5 stars · Fantasy · fiction

if you love Peter Pan, you’ll LOVE hook’s tale

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hook’s tale: being an account of an unjust villainized pirate written by himself

author : john leonard pielmeier

pages : [hardcover] 288

favorite characters : tiger lily & james

summary :

A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

Like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, Hook’s Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets—including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy—lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect.

review :

I received a copy of Hook’s Tale from the publisher for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you know me at all, you know I have a love for Peter Pan that will never grow up. Also, that I tell terrible jokes. If you don’t know me, then you know fairy tale retellings have only been growing in popularity–not all of them good. Hook’s Tales is one of those books you would say isn’t good. It’s great.

Hook’s Tale is narrated by the man himself, or rather, the real version of the villain. James Cook is rather offended by the nickname, though having a hook for a hand is quite useful. I absolutely loved that this book plays with the idea that Cook told his story to the author of the original Peter Pan play, who of course got all of the details horribly wrong. Hook wasn’t quite a villain, and Peter wasn’t quite innocent, and that ticking crocodile wasn’t quite out to devour him, either.

James Cook travels to Neverland quite accidentally, and the story begins with Cook as a child, with both hands intact, around Peter’s age. I loved that we were allowed this dynamic interaction between classic hero and villain, because the roles are often switched between the two of them. Cook can be sensible, and cunning, and brave, whereas Peter can also be these things, as well as vindictive, and cruel, and childish. Sometimes a deadly combination.

Throughout Hook’s Tales, Cook returns to England several times through a route he discovers for himself, that inevitably lead to the events of the classic story that everyone knows well. However, thingsstill aren’t quite the way they are told in that narrative. Cook is out to set the truth down, once and for all, about what happened in Neverland and the role he played in this story.

I loved it, I devoured it, and I want more of it even though I know there can’t be any more of it. Cook was a fascinating character and his book is written in journal entries, giving the reader a perfect view into his mindset in this world. He experiences fantastical things, like flying and fairies and mermaids, as well as tragic things, like the loss of innocence and death. There, written for anyone to see, is his truth, a contradiction to whatever else history will know of him.

This book is perfect for fans of the original because there are so many references to it that are renewed here in the way the plot twists. Basically, take everything you thought you knew about Peter Pan and prepare to leave it all behind for Cook’s version of events. Keeping a sharp eye out, you’ll read all of the classic elements of the original.

The text reads like a curious mix between historical fantasy and fairy tale, because it’s written to be just lingering at the edge of belief. Cook travels from a real place, in a real time period, to this fantastical Neverland. And who’s to say this island doesn’t exist, somewhere, waiting to be found? That Cook’s side of the story isn’t the real one?

I can’t recommend this book enough. Fans will fly through the pages, particularly if they head toward the second star on the right and go straight on to morning.

I had to at least get one more joke in there.

As a person who reads fairy tale retellings above all else, and Peter Panbooks very often, Hook’s Tale stands out as a fantastically written, wonderfully reimagined story I’ll read over and over again.

5/5 stars

 

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Top 10 2015 Releases I MEANT to Read

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This happens to me every. Year. There are books I’m so extremely excited to get to . . Then I get distracted and end up reading something else instead. Here are the ones that I’m going to end up reading in 2016 because 2015 just didn’t have enough time for reading in it!

1. Six of Crows. I absolutely loved Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy so I ordered this one as soon as it came out. It’s still on the TBR pile.

2. Shadow Scale. The problem with this one is that I LOVED the first book, Seraphina, but it took so long for the sequel to come out that I feel like I need to reread the first book before I get around to this one.

3. Invasion of the Tearling. The Queen of the Tearling was really great, but dense. Lately I’ve been wanting something a little easier to read so I’ve been putting this one off.

4. Queen of Shadows. So far, I have every book in Sarah J. Maas’ series apart from this one. It isn’t my favorite, but I do believe it gets better with each book, so I’m excited to read this one.

5. Never Never. A Peter Pan retelling. PETER PAN.

6. Zeroes. I attended a signing for this book and I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT.

7. The Lies About Truth. Courtney Stevens’ debut novel, Faking Normal,  was AMAZING, so I’m sure this book will be great as well; I just haven’t picked it up yet!

