2.5 stars, B+ for effort
Author Audrey Greathouse hits upon all the classic 'Peter Pan' points; fairies,
flying children, shadows, pirates, Indians, mermaids, and a secret hideout
involving a tree stump. Though the addition of real-world magic and an
interesting back-story for the teenage main character, Gwen, brings a
uniqueness to this retelling; its effect wares off after the first few
chapters. The majority of this tale doesn't flow as well as the beginning, and
it seems the author checked off a box concerning pirates and moved onto the
crocodile. Once the crocodile portion was complete, it was checked off, and the
story moved onto Indians. All in all, not a bad retelling, but I was hopeful
for a better story, considering the additional plot points.
Be warned: 'Neverland Wars' ends on a cliffhanger and absolutely nothing is
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.