I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
Genres: Retelling, Fantasy
Published by Berkley Books on July 4th 2017
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Also by this author: Kicking It: These Boots are Made for Stalking, The Girl in Red
From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.
Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.
Once I was young, and young forever and always, until I wasn’t. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan.
Here is what I thought
I have heard of lot about this author from her Alice book but since I am not a Wonderland fan I never tried it. I am on the other hand a Captain Hook fan and I am not a Peter Pan fan which is a good thing cause I hated Pan in this book. 🙂
Jamie is Peter’s first boy and the one he loved the most but as years went by watching all those other boys die because of Peters fun and games he is starting to see another version of Peter. In trying to save the lost boys that are left Jamie starts to grow up. Just a little at a time and he hopes that Peter doesn’t notice because he doesn’t allow boys to grow up.
Peter never cared about any of the boys but Jamie. He didn’t care if a boy got killed as he would just go and get a new boy. When he got Charlie and he was to small to really play with he gets jealous of Jamie’s relationship with the young boy. It starts a spiral of events.
I felt so bad for Jamie and could slowly see why he would start to grow up. His blinders are taken off when it comes to the Peter that is not fun but evil. Peter is just pure evil, those who like Peter Pan might not like this book, but since I was not a fan I loved hating Peter. I rooted for Jamie and the other lost boys. Not all the lost boys were great but they never deserved the bad things that happened, well there was one I hated and he deserved what he got but the others didn’t.
I have never read the original Peter Pan but I have never been a fan of any of the movies, except Hook, so I don’t know exactly how Peter is in that story but this is a very dark story. It has a few features that you might associate with Peter Pan like the crocodile. 🙂 It could be a little gory at times as well. At times in the beginning it was a little slow to me but once it picked up I just had to know how it was going to end.
Recommend if you like
Dark read, retellings, and hate Peter Pan. 😉
The publisher is giving us one copy of Lost Boy to giveaway so if you would like a chance leave your name and way to contact you. We will assign a number to each name between both of our blogs and use random.org to draw a name. Will will draw a name in one week so Thursday the 27th.
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