In the Neverland, people don’t grow up. Because they’re dead.
Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights.
Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one none knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren’t happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides – the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he’s known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he’s the slippery Nicholas Grey.
The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he’s shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren’t all bad the way gentleman aren’t all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.
This dark retelling of Peter Pan infuses familiar characters created by J. M. Barrie with new characters and Greek mythology. It is the first in a trilogy.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
Well, I have to be honest. This book wasn’t entirely my cup of tea. I mean, sure, it’s good, but this book isn’t really meant for me. It is too descriptive. Now, don’t get me wrong, descriptions are good, great even. But, I hate too much of description because, let’s face it, who wants to read paragraphs and paragraphs of description when you could read the plot going forward? Not me, for sure.
The characters though, are good and easy to like. Remy may come off as annoying, but you eventually learn to like her, because hey! Every character can redeem themselves within the course of the story, just the way that she does.
The plot is exciting and there’s a sense of adventure that totally encompasses the book, the way you would expect it to when you’re reading something even remotely related to Peter Pan.
I’m not entirely sure what my turn off for this was, because it is a great story, believe me, it is, but I just didn’t connect with it in a way I hoped I would. I mean, Neverland means Peter Pan and I LOVE Peter Pan, but this wasn’t for me. It maybe the perfect story for you though. So, if you love lots of action and adventure with romance thrown in, you should definitely read this!
Love in Neverland is as hard to capture as fairy dust. Luckily, Magdalena Trainor has no need for either. Love has never been at the forefront of her mind. Her sole focus is to keep an eye on Captain Nicholas Grey while James Hook – the only person Magda trusts – has Remy Cutler in his clutches. She doesn’t expect the task to be difficult – Nicholas Grey may have brawn but doesn’t appear to have any brain – except he turns out to be more than she bargained for. And not in a bad way.
For Remy Cutler, love in Neverland is impossible and uimportant. All she wants to do is get back home, back to her parents, her easy life, and even her undesirable arranged marriage with a man she has no passion for. James Hook may be beautiful, but he’s cold, and while he does not raise a hand to her, Remy is constantly left alone, isolated from everyone save for her handmaiden. Rey still has no idea why she’s so special, and James isn’t sharing what he’s planning to do with her either. There’s a threat looming over her head, and James Hook plays two parts: captor and protector. With no one left to trust but him, she puts her life – and heart – in his hand – and hook.
Full disclosure: I am an acquired taste. I’m a typical blonde Orange County suburbanite who says ‘like’ more than necessary, laughs loud and probably obnoxiously, and loves to dance in the rain. I’m a 23 year old college graduate with more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and I also happen to be a pretty big Ducks fan. Oh, and I’m a writer. Like, for real.