Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)

May 18, 2016 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 0 ★★★★

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell (review)Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Published by Simon Pulse on February 2nd 2016
Number of Pages: 342
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Library
Format: eBook
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Purchase: At Amazon
four-stars

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

I love how you get the feel of actually being snatched away to Neverland in this book. And the sense of losing your memories and trying so hard to keep hold of them. A lot of Peter Pan retellings skip the feeling of being whisked away to a strange and sometimes scary magical land. And I can’t think of any that actually mention, much less deal with, how you slowly forget your memories of home and family.

I also loved how you aren’t really sure if Hook or Pan is the bad guy, not until you are close to half-way through the book. So many retellings make Hook the good guy right off the bat, and Pan totally evil. (And why is this exactly?? I want to read a retelling where Peter is absolutely the good guy for once!)

You don’t really read about the Sluagh very often in books, so that was another reason to love this one. The fact that these dark fae appeared in the book, and were mostly true to the lore. The capriciousness of the fae was very well done in this book. They aren’t sweetness and light, though they can be if they’re trying to get something from you.

I do wish we found out more about Gwen’s father. Like where he went, if he’s still alive, that kind of thing. But overall, I really liked this book. If you like retellings, especially Peter Pan ones, you need to read this book.

four-stars

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