Series: Hook's Revenge #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 16th, 2014
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Humor, Middle Grade
Purchase: At Amazon
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.
So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.
The crocodile's clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz's debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out?
This was such a fun read! I loved it from the first pages, it just sucked me in. The illustrations were really nice too. And the descriptions were perfect, without being too detailed. The one of that pink room in the finishing school made me shudder and wish Jocelyn had burned it down. (Ewww…. pink…)
I liked Roger, and Smee was wonderfully in character. It was amusing that Peter made two random Lost Boys be Twins because they ‘needed’ Twins. Even if the boys looked nothing at all alike. One-Armed Jack, Blind Bart, and Jim McCraig with a Wooden Leg were funny and bumbling and everything Hook would have hated. So it made it all the more amusing that they ended up as Jocelyn’s crew.
Jocelyn herself was easy to connect with, and fun to read. I kept hoping she’d manage to overcome the obstacles in her way and come out on top. By the time the Fairy Queen’s offer came about in the book, you knew what she was going to choose. Though her actual wish surprised me slightly, it made perfect sense once I thought about it. (I know if it had been me, I would not have made her choice. So it’s just as well I’m a reader and not a book character!)
I really liked Prince Meriweather, I’m not entirely sure why as we didn’t get to see a lot of his personality since he didn’t appear until towards the end. But I’m hoping to read more about him in the next book. Which I will be picking up as soon as I can get my hands on it. If you haven’t read this book, you need to do so!