2015 Book Reviews, Book Review, Brianna Shrum, Review, Spencer Hill Press, YA


Paperback: 368 pages

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (September 22, 2015)

Genre: Fiction/YA-ish/Retelling/Fantasy

Rating: 1 Star

Cover Rating: <3


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.

Except one.


I’m not really a Peter Pan fan. It was never one of my favorite stories or even my favorite Disney movie but I gave this a try because Tika over at Fangirl Confessions thought I might like this retelling (thanks for the ARC).Well I’m here to tell her that I didn’t.  Never Never by Brianna Shrum was just so boring and bleak and depressing. I honestly didn’t care for any of the characters. I mean the only Captain Hook I’m interested in is this one.

Yep eyeliner and all.

Yes I get that this is suppose to be told from James point of view but I didn’t care. I didn’t care for Peter Pan either. Seriously, I wanted to yoke his ass up and set him straight. He was annoying as fuck and it was messed up what he did to James and I can see why he became the most hated man in Neverland. Still his journey into adulthood wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

Not going to lie I shimmered and skip a majority of the pages because I was tapped out by middle of the book. Also I found it a bit awkward with the whole sex scenes. There’s not much and it’s not graphic or anything but it was just weird and it’s something I don’t want to see in a Peter Pan retelling. Like ewww.

Plus, it’s confusing to the readers. I honestly don’t know what this book is meant to be. Does it want to be middle grade? Cause it certainly starts off that way. Or does it wish to be YA? There are elements that suggest that it does but by the end of the book it starts to become sexual in nature. Like I said before, it’s not graphic or anything but it can be confusing for the targeted audience. Maybe this book would have worked more towards NA.

Either way I don’t care for this book or the characters. Most likely the last Peter Pan/Captain Hook retelling I will read.

But if Peter Pan is one of your favorites and you want to see and read from Hook’s perspective I highly recommend this book. You might get why he is the way he is today.

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  1. “Poor little Tink Tink” cracked me up xD I’ve heard so much negativity about this book that I WANT to read it, just to know first hand what’s irking everyone.

    BUT THE SEX BIT? Now that’s a complain I have yet to hear of! WHO’S HAVING SEX IN THIS???

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