You know that book that doubles you over with a direct punch to the guts and leaves you with a hangover for the next week? Well, take that book and imagine it Hulks out and goes  “HULK SMASH!!!!!!!!” all over your insides and leaves your heart in a bleeding mass of destroyed emotions….that’s Nevernight.

I had Jay Kristoff’s first book of The Nevernight Chronicles on my TBR list for quite a while. I’m not sure what took me so long to get to it, but when I did, I went in completely blind. I didn’t read the description or reviews or anything. The cover was enough for me! So, I grabbed a copy, FINALLY, and began. Then….


When I picked myself back up off the floor, I found myself in the midst of a raging book hangover. Mia Corvere is just fabulous. She is dangerous and flawed and angry and prideful and she uses swears in all the best ways. Kristoff creates a character that moves a smoothly as the shadows she collects to herself. She is able to dance easily around in this violently beautiful way. You think, “Oh no. She’s too much. Too rough. There is no way I will like this girl.” But then suddenly you love her and you don’t quite know when it happens.

This book is definitely in the grimdark genre and is not for the faint of heart. But Mia is an antihero who is at once hard as granite and so utterly breakable. She is as bright as she is strong with an affinity for poisons and their antidotes. Mia is touched by magic in a way she does not understand. She is a darkling and can control shadows – which can be difficult in a world where it is… never night.

Every good fantasy needs a sidekick. Mr. Kindly may possibly be my favorite. He is snarky in all the right places, supportive and encouraging, mysterious, and intriguing. His presence allows for some pretty good humor – as does the ingenious narrator. A book that can genuinely make me laugh will always be a winner.

Downside – “the sexy bits” as Kristoff calls them. Granted, there are not too many – but for me, way too graphic.

Rated R – for violence, sexual situations and language 

Totally worth a read and all the ravaged emotions!

  Amazon:  Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle)

Kindle 9.99

Hardback (used) from 8.10

Paperback(used) from 5.25

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Theme: My Favorite Stories in Haiku

In the first half of the 1800s the Bronte sisters entered the world, ever to change Victorian literature. Although their works were first published under masculine pen names, or posthumously, the girls were undeterred and sought refuge in their writing. Charlotte perhaps most of all, who continued to put pen to page after the deaths of her dear sisters.

Charlotte Bronte brought us the Victorian / Gothic classic, Jane Eyre. It is, perhaps, one of the most loved romances and the story intertwines mystery, suspense, longing and a historical view of the life of an orphaned woman. The story opens with Jane’s horrible experiences as an orphan who is shuffled from place to place. She eventually comes of age and sets out on her own to be a governess. Upon arriving at her place of employment, Jane meets the master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Secrets and mystery surround the Gothic mansion and the peculiar actions of her employer. As Jane and Rochester’s relationship grows and changes, the mysteries unfurl. For so many reasons, some mentioned above, Jane Eyre is one of my favorite stories, and that is why….

jane1E is for Eyre

plain Jane … governess

chilling secrets sequestered

he, she…found solace

I would not hesitate to recommend the most recent film adaptation of the book. Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender play their roles to perfection.