Friday, January 29, 2010

Review: Hook and Jill by Andrea Jones (a must read!)

Book Summary:

In this startling new vision of a cultural classic, Wendy intends to live happily ever after with Peter Pan.

But Time, like this tale, behaves in a most unsettling way. As Wendy mothers the Lost Boys in Neverland, they thrive on adventure. She struggles to keep her boys safe from the Island's many hazards, but she finds a more subtle threat encroaching from an unexpected quarter. . . . The children are growing up, and only Peter knows the punishment

My Review:

Let me start off by saying I'm a HUGE fan of retold fairy tales. Andrea Jones blew me away with her rewrite of Peter Pan.

"Hook and Jill" will totally make you question everything you have ever thought of Peter, Wendy, and Neverland! This book fluidly portrayed the dark and sinister side of this tale. It definitely made you stop , reflect on the story you know, and then look at it from an adult perspective.

Sweet little Tinkerbell isn't so sweet...she's more of a murder plotting pixie. She's dark and jealous; scheming against Wendy at every chance. Then there's Peter who I've always thought to be innocent; well let's just say this tale was spun to show the dark part of everyone. Your usual impression (and visual) of Hook is ripped right out from under you to be replaced by the misunderstood and beautifully handsome pirate.

My eyes were popping at some of the things I read in this story. There are just so many shocking moments in a story that we grew up knowing so well. THAT is what made me keep coming back for more. I never knew what to expect or what terrible secret would be revealed next!

Andrea Jones is an wonderful storyteller in her own right and I highly recommend this book if you can handle having the fairy tale you've known so long turned upside down!

I give this book five stars and I honestly can't think of enough good things to say about it. I'll also be adding this one to my top 10 of 2010!

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  1. Sweet. I love hook. Yay Pirates. I am picking up this books.

  2. The relationship between Wendy and Tinkerbell is interesting. Didn't they both kinda want Peter to themselves!

    Great review!

  3. Yeah, it's a great book. She really turns the tables by turning up the volume on the darker, more bittersweet parts of Barrie.

    Here's another book for you to read, too, written by a friend of Ms. Jones. It's a sequel to Peter Pan using Barrie's notes for more Pan adventure! Click here !


  4. Interesting review....very curious. I just stumbled upon this book the other day in my online travels so seeing a review now is definitely perfect timing! Retold fairytales are the current rage and while some are done well, others fall flat....very interested to see what my own take on it would be, but glad to see that you enjoyed it so much! Happy reading!

  5. @Aubrie...and there lies the issues between tink and Wendy...I think you would like this book.

    @ cbrett60 and hagelrat...well there's a coupon code! *wink*

    @ The Never Fairy...I'll have to check that one out.

    @GMR I really enjoyed this one...very shocking! (IMO)

    Thanks for stopping by everybody!

  6. This sound like something I'd really like. Thanks for the review!

  7. Great review! I've heard a lot of mixed feelings on this one!! Still trying to decide if I want to read it :)

  8. Peter Pan is my all time favorite. I've always thought there was a lot going on behind the scenes that no one seemed to notice :) Thanks for this review!!