 

5 stars · adult · fairy tale

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

Alias Hook

author : lisa jensen

pages : [paperback] 368

memorable quote Children must find not only their happiest fantasies, but their most violent and terrible nightmares. They must face their demons and laugh at them. That is the key to growing up.

favorite character : hook

summary :

“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.

review :

 Fairy tale retellings are my weakness; every time I spot one or hear about a new one, I need to get my hands on it. Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories so when I first learned about Alias Hook I ordered it for myself.

As soon as I opened Alias Hook and read the prologue I knew that I was going to be hooked (ha, ha) in at least one way because the prose was gorgeous. I’ve never read anything by Lisa Jensen before but now I’m incredibly tempted to follow her (I saw that she has another retelling coming but it isn’t until 2017. How am I supposed to wait that long???). Hook is rather old-fashioned as a character, having lived for centuries, and I think Jensen did a fabulous job of capturing his old-timey prose combined with a slight tinge of modernism that Hook gains from the new pirates coming to fill his ship every time Peter Pan slaughters his crew.

That’s all that Hook knows, fighting Pan, and the boy always wins. Hook can’t count the number of crew members he’s lost since he was cursed into Neverland. Trapped, he’s certain his only escape will come when Pan is killed, but after centuries of Lost Boys returning as pirates to populate his ship, Hook is losing hope. He’s grown cruel, mad, and everything sinister is twisting and thriving inside of him. In the real world, Hook was not always a gentleman, but Neverland takes everything that is inside of a person and makes it that much stronger. Throw in a grown woman, when Pan doesn’t allow such Mothers into Neverland, and Hook has a real choice to make: His love or his love of the fight?

Although some portions of Alias Hook are predictable, that’s only to be expected when we already know the outcome of the original story. What I liked most were the supplemental facts and smaller plotlines scattered throughout the novel. Hook’s past, why Stella was drawn to Neverland, the role of the mysterious fairies–all of these things and more captivated me and brought a darker, more adult tinge to this fairy tale world of Neverland. I’m sure that everyone who can appreciate a good adult novel will love this retelling that really takes something purportedly aimed at children and shapes it into something scarily recognizable.

Honestly, this book was extremely easy to read and impossible to put down. I haven’t had a good book draw me in like this for a while. When I was reading for bed, I didn’t know whether to hope or dread that I’d dream about Neverland, because this is one version of that place I wouldn’t want to be pulled into.

I’ll be recommending this book to everyone. If you like fairy tale retellings, adventure, or romance, you’ll love Alias Hook.

5/5 stars

4 stars · fairy tale · fiction · young adult

Neverland by Shari Arnold

Neverland

author : shari arnold

pages : [hardcover] 358

favorite characters : jilly & meyer

memorable quote Live as if they’re going to tell stories about you.

summary :

It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound.

Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?

In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?

review :

I LOVE Peter Pan. Obsessively. I love the characters, I love Neverland–the whole shebang. What I also love is trying out retellings of the tale. Retold fairy tales are some of my favorite things to read, ever, and there are some great ones out there so I’m extremely excited that they continue to be published. Neverland is imperfect, but I think that some of the book’s best qualities come through in its imperfections.

Livy was interesting. I thought that she was a sweet girl and liked her as soon as I realized why she spent so much time reading to the children at the hospital. Those kids need as much happiness in their lives as they can get and Livy is there to shine for them, as long as she can. She’s struggling through life after her little sister died. Her parents are distant. And then there’s a little spark of something when a boy–well, more than a boy–starts listening in to her stories. Enter Meyer, who was so perfectly Peter that sometimes I wanted to smack some sense into him. And Livy was Wendy, with her own twist. Because of all she’s already experienced, she’s much less . . . naive. She’s willing to try new things with Meyer and invite some fun back into her life but stops whenever it might blend into danger.

Neverland will keep you hooked–even though the ‘Captain Hook’ of the story has both of his hands. The concept of who the villain might be in the novel continues to twist and change, which I thought was awesome. I never knew what was going to happen next because I didn’t know what I needed to prepare myself for. Livy didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she agreed to play Meyer’s games and neither did I!

Another thing I absolutely loved was how some of the concepts of the story throw back to the original (non-Disney version) in a way that I know many people who know the story don’t know exists. It was a pleasure for me to read about a modern take on it all, with a few twists along the way of course.

