Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Summary: For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?
I do have some knowledge of the original story & of course from the classic Disney film!
So having that knowledge, I really did enjoy my first Peter Pan retelling ❤
What made this book so good was the setting + tone.
Lisa makes this retelling quite dark, but through her writing style I really felt I was in Neverland w/ Gwen.
In terms of plot it was very well done! Fey and dark “shadow” creatures among other things are introduced, which really went well with the story.
When Gwen gets taken to Neverland she becomes a part of Captain’s crew. He was such a well developed character! When he is introduced we are meant to believe he is a heartless character, but as the story progresses we come to know he is far from that! He was definitely my favorite ❤ ❤
The relationship that develops between both Captain & Gwen was wonderful!! ❤
As for Pan, he was quite the opposite. Unknown to Gwen in the beginning, he manipulated/used her, only to unlock her hidden powers and take over Neverland.
From the moment he was introduced, I just knew he would he wasn’t what he seemed!
As the plot progresses the history of Neverland is revealed and a Queen is revealed to be a big role in Peter’s plan.
The major plot points/twists, in my opinion, never felt rushed or random. With the overall atmosphere of Neverland, they all felt relevant.
As stated before, what I loved about this retelling was the dark tone/atmosphere Lisa created.
Lisa also does a wonderful job at weaving betrayal/deceit into her characters which, for some, makes it difficult to know who to trust!
My only issue was that ending did feel a little rushed & I was sad that Olivia, Gwen’s friend, never returned home w/ her 😥
But overall this was a fun, dark, atmospheric and immersive retelling!
If you’ve read Unhooked let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