Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

Author: Jay Kristoff

Format: Ebook

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

Summary from Goodreads

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?


Okay, first of all, this is definitely not Young Adult fiction. It says so on Goodreads that this is YA, but no no.

Okay, let’s go directly to the plot.

So we know that Mia Corvere is an assassin who seeks vengeance for her father and family, she then joins an assassin school in order to be one step closer to the vengeance she desires.

There were some parts of the book that seemed familiar. Like I’ve read it from somewhere. One, is the “there is a killer on the lose in a school of assassins and we must find out which one of these killers was the murderer” plot.

I do love the idea of being an assassin in a land where the sun never sets, because that makes the whole killer thing more difficult since you can’t have the dark by your side to hide your tricks and stuff. That is, unless you are a darkin like Mia or Lord Cassius.

Moving on.

For me, Mia had a great character development through out the book.

She has this “something” that feeds off her fears and that is very cool. But, although it also gives her the power to control the shadows, makes her fearless and is one of her strengths, it automatically becomes her weakness as well. Good thing she learns to be able to deal with her fears, even without “Mr. Kindly”, at the end of the book. The assassin school also proved useful to her, because by the end of the book, she became good at the things she was once weak at.

Mia’s reason for vengeance was so petty and pathetic. I did not enjoy reading a former rich girl whining about how her life was ruined blah blah blah, how they killed her father for no reason blah blah whine, how she was never accustomed to living in the streets because she lived her whole life in luxury whine whine whine. But okay, I understand, she was 10 years old when that happened and was probably the reason for such a shallow reason to seek vengeance and to go through such lengths. BUT. There is also Jessamine, who did not experience the luxury Mia had. Whose father was also executed. Why? Because her father was following the orders given by Mia’s father. If you’re asking me, Jessamine had all the more reason to seek vengeance, even if it was towards the Corveres.


Before I read this book, I had a thought “Why do all YAfiction book protagonists need love interests?” Can they not live and survive on their own? (I am not against this though; just had a thought)

And BAM! goes Nevernight.

There were two potential love interests (or so I think) for Mia: Tric and Lord Cassius. And I feared that this will be one of those series where Girl swoons over Boy #1 on the first book and during the second book, Girl manages to fall in love with Boy #2 and ends up with him until the third book. Thank the Goddess it wasn’t!

Jay Kristoff’s writing style was pretty similar to Tahereh Mafi’s, but just a tad bit boring. I literally stopped reading for a whole day after reading 3 chapters, because I could hardly keep my eyes open while reading it. Fortunately, the scenes became more interesting and fun to read, and I eventually got the hang of it. Another thing I hated about this book are the footnotes. I get it. You read them to understand more about the story and the background and stuff. But I barely skimmed through half those footnotes and didn’t read the rest,  and I was still able to understand the story. So it was pretty unnecessary.

Welp. All in all, the book was amazing. Will I read the sequel? Hell yes. Bloodbaths. Assassins. Some Fantasy. Some blood. Smutty-ish romance. This really does not belong in Young Adult, but I loved it all the same. And you should, too.




Plot – 21+%

Characterization – 20%

Writing style – 16%

Book Cover Relevance – 5%

Feels – 15%

Shareability – 10%

TOTAL – 87 %


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