"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.
Lisa Jensen creates a very unique take on the story of Peter Pan and Neverland. In this book, Hook is the hero while Pan is an evil young boy who loves power over everything else. The story is told from Hook’s point of view and provides insight into how he came to be known as the infamous “Captain Hook.”
What I liked best: With Alias Hook, as a reader I got a firsthand look at the very heart of Neverland from an adult’s perspective. Peter Pan’s desire to fight and the violence he brings is unexpected and a delightful twist. Pan is ruthless and Hook is hesitant to fight. I love how my perceptions of the fairies, Indians, and other Neverland creatures are put the test and changed. The writing is brilliant and provides beautiful and vivid descriptions. At times the descriptions are almost poetic.
This is not just a retelling of a famous tale. It is filled with themes of despair and hope, wonder and magic, forgiveness and love. It is a great book to curl up with and just dig in. This is a story to be relished and savored. It cannot be read quickly. Although it was difficult to get used to the language at first, I quickly fell in love with the writing and all the lush details make Alias Hook a worthy read.
Overall the fantasy elements left me breathless and I didn’t want to leave this wonderful world Jensen created. Alias Hook is definitely intended for an older audience. Overall recommend for readers in high school and older. This isn't your Disney style Neverland. However, readers will not be disappointed and Jensen's Neverland will definitely leave you hooked!
Lots of plot twists