While this isn’t my favorite story, I do think that I’ll be recommending it. I’d love to go adventuring with Meyer someday–and maybe I will, when I read this book again.

4/5 stars

3 stars · fiction

The Child Thief by Brom

The Child Thief

author : brom

pages : [hardcover] 481

memorable quote If you don’t learn to laugh at life it’ll surely kill you, that I know.

favorite characters : peter & cricket

summary :

Fourteen-year-old Nick would have been murdered by the drug dealers preying on his family had Peter not saved him. Now the irresistibly charismatic wild boy wants Nick to follow him to a secret place of great adventure, where magic is alive and you never grow old. Even though he is wary of Peter’s crazy talk of faeries and monsters, Nick agrees. After all, New York City is no longer safe for him, and what more could he possibly lose?

There is always more to lose.

Accompanying Peter to a gray and ravished island that was once a lush, enchanted paradise, Nick finds himself unwittingly recruited for a war that has raged for centuries—one where he must learn to fight or die among the “Devils,” Peter’s savage tribe of lost and stolen children.

There, Peter’s dark past is revealed: left to wolves as an infant, despised and hunted, Peter moves restlessly between the worlds of faerie and man. The Child Thief is a leader of bloodthirsty children, a brave friend, and a creature driven to do whatever he must to stop the “Flesh-eaters” and save the last, wild magic in this dying land

review :

I absolutely love fairy tale retellings and haven’t picked up too many adult novels that feature this. Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories and I was eager to see how that idea was darkened and twisted in The Child Thief. In some ways, it went exactly as I’d expected it would, with the children being led to a world not quite like Neverland, more like an ancient fairy realm no one would really like to visit. Peter is charming enough to keep the children content, most of the time, and he convinces them to fight alongside him in his quest to rid Avalon of the dangerous monsters who used to be men that are turning the magical realm apart.

I’m a little confused as to why this is considered an adult novel. Yes, there is plenty of violence in it (which I’ll get to in a moment) and some sexual implications. But I’ve seen scenes like that in YA novels and the main character of this book is fourteen years old. It was an odd mix for me but it also makes me think this book would be a good one to reach for if you’re trying to transition from YA to adult reading because of the age range of so many of the characters (ignoring the fact that while Peter acts like a teenager he’s over 900) and while this book is well-written, it certainly isn’t overwritten.

That it, if you can overlook the gratuitous violence. I would say that it worked for me, or at least didn’t bother me, until the last third of the book. At that point terrible things were happening so often that I almost didn’t care, which is the worst thing that could possibly happen in a book. I was becoming immune to all of this because I couldn’t read about all of these deaths (sometimes about characters who really weren’t mentioned before they were killed off) and feel emotion about it because by the time I registered that something tragic had happened, another terrible thing was occurring.

I don’t think slower pacing would have helped that because the novel is already over 500 pages. Perhaps if the first half had been much shorter, the actions in the latter half could have been extended. I really loved reading about Peter’s backstory, however, as well as the intricacies of the fairy world, so I wouldn’t have taken that out for anything.

If you can handle the violence and love Peter Pan, I would say to give this book a chance. While I enjoyed reading it, I do not think it is one that I will reread.

3/5 stars

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Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Second Star

author : alyssa b. sheinmel

pages : [hardcover] 256

favorite characters : wendy & jas

summary :

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete’s nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up–and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

review :

I love anything and everything to do with Peter Pan so as soon as this book came to Netgalley I jumped at the chance to request it! This is a contemporary retelling so I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, especially because the whole book is focused around people who seem to love surfing and nothing else. I wanted to love this and add it to all of the other Peter Pan retellings I know and love but that just didn’t happen for me.

First of all, am I the only one who thinks Peter is a more attractive name than Peter? I really don’t see the point in the author’s slightly changing every character’s name except for the Darlings’. I feel like that should have been an all or nothing decision. Anyway, Pete wasn’t a perfect guy, obviously-part of what I love about Peter Pan are his flaws and how other characters react to them. Even though I knew he’d been aged into a surfer in his late teens but he’d lost his boyish charm and instead turned into the kind of guy who’s never good enough for you.

Sometimes I’d catch myself reading and would think, Wendy wouldn’t do that like this. Wendy wouldn’t react that way. I was expecting our leading lady to follow the same thought processes and retain most of the same personality from the character she was modeled after. With all of the differences in her, if the characters in here all had different names, the ‘fairy dust’ was called something different and Wendy didn’t fixate on a second star, I’d have no clue that this was modeled after Peter Pan.

