Unhooked by Lisa MaxwellUnhooked by Lisa Maxwell


byLisa Maxwell

Hardcover | February 2, 2016

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From “talented wordsmith” (Publishers Weekly) Lisa Maxwell comes a lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts.

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.

But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all…

Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the Neverland you’ve heard about in stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.

Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself?
Title:UnhookedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1481432044

ISBN - 13:9781481432047


Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT I had just finished reading the original tale of Peter Pan and for some reason I fell absolutely in love, although as a child I never loved the disney movie much. I had gotten Unhooked during Christmas break and immediately picked it up once I finished Peter Pan. It is simply BRILLIANT. If you are a fan of Once Upon a Time and love a darker version of Peter Pan this is the book for you. The endging left me both sad and happy. I'm already missing the characters.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK!! This is one of my favourite books of all time!!obviously it wasn't perfect but it had me entertained the whole time!! I didn't expect to like this book because i usually didn't read this genre but I LOVED IT..its also sad at the end! everyone needs this book in their life
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't wait to be finished with this book! I was disappointed. I couldn't wait to read this book. I like a bad Peter Pan and a Good Captain Hook but I found this book lacking in details and character development. It couldn't have ended soon enough for me.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A dark Peter Pan I have never read Peter Pan (I know, it's on my list) so I didn't know what to expect with this "retelling" of the classic tale as my sole experience of the story is through the Disney classic movie as well as the portrayal in the television series, Once Upon a Time. I really liked this novel and I found it thrilling, exciting, and unpredictable. I honestly could not predict what was coming next throughout the majority of the novel. As well, I felt like it was a "new" story. It felt unlike any novel that I have read and for that I am thankful because sometimes ideas can become repetitive. Additionally, as this was a retelling of Peter Pan, I thought that the story may be geared towards children. Boy, was I wrong on that front. Parts of this story were terrifying! But in a good way if that makes sense. I definitely look forward to reading more from Lisa Maxwell. I found her style of writing was perfect. It was detailed yet easy to read and flowed excellently. Cannot wait to read more from her!
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some parts Good, Some Bad. Sometimes felt like i was reading a story already told so many times but with a twist. Opinion on perspectives: I really liked the Captains perspective in the book. Mostly because he thought logically and didn't over analyze every little detail. I liked how he spoke his mind but had a sense of mystery to him that you don't get into until its desired to find out more. I've never really read retellings a whole lot but appreciated the intrigue of neverland, it's always one of those fairytale worlds that is unknown which I love because anything can happen at anytime (which Unhooked shows beautifully). The writing was also very well done, I liked the savage behaviour of the lost boys (reminded me almost like Lord of the flies). It was also really cool how the author played with the virtue of innocence and how easily it can be taken away or even changed into wickedness. Character development: The main character didn't really grow on me a whole lot through the book, I admired her determination to go back home, but at the same time near the end I wondered why she wasn't more curious about her identity. There were times in the book (a lot actually) that I found myself agreeing with the captain. Like you shouldn't be going into things that aren't yours, show honour as a guest, and have some respect to anyone who lets you live. Olivia I feel could've been developed more also. Like 1/3 through the book I didn't feel the need to help her (heartless I know, but if she wants flowers get the iPhone app that gives you a crown of them in pictures). She just needs more development, like give her one flashback so I know who she is to make a fair judgment call. Overall I liked how each character wasn't a "cookie-cutter" good or bad, but was layered for you to choose. There were times I sided with the "villain". Villain I liked how you didn't know the villain until it was time for them to be known. I liked how it also wasn't one sided, because life is never just one sided, by making each person have the light and dark to choose what to believe. Very well done, I was on the edge of my seat (clichés but true) a lot because the story within the story (how the worlds have a history that got delved into which you never see). The Ending I found the ending a tad abrupt and sudden. Like the story was woven beautifully and suddenly it's just like boom boom boom 4 chapters left to go yet no build. I did however like the bigger overall picture of the story, that last line will stick with me for sure. The chapters The spacing of chapters was decent, some irritated me because you'd go from reading 4 pages in a chapter to like 16 pages. I'm a fan of consistency, like keep a chapter between 14-20 pages and were good cause then things flow steadier. I did love the story within the story, I was guessing so many times throughout the book of who was speaking to me (I had a half-right theory, that involved the "hero" and "villain"). Enjoyed the build. Editing: Was good, only the occasional spelling mistakes or letter being missed. There was also only a few times grammatically I had to read over a sentence to fully understand it. Overall I would rate this book at a 3.8/5. It's a retell with a twist, the whole time I was imagining the cast of Once Upon a Time as the main characters. But at other times the descriptions never matched so they blended into unique characters. Loved the charm that neverland brings, but also the memory aspect was a nice addition. Twists and turns at every corner which is what this world that's been told for decades is all about. Would definitely read it again, and recommend to anyone between series or likes that "fairytale" aspect in their books.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Re-telling I absolutely love the story of Peter Pan, and consequently I devour any re-telling of the classic tale that I can find. This particular Pan re-telling put a much darker twist on the original story. While both Pan and Hook are villains in this tale, Hook redeems himself to be a hero of sorts towards the end. Overall, readers should not expect a happy tale surrounding the Neverland they have come to love. This novel contains death, betrayal, monsters and mayhem. I personally really enjoyed this re-telling, because it is so completely different than anything I have read before. Maxwell was not afraid to take risks towards re-inventing the classic in order to create something entirely new. This book examines parental sacrifice, the horrors of war and the depths of brotherly love. For fans of Once Upon A Time (TV) and Peter Pan (of course).
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did it have to end so soon! First of all, I'll start by saying.. This one of thee most lasting books I've read. It's adventurous romantic and why of course simply amazing! I loved the story plot and just how marvelously written it was! Though it seems as if it might have ended too fast, I felt like I needed more of the rather dashing pirate Hook, or the great strength Gwendolyn has soon to become, or rebellious actions Pan has for Neverland. I loved every second of this book, and I just crave for more. The amazing plot twist this book holds is an unbeatable retelling of Peter Pan. Now Pan may seem charming and undeniably perfect, but don't let that trick you, for his charm only represents how dangerous he is. This book only made me hate Pan more than I already did, so I know now that when a monster flys me off to Neverland I won't fall into Pan's charm. Another character that took held a grip on was the daring pirate Captain Hook (a.k.a. Rowan) seemingly charming, quite the perfect Captain, whether Hook is on ABC's Once upon a time or in a book, there will never be a reason for me not to love his character/role he plays, for he is quite the gentleman. One last character that sent out a big moral would be Gwendolyn, for she has taught me (Or Hook pointed it out the obvious) that a girl who's been looked at weird from her own best friend could hold so much strength. a girl who's always been hiding and running from place to place can hold powers beyond imagination! What a great moral indeed! As though this book was amazing, there's only one thing I could not accept... IT WAS NOT LONG ENOUGH! If only Lisa could have added a few extra 100 pages or at least written a series, it would take the weight off my shoulders, I needed more of Hook, more of Gwendolyn more of Pan, more of Neverland! This book was basically the only place where Hook can actually not-die (for those of you who watch "Once Upon A Time" you probably know what I mean ;). To conclude this review I would most definitely reccomemd this swoon worthy book to those on whom are into fairytales or more accuratly Once Upon a time. So why not ditch the regular story of Peter Pan to this plot twisting retelling?? I Hope this review brings good to you, readers. Regards, ~Rania A.
