CW: death, murder, gore, and threats of rape
- Nevernight – 3.5/5
I’ll be honest with you all.
I’m going to have a lot of memories with this book. Not all of them positive. This was the book I was in the middle of reading when my sister’s mother called to tell us that my sister passed away. I was into it, reading it and getting close to the end. Then, I heard my dad’s phone ring.
I didn’t pick it up for a few days because I just couldn’t go there with that memory.
But, I finished it.
This book was a huge improvement from the first book, tbh. I could tell that there was a purpose to all of this while the first book felt like a poorly developed, darker Hogwarts that’s all the rage right now with books. And, it didn’t have a real direction to it. Godsgrave did have a direction and I was excited to see how it was going to turn out.
Still, I felt like it had its issues and I’m going to talk about them. Every review for this book is glowing, so go read them because I want to point out the issues I had.
My biggest issue was the sex. Jesus Christ. This book is not YA for the sex (and gore, for that matter). It’s new adult for me. NA because it’s just too much. To me, that’s like calling whatever the hell SJM writes YA. It’s solidly NA and it makes me uncomfortable, as an adult, to think this is targeted towards teen kids.
The sex scenes were so graphic. And so voyeuristic. I didn’t need them. Sure, they were well-written, but, for me, it was 100000% creepy to think about a 40-something white male writing a couple of teenage(? I think) girls having sex.
Sorry, but that’s so creepy to me and I couldn’t get that out of my mind. It wasn’t needed for the plot whatsoever. Sure, I enjoy that Mia turned out to be queer! I love that she’s queer and a badass and definitely is interested in sex. However, it just felt pointless to me. And that extends to sex scenes in the book that didn’t involve Mia. Perhaps it’s me as an ace but it just was too much for me to get behind and I skimmed every single time.
I also think that Mia is kind of a meh character? I don’t know. I think she has a lot of depth and strengths, but she feels too good at things half the time. I have a feeling that it’ll be revealed more in the final book — which I do intend to read! — but right now it’s making me wonder what will happen.
Either way, the series got better for me. I love gladiators and always have. I have my mom to thank for that by letting me watch Gladiator with her as a kid. I think the first time I watched it, I was somewhere between 8 and 10. I absolutely adore it and I’m a sucker for gladiators.
Also, with that ending, I can’t fucking wait to see what the final book has in store for us. Good or bad. I know it’s going to be amazingly bloody.
Have you read this series? What did you think?
Do you think it’s YA or NA? I’m interested in arguments for either side!