Published by Macmillan on July 8th 2014
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
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"Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It's my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy."
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan's rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
With Stella's knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook's last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.
“Alias Hook” by Lisa Jensen is a gorgeous and imaginative retelling of “Peter Pan”. I think this was a really good retelling for “Peter Pan”. Captain Hook has been trapped in Neverland for centuries and it seemed to be a paradise for him at first but with all the continued fights with Peter Pan, he can’t ever seem to win or lose. Captain Hook is unable to die. He watches his crew die and can’t ever seem to join them in that final death.
Peter Pan loves having the pirate ship trapped in because it gives him and the lost boys someone to continually fight. This game of Peter Pan’s continues on for over 200 years. Then one day a stranger appears. This stranger is female and Hook rescues her. Stella Parrish has broken Peter Pan’s number one rule which is that no adults are allowed. Hook hides Stella until he can figure out what to do.
It is very interesting to read this story through Captain Hook’s eyes. This creates a whole new fascination to the story. Basically Captain Hook was a child in an adult’s body. He never really grew up which is why it seems like he was able to stay in Neverland. Jensen does a great job writing this story. I think it is a very creative and unique view of the classic story tale. I think Jensen writes beautifully. The biggest issue that I have is that a lot of parts seemed to drag on for me. I found myself getting a little bored with the story at times. This story is definitely worth reading.