The ending was what really frustrated me; I didn’t know what I was supposed to believe and know that was the point though it was all thrown at me so suddenly I was left wondering why it’d only been in the last thirty pages or so that all of this started going down. It definitely could have been expanded or some of the earlier scenes could have been switched out to make room for the interesting twists in the end. They didn’t really work for me, not enough to make me forget that for the most part this was a forgettable contemporary novel about surfers that uses the Peter Pan name to garner interest. If you want to give this a go, you might like it more than I did.

2.5/5 stars

2 stars · fiction

Neverland by Joe Brusha

Neverland

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents

author : Joe Brusha

pages : [hardcover] 230

summary :

The creators of Grimm Fairy Tales and Return to Wonderland bring you a dark new addition to the Grimm Universe. Pan never wanted to grow up and now he’s found the key to immortality and a way to rule the realm of Neverland forever. All he needs is a steady supply of children to complete his sinister plans. Once a magical paradise, Pan has reshaped Neverland into the ultimate nightmare for any child unlucky enough to visit. Only one child has ever been able to escape. Now as an adult, Hook may be the only person who can put a stop to Pan’s madness.

review :

I’ve always loved the story of Peter Pan and lately I’ve been trying to get my hands on every retelling out there. I thought that this would would be a nice twist to the already altered story because this is a graphic novel instead of a regular story. The summary was more than enough to gather my interest though I think the overall execution of the idea was nothing short of disappointing.

What the weak plot couldn’t make me forget was the hyper sexualized images of every single female introduced into the story. Completely unnecessary, of course, and almost enough to make me put this down without finishing it. Knowing that the library I picked this up from had this in the YA section made it worse, too, because of the grossly disproportionate female bodies, accompanied by as little clothing as possible. It was disgusting. What makes it worse is knowing I like this comic book format but won’t be able to enjoy it because of the way girls in general are portrayed. When Wendy is fighting for her life, the author even goes so far as to explain that the only reason she’s effective is because she needs to save her kids. No explanations needed for the men who’ve never been in fights before, of course.

I really didn’t like this book. Even getting over the images the plot was nothing unique. I’ve read evil Pan stories before and this one was more predictable than scary. At least in other tales where he feeds on the youth of children there are better characters and action, even if the plot is basically the same. Before reading this I considered getting other books, companions to this in the Grimm Fairy Tales Presents series, but I think I’ll leave this art and this writing alone and try to find something much more enjoyable to spend my time on.

2/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

Tiger Lily

author : jodi lynn anderson

pages : [hardcover] 292

memorable quote Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do.

favorite characters : peter & tiger lily

summary :

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

review :

I love anything and everything to do with Peter Pan so of course I needed to get my hands on this book! Tiger Lily is unique in that it focuses on her story and not on Peter’s. It’s even told from Tinkerbell’s point of view. That difference was something that made me a little wary at first because I didn’t know if I’d like having Tink as a narrator and a different main character but I really loved this new interpretation and most of the things that were added to Tiger Lily’s – and Peter’s – story.

I loved seeing her life in the tribe and what shaped her personality and adventurous mind. The culture Anderson creates as well as the life of the entire island she describes comes to the reader in a way that really reminded me of a fairy tale which was something I loved. Although at times I had to admit that because this tale deviates so much from the original Peter Pan story, it’s less the prequel I thought that it was and more a wonderful reinterpretation that I’ll be returning to again and again.

Of course I kept waiting for Tiger Lily to meet Peter Pan and I loved the scenes that they had together, especially when they weren’t getting along very well. They were wonderful together and I really loved how their characters flowed and developed. They each had their own flaws as well as their wonderful characteristics.

The only problem I really had with this novel was the ending and that was almost what ruined it for me, though by kind of ignoring it I still love this book. I think that the end is just entirely out of character considering the original Peter Pan and the expectations that I had because of that regarding this book and any other interpretation that I might read. That’s just something that would never happen.

I give Tiger Lily 5/5 stars and recommend it for anyone looking to read a great fairy tale, both charming and heartbreaking.

