Read for: Recently Added & 2nd Book is a Booktube SFF Shortlist
Synopsis: "A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination
Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.
But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It's then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart - an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests - or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate."
My Review: I picked this one up because so many other readers have loved it and also because the next book in the series made the 2019 Booktube SFF short list. Sadly, I really struggled with this book. It seems to have been greatly influenced by Harry Potter, which I really disliked. We have a young character who is treated horribly and left in the dark as the story progresses only to find out that she might be someone special (aka the chosen one). All that works into being my all time most disliked trope. With that said, it does have a unique and interesting world with some very intriguing side characters. I think if you really loved Harry Potter, you will probably really enjoy this book. It just did not work for me and I will not be continuing with the series.
My Rating: I should have known better than to pick up a book with Harry Potter influences. It had so many of my disliked tropes that I really couldn't get past. I have to give it a rating of One Paw and a Stump Wag. I am also going to have to pass on reading Wundersmith for the Booktube SFF shortlist this year.