Happy Friday Jr. Parliament Monsters, Book Sharks, authors, writers, publishers, bloggers, loyal readers, bookstafam, friends and everyone in between. Welcome back to my little slice of blogging heaven!
Jana here, I’m back and I’ve excitedly teamed up with Parlaiment House once again for another kick ass Takeover Blog Tour, this time, I am reviewing a retelling of Peter Pan entitled Hook & Crown by Nicole Knapp.
First of all, I have to thank the team at Parlaiment for sending me an e-ARC copy as well as to Nicole for allowing me to participate in her book tour. Below, you’ll find a copy of this absolutely stunning book cover, as well as the Goodreads synopsis and my review! First though, be sure to click on the cover when you’re done the post to head over and add it to your Goodreads TBR!
Hook & Crown by Nicole Knapp
Release Date: June 11, 2019
GoodReads Synopsis: “You’ve heard of Neverland and its inhabitants… Fairies, pirates, mermaids and a boy who didn’t want to grow up. But you can’t always believe the stories.
Elena Hart arrives in London, bound for a new boarding school operated by her estranged uncle. A fresh start is exactly what she needs. But when strange things begin happening, things she can’t explain, she begins to wonder if she has lost her mind.
Until the night a strange girl appears in her room, claiming to be a fairy from Neverland, come to take her to the fantasy world at the request of its ruler.
Skeptical, Elena refuses. But the following night, a young man with strange green eyes appears, and though she tries to resist his charms, something about him draws her in and Elena is whisked away from the world she knows, to a world she always thought was make believe.
But when she arrives in Neverland, it is nothing like the stories and Elena realizes that she must figure out for herself who the true heroes and villains are.“
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟💫 (3.5/5)
Buy the book here
First of all…
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Parliament House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating and review.
So, without further adieu, let’s dive on into my review.
Let me start this by saying I had very high hopes for this book as over recent months, I’ve been truly enjoying some retellings of stories I spent so many hours of my childhood reading and watching on VHS. (Remember those things? And the rewind button?!) and I hate to say it fell flatter than I hoped for. Though I did overall enjoy the book, I wasn’t as wow-ed as I had hoped to be.
The story follows seventeen-year-old Elena, fresh out of a break-up and filled heart break (oh to be young and experience the sting of love… I don’t miss that at all! LOL), as she navigates her most recent life move in which she up and moves across the world from the USA, to London, England to attend a boarding school in which her Great Uncle is the headmaster of.
I wanted so badly to relate to Elena, and ask 17-year-old Jana, I probably felt the same about a recent break up I may have had, but, as someone almost double the main characters projected age, I found many things hard to relate to. As the first couple of chapters went on, I found that more and more I was having issues with her. She happens to be one of the most naive characters I’ve encountered, and I question her ability to adult properly with how quickly she trusts and opens to people, as well as a blatant disregard for the rules and her own safety. For one instant, she moves across the world after having her heart broken, and the first male she sets her eyes on, it’s eyelash batting and flirting without even a second thought of what she just experienced to cause her uprooting of life. Oi Vey.
That being said, one thing I was overly impressed with the switch between third and first POV. Nicole made it quite easy to navigate the story, despite the less than enjoyable main character we were introduced to. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel from different POVs and was delighted it was easy to follow in that aspect, and it gave the book a really interesting reading vibe.
The world building could have maybe used some more depth as I was expecting more and it disappointed me that I couldn’t exactly feel like I could picture the locations described as well in my head as I have with other fictional locations. I wanted to know everything that surrounded Elena, and how it affected every one of her senses. I didn’t want to just skim over such an important detail to me.
Despite the few things I wasn’t a huge fan of, I overall did enjoy the book and would recommend it as an easy read to someone looking to fill a gap in their TBR. I wasn’t overly wow-ed by the book, but I did find that I wanted to know what happened and how the book ended, despite not completely connecting with the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the hero/villain switch perspective, and the introduction of the secondary characters really made the book worth reading for me. The ending was sort of predictable about three quarters of the way through the book, but I was impressed at the authors ability to still throw me some curve balls I wasn’t expecting.
And can we all just appreciate the Jolly Roger references? Being a pirate would be the shit.
Finally, I’d like to give a huge shoutout to the Parliament House for including me on another blog tour. I have absolutely loved being a part of the Parliament blog team, and the authors, publishers, and other bloggers and bookstagrammers I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with. I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing team at Parliament.
As always, may your coffee be strong, and your books transport you somewhere magical.
And remember, stay wild moon child, and creep it real, witches!
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