Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blog Tour: The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

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The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse
Pages: 300
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

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My Review
So Peter Pan is not one of my favorite childhood stories. I never really got into it. Plus I almost always like the villain more and Captain Hook made a pretty good villain right. Tinkerbell doesn't count cause I mean what little girl doesn't like sparkly fairies. Anyway, I like retellings so I decide to give this a try. You know what, I'm glad I did.
This as element of the original story but has changed enough to make it its own story. Peter is older, going between worlds has aged him. Adult and kids are at war with each over Neverland. Gwen is faced with a couple of difficult realizations. One of which deals with Neverland and her place in it.
I found the story an interesting read. I wasn't sure I would as I said I'm not the biggest fan of Peter Pan but this story kept me interest. I like that Gwen kind of drew Neverland to her because of her concern of growing up. After all, isn't that what Peter is all about, he doesn't want to grow up cause if he did, he wouldn't be a Neverland Kid (sorry, I couldn't help it!).

I feel like the overall theme of the book is that as we age and become adults when trap ourselves into doing what we must forgetting to keep that sense of fun and wonder and quite frankly the freedon that we had as kids. Being thoroughly an adult now.  I can say that there are advantages of being an adult but I can also say that there is a certain amount of maybe envy of what you understand you will never have has a kid again.  So perhaps the real takeaway from this book is enjoy is enjoy being a kid because you have your whole life to be an adult!
A fun read. If you are a fan of retellings, I say give this a try. It's not as fast paced as I would've liked but a good read overall.

About the Author
Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.

After dropping out of her university and beginning training as a circus performer on the aerial silks, she returned to school to study at Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education to earn her B.A. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Computer Information Technologies.

Audrey Greathouse is a die-hard punk cabaret fan, and pianist of fourteen years. She's usually somewhere along the west coast, and she is always writing.

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