Never, Never (Review, SST & Giveaway!)

Never, Never (Review, SST & Giveaway!)
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Title: Never, Never
Author:  Brianna Shrum
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press 

Published Date: 22nd September 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
*Thanks to the publisher and the SST Tours for the review
Synopsis: 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.

Review: I had
been anticipating this read like crazy ever since I had first heard about it. I
have been on a retelling high for a long time now, and I honestly cannot see
myself coming down from it. As well as that, one of my older sisters loves the
story of Peter Pan a lot which perked up my interest of it as well.
What I loved about this book so much was how we were able
to see the complete journey of Hook. The book starts in his childhood when he
is living at home (and at this point I feared it would be more of a middle
grade feel than a young adult one). But as you keep reading we see James turn
into a teenager, and then an adult and everything that happens in between to
shape who he is. I could really connect with his character, even if I had never
been lost from home, or became a pirate, or had anyone I hated so much as he
hated Pan. Yet, I could still relate to him and I would narrow that down to the
wonders of Shrum’s writing.
One of the best things about this novel is that it isn’t
about turning characters into something completely different from who they are.
Hook is still the villain. Peter Pan is still the childish, flying boy. But
what this book does do is show us why Hook
hates Pan so much. And why Pan being a child forever is not the best thing for
him. We do get to see a very sinister side to Pan and it was quite surprising
to see how easy it was to turn this originally light hearted story into a much
darker one. It made me wonder if Pan was just as much a villain as Hook. And it
definitely leaves it up to the reader to decide how evil or good Hook is.
I loved Hook’s character. He was a character that had a
lot more anger than me, but I loved his idea of ‘good and bad form’. Even if he
was a pirate he was someone with a certain elegance to him, someone who had his
own morals and own ideals of what was right and wrong. He did feel guilt for
some of the things he did, and he wasn’t unbreakable. I liked how he was so
human, even if being a pirate is usually what people believe to be a terrible
Everything about him is really explained. We get small
details about why he wears the costume he does the way he does, why he never
sails out of Neverland and about his crew as well. I liked that it was also so
accurate to the original story. I did have to do a bit of research for that
because my memory is shaky in places of Peter Pan’s story, but everything was
very in sync with it, while being a unique story to itself.
We really did get to see a lot of Neverland as a place
and why it works that way. There was the perfect amount of world building and I
think Shrum did pretty well there. I would have liked to see a bit more though,
especially of the Neverwastes, which was a place always mentioned but never
seen or visited.
I LOVED the romance so much! It was a lot more heated
than I expected it would be at first (especially since the story starts with
kids!) but I suppose Hook matures, and well, romance is in order. I don’t know
if it was Hook’s inner conflict or just how much he loved the love interest,
but it definitely made for a bittersweet and a hot romance.
Disregarding all the words I said above, please read this
book now! If you love a good retelling like me, or just a very interest novel
then you will enjoy this one.
Quotes: *from an ARC copy and may not be the same in an unfinished one*

children need things to believe in.”
“To die will be an awfully big adventure.”
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