You've heard of Neverland and its inhabitants... Fairies, pirates, mermaids and a boy who didn't want to grow up. But you can't always believe the stories.
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Hook & Crown
Series: not yet determined
Author: Nicole Knapp
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Parliament House Press
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton
My Rating: ★★★
I received an ARC of this book from Parliament House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In now way does this affect my rating and review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Did somebody say Hook? 😉
Content Warning: Abduction-like situation, Attempted murder, Sex
So, he launches into a story. A dark, twisted story that he never told me in our time together in Neverland.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of Peter Pan and Neverland. While the original tale has its charms, it just hasn’t been one that really interested me. When I heard about this dark retelling of the tale, I just had to give it a go.
Elena is the main character and protagonist. An American teenager recently having gone through a rough breakup, she decides to head to London and stay with her estranged Great Uncle. Great Uncle Henry is an odd character—aloof and more of a shadow filling a space. Almost immediately, Elena mentions that she can’t wait to meet new guys in London at her new school. This was an inconsistency that bothered me, as she mused between hating guys and boyfriends, to wanting to meet her next dating prospect as soon as possible. There was no room for healing, evaluation, or contemplation about if getting right back into dating would be a good idea.
Shortly into her adjustment to her new surroundings, Elena notices strange things occurring in her apartment. She soon encounters the boy with unnaturally green eyes, Aiden (Peter Pan). Aiden, with very little convincing, spirits Elena off to Neverland with him to become his queen.
Apparently, I really need to evaluate my decision-making skills…
Granted, him having special abilities made this easier, but Elena has an obvious tendency to be very impulsive in her decision making. I don’t believe that a person would just up and leave their world without more convincing and proof.
Upon arriving in Neverland, we get a glimpse of Hook—Will, in this story. Then, a very brief segment between Aiden and Elena takes place before Will comes back on the scene. Through a series of quick events, Elena finds herself upon Will’s ship, and held captive, or Will calls it, “rescued” from Aiden. It is throughout this duration that Elena discovers that there is much that doesn’t meet the eye about Aiden, and the truth is much darker than she anticipated.
From this point, the plot arc lulls, and gets a bit stuck. Aiden is removed from the picture, and a budding romance takes front and center. While I don’t mind the romance so much, it was the lack of much forward motion that because disengaging.
The thought of him seeing me, seeing all of me, is terrifying and exciting all at once. I’ve never let anyone get that far before. That’s probably why every guy I’ve ever dated has chosen someone else eventually.
It was when this romance blossomed that Elena’s true character emerged even more. I didn’t like the philosophy she stood by in gauging why men in past relationships didn’t want to stay with her. I just wished that she had more appreciation for herself and not throwing herself at any guy she was with. If anything, I respect a character who doesn’t do this.
Let’s talk about the main reason why we are here…Hook aka Will. If you like Hook from the Once Upon A Time television series, then you are going to love Will’s character. He definitely has the same vibe going on, just a bit less sinister. I feel like Will was best represented as a character, and felt very real.
While there were some issues with this book, I quite enjoyed the story. I loved how “Peter Pan” and “Hook” were written. Unfortunately, I did not like the main character Elena. She was superficial, flippant, and far too moody for my tastes. I also liked how the story ended, as it leaves the window open for a definite sequel. The cliffhanger definitely has me intrigued to keep reading.
Sexual content: There is an intimate scene but it is not explicit.
Violence: Moderate, but not graphic.
My Rating: ★★★
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