Author: Lisa Maxwell
Published Date: Feb 2, 2016
Length: 342 pages
Genres: Retellings, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Adventure
Age Group: Young Adults
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?
Me the 1st time seeing this: Mwahaha! I’m waiting for you, Captain Hook…
I expected “roguish pirate” and “swoon-worthiness”, and Unhooked happily comply with my wish. (yes, I’m talking Neverland and its belief system here)
List of why this book is awesome:
- Hallelujah, there is no love triangle.
- Yes, Captain is surely one mess of hotness.
- Pan is an a-hole.
- Captain is a good boy. He doesn’t curse. He used “behind” instead of “bu-“.
- More kisses…
First, let’s talk about the writing, because Lisa Maxwell’s writing can be described as exquisite, compelling, and spellbinding. Lisa Maxwell did an incredible job on creating a Neverland of secrets and beautiful dangers, with vicious mermaids and vibrant island. The world-building was vividly made, and the characters are extremely well-developed. I can’t seriously ask for more of this book.
Gwen, our protagonist, is a self-possessed and intelligence young girl. I can’t really say I love her, but Gwen’s characteristic is sure something I can admire. I’m extremely pleased of how realistic Gwen was built. Growing up reading about Peter Pan, I’m sure any of us (who wasn’t yet exposed to Killian Jones’s mess of hotness, a.k.a. Captain Hook, from Once Upon A Time), would definitely choose to believe The Flying Boy instead of The Captain. I also love how the gray area was beautifully painted out in this book, with lies within truths, and that what beautiful is not always good. I was absolutely hooked by this book — pun intended.
I enjoyed this book greatly. It’s captivating, gripping, and just simply amazing at a Neverland’s level. I’m looking forward to read Lisa Maxwell’s other works, and wholeheartedly recommend Unhooked!
“I kiss him as though I could kiss away our fates. As though I could kiss away all the fear that riots inside me.”