Spotlight: Never, Never by Brianna Shrum

Posted December 28, 2015 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz, Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Spotlight: Never, Never by Brianna ShrumNever Never by Brianna Shrum
Published by Spencer Hill Press on August 14th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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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 was really excited for “Never, Never” by Brianna Shrum, but I just didn’t fall in love with it like everyone else. This is a retelling of Peter Pan through James Hook’s eyes. James Hook is just a boy when the story begins. James Hook meets Peter Pan an ends up becoming a Lost Boy in Netherland. When James Hook realizes that he wants to go home, he finds out that it is impossible to go back home. Eventually Hook ends up going off by himself to become the fearsome Captain Hook. I just wasn’t in love with this story. I feel like the characters were very flat, and as the reader I was just disinterested in the story.


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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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