Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell

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And we’re off to Neverland, to read this twisted Peter Pan retelling.Publication: February 4th 2020

Synopsis: What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling’s life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.Wendy’s only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. After nearly meeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isn’t quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.But when Captain Hook reveals some rather permanent and evil plans for Never Land, it’s up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world.

Review/Thoughts: Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories and love the Twisted Tale books. They are so unique and so fun to read. Because of that I had high hopes for this book…possibly too high. It’s a good take on his story, don’t get me wrong, I just expected more from it. Peter Pan, for me, is one of those stories that holds a lot of potential and it can be written and twisted in a lot of different directions. Because of this, this book felt like a let down to me. I feel like the author could have done more with the story.At first I couldn’t wrap my head around this Neverland. For me it was hard to tell whether it was made up and only existed from Wendy’s stories, or if it was a dream all together. It wasn’t till about halfway through the book did it fully actually start to make sense to me. Maybe I was just slow, but now that I know how and why this Neverland exists it’s much clearer to me and I understand it better. Like I said, maybe I was slow to realize/understand this, and maybe I’m the only one who felt this way. It does end up making sense in the end, which is important and I am thankful for.I got to be honest, I thought Wendy and Tinker Bell were going to be the same. Nothing special or different about them. I was pleasantly surprised to see their character growth throughout this book, and them grow closer as friends. It was such a welcome change compared to the normal. I felt like Tink’s personality was spot on. Her temper and her jealously towards Wendy was well done. I’m pleased that through the time they shared they learned and grew from those experiences. I didn’t expect Tink and Wendy spending as much time together as they did throughout the book when I first started it, but I’m pleased that it did happen. It was something different and I really enjoyed it.Peter Pan was…Peter Pan in this book. I don’t know how else to describe it. I felt like he was written very well, and the author captured the Peter Pan I know and Peter Pan that I hold dearly. I just loved Peter, but for this being his Twisted Tale he’s only apart of the story for like 25-30% of the book. I just expected him to be seen more. That’s really my biggest, possibly only, gripe and hugest let down about the book; that he wasn’t apart of the story as much as I thought he was going to be.And lastly, Hook and his pirates. Hook…is a maniac! Well done. This Hook is crazy, delusional, and only has his mind set on beating Peter Pan. To add to all that, he actually believes he can. I feel like that’s Hook in any Peter Pan story. His pirates were also done wonderfully. Their actions, their questioning Hook’s mad obsession over Peter. It was wonderful and so much like Hook’s crew. I loved the pirate Zane. He almost reminded me of Smee in some sort of tiny way, and for a while I began to think he was Smee and that his true name was Zane but Hook just called him Smee for some reason. (This is Hook we’re talking about after all.) I was wrong, he’s not Smee! And I don’t mind what’s in store for him, Zane, at the end of the book. He got little “screen time” in the book but I truly loved this charterer.

~Till the next Chapter~

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