Unhooked: AKA Attractive Boys in Neverland

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Book: Unhooked

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Published: February 2nd 2016

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Fantasy-retelling

 

 

 

 

 


 

What’s It About?

Gwendolyn and her best friend Olivia are taken in the night after by shadowy monsters and carried to another world. Neverland. But Gwen soon finds that Neverland is nothing like the stories and becomes caught between 2 beautiful boys, Pan and the Captain in a desperate race to save her friend and get back home.

Filled with lots of action, adventure and dark twists in the beloved children’s classic, this is far from the Disney musical that we all hold so dear. Prepare to become entrapped by Neverland…


 

What I Liked:

  • dark twists on Neverland
  • description of the dangerous fey
  • extra mini story at the beginning of each chapter, beautifully added depth and emotion to the novel
  • THE CAPTAIN
  • Rowan (aka the captain)
  • Hook (aka Rowan)
  • when he calls Gewn ‘lass’
  • EVERY SCENE WITH THE CAPTAIN

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What I Didn’t Like:

  • Olivia was kind of useless until the very end
  • even though Pan and Rowan sound amazingly attractive there was insta-love
  • everything happened so fast, I wanted more details
  • felt incomplete because some storylines were not fully explored IMO
  • I WANTED MORE!!…or a sequel to wrap things up

 

Overall:

3.5/5 A really quick and entertaining read, but I needed more. It should have been longer with more details to fully capture the world and plot lines or there needs to be a sequel. This book is a MUST READ for fans of Once Upon A Time, especially if you like me, have a major crush on Killian Jones (Hook).

 

 

Allow me to leave you with these… *swoons*

 

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The Last Place On Earth and the Last Thing I Expected

imageBook: The Last Place On Earth

Author: Carol Snow

Published: February 23 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan)

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult


What’s It About?

When Daisy’s best friend Henry, who is basically a 16 year old genius, goes missing one day without a trace her life is turned upside down. Only after breaking into his house to find a note from him: “Save Me” are Daisy’s suspicions of alien abduction or a witness protection program less and less far fetched. In a desperate search for her friend, Daisy traverses into the Californian wilderness following a trail of clues seemingly left by her friend and stumbles upon a discovery that may change her friendship with Henry for ever.


 

What I Liked:

  • Likeable characters
  • appocalypse feel
  • surprising plot twists
  • NO INSTA-LOVE (for the most part)

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The fact that there were no aliens, I was convinced this was going to end up as an alien sci-fi but I was wrong
  • Characters felt somewhat underdeveloped to me
  • pacing was a little off at times
  • all parental figures were complete idiots

Overview:

I truly enjoyed this book, I give it a solid 3.5/5. With a strong protagonist I sped right through this book. The best parts were the surprise twists, they really had me going. My favourite part is a little spoilery so stop reading here if you don’t want to be spoiled !!!

“Is this some kind of cult?” I Asked Henry. His father answered. “Of course not. People in cults are crazy.”

Big thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC! You are the best!

 

Guns and Gold

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman            4.5/5

The best of the west including murder, horse chases, shootouts, a treasure map, gold mines and epic quests for justice.23719270

Basically it’s a jacked up Little House on the Prairie with lots of guns and gold. 


WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Kate is a 18 year old girl living with her father in a very pioneer feeling town in Arizona in the 1900’s. When her father is hung and murdered by a gang known as the Rose Riders, Kate swears revenge. Disguised as a boy she follows the Rose Riders across the hostile countryside intent to kill them all and get her vengeance.


WHAT I LOVED

  • a rough around the edges protagonist who feels little to no remorse
  • prospector vibe
  • AMAZING COVER ART
  • realistic storytelling (they mention how hot it is all the time, how sweaty they get, even sunburnt!)
  • interesting myths and legends are woven into the story
  • some romance that was not the whole point of the story
  • a great twist at the end (*spoilers)

Let me just leave you with the one and only Clint Eastwood to show my approval of this book

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READ ON!