labeled as adult now so maybe that YA bit was a mistake when it was first coming out as ARCs, I don't know but everywhere it just does say fantasy now but the synopsis (to me) still screams YA.

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  26. I've heard of this author before but had NEVER, EVER read anything by him. I have a feeling I wouldn't like it since it's way out of my reading genre, but I've always told myself that I NEED TO START BRANCHING OUT AND READING OTHER GENRES, so we'll see! teehee!

    Lovely review, Ali! <3

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    1. Branching out can be a great thing for sure, maybe just don't start with this one. ;)

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  27. I've heard so many mixes reviews on this one. It's also on my TBR and I will have to give it a try for myself and just see which category I'll fall into! Thanks for the review.

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    1. It really is one that you need to read for yourself and decide. ;) I hope you like it!

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  28. I've just started on this one and it's slow. I'm getting used to his writing style but I agree it feels disjointed at times :S Hopefully the story gets more exciting!

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    1. It was very slow and weird in the beginning but it does get better, especially by the time she gets to the school. ;)

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  29. I read the first few chapters but the writing is really hard for me to muddle through :/. I will keep at it though since mine is a Netgalley ARC. You should give Stormdancer a try. I really enjoyed his previous books (though I still haven't read the concluding book of the trilogy yet).

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    1. I think I will try that one, I've heard good things about it.

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  30. Great review! I've seen a lot of VERY mixed reviews on this one but I doubt I will pick it up based on your thoughts and that the genre isn't my favorite already.

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    1. If it really isn't a genre you like then yeah, it probably wouldn't be for you but you never know, stranger things have happened. :P

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  31. Yikes it doesn't sound so great, but I am still so intrigued!

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    1. It was an interesting read even if it wasn't quite what I thought it would be.

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  32. Sorry this one wasn't for you. I keep seeing that it's not YA and that it's definitely not for everyone. I'm dying to read this one myself, but I'm pretty sure I'll just borrow from the library first. Excellent review!

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    1. There are a lot of people that loved it too so hopefully you will be one that likes it more than I did. ;)

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