Review: Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

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I love it when authors put their own unique twist on classic stories and fairytales.  Bonus points if their version is even more dark and twisted than the original.  This is what you get with the latest from Lisa Maxwell.

We all know the story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.  The story from my childhood places Peter in the role of hero, saving all who are lost.  And the Neverland I remember was a magical place full of swashbuckling fun with a dash of danger thrown in.

This is not the story we grew up with.  This Neverland is full of deadly secrets at every turn.  There are more beasts than you can keep track of.  And death is a regular occurrence.  Oh and Peter?  He may not be what you remember.  This Peter is more sinister and conniving. And then there’s Captain Hook.  Because what would a Peter Pan story be without a bad guy?  But maybe Hook isn’t really the bad guy.  Or maybe he is.

This is what Gwendolyn has to decide for herself.  Her entire life has been spent moving from place to place.  Just as soon as she gets settled, her mom uproots them yet again.  She has a good reason.  They are running from monsters, after all.  To Gwen, this is just more of her mom’s eccentric behavior.  So when they end up in London, she doesn’t take any of the warnings seriously.  Keep the windows closed, don’t turn off the lights…

And when she doesn’t heed these warnings, bad things happen.  In the form of dark shadowy creatures who swoop in and capture Gwen along with her friend Olivia.  When Gwen wakes up, she finds herself on the ship of the infamous Captain Hook.  She knows the story, so she knows he’s not the good guy.  So she escapes and is rescued by Peter Pan.

Here’s where the story takes even more twists and turns.  Gwen quickly realizes that Pan may not be what he seems.   And it would appear that she holds the key to saving herself and Olivia.  Maybe her mom wasn’t so crazy after all…

This was such a fun book to read.  The author has a way with words and is able to create magical worlds that transport the reader.  While staying close to the original storyline, she still gives us a fantastical alternate version.  Add this one to your list!

~Thalia

Buy It Now:  Unhooked

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Review: The Child Thief by Brom

The Child ThiefHave you heard of Peter Pan? Of course you have! But Have you read Peter Pan? If you have…well have you ever stopped and thought about the story? Have you really thought about Tinkerbell? Wendy? Peter?

At the end of the novel, Brom quotes from the original Peter Pan

The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out; but at this time there were six of them, counting the twins.

Lines like this were the inspiration for Brom to write this book. Trust me….once you read this novel you will never….ever….look at Peter Pan the same again….

I don’t even know where to start…there is no way I can do this justice with my mere words. I am so disturbed by this book. Yet I loved every single minute of it…It is fairy-tale, myth, legend and nightmare all rolled up into one huge story that can not be contained between the simple covers of a book. It seeps into you. It is indeed like a mist. It surrounds you. It pulls you in and changes your reality. It makes you believe in the impossible and confuses your senses. Do you love Peter or do you detest him? Do you want to run and play with him or run and hide? All I know for sure is I couldn’t wait for it to end…and I hated for it to end….Brom is now up there with my must read authors….and although I read often, there are too many great authors out there to have very many MUST reads, but Brom just earned a spot….peter…peter….peter….oh my…..

As an afterthought Gerald Brom got his start as an American gothic artist and illustrator….and just so you know, the artwork in this book is insane!!!!!

Until next time….

Urania xx

Buy it now The Child Thief by Brom