About the Book
Authors: Kara Swanson
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 21, 2020
The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London…and a boy who shouldn’t exist. Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins. The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.
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Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite Disney characters. So when I read the summary of this book, I just had to sign up for the tour. And I’m glad I did, because this story exceeded my expectations.
Claire is an interesting character to follow. I love how passionate she is about finding her brother, never giving up, letting nothing stop her. She’s overly skeptical about the legend of Peter Pan, although, to be honest, I would be, too.
I loved how well Swanson portrays Peter’s character. While he has grown up, because he was forced to leave Neverland and return to Earth, he’s still just as playful and mischievous. I also liked how we get a glimpse into Peter’s past and his reasons for leaving his home on Earth.
However, don’t start reading this book expecting the happy fairytale of Neverland that we all know so well. Swanson’s portrayal of Neverland is much darker and sadder.
The book also does end on a cliffhanger and I do have to say-I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel to come out.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. The award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See, Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. Kara chats about coffee, fairy tales and bookish things online (@karaswansonauthor) and at karaswanson.com
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