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"Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It's my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy."

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-
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Hardcover, 353 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published May 1st 2013)
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Have you ever wondered what the fuck happened to Captain Hook after the crocodile ate him? You'll find out when you read Alias Hook. But let me tease you a bit--Hook doesn't die...

We all know Hook as that little fucker who likes to ruin all the fun. But if there's one thing that'll change after you read this book, it'll be your view on this guy. Lisa Jensen portrayed him in a different light. We're shown a softer side of him--the side that cares about the past lives of his crew members; the side
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Lisa Jensen
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I wrote this book, so my opinion is not to be trusted! But I humbly defer to the other kind reviewers on my book page!
Anne
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

So what if Peter Pan wasn't really as cute as the stories made him out to be?
What if he had traded his real life for eternal youth, and now he was just a brat who wouldn't grow up?
Well, a powerful brat who rules the land of children's dreams.
Neverland.
Have you ever seen what happens to little boys who have no adult supervision?!
They go feral rather quickly.
Goodbye, soap and water! Hello, property destruction!
If you've had kids, been around kids, or even just re
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Taylor Knight
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such an exciting, interesting book! I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book and I really liked it. Instead of being a full blown retelling, Hook exists alongside the original story of Peter Pan. Hook is more of the "real" story where Peter isn't a protagonist nor is he a hero. I really liked how this story didn't have a black and white view of good and bad. Neither Peter not Hook was the good guy. Both of them are villains, one more so than the other, but still villains.
I lo
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Allison
4.5 Stars. I didn't love this quite as much as some of my other 5 star books, but it was so much better than many that I’ve rated 4 stars. Days after finishing, I'm still looking back and thinking, wow that was good, so I'm going to round up to 5 stars.

Alias Hook was a fantastic re-imagining of Peter Pan. I absolutely loved it. It's not just a retelling or a fleshing out of the original tale, but completely turns the whole legend on its head. Jensen turned everything around in such a believable
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Althea Ann
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked this up ¬because I’m one of the seemingly-few people who’ve read Jensen’s previous novel, ‘Witch From the Sea,’ which was a highly entertaining historical fantasy of the swashbuckling life. Here, she continues on with the pirate theme, writing a riff on ‘Peter Pan’ from the point of view of Captain Hook.
I have to admit that I had my doubts about the premise. Stories based in another author’s world are often suspect: there are so many ways in which it can go horribly wrong. Probably due
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Susana
Another arc requested o_O
OH MY GOD! HOW DO PEOPLE EXPECT ME TO RESIST REQUESTING THESE STORIES?
I'M DOOMED....

3.5 stars



Arc provided by St. Martin's Press through Netgalley


Release Date: 8th July

I was drawn to this story mostly due to this amazing synopsis.

C'mmon! Who wouldn't want to read a story in which one of "history's" famous rivals get their "social roles" switched?

So yes, when it comes to the premise of this story, this would get a five star rating.

Also, let me just say that: the quality
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
It isn't you, it's me. You are a perfectly nice book and I'm sure there are lots of readers out there who will love you for the book that you are. You and I are just not meant to be.

For me Alias Hook started out quite good in the beginning but as the story progressed my interest in the story declined and it took every ounce of my being just to continue. Not that the book is badly written it wasn't just my cup of tea. The idea was great; Captain Hook, the great villain in Neverland isn't really t
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☕ Kimberly
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five reasons to grab your ear-buds and listen to Alias Hook

1. The writing is simply wonderful from the way that it flowed to the vivid details of Neverland. This is meant for adults and the language can get colorful, but it also offered a unique perspective casting Hook and his crew in a whole new light.

2. Captain James Benjamin Hook. Ralph Lister did an excellent job of giving him voice and Jenson truly fleshed him out making me see this pirate in an entirely new light. Gone are the images from
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Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"It haunts me beyond all reason, an ache in my heart I can't explain or ignore. And it all began with the damn book. There it sits, the crumbling old thing, on the tea table next to the window. I run my fingers over its nubby, embosses cover, the gilding almost entirely worn away, a boy in leaves and a pair of tarty little mermaids. I needn't open the cover to see what's written there; it's scrawled just as indelibly in my memory: a single word, Believe."

