Tuesday, March 15, 2016

K Is For Katmore

Jennifer reviews Neverland...

I always say I don’t like reading young adult (YA) fiction. It might have something to do with feeling to mature to read it. It might have something to do with wanting a break as a mom—sometimes life with my teen girls feels like I’m in the middle of a YA book. I’m not sure exactly the reason.

But it’s one of those things I say that isn’t exactly true. I’m not lying, per se. YA is not my go-to book. And I have to be persuaded pretty heavily in order to consider it. Once persuaded, I have to admit that I’ve read some great ones—Harry Potter, Twilight, Divergent are a few that spring to mind. But the one I want to talk about today is Neverland, by Anna Katmore.

Neverland, as you can guess, is a modern retelling of the Peter Pan story. It’s first in a series, and it was great!

The book was recommended to me by someone I follow on Twitter. At their recommendation, I looked into it. Being a fan of Peter Pan, I thought it sounded interesting enough to put on my Amazon wishlist. When it went on sale, I bought it. And when it finally rose to the top of my TBR pile (I’m a little anal about that), I decided to take the plunge and read it.

The heroine, who tells the story in the first person, is the modern version of Wendy. The story also tells the story from the POV of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. I won’t tell you anymore than that, because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. But it’s creative, well-written and an interesting take on a classic.


Here’s the blurb:

Strange things are happening in Neverland…

Although Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales, she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. Literally! But who is this flying boy who saved her? And why doesn’t he want to grow up?

Desperately trying to find a way off this cursed island, Angelina runs into a ruthless pirate. Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, to lure the flying boy out of his hiding.

But is Hook really the heartless man she heard about? The more time Angel spends with him, the more she starts to wonder. Her growing feelings for him are as intense as shocking, and soon she can’t stop thinking about how soft his lips felt on hers when he kissed her under the stars.

As time passes, an old train ticket to London is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying to find a way home.

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?

Grab a happy thought and follow Angel on an adventure that will keep you breathless and smiling long after you read the last page…

As I mentioned, there is a sequel and it’s currently available, but I won’t post anything about it because, spoilers!

5 Hearts


  1. What an interesting twist on the story!

    1. It really was a unique way of thinking about it.

  2. This is so intriguing. It's something I would never have thought of doing.

    1. Me neither, Margaret. But then I look at it and say, "Of course!"

  3. Sounds like an interesting and original take on a well-known character.

  4. I love when an author gives us a fresh take on a familiar story and adds their own twists and insights into it. It's almost like a 'behind-the-scenes' pick.

    I love reading YA. For me, it's a break from adult life...I can vicariously relive all of those moments I never got to as a teenager! :)

    1. Well, you might enjoy this one, then, Debra. I couldn't put it down.