Saturday, August 9, 2014

Review: Neverland by Anna Katmore

Song Of The Moment- If These Sheets Were The States by All Time Low
by Anna Katmore
Release date: 4/10/14
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Retelling
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Description -
Why is there a boy who doesn’t want to grow up?
How can an apple start the sweetest romance in fairytale history?
And what does a ruthless pirate have to do with it all?

Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.

Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade.

As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?

My Rating: 2.5 stars - it's complicated

Review: So I admit it what with the description and despite the slightly horrid cover, I had high expectations for this book. I mean it promises the sweetest romance in fairytale history...I think it lied. I am so confused on my thoughts and feelings for this book, I wanted to like it so bad and I feel like if just a few small things had been different this easily could have been an epic fairytale love story, but it fell flat.
   Angel is a fairly normal 17 year old girl, brought up in a rich family where she's expected to wear dresses and high heels when all she wants is to be normal. And then she falls off her balcony and ends up in Neverland where she meets the lost boys and Peter Pan and Captain Hood, forgetting her past and struggling to find her way home.

Let's Talk -
   Character development - This is where this book is really lacking. There were so many good things that were ignored, that if developed better could have made this an epic book. Let's start with Peter Pan, in the beginning I got the sense that he was almost slightly evil, wanting to keep the lost boys and Angel with him, wanting them to forget. And eventually we find out more about his past but I wanted more, I wanted the author to build on that, make me feel sorry for him, or make me hate him or Hook, just something. It's like the author wanted to have you guessing over who the bad guy was when really neither of them were developed enough to be a bad guy or a good guy. Then we have Hook and honestly he was too much of a "good guy", like I get you're not totally evil and you have feelings for Angel but you've been a pirate for at least fifty years, you're supposed to at least be a badass. With Angel I felt like she was naive, to say the least and I kinda hated her, she was a weak character.

  Plot development - Again so lacking. The whole book takes place over a week(maybe?) and it should have been longer. Right away Hook basically gives up on looking for the treasure to help Angel because he apparently loves her, insta love of course, and just there was basically no plot as far as I could see. This book has a great premise and nothing else.

 Romance - Insta love anyone? I've tried to stop judging a book on it's insta love factor but this was horrible. They didn't get to know each other at all, the reader doesn't get to know them, it's a lot of kissing and thinking about kissing and worrying they're falling for each other and then falling for each other and no development at all! And then I think there might have been a hint of a love triangle with Peter...? Maybe?

  Characters - I can't honestly think of any character I liked. Hook was probably my favorite and that's not saying much. It's just Angel acted like she knew everyone when they'd barely met, she saw the lost boys for a couple hours and suddenly they're like old friends? Peter was the worst. We knew nothing abut him yet he felt betrayed because Angel didn't want to stay with him was just bad.

Dialogue - Okay, Captain Hook should not say things like "What's up" and "fancypants"....just no. The dialogue really took me out of the story and just irritated me.

Final Thoughts - There were so many things that could have been better, that could have made this book great. Pretty much everything needed just a bit more development, I get that this is a romance book first but even that needed a little more time to make it feel real and to make readers feel it was real, make it so that when they have to break up it pulls on my heartstrings, this didn't. I feel like even another 100 pages filled with character and plot development and just more everything and this book could have been great.
One final final thought is that I didn't like how Angel had no idea what Neverland was, she had just read Peter Pan to her sisters and I think it would have been better if she remembered the story. Then it would have made sense that she knew Peter Pan was the good guy and Hook bad rather than just blindly believing what Peter told her.

Overall - I still have hopes for this story and I am going to read the sequel because I want it to be what I was hoping this one would be, but honestly this was a disappointment. It had a great premise but it fell short for me.

Would I Recommend This? Maybe?
Who To? I don't know people who like to be disappointed?
Will I read more from this author(or series)? I will read the sequel.

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  1. Now that cover is really horrid! But well I'm skipping this one. Peter Pan means so much to me and well I don't think it's a really good idea that you get to Neverland by falling off balcony (wth?). So yeah. Sorry you didn't enjoy it. Great review!

    1. Thanks! I didn't like the cover because it makes it seem like some(no offense) trashy romance not a YA book. Yeah the falling off the balcony should have been my first clue about this book. =)

  2. Oh, the cover. I just can't with the cover. It's like a Hobbit, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and a random mermaid are all on a weird Isle of Glitter. Okay, sorry. On a purely guilty-pleasure level though, I do like it. But guiltily.

    I have to tell you that it made me chuckle when you said you'd recommend it for people who like disappointments. Bwahah. I am also impressed with your determination to read the sequel! (I must confess, I am the same way though!) I LOVED this review, and will probably be staying away from this one since I don't particularly like Peter Pan or being disappointed ;)

    1. Ha. Yeah the main reason I don't like the cover is this is(kinda) a YA book and that cover does not look like a YA cover.
      I'm glad you noticed the recommended for because I must admit I was proud of that! It's just I wanted to love this book and so I am not ready to give up on it yet even though I've heard the second is even worse. =( But I'm glad I'm not the only one that likes to torture myself! =)