Review | Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff

Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: August 9, 2016

Read as: Audiobook from Audible

Average Goodreads rating: 4.31

My rating: 3.5

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? (from Goodreads)

I appear to have misplaced the fucks I give for what you think.

I will say it upfront so that we can all start this with an understanding of each other. I did not love this book. Alright, go ahead and make that face at me. I know. I get it. Now that we have that out of the way, let us begin.

This is the third time I’ve tried to read Nevernight. First, I started with a hard copy but those asides drove me up a freaking wall. I couldn’t get past it. I’m very glad that Kristoff did something against the grain in his book formatting, something I feel that he has become known for, but I couldn’t focus on the story with them. Next, I tried the ebook because I was told that, in most formats, the asides were left out. I got through a little more with that but I just continued bring myself to keep reading. Finally, I downloaded the audiobook which is what I finally managed to finish.

But it was a struggle.

I hated the flashback at the beginning regarding a certain family pet. Hated it hated it hated it. I already skipped that part in the audio because I already knew it happened and didn’t want to go through it again. Vague? Yes. But if you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about and I’m trying not to be spoilery.

The majority of this book revolves around Mia earning her spot as an assign of The Red Church. For the love of cheesecake, every moment spent at that school/church/whatever was the most boring thing I have ever read. Murder/attempted murder, learn a lesson, get stabbed in the back, sometimes weird sexual tension, cut scene. Over and over and over again. I ended up cranking the audio on this up to x2.5 to get through it which is as fast as I could get it and still absorb the story. If I could have got through it faster I would have.

What gets me is that the characters in this story were interesting which was great but there was no variation among them. They all were training to be assassins for the Red Church, they all had hard and horrible pasts that led them there, they had left most of their morals and humanity behind, and they were all competing against each other to earn their place. I’m sorry, that does not make the most fascinating and varied cast.

Honestly, the most interesting part of this book was Mister Kindly. That shadow cat is fantastic. I want to read an entire book from his point of view just to get his snarky viewpoints on all the ridiculous humans he has to deal with. I would read that in a hot second.

Now, you may be wondering, “Amanda, you silly person, you are not being kind about this book at all so why in the world did you give it 3.5 stars?”

Oh, my dear friends, I had intended to give this book a two. Until that ending. THAT ENDING! The last 20% or so had so much action, plot advancement, character development. It was amazing. I tend to read audiobooks while I’m running and I legitimately ran an extra mile just to get through to the end of this book because I NEEDED to know how it ended. That last bit really saved the story for me.

I’ll be picking up Godsgrave soon to see if the story continues to advance and I really hope it does. I want to fall in love with Mia’s story…and find out who the narrator at the beginning is. Overall, I give this book a 3.5/5. #stabstabstab

10 thoughts on “Review | Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff

  1. I’ve still not read this yet. My friend tried and couldn’t get past the footnotes. I’m hoping I love it as much as everyone else seems to though!

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    1. Those footnotes were the devil. I could not focus on the story through the footnotes which is why I think I ended up with the audiobook. I’m glad Kristoff tried something different in using those (and I have a theory as to their greater purpose) but I just couldn’t deal.

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  2. I haven’t read this yet but so many people love the series that I feel really driven to read it this year, although it sounds like maybe the beginning isn’t exactly so smooth. I hope the next book is better for you!

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  3. I’m sorry this wasn’t an enjoyable read for you. I can understand though, when I first read NN I struggled to get into it, but then I reread it a few times and now I love it. I actually found the footnotes difficult, I had never read a book with them before and didn’t really understand the need for them. Can’t wait to see what you think of Godsgrave, I hope you like it better than Nevernight. Great review!

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    1. Thanks, love! I’m waiting not so patiently for my Audible credit to come through this month so I can get it. I thought I still had one for this month but apparently used it on Uprooted. Really hope I enjoy the next book more but it sounds like I will. Fingers crossed.

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  4. I was fine with Nevernight, but did not get more than two chapters into Godsgrave. It was just A LOT for me and I felt it rubbed me the wrong way and have no desire to pick it back up again. I see everyone raving about how great this series is so I totally understand where you’re coming from!

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