“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.
I fell in love with the cover but definitely got around to liking the book real fast as well. This adult story based upon the world and characters from a very well-known children’s story was a very enjoyable read. To those who have been around for some time it’s not news that I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings, and in my opinion, this book falls under that as well. And while Peter Pan is definitely glorifying youthfulness and all the joy’s connected to that, Alias Hook shows that it might also have a darker side and that growing up isn’t always a bad thing.
Alias hook really puts the original story in a whole new light and I really enjoyed it! There was also a lot more depth to this story than the original and I loved getting to find out more about Neverland and all the creatures there. This book was definitely rich in back story and history of the characters and the places in Neverland and I really think that made this book an interesting read.
One lesser point about this book is that the story didn’t really have the fastest pace. For me it didn’t really matter all that much because I was able to binge read most of this book. But I can see how this would be less fun to read over a longer period of time.
If you aren’t afraid to see a childhood favorite in a different light, you really might enjoy this book, so go on and pick it up!