Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: Neverland by Anna Katmore

Title: Neverland
Author: Anna Katmore
Series: Adventures in Neverland #1
Publication: April 11th 2014 
Genre: Young Adult ~ Fantasy ~ Retelling
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

Why is there a boy who doesn’t want to grow up? How can an apple start the sweetest romance in fairytale history? And what does a ruthless pirate have to do with it all?

Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales. But she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. That’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.

Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade.

As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.

Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?

Grab a happy thought and follow Angel on an adventure that will keep you breathless and smiling long after you read the last page…

Peter Pan is one of my all-time favorite tales. I loved the classic story and have always been captivated by retellings of it. I've read quite a few of them and they have ranged from amazing to meh. Neverland by Anna Katmore was somewhere in between for me. 

The start was really promising for me. It intrigued me and I wanted to see where the story would go. I really liked Angelina. I loved her fierceness and her determination to get back to her baby sisters. 

Hook was an interesting character. In the start he seemed really ruthless but once he spend more time with Angelina he softened up. Actually, he softened a little too much for my liking because I was really intrigued by the cruel Hook. I get that for this romance to work between him and Angel, he couldn't be too heartless but still... And I had some problems with the words Hook used when he talked. Neverland is supposed to excist in another time, like a century or so ago, as Angel says in the book. Everyone even has the clothes from that age and yet the way Hook talked seemed so modern. Maybe this is just a silly pet peeve on my part but it's just my  opinion. But aside from that I did really like him. He was quite swoon-worthy!

I don't really have a really straight forward opnion on Peter. However, I do like his relationship with Hook (of course I won't tell you what it is, you'll just have to find out for yourself). It's a very interesting twist on what we know from other books and movies so I think that was pretty original of the author. 

The writing was pretty good and the book was a quick read. I went through it in only a day so that was also really great! The romance was very sweet and I can't wait to see where the story goes next. Dang that cliffhanger!

This has been one trip to Neverland I'll remember for a while to come!

About the Author:

The quick-and-dirty:

I'm a girl with a passion for writing.

The genres you'll find me hanging out at are contemporary and paranormal YA, but I'm also snooping into some adult paranormal right now. All of them romances...of course.

The nitty-gritty:

I'm an Austrian lass--totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun.
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to Upper Austria, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop.

I've been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher would call me a liar. I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.

People always told me you can't make a living with being an author. So when my first novella PLAY WITH ME came out and shot straight to the stars within the first week, I was totally dumbstruck. Took me a while to realize what was happening, LOL.


  1. Nice review! This book peaked my interest a while back but then as no-one seemed to read and review it I had forgotten all about it until today..... now I'm interested again so thanks for adding to my TBR pile...... AGAIN!

    Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

    1. Ha. Neverland stories are one of my obsessions. =D

      Thanks for stopping by!


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