Series: Adventures in Neverland #1
Publisher: Self Published on April 11, 2014
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Why is there a boy who doesn’t want to grow up?
How can an apple start the sweetest romance in fairytale history?
And what does a ruthless pirate have to do with it all?
Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.
Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade.
As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.
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…
Neverland was an okay book. There were parts that I loved and parts that I found to just be kind of boring. Two POVs were featured in the novel: Angelina’s and Captain Jamie Hook’s. The book starts with Angelina at home in London. When she falls from her balcony, she ends up falling into Neverland. Throughout the story, she tries her best to return home. If being trapped in a foreign land isn’t enough, the more time she spends there, the less she remembers about her life in London.
I have mixed feelings about Angelina. At times she was a tough, smart character. In other instances, she was the exact opposite. She made some stupid decisions that made me want to shake some sense into her. I know she was desperate to return home, but that doesn’t mean she has to throw common sense out the window.
On the outside, Captain James Hook is a ruthless pirate. Most people don’t get to see the other side of him. Don’t tell the inhabitants of Neverland this, but he’s not nearly as vile as he lets on. In reality, he can be quite caring. But with a difficult past and a pirate image to maintain, he doesn’t make it a habit of showing people what he’s truly like.
It all starts when Jamie kidnaps Angelina. He’s seeking information on Peter Pan that he believes Angelina holds. Right after the initial kidnapping, he puts her in some dangerous situations in an attempt to scare that information out of her. Despite that, Jamie has no intention of actually hurting her.
Even though Angelina is technically a “prisoner”, the relationship didn’t give off any Stockholm Syndrome vibes. After the initial danger Angelina is placed in, Jamie doesn’t really make any threats against her. Angelina knows he isn’t going to hurt her and I think that’s what stops it from being a creepy predator-victim type thing.
The one complaint I had with the romance is that they went from being attracted to each other to being in love too fast. They were only together for about five days. It felt more like infatuation than love.
Peter is the only character other than Angelina and Jamie that had a somewhat major role. Like in the classic story, he’s just a kid who never wants to grow up. I appreciate the author’s attempts at creating layers for Peter, but I found it difficult to care about him in any way. I didn’t like him, but I didn’t hate him either. In a way, he was just kind of there.
Neverland is a fascinating place. The author really did it justice when describing it. It was easy to picture the land with all the details that she provided. It made me feel like I was actually there with the characters.
This book was an intersting read. It wasn’t perfect, but it kept me entertained for the most part. It was quick- maybe a little too quick- but it had me invested in the characters. The sequel was just released, which is good considering the major cliffhanger.