May 6, 2020

Review--Pan's Revenge by Anna Katmore

It’s been weeks since Angelina has left Neverland. James Hook is desperate to follow her off the island and find her in this notorious town called London, when he makes a grave mistake.

The consequences alter the life of his once-arch-enemy, Peter Pan, in a way no one could have foreseen. The boy who wouldn’t grow up swears revenge, and what better way than by stealing Hook’s love?

Through a shower of falling stars, a loop around the moon, and then a hard left at the Clock Tower… 

When James Hook finally arrives in London, he has to fight with a vengeance for his love and in the battle face a boy who grew up after all.

Close your eyes and fall in love with the beautiful sequel to NEVERLAND.

After the surprising end of Anna Katmore's Neverland, I had to pick up Pan's Revenge right away to see what would happen! And it was quite a twist, I'll give you that. Though the first book ended with an epilogue three months later, we pick up the story here right before that chapter and see what goes on in those three months.

Angelina has no memories of Neverland, just an odd dream that continues to fade from her mind. Though she still has the heart necklace as proof, she just assumes it was a gift from her sister. And so life continues on as normal for her. But the points of view in this book are mostly told through Hook and Peter! 

James is trying everything imaginable to get himself to Angelina, for he loves her and misses her. He'd do anything to be with her again. And then he gets the idea of destroying his father's pocket watch, the one that "stops time" in Neverland, but he has to get Peter to give it to him. Needless to say, things don't go well. Peter and James' relationship remains tremulous at best. When Peter finally does destroy the watch as provoked something strange happens, and Peter begins to age! 

This part of the story is where things felt a little too convenient, Peter is now around the age of Angelina and James. He's not happy about his new situation and  thinks of a plan to get back at James, to really hurt him. Naturally, that involves Angelina. He flies off to London, first thinking he might hurt her, but then figures having her fall in love with him would really kill James, so that's his plan!

Angelina upon meeting her new neighbor Peter doesn't know what to think of the mysterious boy. But she does find herself attracted to him, of course. I was terribly afraid we'd have a love triangle on our hands and for awhile it looked that way. James does finally make his way to London, which then has Peter acting rashly and telling lies to Angelina about him.

One thing that I hate, but it's not a bad thing for it to happen because its good writing, is when a character believe the lies of the enemy! It drives me nuts!! I long for reality to slap them in the face and for them to back away from said enemy! Lol.

In a sense, this story was really more about James and Peter and their shaky relationship. Will they mend the broken fences or will a catastrophic event separate them forever?

This was a decent read, and a good follow-up to the first book. I still got annoyed at times when we referenced the Disney Movie and called it a fairy tale, but what can you do? I almost wish we could've had the actual book Peter Pan in this story instead of a Disney-ified storybook. I love Disney with all my heart, but come on, the movies are not the original fairy tales, nor would they look alike. It's aggravating. Another bit that still aggravated me was the continued use of more modern slang that I don't feel like James or Peter would really know and yet they use this while on Neverland.

There was a bit of a shock factor to the ending of this one too, and I don't just mean the end result. I guess I saw a purpose for it, but it still felt like it was there more for a shock factor and seemed highly unnecessary. 

All in all, Pan's Revenge was an enjoyable read even with its flaws. It was a fun and entertaining read that brought up a nice little twist to the classic fairy tale. If you're open-minded to new fairy tales, that are a little flawed in some sense, then this would make for an entertaining read for sure!

Overall Rating 3/5 stars

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