Meet the man behind the infamous Captain

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Rashika (is tired)
Actual Rating 3.5

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Alias Hook has gotten so much praise and given everything I had heard, I was curious about this book and wondered if it would live up to the praise it had received. I am not a hundred percent sure it did. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this book, but I also struggled with it which is why I cannot say it’s the best book I’ve ever read.

Alias Hook starts off painfully slow. The writing style was pretty but I didn’t get sucked in
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Amy Bruno
Posted at Passages to the Past: http://www.passagestothepast.com/2014...

Peter Pan was one my favorite children’s stories when I was little…fairies, flying, lost boys, mermaids, what isn’t there to love? Then came the release of the movie HOOK, starring Robin Williams, when I was a teenager and it was fantastic to re-visit the magical world of Pan, Tinker Bell, and Captain Hook. Now as an adult I am back again in Neverland, but this time author Lisa Jensen has turned it on its head! Take everythi
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Catie
Fun re-telling of Peter Pan told from Captain Hook's perspective. Loved the imagery and the originality of the retelling. I understand the audiobook is delightful, so if I'm ever in the mood for a re-read I may listen to the novel instead. If you're a lover of fairy tales, re-telling of fairy tales, dashing anti-heroes, gutsy heroines, true love, mermaids, and fairies this is definitely the book to read.
Kimberley doruyter
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
if you fins yourself having fallen a little in love with Once Upon A Times hook, you will love this.
the slightly poetic style of writing makes far an almost dream-like story, can't wait to dream again.
Emily
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally appears at Oh Magic Hour.

I received this book for free from NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Alias Hook is a really beautifully written take on the Peter Pan tale that we all know and love. Not quite a retelling, the novel reads more like a sequel — continuing where the J.M. Barrie version left off. (Barrie, we learn, was actually a Lost Boy at one point, who went home and wrote a
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

With this book being actually the second retelling of my favorite childhood story about Peter Pan and portraying him like a bad character I though that this time it won't suit my ideas about Peter. But once again, I found myself believing the story and actually rooting for my last favorite childhood character, Mr. Hook.

"The Neverland must have its wildness, its terrors," she tells me. "Here, children must find not only their happiest fantasies, but their mo
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Karissa
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got an eGalley of this book through NetGalley to review. I love fairy tale retellings and was absolutely hooked (pun intended) when I read the synopsis of this expansion on the Peter Pan fairy tale.

Captain James Benjamin Hook is a well educated privateer when he is cursed to play the eternal villain to pack of malicious little boys led by Pan in a war that never ends. This all changes with the arrival of Stella, a forbidden grown woman in Neverland whose very presence defies Pan. The magic of
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Becca
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've never found the story of Peter Pan magical. Ok I will admit I enjoyed the Disney cartoon as a kid, but who didn't? As I got older I came to see the story in a new light... endless childhood? There is nothing light hearted about this. Young boys left to roam free without adult supervision will eventually go feral and venture into Lord of the Flies territory and that is terrifying.

Which is probably why I loved this book.

It's a fantastic re-imagining of the Peter Pan tale from the perspective
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Abso-bloody-lutely loved this one!

Full review TK.

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An advance copy of this novel was provided by the publisher (galley and audiobook versions) in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

After the mediocre Second Star  earlier this year, I've been on the lookout for a really standout retelling of Peter Pan. Alias Hook isn't strictly a retelling; it's more of a continuation of the story from Hook's perspective. I like Hook.
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Rinn
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

Forget what you know about Neverland, and what you know about the story of Peter Pan.

Opening with a scene of carnage, akin to nothing like we know from J.M. Barrie’s tale, Alias Hook takes the traditional story of Peter Pan and turns it on its head. It’s not a retelling as such, but an extension of the original from a different point of view. For starters, it’s set about f
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Bekah
Aaahhh! What a thrilling, aggravating, exciting, frustrating, wonderful adventure! Part Retelling, Part Origin Story, Part Action Adventure, Part Steamy Romance. I had a marvelous time with this story, even if I was left screaming at the open-ended conclusion. Jensen wove such an intriguing and unique tale, turning the tables and letting Captain Hook tell the story from his view. I often use audiobooks as a supplemental addition to the physical book I may be reading, but this was the first story ...more
Jenny Q
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read the prelude and enter to win a copy @ Let Them Read Books!

