Mini reviews: Neverland & Pan’s Revenge by Anna Katmore

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Review: Neverland

Synopsis:

Strange things are happening in Neverland…

Although Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales, she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. Literally! But who is this flying boy who saved her? And why doesn’t he want to grow up?

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Desperately trying to find a way off this cursed island, Angelina runs into a ruthless pirate. Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, to lure the flying boy out of his hiding.

But is Hook really the heartless man she heard about? The more time Angel spends with him, the more she starts to wonder. Her growing feelings for him are as intense as shocking, and soon she can’t stop thinking about how soft his lips felt on hers when he kissed her under the stars. As time passes, an old train ticket to London is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying to find a way home.

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?

Published: April 11th, 2014

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

*Spoilers ahead

Ok, so I was kinda in the mood for a fairytale retelling book…*cough* just finished watching Once Upon A Time *cough* and once I knew that Captain Hook was portrayed as the good guy/love interest…I couldn’t not read it! Which brings me to the review…

All in all, this book was ok. I am a sucker for Peter Pan retellings and the synopsis sounded promising enough, so I thought i’d give it a chance. The plot and writing was quite simple but it was engaging enough that I wanted to read until the end! Hook was a great character and the romance between him and Angel was sweet (not enough to pull on my heartstrings but, sweet.)

Pan kind of disappointed me as being the ‘bad guy’… I mean, we knew next to nothing about him and i feel like he could have had more character development. And, to be honest, he wasn’t even in the book that much. Also, the ending promised a cliffhanger but it wasn’t enough to make me really want to read the sequel.

All in all, this book was alright but everything needed just a bit more development. The best part about this book was Hook because, well, I may or may not have been picturing him as Colin O’Donoghue from OUAT (😂) and he was a pretty loveable character!

Review: Pan’s Revenge

Synopsis:

It’s been weeks since Angelina has left Neverland. James Hook is desperate to follow her off22056857 the island and find her in this notorious town called London, when he makes a grave mistake.

The consequences alter the life of his once-arch-enemy, Peter Pan, in a way no one could have foreseen. The boy who wouldn’t grow up swears revenge, and what better way than by stealing Hook’s love?

Through a shower of falling stars, a loop around the moon, and then a hard left at the Clock Tower…
When James Hook finally arrives in London, he has to fight with a vengeance for his love and in the battle face a boy who grew up after all.

Published: July 5th, 2014

My rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

Sooooo yeah…this book was quite disappointing.

Basically, this book picks up right where we left off in Neverland. Angel is back in London with no memory of Neverland or anyone in it. Hook is devastated and immediately regrets his decision to say goodbye to Angel and so he attempts to get out of Neverland and find her in London. Before he leaves, Hook ends up destroying the watch that freezes time in Neverland (so as to start time again) but, unknowingly to Hook, the destruction of the watch has also made Pan age into a man. Enraged, Pan decides to take revenge on Hook by hurting who he loves most, you guessed it, Angel.

This was a pretty short book but I still found myself skimming the pages. The plot, characters, writing…everything felt rushed with no direction. And the ending…OH MY FREAKING GOD. I’m not one to hold a grudge but if someone were to tie me to a tree that hangs over a “two-hundred-meter abyss” and just watch me in pain and slowly slipping to an inevitable death, I wouldn’t exactly be hugging them and forgiving them any time soon (or ever, really!) but guess what? Angel does exactly that! In fact, towards the very end when Hook is watching her say goodbye to everyone he says she, and I quote “…holds onto Peter for the longest time. She has a hard time to let him go.” What the heck?! Call me crazy but I would not forgive someone so easily for nearly killing me as part of a sick revenge plan.

So, overall this book was a very disappointing read for me and there were too many things wrong with it for me to enjoy it…I’m glad I gave these books a chance in the end (book 1, at least) but I wouldn’t be recommending them any time soon, unfortunately. Until next time… abbie

 

 

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