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Rise of the Lost Prince (Lost Boys) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 26, 2015
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Petúr isn't exactly human, and neither are his brothers-in-arms, the Lost Boys. What they are, really, they don't know. The superpowers they posses have made them outcasts among the "normal" humans, despite the fact that they don't hurt anyone and simply want to be left alone.
Street kids, loners, rejects, they've banded together in order to survive and protect themselves. Apart from their extraordinary talents, think X-men/comic book superhero, they know they belong together because of one strange similarity: none of them can remember having a family, a home, or a birthplace. It's like they were brought into the world as children instead of babies. All of them long to know their origin, but how to go about doing so?
Wyndi, like her children's story counterpart is fully human. Yet, despite her instant attraction to Petúr under dangerous circumstances, she knows she's met him before - in her dreams, literally. Hidden under the tough guardian exterior is the playful little boy who's visited her dreams and kept her company in her lonely childhood. Apart from that tenuous connection, why is there an undeniable pull and link between them?
The Darklings have always been out to destroy the Boys, another thing they don't know the reason why. What vendetta lies between them and their kind? Most inexplicable of all is that they've set their sights on Wyndi. And that has Petúr very, very angry.
With an unexpected mix of Fae mythology and British bedtime story (although it's not that farfetched,moments to think of it), Peter Pan gets a new breath of life with a really big twist. Most of the main characters are here, from Tinkerbell to Captain Hook, if in new personas after about a hundred years. This introduction is a lot of fun with a ton of well-written fight scenes, lots of hot and steamy encounters, and uber-sexy grown lost boys. Adult fairy tale it is in more ways than one.
Seamlessly woven into modern life full of tech and contemporary counterparts like frat kids, there wouldn't be a better way to spend a lazy weekend than with the Rise of the Lost Prince. Even if London St James wrote it with the expected cliffhanger, it being a series after all, it's not one that would leave you frustrated at how the novel ended. It's a very satisfying conclusion that will still keep you looking out for the next book in the Lost Boys series.
As for the story, London has given us a dark paranormal romance in this retelling of Peter Pan and Neverland. I can tell you this is not the Peter Pan you read as a child. These lost boys are very grown up, if you catch my drift, and they each have hidden super powers which they use to fight the darklings. They kind of reminded me of the x-men. Petur doesn't know his full heritage and Grapple the Dark wants to prevent him from ever taking to the throne and to achieve his aims he needs Wyndi.
There's a lot going on here and we get to told the story from different perspectives, so you get to understand each character and their motivations. If you enjoy action, suspense and dark paranormal romance, then you should enjoy this one. Audio books are so easy to listen to. You can do it while doing other things. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
London has created a dark and rich world here. I love the inspiration she used from Peter Pan. The story was familiar in that way but all together different. She really gives you something to sink into. I was already a fan of London's writing voice and she delivers on this one as well. The suspense is gripping and the evil is terrible. Also the passion between Petúr and Wyndi is quite exquisite. I can definitely recommend Rise of the Dark Prince to those who enjoy fantasy. I'm anxious for the next book in the series.