- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250042151
- ISBN-13: 978-1250042156
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alias Hook: A Novel Hardcover – July 8, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—An inventive spin on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Hook is reincarnated and fitted with a new crew each time he is defeated by Pan. He has been trapped in Neverland for 200 years and wishes for nothing more than a true death. But something else is afoot. He knows that his crews are made up of old Lost Boys, wandering back to Neverland as adults, but never has a "Wendy" returned until Stella makes her appearance. After some initial bafflement and bluster, Hook and Stella fall in love, and together they attempt to unravel the mystery of the curse that has kept Hook prey to Pan for so many years. Jensen's attempts at mythology here, especially the specifics of the curse, are a bit convoluted, but it doesn't much matter—the heart of this highly affecting novel is the intertwined stories of the redemption of a seemingly irredeemable man, and the powerful love story of Hook and Stella. Jensen's take on the importance of childhood and Neverland is surprisingly consonant with Barrie's. Teen fans of the original play and novel, the Disney film, or any other variant since should highly enjoy this unique offering.—Mark Flowers, John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA
"Jensen's second novel, a twist on the Peter Pan story which reconceives of Captain Hook as a tragic hero, shows how she's matured as a writer since her excellent debut, The Witch from the Sea. Jensen's wonderful imagination and devotion to history and myth allow the reader to fly with her through this outstanding adventure--no fairy dust required." -- Publishers Weekly
"Scintillating description and deep characterization make Jensen's Neverland a psychologically intriguing place to visit. Jensen offers a humanized take on Captain Hook that will be sure to entertain fans of the fairy tale-retelling genre." --Library Journal
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The prose is wonderful. It really feels like we're stepping into Hook's world and seeing it through his eyes. I will warn you that I love stories with beautiful prose, so if that's not your thing, then you might have a bit of a different opinion.
The cover art is breathtaking. It's one of those books you just have to get in print, so you can stroke it and rub it on your face and stick your nose in and smell it. I read it on audiobook first and then proceeded to read it in print twice and on audio once more and plan to read it again. The audio format is wonderful because the narrator has a great voice that really brought Hook to life.
I will warn you though, this is an adult book and there are a few scenes that have sexual themes. I didn't mind at all and they're not very graphic. Just be warned if that is something you'd like to avoid.
In conclusion, I always tell people that this is the book that ruined my life. I can no longer watch Peter Pan and root for that little creep. This book made me fall in love with it. Definitely recommended.
Jensen does a great job bringing you to love a character that we once grew up to hate. Hook is sexy and smart, but still needs to learn to grow up. Wishing he could end his eternal torture, never quite dying when fighting Pan, yet having to endure all of the pain, he is given one last chance to redeem himself.
Destined to help Hook, Stella finds her way into Neverland even after being refused by Pan for being a grownup. She hears someone calling her and tumbles into the dreamworld. Is she the one who could lead Hook back to the real world? Or will he not be able to overcome his childish behaviors?
I enjoyed this story very much, but had some trouble when the author switched back and forth in time. We are given some history about Hook and while I appreciate knowing more about his past, I sometimes found myself at a lost as to where I was in the story.
I would also like to get to know more about the other characters in the book. The story mainly follows Hook and Stella, but I would like to get to know Hook’s crew a bit more. Why did he care for them so much if he always had a new crew every few years? I did enjoy getting to meet the different creatures, such as the sirens and the fairies.
Jensen’s take on Hook was very enjoyable and reminded me of the Once Upon a Time version of Hook. Although Hook isn’t nearly the same in this story, he reminded me greatly of Colin O’Donoghue’s take on the character.
So if you enjoy pirates, action, adventure, and some romance, this book is for you. I give this story a 4.2/5. I loved the story but didn’t like how the flashbacks were executed. Jensen is very good at describing her worlds and bringing everything to life. I hope you will be able to pick this book up.
And besides, no one can truly resist a pirate…
Original review on A Bibliophile's Reverie
I, mostly, loved the story. Both the familiar parts, and the surprises. The only reason, I gave 4 stars, not five. The creative nature of this story occasionally slipped from interesting writing, to "common romance novel language." It was the only part, that left me, a little disappointed. But can be forgiven. I would give this book a ; PG13 rating, however.
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