Looking for a Peter Pan retelling? Well you’re in luck!
The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse is a stand-alone Young Adult retelling of Peter Pan.
“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.”
When I saw the title of this book, I thought there would be a lot of action, but sadly, I didn’t feel it with this story.
I learned about 80 pages in that this really wasn’t the book for me. The writing included too much of a backstory / other information and not enough events to hold my interest for very long.
There seemed to be a lot of potential with this storyline of a magic revolution. There was a war in a sense going on, but the revolution felt more like it was in the background instead of the main focus.
The writing itself felt more on the younger side of YA. We follow two sisters who are 8 and 16 so there was a lot of simplicity in the dialect. Which isn’t a problem at all, but that’s how it felt while reading this story.
But I do want to say that just because I didn’t necessarily enjoy this book DOES NOT mean that it is not a good book. It just wasn’t my taste.
If you are one for a little romance, there are small hints between two of the main characters. But again, it wasn’t satisfactory to me. Pan acted careless about it. He never seemed like he wanted to take their friendship to the next level.
Overall, I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. There was a lot of potential that could have happened, but it turned out to be a little too bland for me. The writing was average to where I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t enjoy it. The ending felt unsatisfactory as well. It ends as though there could be a sequel involved.
If you love the story of Peter Pan, this could be a book you may want to check out! And I will say that I absolutely love the cover design! (I’m a sucker for awesome covers!)
More Book Information:
Published: 9 May 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Re-telling / Fantasy
How I Read It: NetGalley eBook from publisher
**Disclaimer: I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my opinion ONLY!**
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