Never, Never by Brianna R. Shrum

Posted September 26, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 19 Comments

Never, Never by Brianna R. Shrum

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never
becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child – at least
briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of
adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the
faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined
that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back,
leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world
where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole.
It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared
Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an
impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Review: To be honest, I have never read the original Peter Pan story. I have seen various film adaptations of it though, so I was really excited about reading a book that focuses on a young James Hook who is essentially lied to by Peter Pan. If you want a book where Pan is a lovable boy, then don’t read this book. Pan is not someone to admire in this story. The question though – is James?

Never, Never was an atmospheric novel with some great characters. You don’t really get to know many of them besides James Hook, but I felt like you knew enough about them to care about their feelings and their lives. Tiger Lily had a large role in the second half of the book. She is made to love Pan, but James can’t help falling for her and that dynamic is very interesting.

This is a dark novel, full of action and mixed emotions. I do think it was a bit long in parts, but then again, I read this as an e-book and I think physical novels tend to go faster sometimes. It all depends! Despite it feeling long, I can understand how everything works and nothing felt unneeded.

Never, Never was an exciting adventure story and I am curious to see what everyone else thinks, so share your thoughts below!

19 responses to “Never, Never by Brianna R. Shrum

  1. I've been reading so many positive reviews for this one, but I'm more intrigued with the novel Wendy Darling which is due to be released on October 13th! I'll be keeping an eye out for this one though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I remember loving the cover the first time I saw it and it is still fantastic!
    I have never read the original story either but this sounds like it was a great representation of the classic.

  3. Sigh. I've never seen nor read any Peter Pan books/retellings/films. So I don't really know much about this. I like the different perspective this offers, though. Kinda seeing it from a different view is interesting.

  4. I always appreciate it when retellings are darker than the original! Tiger Lily (the retelling by Jodi Lynn Anderson I think?) was a pretty dark retelling too and I absolutely loved it. Looking forward to this one! Have you read Alias Hook as well?

    Faye at The Social Potato

  5. It takes a brave author to take on a classic and thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed this one Lauren. I'm usually a big fan of dark retellings and looking forward to giving this one a try. Brilliant review and thanks for sharing <3

  6. I remember reading the original Peter Pan story a couple of years ago, but honestly I like more the adaptations. This one seems interesting, I always wondered about the story behind Hook.

  7. I haven't read the original Peter Pan yet either, nor have I actually read any retellings yet! I need to though. And I like that this one is dark. Dark stories are the best 😀

  8. I'm really excited to read this! Like you, I'm not a HUGE fan of Peter Pan, but I love the retellings I've read. My favourite is Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and this sounds. not too dissimilar… I'll definitely be checking this out, as soon as my book ban is over!
    Beth x

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