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02 August 2019

Book Beginnings #74

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff cover

The boy was beautiful. 
Caramel-smooth skin, honeydew-sweet smile. Black curls on the right side of unruly. Strong hands and hard muscle and his eyes, O, Daughters, his eyes. Five thousand fathoms deep. Pulling you in to laugh even as he drowned you.
I got Nevernight in an Illumicrate box years ago. I remember the box vividly (it also had a cute Gilmore Girls tote bag) and I remember being intrigued by the book. But I also remember sitting Nevernight on my shelf and kind just... Leaving it. Goodness knows why, because I'm a huge grimdark fan and I don't read nearly as much as I'd like to.

Anyway fast forward around three years (I'm a bad bookworm) and I'm finally picking up Nevernight by Jay Kristoff for the Magical Readathon #NEWTsReadathon2019. It's going to fill my White Book prompt for Divination. There is so much wild hype around the series that I am a little apprehensive, but only a few chapters in I am hooked. The writing style is almost lyrical, lush with description, and I love it.

This first line? I love it. And I'm excited to read on.

"It's like those fellows who name their swords 'Skullbane' or 'Souldrinker' or somesuch." Tric ties his saltlocks into a matted knot atop his head. "Tossers, all."
I am very much enjoying Nevernight, even if I am already drawing up a long list of content warnings in my review draft. It's very stylishly written, I like the flow, I'm enjoying the back and forth of finding out more about Mia Corvere. And yes, it's dark.

Have you read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff? What did you think of it?

What are you reading this week?


  1. Never read a Jay Kristoff before and admittedly Nevernight has been on my bookshelves for a few years now. Though I constantly tell myself that I will eventually pick it up! Hoping that will come true once I read your review Cora! Hope that you enjoy it x

    1. I have had it for so long it was either read it or get rid of it haha.

  2. Nevernight is definitely on my radar!

  3. OMGosh I want to read this one!! Happy weekend!

  4. I've heard a lot of good things about Nevernight. It seems interesting.

  5. I've not read any Jay Kristoff, but the Nevernight cover is striking and I love that first sentence!

  6. Oooh! Nevernight! I just finished reading Illuminae and I loved it! I need to read Nevernight soon!

    Here’s my Friday 56!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  7. I'm reading this at the moment too! I know you had a rocky start but hoping you're enjoying it a little more now.

  8. I really want to pick this up but I'm unsure if I will like it!

  9. I loved this one! Happy weekend.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  10. I loved Nevernight and have convinced a few people to read it since! Mr Kindly was a highlight for me.

  11. I think you already know I love Nevernight. It is VERY dark though.

  12. It is definitely a book with a long list of Content Warnings, but it is incredible, I am glad to hear that you are enjoying it. Kristoff is an incredible writer, and it is so clear even in the first couple of lines.

  13. So glad to see you are enjoying Nevernight!! I'm currently reading A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs and enjoy it a lot!

  14. I've been meaning to pick this up for the longest time! I really need to just DO it :)

  15. I’m currently reading The Last Soell Breather by Julie Pike. Nevernight looks so good!

  16. tbh i only read this last month too, i really enjoyed it tho :)


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