Date published: 2016-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart Swoon Central A ultra entertaining read with a twist of the classic Peter Pan. Absolutely loved the authors take on Neverland, it really explores the dark side. With a likeable main character who will do anything for her best friend we are thrown into instant daring adventure in a mad attempt to escape Neverland and return home. Filled with magic, lost boys, flying boys and roguish pirate boys, Unhooked will not disappoint. My only issue is that I wish it could have been longer and that she had gone into more details with the story, or at least that there will be a sequel to fully explore her elaborate world.
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!!!! If you are looking for a peter pan book of the exciting tale or if you are looking for a story similar to Once Upon a Time tale of Peter Pan in season 3. Then this is the book you are looking for! Absolutely the best Peter Pan retailing I have found yet!!! You'll love it!!!!
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get Hooked into this Beautifully Dark Story! Unhooked is a dark beauty with imaginative and tricky twists to the original Peter Pan story. It is one that will sink its hooks into you. It will drag you deep into the story. It won't let go even as the story draws to a close. I did not want to leave the world of Unhooked. I'm not an expert on the original Neverland story but I think Ms. Maxwell has done an excellent job with this retelling. What I love the most is that the bad guys aren't exactly bad and the good guys aren't completely good either. There was a fine line between acting for survival and acting out of spite but it's blurry to us at first. Each character had their own ambition and purposes. I loved the clever spins. Gwen is tired of not having a place to call home. The stress, the doubts and the madness in her mother's claim (monsters are after them) start to take its toll as she's once again uprooted to a new place. It isn't until after she's kidnapped by monstrous creatures that she starts to give credibility to her mom. It may have been hard for Gwen to come to terms with how she's special but she fearlessly and tirelessly tried to find a way out of Neverland. Her hell-bent attitude on saving her best friend Olivia, earned my respect. Captain Hook has a very commanding presence in the story. He's so dreamy but in a broody and haunting sort of way. He has his own pains. As the story moved forward, I love how we got to know him by his real name. It felt much more intimate to be referring to him as Rowan than just as Captain or Hook. Even though he's made some terrible choices, his inherent goodness cannot be denied. I felt his importance. There's definitely more to him than meets the eye. One of my favourite part of Unhooked is the short paragraphs that come at the beginning of each chapter. A story within a story. Even though I questioned its relevance I enjoyed these parts greatly. So be patient as it does beautifully tie into the main story. Ms. Maxwell delivers a powerful climax that caught me off guard. All is not as it seems and those who needed saving may not be worth saving afterall. The characters are much more mature and braver than I originally would've guessed. The final sacrifices set quite a sombre mood. By the time I turned that final page I both sighed in content and in sadness. Some things hurt but it was still a really beautiful story. Unhooked is a seductively enchanting story. If you're a lover of retellings, Peter Pan or just fantasy reads, pick up Unhooked! Its Neverland is worth seeing and experiencing for yourself.
