I'm not a fan of Peter Pan. It was never one of my "chosen" fairy tales while growing up, mainly because Pe***** 5 out of 5 stars Review by: Stacy Palm
I'm not a fan of Peter Pan. It was never one of my "chosen" fairy tales while growing up, mainly because Peter Pan was always a little strange to me, and not in a good way. I decided to read this book because as lame as it sounds, I fell in love with the cover. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? Yes, I know I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but in this one case you absolutely should!
This book went far beyond my expectations in what it could provide me, the reader. It is a thought provoking look at a fairy tale with a newly discovered feminine point of view. Oh, and the strange Peter Pan, he lives up to all his underlying questionable mannerisms. The characters are imaginatively vivid, and feel like new creations in the hands of Colleen Oakes. This is not Mary Martin flying about the nursery in search of "his" shadow. This is unattended, unsupervised teens stealing whiskey and playing war. Above all else it is Wendy Darling, and the unwritten story of young love, growing into responsibility, and facing that rift of childhood adventures as you fall into adulthood.
There are hard truths in this book, and it addresses some very real issues that we deal with today in our society, but it never beats you over the head with it. I love that Colleen Oakes assumed her audience was intelligent enough to read the tone of her narrative and understand the pivotal points without being directly told.
I highly recommend this novel for many reasons, and I hope that others who are or are not fans of Peter Pan will put that aside and look at this as a new story. It's one that needs to be read.
Review by: Stacy Palm Release Date: September 15, 2015 **** 4 out of 5 stars
I'm deeply involved in this book and with these characters. This is one of tReview by: Stacy Palm Release Date: September 15, 2015 **** 4 out of 5 stars
I'm deeply involved in this book and with these characters. This is one of the best books under the steampunk genre that I have read since the series of books by Kady Cross. The lead character, Eyelet, is everything I want from a leading heroine. She is smart, sassy, and a bit naive having lived a shelter life up until the moment when everything changes. Her companion, Urlick, is such a refreshing male counterpart, equally smart, sassy, and equally naive. The characters that surround them are unique and have such a flair that they fit so uniformly into this futuristic adventure.
Eyelet, you see, is sick, and fears that one day soon her illness will be discovered and she will be locked in an asylum. She lives with her mother and attends the university where her deceased father use to be a professor. Eyelet is cautious with her actions for fear her secret will become evident, but one day everything changes, and she must adventure out, further into places she has never been, and all the while, must maintain her presence to ensure that a momentary oversight lets her secret out of the bag.
As she travels she meets Urlick, who becomes a confidante and helps Eyelet through her struggles. There are villains and chances, inventions and curiosities, everything you would expect in a steampunk classic that this is sure to become. Book two in the series, Noir, is already looking to keep the momentum of this novel stirring, and I cannot wait to see what other treasures Jacqueline Garlick has in store for us with this tale. I highly recommend it if you love corsets and clockworks as much as I do.