Sunday, May 22, 2016

'The Neverland Wars' by Audrey Greathouse

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 wrapped up.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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