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The Neverland Wars (1) Paperback – June 6, 2016
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About the Author
In 2013 she sold her first young adult science-fiction novella, Dr. Derosa's Resurrection, to Mad Scientist Journal for serial publication and has written for HOOKED (iOS) and Tapas (iOS/Android)
Initially from Seattle, she is enjoying the footloose lifestyle her freelance fiction writing affords her. Audrey is a classically trained pianist and unconventionally trained circus artist, specializing in fire eating and aerial silks. Her long-term goals as an author are to make a modest living writing novels and to build a following that will dress up and participate in her avant-garde art projects.
- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Paperback : 302 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1634221710
- ISBN-13 : 978-1634221719
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Clean Teen Publishing (June 6, 2016)
- Reading level : 10 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #481,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is supposed to be able a war between the two realms and we see nothing relating to this until like the last 10% of the book. Nothing within the book makes readers emotionally connected or concerned for the readers. We don't even know WHY there is a war between the realms other than adults want magic? Is that enough for war? I mean Pan is kidnapping children wouldn't that be a bigger issue than the use of magic? There were points when I thought the story was going to head in one direction, but then goes into a completely different one that didn't seem to relate to the plot of the story. It just doesn't develop well. I get that the idea is the build up Gwen's interconflict of whether or not to remain innocent or grow up, but this could have been done better/differently through dialogue or Gwen experiencing different aspects of Neverland while searching for the piper and aviator.
I almost wanted to give up on this book several times. The idea is interesting and has a lot of potential, but it didn't land among the stars.
An interesting take on Peter Pan, this book brings back the wonders of every child. We all dream that we will have Peter fly to our room and take us to Neverland, but for Gwen, it didn’t seem like a reality. Sure, when she was a kid, she believed in fairy tales, but now she was in High School and things like that didn’t happen. At least, that’s what she thought, until her sister was kidnapped by Peter and taken to Neverland. Now she must save her and the only way to do that is to be taken by Peter to Neverland.
I found this book to be very interesting, although slow in some areas. It felt a lot like the Disney movie that came out when I was in middle school, but with Peter being a bit older. In this story he is high school age, because every time he went to the real world, it started to take a toll. I liked this idea and it made perfect sense to me.
I did want to know more about the war, what the reason behind it was, and why Gwen found herself in the middle of it. I also didn’t care for the ending, and didn’t understand why she would go to there (won’t spoil it) so it felt a little rushed and off to me, especially after everything that had happened. I do want to know what happens and can’t wait to read the next book.
All in all, if you love Neverland, definitely read this book. I give it 3.5/5 stars, as I think it got have a little substance to it and a little better ending, but it is still really entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to grow up. Also, the mermaids were pretty cool…
Gwen is sixteen. Basically, all grown up but part of her doesn't believe adulthood is all it's cracked up to be. Although some things...such as a certain guy at school...aren't too bad. When her little sister goes missing, she learns that adults and especially her parents are hiding something. Magic is real but not in infinite amounts. And the adults on Earth/reality have decided they get the monopoly on determining where it's used.
Peter Pan and Neverland in the traditional form have not been forgotten in this story. There are many elements which run parallel to the adventurous island, but on the other hand, some things have changed. Peter Pan is a little older--the explanation for this is clever!--and he's well aware of what's happening as the adults drain magic. Still, the core of him remains Peter Pan.
Eating stars, chit-chatting with mermaids and going on adventures make the slide into pure children fantasy. Yet, the intended audience is the younger end of YA. The straddle from childhood to adulthood comes across masterfully. Illogical, whimsical fantasy meets themes such as first love, beer parties and high school. Still, in this book, it's the fantasy that reigns and most time is spent in Neverland, which gives the plot, at times, the feel of an upper middle grade read.
Gwen is seen as a story teller, and this is the reason Peter Pan has for fetching her despite her age. To follow this, several stories are 'told'. Although meaningful, they pulled me enough out of the book that I caught myself skimming through them. But aside from these, the book grabs and doesn't let go. There's a lot going on and so much to cheer for. The writing is fitting even for upper middle grade and has themes completely fitting for kids 14 and above. I can't wait for the next book to come out because Gwen and Peter still have a big adventure before them.