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Title: Never Never
Author: Brianna Shrum
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.
When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.
But grow up he does.
And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.
This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.
Looking for the ultimate pirate book this season? Never Never is an action-packed prequel to the classic tale, Peter Pan. This unique adventure story includes a fast-paced plot, a beautiful setting, and a likeable side character.
Never Never is an intriguing novel that feels like a prequel of sorts to the classic story of Peter Pan. The book begins with Captain Hook as a child and follows him as he grows up. There is so much action and many epic battles between Pan and Hook that keep the reader frantically flipping pages to find out what will happen next. One interesting aspect to Never Never is that Captain Hook gets to share his side of the story. His opinions on Peter Pan really makes readers replay the original story in their mind.This book is so original and offers an interesting explanation as to why Captain Hook hates Peter Pan.
The setting in Never Never is described so vividly. Yes, Neverland already exists, but Brianna Shrum describes every part of the world, even the Never Wastes, in a way that is so fantastic. The reader will also be able to visualize James Hook in this mysterious world with ease. It is hard to imagine that one can improve upon a setting that has been etched into readers minds forever, but somehow Shrum has pulled it off beautifully!
One of my favourite characters in Never Never is Tiger Lily. She is well-developped and totally puts Captain Hook in his place. She is independent and actually quite feisty. By the end of the book, I felt as though I knew every detail about Tiger Lily, even though she isn’t the main character. This is a testament to the incredible detail within this story.
Never Never has an intriguing plot, a gorgeous setting and a well-developed side character. I recommend this book to fans of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson because it is also a Peter Pan retelling. This book will definitely fulfill anyone’s needs for fantasy and high adventure!