by Jay Kristoff
***** (5 out of 5)
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The Nevernight Chronicle Series
- Nevernight (Amazon | Goodreads | Review)
- Godsgrave (Amazon | Goodreads)
- Darkdawn (Amazon | Goodreads)
Who let me start another unfinished series?!?! I don’t know if I can wait till September 4th to read Darkdawn!! I should have known better!!
I can’t remember the last time a book took me on a roller coaster of emotions the way Godsgrave did.
Seriously! There were soooo many ups, downs, twists, and turns!
It was ridiculous! (in a good way)
I seriously don’t know what to say about this book other than it was all over the place!
Thats a lie, haha I know other things I can say 😀
If you read Nevernight you probably remember how the beginning jumped back and fourth between two stories? One in the present and one in the past? Godsgrave did the same thing, but not nearly as well. In Nevernight the stories mirrored each other and the imagery was really cool. In Godsgrave it was just the past and the present with nothing to tie them together. In Godsgrave the flipping also lasted a lot longer. (Nevernight was just the first chapter. Godsgrave I think went about halfway through? I got so engrossed in the story I didn’t noticed when the switching back and fourth stopped) I didn’t like the switching because I kept getting absorbed into the current story and every time it switched I had to re-calibrate my brain and re-adjust. The switching also always occurred right when something exciting was going down! It was super annoying! (but not enough to make me lower my opinion of the book)
I also didn’t enjoy the footnotes in Godsgrave as much as the footnotes in Nevernight. They seemed longer and less important. I found myself skimming them instead of fully reading them, and I rarely skim when I read. At one point the narrator actually makes fun of the reader, in the footnote, for reading the footnote. It was clever and funny, but it just goes to show how unimportant the footnotes were. (Again this wasn’t enough to make me dock stars because I still LOVED the book!)
Those are the only two bad things I have to say about the book! As always Mia was completely awesome! She is such a kick-butt heroine and I love her and her shadows! (Mr. Kindly is still my favorite!) In Godsgrave we get to see a couple of the original characters from Nevernight but for the most part, the characters are new, and I love them just as much as the originals! There was such a wide range of characters. Some were good, some were evil, (most were somewhere in between), and some you loved, some you hated (most were somewhere in between). It was super diverse and that made it so much better! You might think that with so many characters it would get confusing and hard to keep track, or that the characters wouldn’t have individual personalities, but you would be wrong. You get to know, understand, and love (or hate) so many different characters, and each one stands out in their own way!
Like I mentioned above, this book was a roller coaster. There were so many twists and turns it drove me crazy. It kept me on my toes, and kept me guessing. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen next. I would think I had it all figured out and then, BOOM, another curve ball. Seriously, this book was genius.
I highly recommend both Nevernight and Godsgrave!!!! They are amazing! Tho I would suggest waiting until mid August to start the series because the third and final book, Darkdawn, doesn’t come out till Sept. 4th, and waiting that long might actually kill me.