Why I can’t seem to be able to finish Nevernight

Posted September 19, 2017 by Pamela Nicole in Reviews / 0 Comments

Why I can’t seem to be able to finish NevernightNevernight by Jay Kristoff
Published by Macmillan on August 9th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Historical, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Pages: 384


Nevernight is the first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff.

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, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.



I’ve tried three times. Three times. But I haven’t gotten past the third chapter. So today, for the third time, I made the decision to stop torturing myself and move on to the next book.


I just don’t feel like continuing to read it

It all comes to this, and I feel so bad about it. I can’t help it though. Let’s be honest, it’s amazing when a book grabs you from the start, but there are other times -most of the time- you keep reading until something interesting happens and then it finally clicks, it finally grabs you.

I’d already accepted Nevernight wasn’t going to fall in the first category. That was alright. And it isn’t like nothing interesting happens. I’m sure it does later and I was so excited to get to that part, but that’s just the thing. In the meanwhile, I just wasn’t enjoying the experience.

It wasn’t hurting my eyes, and the footnotes that not everyone adored, I simply ignored. So I’m going with the veredict that perhaps I’m just not in the right mood for this. I’ll have to keep waiting for the right time.


What I think about it so far

I haven’t read enough to say a lot, but I can tell you about the fabled footnotes! They’re ignorable! That’s right! It really wasn’t that hard to just skip them. As far as storytelling goes, I don’t think it was a great choice. I’m of a mind that Mr. Kristoff did it fully knowing what he was doing, and I agree it might even help the whole atmosphere he was trying to create. But half of it is unnecessary and uninteresting, and the other half is merely unnecesary. The unnecesary could have been weaved inside the story proper and the uninteresting removed, ta da! No footnotes.

We could just ignore them, but there are bookworms who purchased it as ebook and I’ve read about their misfortunes. There are many!


Did I do right just DNFing and moving on? (I usually have no qualms about this but I REALLY wanted to ADORE this book!) Have you read anything lately that you had to admit defeat to and move on to something else?

Hi, I’m Pamela, your curly-haired bookdragon friend, here to talk about books, writing, introversion, and everything creativity! I also teach creative writing through workshops and online courses to spanish-speaking writers.

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