Book Review: Second Star by Alyssa Sheinmel

Posted May 12, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Second Star by Alyssa SheinmelSecond Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published by Macmillan on 2014-05-13
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptations, Adolescence, Classics, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Friendship, Girls & Women, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward his nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of J. M. Barrie's classic tale, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up—and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

“Second Star” by Alyssa Sheinmel was extremely disappointing. I really like the story of Peter Pan and as a big Peter Pan fan, I may have had too high of hopes for “Second Star.” I just found myself bored or lost a lot. Having the character set as surfers in a surfing environment was a weird place to start in general. I was trying to follow the path that Sheinmel was trying to take but I could not get into the story at all. I thought it was weird creating this world that Wendy Darling was hallucinating in. It was hard to figure out if what was happening to Wendy was real or pretend.

Wendy is a teenager who lost her brothers and all she wants to do is try to find them. Everyone believes that they are dead but Wendy thinks that her brothers are just missing. She thinks that she will be able to find them and that they really aren’t gone forever. Wendy ends up in this magical beach place called Kensington, where she meets Pete and Belle. Wendy begins to befriend Pete and starts to learn how to surf since her brothers never took the time to try to teach her.

Then Wendy finds out the truth about Pete and she ends up with Jas. I am assume that Jas is suppose to be like Captain Hook. Wendy starts a journey with Jas to try to track down her brothers only to find out the real truth of what happened to them. Wendy can’t seem to figure out which world is real the one in Kensington or the one that her parents keep telling her is real. I felt so lost. I really didn’t that “Second Star” was written very well. I thought it was long and boring and all over the place. I was having a really hard time trying to make it through this book. There were a few times that I thought about completely giving up on the book but I kept hoping that it would get better even thought it never did.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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