Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Neverland Wars By Audrey Greathouse|Review

The Neverland Wars
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on May 9th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 302
Format: eGalley

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality. She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review Hu-what? I think you lost me somewhere in the middle. Recently, any kind retelling has been catching my attention. But when Peter Pan is involved, I must read it immediately. I'd heard mixed reviews on this book, I figured it couldn't hurt to at least attempt to see what the story entailed. I'd never imagined Peter Pan the way his is presented in this book. For me, retellings are either a hit or a miss. I don't want the original story to be pushed aside and completely forgotten. I would like some aspects to remain the same, along with the character's personalities. In order for a retelling to really hook my attention is that they must have a clever twist. The Neverland Wars certainly had its twists, but sometimes the twists were most like jostling dips. The actions and reactions of some of the characters either surprised or greatly annoyed me. For example, early into the story, Rose goes missing. Gwen seems to be the only one showing an ounce of concern. I didn't like how unconcerned and nonchalant the authorities and her parents were about Rose's disappearance. It is soon revealed that the fictitious Peter Pan is actually real and he is the one responsible for Rose's absence. And in the midst of Gwen's inner turmoil and self-denial, there is a war going on between Neverland and the real world. But you would never have guessed because of Gwen constantly questioning herself. Overall, I thought this book was an okay read. I definitely thing middle-graders would enjoy it much more than I had.

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