Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
3.5 Stars , Reviews / October 13, 2016

Nevernight is a dark, visceral tale about one girl who is determined to join an elite league of assassins and is set on vengeance for the destruction of her family. It is a story that does not hold back on the gory details, and even warns the reader of that in the offset of the book. Mia has been living alone in the streets, both surviving and also eluding the remnants of the rebellion that destroyed her family. She is strong and determined, the type of female character we all love to read about. She does eventually befriend a boy who turns out has similar aspirations as herself. I have to admit, I started this book with some mixed feelings. On one hand: Assassins! Cool! 😀 And on the other, I found myself distanced a bit from the text for a couple of reasons. First, there was a strong YA feel to parts of it, though the graphic violence and sex would likely keep most people from labeling it YA. I don’t say that as a bad thing. YA can be many, many different things and I strongly believe there can be quite a bit of diversity in tone, prose, etc. But…

Friday Firsts – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Friday Firsts / September 23, 2016

Friday Firsts is a new meme that will run every Friday here on Tenacious Reader. It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well. People often shit themselves when they die. Their muscles slack and their souls flutter free and everything else just … slips out. For all their audience’s love of death, the playwrights seldom mention it. When our hero breathes his last in his heroine’s arms, they call no attention to the stain leaking across his tights, or how the stink makes her eyes water as she leans in for her farewell kiss. I mention this by way of warning, O, my gentlefriends, that your narrator shares no such restraint. And if the unpleasant realities of bloodshed turn your insides to water, be advised now that the pages in your hands speak of a girl who was to murder as maestros are to music. Who did to happy ever afters what a sawblade does to skin.   Kristoff, Jay….