4 Stars, Book Reviews, Fantasy, Middle Grade

Review – Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

I have read Nevermoor twice. Well, I read the ARC once and listened to the audio once. I had planned to read Wundersmith the moment I got my hands on it, but life was crazy busy at the time so I decided to wait until I could properly enjoy it.

PicsArt_11-02-06.45.16.jpgTitle: Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

Author: Jessica Townsend

Genre: Fantasy

Age Classification: Middle Grade

Publisher: Hachette

Format: Papaerback / Hardcover

Release: October 30, 2018

Morrigan Crow is now twelve-years-old, has successfully passed the trials and earned herself a place in the 919 unit of the Wunderous Society. Unfortunately, this is not as great as she was promised it would be. Although she has her best friend, Hawthorn, in the unit with her and he tries his best to make WunSoc life bearable, the other new brothers and sisters Morrigan was promised are either terrified of her or hateful towards her. It does not improve when the teaching staff believe there is only one unit suitable for a Wundersmith – a Wundersmith-hating tortoisewun teaching her the history of all the bad things Wundersmiths have done.

Although everything WunSoc is proving to be disheartening, Morrigan’s patron, Jupiter North, is more present and more forthcoming with information. Jupiter is still the strange, crazy, eccentric man we met in Nevermoor but I liked seeing how he stepped up and defended Morrigan when others were ready to tear her down. I also enjoyed the characters at the Hotel Deucalion playing a comical and nurturing role. Characters such as Fen the Magnificat, Martha the maid, Frank the dwarf vampire and Jack, Jupiter’s nephew, prove they care for Morrigan and do what they can to improve her year.

I still love the characters and am enjoying the overall plot. As with Nevermoor, Wundersmith had some pretty great twists and turns scattered throughout the pages but there was one element of the story I struggled with. In the first book, Morrigan is treated terribly by her family and that is repeated by her new WunSoc family. There are so many instances of bullying and I personally found it tough to read. It was well written and necessary to the plot, but it did make the read less enjoyable for me. The ending did improve my feelings of the overall book, which I am thankful for. We get another is a semi-cliffhanger – this book was wrapped up nicely and book three has been set up – and I have to say that the ending gives me hope.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆

This is a 4.5 for me but I decided to round down for Wundersmith because I did not love this book the way I loved Nevermoor. I know it is for the bullying, but it hurt me to read about a 12-year-old girls life being a form of hell. However, at this stage, I would still say this is a 5-star series and I am still excited to see where this series goes! I just hope book three is a little nicer to our precious Mog.

If you have read Nevermoor/Wundersmith, what is your favourite thing about the series so far?
It can be a character or a scene, just let me know in the comments so we can fangirl together!

Until next time bibliophiles!

Amy x

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