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie & Darkly Enchanting Lisa Maxwell's Unhooked is at once comforting in its familiarity, yet also wholly unique as a YA fantasy. It reads like an eerie, darkly enchanting fairy tale—and not the Disney version. This reimagining of J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan carries you away to a world that is feral, haunting, and unforgiving. Unhooked drew me in right from the beginning and didn't release its grasp until reaching the epilogue. For as long as she can remember, Gwen and her mother have moved across the world every few years like they they were being chased by monsters. Her mother can lose herself in her art for months, but then she slowly becomes nervous and withdrawn, signaling it's time to move. Just when Gwen thought they'd finally found a place they could settle and call home, her mother uproots their lives again for London, England. Gwen's new residence is hardly glamorous, mainly musty and worn with age, but she takes comfort in the fact her best friend, Olivia, could join her in London for the rest of the summer. But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy Fey beings called the Dark Ones, she realizes her mother was right all along—monsters are very real. Unlike the stories, Neverland isn't a place to seek for grand, thrilling adventures. And the Fey who inhabit the island do not leave a trail of pixie dust in their wake; they are graceful and deadly when their glamours have fallen. Gwen awakens to find herself rescued by a handsome, roguish pirate who promises to keep her safe on his ship. But then there's the charismatic Pan, who knows just the right words to say and can lead her to Olivia. Gwen doesn't know who she can trust, only that she would do anything to leave Neverland and return home. What made Lisa Maxwell's Unhooked such a captivating read was its stunning descriptions of Neverland. The visual details brought the story to life, and it felt like the events were leaping right off the pages and unfolding before your very eyes. Neverland became more than just a setting; it was a powerful, living entity that showed mercy to no one. An uncanny feeling lingers in the pages that never fully disappears. Gwen can't escape it. And I couldn't either. I admired Gwen's determination to rescue her friend at all costs. Her loyalty was one of her greatest strengths, but it was also a weakness, for it meant she could be short-sighted in sensing danger. (So even when you're shouting at her to trust a certain pirate that you're rooting for, she doesn't necessarily listen.) I think the only thing I didn't really like about Gwen's character right away was her resistance to believing that Neverland was real and the Fey exist. I mean, girl, the island is right in front of you! Anyways, I really loved that I was never quite sure what to expect in Unhooked, that Peter Pan may be an obvious inspiration, but the story can still stand on its one. And the new interpretations of Captain Hook and Pan? Well, they both carry secrets, that's for sure... but I will leave it to you to discover who's the hero and villain in this tale. I hope you've added Lisa Maxwell's Unhooked to your TBR! *I received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.*
Date published: 2016-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Dark Story Retelling! Perfection! Review: Thank you to Simon and Schuster Publishing Company for sending me this ARC novel in exchange for an honest review. When I first saw this book, it immediately caught my attention. Peter Pan, Captain Hook. This book sounds like it was written just for me! I have the biggest obsession with Peter Pan, so this book was right up my alley. I absolutely loved the concept for this book! It’s intriguing, and certainly brings a dark twist to the tale Peter Pan that we all know and love. The relationship between Pan and Hook was particularly interesting to read about, as well as how everything in Neverland came to be. Maxwell paints a twisted background to Neverland that keeps you guessing up until the very end. I loved how devoted Gwen was to saving her friend Olivia, even after Pan constantly leads them on with his lies and illusions. The romance with Hook was also well-done. It was definitely a slow-burn that started gaining momentum as each person discovered secrets about the other. But let’s be real, who wouldn’t enjoy swoony scenes with a pirate? Hook himself was a complex character that unravels as we get to know him more. We’re reminded about how “evil” he is in the book, yet his actions imply otherwise. As a retelling, Unhooked was refreshing and captivating enough to stand out on its own. Hook immediately reminded me of Hook from Once Upon a Time (just a bit younger in this book of course). But If you picture this Hook a bit younger, you have Captain Rowan Hook from this novel. Maxwell transports readers into the haunting, and yet breathlessly romantic, world of Neverland that will spellbind readers into making them wish they could stay forever. This is a perfect stand-alone novel for those who are fans of the fantasy genre or anyone who is interested in dark story retellings. Don’t forget to check this book out when it comes out on February 2, 2016! -Read On Darlings!
Date published: 2016-01-15

