A simply brilliant adaptation (modernization) of Peter Pan, 5 stars from me.
Did you ever wonder what happened to Wendy, Peter, Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys and how they might fit in today’s world?
This is a thoroughly modern extension to the beloved story of Peter Pan. I often think ‘I wish authors would leave the classics alone’ they are perfect – and classic – for a reason. Still, I was drawn to this book by the brill book cover created by Steve Hahn. Despite my reservations about re-writes I couldn’t help myself (mainly because it was free) and dived in to see what the author had come up with. Boy am I glad I took the plunge! This isn’t a re-write, in fact in it amazingly unique, clever and absolutely up-to-date for modern YA fantasy. Having left my teenage years behind a very long time ago, I can say with confidence that this book is also for adults who like me love a good fantasy.
The book starts with children being experimented on is a prison-like facility, being kept under guard by the dreaded Red Skulls. When two of the top scientist realize their employers want to terminate the children, they do all they can to save them.
The bulk of the story then continues seven years later, when Wendy has no memory of who she is or where she came from. She is plagued by dark shadows that fill her with fear.
Chanda Hahn has done a fabulous job with this story. Wendy and Peter are now seventeen years old and a very sweet and tender romance blossoms between them. Tink is a bad-ass inventor, and all the lost boys have powers of some sort. I really don’t want to give anymore of the story away, so I’ll stop there.
Hiding from the Red Skulls, chasing shadows and fighting monsters the band of young adults race through the book from one adventure to the next. It is excellently written, gripping, clever and ever so slightly magical.
I just want to mention that the blurb mentions Tink has a foul-mouth, but there are no swear words in the book, just a few !@k! type things.
Amazon.com has 483 reviews with a 4.6 star rating, and it is classed YA Fantasy. It is free to download on Amazon. Note: This is book one of a series and if you are like me you will probably be buying the next books which are $4.99 and $3.99.
Chanda Hahn is a NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author and I can see why.
Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not. Happy reading everyone!