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Jack (The Untold Stories of Neverland) (Volume 4) Paperback – June 11, 2016
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Love, magic and Happy Thoughts fill the pages and capture your heart..
With their memories fading the crew of the Roger are be beginning to forget their lives before Neverland . Jack the soul member to retained his memories must now help the others find theirs....he's determined to find a way get everyone Home...
On his journey Jack meets and falls in love with Lorelei.. An adventurous mermaid searching for more than the dreary life in the depths of the Never Sea..
A beautifully detailed, wonderfully written, captivating read, bound to bring out the inner child in everyone..
If you love the stories of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and the adventures of Neverland, I would definitely recommend reading, The Untold Stories.
Again we are back in Neverland. The never-ending sea surrounding the island, sail all night only to return to it the next morning. The island itself and the magic surrounding it create almost another character in this Jack's story. It is the true antagonist with Jack constantly fighting against the magic that binds the crew of the Jolig Roger to the cursed sea. It has a mind of its own and is a living, breathing force to be reckoned with as Jack strives to free Lori, himself, and the crew from its magic.
Jack has always been different from everyone who has been brought to Neverland. He can remember, he has a history and a home that is very real to him. The rest have been content to forget, but Jack is a warrior for his beliefs and a caretaker of the memories of those around him. He is driven by love, first of his mother and home, and then that of the mermaid who rescues him from the sea. Even after basking in Lori's love for a time he realizes what it means to stay with her in Neverland. Lori herself has first been a prisoner of the curse of the sea in Neverland and then of her mother's fear. Her love for Jack offers a freedom that is forbidden to her and yet she grabs it and holds it dear. For both Jack and Lori, love is the driving force behind what they do. Unselfish love seems to be the key to all of the ills that plague Neverland...but I won't spoil it so you have to read for yourself.
Tinkerbell once again plays a larger role in this story and I'm glad the spunky little pixie is there to help right some wrongs that have been done. I honestly cried at the end. I couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out for Jack, Lori and the rest of the characters.
I seem to have a repeated pattern of comparing Thompson’s Neverland series to movies, but her words create such clear, vivid and colorful mental picture that any halfway attentive reader cannot help but feel as though a movie is playing out in their head. Her books would make brilliant film or local theater adaptations with Jack being no exception. It’s a shame that the Bland County native authors beautiful words could not have inspired the making of the Warner Brothers film Pan released last fall, which offers its own cinematic take on the beginnings of Neverland.
Nevertheless, this does not seem to have deterred Thompson in the telling of her own unique take on Neverland and its unforgettable inhabitants. Jack Pritchard is perhaps the most relatable lead character yet. A lost boy who is now a member of Captain Hook’s crew, he struggles with trying to recover his own identity, finding true love and discovering the things that truly matter in life. This is something all humans go through, but things like these are very taboo and unclear in places like Neverland.
But Jack isn’t falling in love with just anyone. His heart has been stolen by Lorelei, the sister to Nerida whom we met in Thompson’s previous installment, a mermaid who has been forbidden by her mother from mingling with the humans. Things aren’t much better for Jack above sea level. As soon as his boss discovers the romance, he knows he and his true love are in the gravest of danger.
It is quite a journey of twists and turns as Jack struggles to bring elements of truth and love to Neverland with plenty of magic to behold in both the good and evil camps. Plenty of adventurous duels between the eternal bought between Hook and Pan, along with their devoted allies, are to be had within the brief but riveting 140-page tale. As with its predecessor Nerida, Jack will often put you in mind of The Little Mermaid. Given that about half of the book contains dealings with characters and happenings beneath the sea, as the leading lady in the story is a mermaid, I suppose this is a fairly obvious comparison. Still, I can’t help but think that two pieces of timeless fantasy literature that were turned into Disney animated classics, couldn’t meld together so well purely by accident. K.R. Thompson has the ability and imagination as a writer for which geniuses like the late Walt Disney would have longed when searching for the subject of his next classic feature.
This may or may not be a compliment to the author depending on her personal vision for her own work. All I know is that my childhood would not have been the same without Disney magic. I’m grateful that my two year old daughter Bella is already growing up with the same mindset along with a deep love of bedtime stories. Thompson’s books are something I am glad I will be able to share with her in a few years and I think they are too good not to be brought to life in some form of tangible art.
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Jack's story is one to be read over and over again. I enjoyed this one and it has become a favorite of mine.Read more