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Unhooked Once upon a time, there was a boy not so very far from being a man. He crossed a sea to venture to London, for he wanted to find his brother, who was the bravest of soldiers. He carried with him only a light pack, for he had every intention of returning. . . . Chapter 1 OUTSIDE THE RAIN-SPLATTERED WINDOW of the taxi, London looks like it’s dressed for a funeral. The streets are a blur of monotone gray, and the sidewalks are filled with commuters scurrying home under dark, faceless umbrellas. When the car turns away from the main road, we find ourselves in a neighborhood of empty streets that shine darkly in the rain, the quiet houses still waiting for their owners to return. The driver makes one more turn before stopping at a corner and glancing over his shoulder at the three of us in the backseat. “One-Thirty-Three Gloucester Road,” he barks as he stops the meter. My mom doesn’t make any move to get out of the cab. She’s sitting in the seat across from me, chewing absently on her thumb. Her eyes are wide as she stares out the window, but I’m not sure she’s actually seeing anything. “I think we’re here,” I tell her gently, and she blinks over at me, like she’s startled to find me there. My best friend, Olivia, looks up from her phone and peers out the window of the cab to see where we’ve stopped. Her brows bunch together as she stares out through the rain. “Are you sure this is it, Gwen?” she asks, not even bothering to disguise her disappointment. I’m not really surprised the house doesn’t meet Olivia’s expectations. She grew up in the sort of place that can only be called an estate. Before my mom decided to move us to London, we actually lived in her family’s gatehouse, while my mom worked on commissioned art for Olivia’s parents—pretty much anything would be a disappointment by comparison. But when I lean over to see the building Olivia’s looking at, my stomach sinks. One-Thirty-Three Gloucester Road stands apart from the other brick and stone buildings that crowd the street. Narrow alleys flank either side of its redbrick walls, almost like the other houses don’t want to get too close. Its peaked roofline soars at least one story above its flat-roofed neighbors, and its chimneys claw toward the gray sky. A wrought-iron balcony on the third story looks like it’s barely holding on to the ivy-covered brick, and one of the windows on the second floor has been boarded up. “Are you sure this is the address you were given?” I ask my mom, who by now has also noticed where we’ve stopped. “I . . . think so.” Her face betrays only the slightest bit of uncertainty, but her hands shake as she searches through her lumpy oversize bag. It seems like her hands always shake unless she’s holding a paintbrush, especially lately. Finally she retrieves a worn envelope and pulls out the contents. A deep crease forms between her brows as she looks over the papers. “Let me see,” I say, taking the rumpled sheets when it’s clear she’s having trouble finding the information she wants. Which is just another sign of how overwhelmed and anxious she’s been recently—she’s looked at those papers so many times in the last few days that they’re creased almost to tearing. Ignoring the way she’s picking nervously at the hem of her coat, I scan through the narrow script to find the address that’s been arranged for us by her newest commission. Then I lean forward and check it with the driver. He gives me a gruff confirmation before opening his door to start helping us with the bags. In the seat next to me, Olivia has gone very still. I think she’s suddenly realized her hastily conceived decision to invite herself along to help us move might not turn out quite the way she’d expected. “I guess this is it,” I say, breaking the silence that has overtaken the cab. I hand the envelope back to my mom. Her eyes meet mine as she takes the papers, and her mouth presses into what might be the start of a smile. Her expression is so expectant, and I know she’s waiting for me to say something. Because, usually, this is where I’d paste on a smile of my own and make the best of things. This time, I just stare back at her. Her expression falters, and she looks away before I do. Without another word, she steps out of the stuffy warmth of the car, pulling the hood of her jacket up against the rain. But I don’t follow her. Not right away. I’m used to ending up in all sorts of odd places—a trailer park in Sedona, a shacklike cottage near a beach in Costa Rica infested by tiny lizards (which, thankfully, ate the not-so-tiny bugs), a gorgeous jewel box of a studio apartment in Prague. My life has been a series of poorly timed moves for as long as I can remember. But something about this place has me pausing. “You know my parents would let you live with us back in Westport,” Olivia whispers when I don’t get out of the car. “We have plenty of room, and they’re never around enough for you to even bother them. You don’t have to move. Or live here. I mean, it’s less than a year until you’re eighteen, and I know we could convince your mom—” I shake my head before she can say anything more. It’s not that her offer isn’t tempting. It is—too tempting. For the last week I’ve been hoping Olivia would offer this exact thing, but now that she’s holding out a different future like a lifeline, I can’t seem to grab hold. I see the way my mom’s slight shoulders are swallowed up by her coat, the way her hands clench nervously as she supervises the driver unloading our bags, and I know I need to stay. “You really want to spend our senior year here?” Olivia asks, surprise clear in