3.5 Stars. I was so excited to read this book, especially because I've not really been a fan of Peter Pan. I always thought he was a bit of a brat, so I was very intrigued to read about him from the viewpoint of his great nemesis, Captain Hook! As the son of a wealthy British shipping merchant in the eighteenth century, James Hookbridge had the world at his feet and took full advantage of the pleasures it had to offer. In love with t
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Crini
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Review originally posted at All About Books

In short: I freaking loved this book!
Hook is such an interesting and unique character and reading this book felt just like watching another episode of Once Upon a Time, which is exactly what I wanted this book to be like.

I LOVE pirates. I’m a huge fan of The Pirates of the Caribbean and always get excited when a book has pirates in it. And since I started watching the TV show Once Upon a Time I am a fan of Hook too. Back when I was a child, I always t
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Stephanie Swint
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lisa Jensen wrote this beautiful retelling of Peter Pan from the view of the infamous pirate Captain Hook, a villain children have been taught to hate, the token grown up presence in Neverland. Much in the same vein of 'Grendel' by John Gardner or 'Wicked' by Geoffrey McGuire we learn the human side of Hook and how true Winston Churchill's statement, "History is the story of the victors" is. In this case, the story of Peter Pan written by J.M. Barrie, a former Lost Boy enthralled with his hero P ...more
♛ Federica ♛
"Thus was the Fall of Man perpetrated; Eve tasted the forbidden fruit and transmitted all she knew to Adam in a kiss. But what if Eve forsook Adam and kissed the Serpent instead?"

This is my new favorite thing. This brilliant, witty novel is everything I've ever wanted, everything that you, even if you don't know it yet, have ever wanted.
Although it's no surprise whatsoever that villains will always have a special place in my heart, Captain Hook is possibly the one who most fascinated me since th
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John Sprague
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alias Hook turns the Peter Pan story on its head by making Captain Hook the hero and Pan, a spoiled brat, a petulant little jerk drunk on his own power, the villain. Although based on a children’s tale, in this story the children are selfish sadists. The childishness in ourselves is the enemy here. Hook’s longing to escape the rule of childishness draws Stella, another would-be adult, into Neverland, and together they conspire to evolve their way out of it and into the adult world by confronting ...more
Nikki
This review can also be found at my blog, There were books involved...

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For some time now, I've been on the lookout for retellings of any sort. I love them to death and cannot seem to resist them. Retellings of classics, retellings of fairy tales -- you name it, I want to read it. One retelling that I've been dying for is a good retelling of Peter Pan. I want a fresh take on Neverland, something that surprises me and gives me some darkness, but that also maybe retain
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Jessica *The Lovely Books*
We all know and love the tale of Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up. We rooted for him through it all, especially when he was facing his nemesis, Captain Hook. Well, I want you to wipe that slate clean and go into Alias Hook with the knowledge that it will be him that we root for. Jensen has crafted a beautifully written story about the pirate with a hand for a hook. We get to take a peek at his life before and after; a life that shows a lot of vulnerability but strength as well. I'v ...more
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Bell, Book & Candle | Alias Hook Review




As a Wicked fan, I'm all for learning the backstory of the supposed "antagonist"; things are never what they seem once you learn the truth. Honestly, this book bored me to tears at first, but I think the story was still trying to find its groove. By the end, I was surely engrossed in this not-so-classic tale.



For starters, let me tell you all that I have never seen Peter Pan nor have I read the tale. Granted, I sort of know the story due to a children's
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Maya Wildgoose
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was like a delicious plate of food- I wanted to savor every bit, but once in a while I'd get ahead of myself and consume too much too fast and then regret it because it would be over that much sooner. It's a rollicking good story, but the language and the story and the emotion were just magical. Both this and "The Witch from the Sea" are the kind of books that I have and will revisit, over and over, to escape for just a bit. They are a magic for the soul.

Lisa, if you're out there and y
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