Published by Spencer Hill Press on October 5, 2015
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a childÂ—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by childrenÂ’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.
But grow up he does.
And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.
This story isnÂ’t about Peter Pan; itÂ’s about the boy whose life he stole. ItÂ’s about a man in a world that hates men. ItÂ’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.
The most important thing you can ask yourself before reading this book is, “Do I like Peter Pan?”Â Brianna Shrum does a terrific job of following the plot in this retelling. The amount of research that she has done is truly impressive. The tone, the phrasings, everything is a picture perfect representation of Barrie’s Peter Pan. James Hook grows into the classic representation of himself throughout the course of the book while Pan stays true to himself. DiscoveringÂ Pan through James’ eyes as is a treat.
I was really excited to read this book. The moment I watched The Book Traveler’sÂ book trailer I felt sure that this book was going to be an instant favorite for me. I love fairy tale retellings and underdog stories. IÂ thought this one would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat.
I think my problem was I’m very familiar with story of Peter Pan and its never been a favorite of mine. I thought that seeing the story through Hook’s eyes would be completely different. Unfortunately, I knew what was going to happen before it did. I like stories that are surprising. During this one, I kept waiting for something new to happen that never did.Â View Spoiler »James Hook’s spiral into anger and betrayal was very well done but I really wanted this story to end a different way. Especially after I got invested in James Hook. By the end I didn’t even like him. He truly became the villain. « Hide Spoiler By the time the end came, it was almost aÂ relief.
I think that a lot of people will really like this book. Its a expertly crafted alternate view of a classic fairy tale. Â Just make sure that you really like the fairy tale that’s being retold.