her expression. “No.” I shake my head. Of course I don’t. But I’d been stupid to think our life in Westport could last. For the first time since I could remember, I’d felt almost at home somewhere. With Olivia’s friendship as a shield, I never had to prove myself like I had in so many other places. I’d almost felt like I finally belonged. But even if I could convince my mom to let me go back with Olivia—which is more than doubtful—I can’t just leave her. “She doesn’t have anyone else,” I explain to Olivia for the thousandth time. And neither do I. “You can’t give up your life for her, Gwen.” Olivia’s voice is gentle, like it always is when she makes this argument. And I get it, but . . . “I know. I won’t,” I say, trying to convince myself as much as her. “But I need to make sure she’s settled here. I have to know she’s okay before I leave.” Olivia stares at me with those bottle-green eyes that see more than most give her credit for. “Your mom might never be okay,” she says gently. “What about college?” I have no idea. “I have a year to figure that out,” I tell her, which is what I’ve also been trying to tell myself. “A year to get her ready.” Olivia frowns, like she wants to say something more, but she doesn’t. She knows me well enough to know when not to push. There’s nothing else I can say, so I give Olivia a shrug and get out of the taxi. The air is thick, and the rain feels cool against my cheeks. Even though the driver has already started to take our bags to the front porch, my mom hasn’t moved to follow him. She’s staring up at the dark facade of the house, like she doesn’t even notice the heavy drops falling from the gray sky. “Why don’t you go wait on the porch, and I’ll help with the bags?” I say, nudging her gently in the direction of the house. Her eyes are tight with worry when they meet mine, and for a moment I think she’ll argue. But she doesn’t. Instead, she fishes some crumpled pound notes out of her purse and offers them to me before she shuffles toward the house. As the driver returns from depositing the last load of our luggage, Olivia still doesn’t look like she’s going to get out of the car. With her dad’s credit card in her wallet, she could be at the airport and on a first-class flight back to her own life before I even unpack. Our whole friendship could be nothing more than a story about this girl I once knew, and I wouldn’t blame her at all. It’s what people do, isn’t it? They move on. They forget. But a second later, Olivia surprises me by climbing out of the car’s dry interior. She hitches up her hood and gives me an impish grin before running for the rusted gate. Even with the rain soaking me, I can’t help but laugh. By the time I’ve paid the driver and I’m ready to follow them up the wide steps to the arching front porch, my jacket is completely soaked and my short hair is plastered to my head. But with Olivia waiting, somehow I don’t feel quite as cold. “Ready?” my mom asks once the taxi disappears around the corner. Her hands tremble at her sides, like she’s having second thoughts about knocking. Or maybe she’s just waiting for my approval. Usually, we’d be in this together, but this time I haven’t been able to fake it. This time I don’t want to. “It’ll be fine,” my mom says as she knocks on the heavy door. Her voice sounds like she’s swallowed something bitter and hard that hasn’t quite worked its way down her throat. And I can’t tell who the words are meant for. “We’re safe,” she whispers to herself. As we wait for someone to answer, I pretend I didn’t hear her. My mom knocks again, this time harder, but it seems like no one is home. Olivia shoots me a doubtful look as we stand huddled in the entry, and I adjust my worn duffel bag on my shoulder and try to look confident. But the truth is, I’m not sure what my mom will do if no one answers. She’s not exactly good with the unexpected. Then, just as I’m about to suggest that we call another taxi, a shuffling comes from within, followed by the mechanical swish-click of locks receding. After the third lock releases, the door lurches open to reveal a small, wizened man with glasses so thick, they make his cloudy eyes appear three times larger than anyone’s should be. I’m barely five feet, and the man isn’t any taller than I am. I can’t help but think that if goblins were real, he could almost pass for one. “Yes?” His voice grates across my skin as he looks us over. I can only imagine what he’s seeing. We make quite a trio with my mother’s wild red hair and even wilder, paint-marred clothes; Olivia’s classic beauty; and me, in my exhausted and rumpled glory. His eyes rest on me last, and his nose gives an odd twitch. His stare is a little too intense to be comfortable, and from the scowl on his face, I can tell he finds something about me lacking. I glance away and resist the urge to smooth down my soaked jacket. “Arrangements have been made for us to lease your flat,” my mom says, thrusting the creased papers toward him. The man stares at her for a long, awkward moment before he finally takes them from her outstretched hand. He reads one sheet and then the other, and when he’s finished, he glances up at us. With another questioning look at my mom, he jerks his head toward the interior and disappears into the house. My mom follows him without too much hesitation, but Olivia grabs my arm. “Are you sure about this?” Of course I’m not sure. I give her a halfhearted shrug. “I guess we should go in,” I say instead, avoiding her eyes as I follow my mom into the house.

Editorial Reviews

“This dark, violent, gripping and twisty retelling of Pan is so good, there's no going back to the original!!”