4 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · young adult

Never After by Dan Elconin

Never After

author : dan elconin

pages [paperback] : 320

favorite characters : mariah & alex

summary :

Leaving everything behind for the Island was Ricky’s dream come true. When his happily ever after is not quite what it seems, he discovers that running away means running toward bigger problems.
Trapped on the Island, Ricky must join together with the only people he can trust to help him face his fears and return home. But the only way off the Island is to confront the person who trapped Ricky and his friends in the first place. With countless enemies and true peril staring them down, Ricky’s mission to leave this so-called paradise will become a battle for their very lives.

review :

I love anything and everything to do with Peter Pan! I’ve been trying to read more retold versions of it (so far I’ve only read the Peter and the Starcatchers series) and I really can’t wait to read Tiger Lily, which was just recently released. But enough about that. I knew that this novel would certainly be different because the tale has been twisted, making Peter into a malevolent kidnapper and definitely not the innocent boy we’ve all grown up knowing about. That difference was enough to convince me that I needed to read this, immediately.

The story’s main character is Ricky, a boy who’s obviously unhappy with his life and wishes that he could do something about it. Cue Peter, who knows that now is the perfect opportunity to coax Ricky off to the Island, which is apparently a place like paradise where he won’t need to worry about anything. But once Ricky finds out the truth and now knows that he’s trapped there until he can find his own way off, chaos ensues.

I didn’t really like Ricky. Sure, he’s a typical guy, but I couldn’t really see through his crude jokes and endless swearing to how he really felt about everything, even though it was told through his point of view. He didn’t even know what he wanted half of the time and that made things more confusing. But he was heroic, I’ll give him that, and was funny until the ‘that’s what she said’ jokes started appearing on every page alongside sexual innuendos. I knew this was going to be nothing like the children’s book . . . But I didn’t think that meant that every single character was going to curse each other out all the time.

Apart from that, I liked most of the liberties this book took with the original story. How the Lost Boys, the crocodile, Captain Hook were all added in was both efficiently creepy and well-done. Though the ending left some to be desired, as it kept me wanting more.

I’d recommend this for fans of retold fairy tales and fans of Peter Pan. Although it wasn’t perfect and isn’t a favorite, it’s a good, worthwhile read.

4/5 stars

5 stars · Fantasy · fiction · romance · series · young adult

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

Authors: Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Pages [hardcover]: 480

Peter and the Starcatchers #3
Book 1: Peter and the Starcatchers
Book 2: Peter and the Shadow Thieves 

Favorite Characters: Peter & Tinkerbell

Summary:

In this action-packed finale to the Starcatchers series, Peter and Molly find themselves in the dangerous land of Rundoon, ruled by an evil king who enjoys watching his pet snake consume those who displease him. But that’s just the beginning of problems facing our heroes, who once again find themselves pitted against the evil shadow-creature Lord Ombra in a struggle to save themselves, not to mention the planet. It’s a wild desert adventure, with rockets, carpets, and camels all flying through the air, zooming toward an unforgettable climax…

Review:

I love this series so much, and I’m sad to see this trilogy end! Peter and the Secret of Rundoon is a fast-paced, wonderfully humorous, incredibly creative conclusion to a beautiful rendition of how Peter Pan could have come to exist.

All of the characters in this book are wonderfully thought out and set into the plot. From Molly’s Starcatcher father to Captain Hook himself, each plays their role wonderfully (or sinister-ly, if referring to the pirate). I couldn’t stop flipping the pages, wanting to know what would happen to them next, and if things could possibly turn out okay when everything seemed to be against them.

What I really enjoyed about this book is how everything is adding together to set up for Peter Pan. As this is supposed to be a prequel of sorts for the classic-while it takes great liberties with the plot and things like that-the ways important details of the beloved book fall into place are so interesting to see, I loved spotting each one. From giant crocodiles and ticking clocks to Lost Boys and Peter himself, how everything came to be meshes together in this novel.

The settings of this book were so vivid and easily pictured. I could imagine Neverland, or Mollusk Island, with its lagoon, waterfalls, and mountains. And then I could see Rundoon, a land of sandy desert and grumpy camels. They added an extra something to the plot, which I really liked.

I give Peter and the Secret of Rundoon 5/5 stars. This is a book I literally couldn’t put down, and I’ll be reading this over and over! It was fantastic, and I recommend it to any fans of Peter Pan, or people just looking for a good book. It’s worth picking up.