Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. One of those rare books you just can't put down. Morrigan Crow is a "cursed child" fated to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But with only a few precious hours remaining before her appointed doom, the ginger haired, eccentric Jupiter North appears and whisks her away to the magical city of Nevermoor. Once there, Morrigan, or Mog as Jupiter insists on calling her, resides with Jupiter at his hotel, the Deucalion. The Deucalion crawls with interesting characters such as Fenestra the enormous, grumpy Magnificat, and Frank, the dwarf vampire. Morrigan is truly happy for the first time in her life, but to remain in Nevermoor she must be accepted into the Wundrous Society. Admission to the Society is granted to only those few candidates who successfully complete all four trials: book, chase, fright and show. With some undeniable similarities to Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, Nevermoor nonetheless remains original and engaging. It is the first book in what is hopefully a long series.
Recommended age: 9 and up
Finn - I gave this book 10 stars because it is very entertaining. I think kids would like this book because it is very funny and told from a very kid perspective. For example, in the chase trial when Fenestra is threatening to kill other candidates. I also like when Morrigan meets Jupiter for the first time and he says "Don't be alarmed; I’m ginger.’‘Ginger’ was an understatement, Morrigan thought, trying to hide her astonishment as the hat came off. ‘Ginger of the Year’ or ‘King Ginger’ or ‘Big Gingery President of the Ginger Foundation of the Incurably Ginger’ would have been more accurate." My only complaint was why did the author have to end the story on such a big cliff hanger. I wish the book was longer. I can't wait for the second one.