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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 Oliv
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Simon Pulse
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars I've read some Peter Pan retellings I've enjoyed, and read/sampled a whole lot more I did not. What's been missing from all these other literary adaptations is what I found in UNHOOKED: a real sense of being snatched away from your bed and looking wide-eyed at Neverland. You feel the air on your face as you fly through a brilliant night sky; you gape in wonder at this new world throbbing beneath your palms, even as you aren't certain who you can trust; and most importantly, you underst ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Aqsa marked it as to-read
yaaaaas someone finally does a YA PETER PAN yaaaaaaas i am excite d


AYE ;)
Jan 03, 2016 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pirate-books
5/5 magical stars

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This book was absolutely amazing!! From the world to the characters to the writing I loved every single page, very cliche but so true. If you haven't put this on your TBR for 2016 PLEASE do because it was fantastic.Only thing I wanted from this book was a little bit more at the end since I felt things were kind of rushed.Overall, highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the idea of a Peter Pan retelling because this on
Dec 30, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
4.5 stars. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I'm pretty sure the phrase "roguish pirate" and the word "swoon" both have appeared waaaaay too many times in this review. Basically, read this book for Captain Hook, if anything. TRUST ME.

EDIT: Here is an ARC giveaway of Unhooked! Not sure if it's USA only or open to anyone, but it doesn't hurt to enter! :)

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelw
Final rating: 2/5 stars

“What’s next?” I ask doubtfully. “Fairies?”
“Well”—he turns and leans his hip on the bulwark so he can face me—“they have been a large part of the mess you’re finding yourself in.”

Buddy read with my ship mates Spira and Nastassja.

This was a huge letdown and disappointment. I almost DNF-ed it at 40% but because I hate doing that, I survived till the end. In short: this story is quite predictable, dragging, has annoying main character and lots of undeveloped characters (1
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Once again I was unable to resist the temptation of a book inspired by Peter Pan. It’s almost a knee-jerk reaction at this point, whether it turns out for good or for ill. I have to say though, I had high hopes for Lisa Maxwell’s Unhooked when I first heard about it, with its blurb that hinted at such a different and unique vision. Because it offered such a cool new twist on Neverland unlike anything I’d seen before, I’d

Buddy read with Spira and Kristalia. It seems our ship went down burning.

What is it about pirate books that makes me so disappointed later? We need a good pirate book. Urgently *wink to Luke* And apart from being a bad pirate book, it is also my third failed read, agh, I am so tired of writing negative reviews on books that were supposed to be amazing!

Unhooked is not all about pirates, actually it's a Peter Pan retelling. The events of the book take place in the alternative version of our worl

Andreea Pop
Dec 30, 2015 Andreea Pop marked it as to-read
Shelves: cover-love

Cait • A Page with a View
More like 3.5 stars... I am so conflicted with this one. Retellings are pretty much the greatest and Peter Pan is one of my favorite children's stories, so I figured this would be an automatic 5 stars. The first half was entertaining enough, but the last half just got weird and fell apart.

Gwen gets kidnapped into a dark version of Neverland that has some pretty original elements like dark fey and an island that keeps shifting. The worldbuilding was pretty scattered, though, and I couldn't get a
Wendy Higgins
Beautiful ending to a masterful stand-alone. *happy sigh*
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Dec 20, 2015 Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) rated it really liked it
I really liked this! I'm a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and most of the Peter Pan/Neverland ones I have read have been a huge disappointment. Not this one though! I thought Lisa wrote a beautiful story and I loved her take on Neverland and that things may not be as they seem. Let me also say I ADORED Hook but every time I thought of him I pictured Colin O'Donoghue from Once Upon A Time, lol that's not entirely a bad thing since I love his character Hook on the TV show. The MC Gwen was aweso ...more
Mar 05, 2016 WL rated it really liked it
This is such an interesting retelling of Peter Pan!! I went into this book not knowing much and I was blown-away. Gone is the classic, light-hearted fairytale for this retelling embodied a much sinister and darker version. There are so many shocking and unexpected twists, be it characterisation or plot wise. Though some parts could be better elaborated and addressed such as the ending which I found a touch rushed and chaotic, it was nonetheless still a pleasurable and satisfying conclusion that ...more
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Thank you Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for a review copy!

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. (Or do we? I've never read it myself.) The story starts with Gwen moving yet again because her mother is afraid of some monster that's chasing them. Fortunately for you readers who enjoy fast-paced books (like me), the action comes soon afterwards, when b
Feb 15, 2016 nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

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1. * doesn't read summary* *has no idea what book is about other than Peter Pan retelling*
Hmm... This seems like they are in a modern-day setting. I thought a Peter Pan book would have a fantasy setting in Neverland.
>2. What is up with her mom?! Why is she so shady? *needs to know EVERYTHING*
3. Ohhhhh! Now they are off to Neverland ... or being carried to Neverland by creepy flying monsters.
4. Well, hello there, Captain. *turns on flirt mode*
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Simon Pulse for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

So this is my second Peter Pan retelling in the last few months. The first one I read was from the POV of Captain Hook and it was phenomenal. It had me hooked back on this fairy tale I loved as a child. So given the chance to read more from this type of retelling I jumped at it. And since I'm a huge fan of Once Upon a Tim
I expected nothing going into this book and came out having read a dark Peter Pan-inspired Fantasy romance with themes of war and loss. Some parts reminded me of The Neverending Story or that movie, The Dark Crystal...but YA aka w/ boyzzz. I enjoyed it overall. I definitely appreciate that it's a standalone and conclusive in terms of story arc and themes. Would recommend for readers who like their fairy tales dark, who like Captain Hook, who like portal fantasies, and who like grey characters.
Ash Reads
Feb 09, 2016 Ash Reads marked it as to-read
Shelves: dont-own
Colleen Houck
I really love Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time and this hero is a YA version of him. Super fun and reimagined so differently, it was like reading the whole story of Peter Pan anew.
Apr 20, 2016 rin rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng, 2016, standalone

*whispers* GGGAAAYYY

I feel kinda conflicted about this book: I'm not sure how to rate it, how to review it, how to feel about it even. You know, if I haven't watched Once Upon a Time, I would've probably enjoyed it. And at the same time, OUAT is an actual reason, why I've picked the book up.

Unhooked shares too many similarities with OUAT, and it was a little irritating. No, at first I was amused by it (like OH I'VE SEEN THIS IN OUAT. OH, SUCH A FUNNY COINCIDENCE). But then it became a little ann
A Random Enthusiast
“I should be terrified of how very alive it all feels, but after all I’ve been through—and after everything I’ve done—fear seems like a luxury I can’t afford.”

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

One of the best retellings I have ever read. Amazing, really amazing how the author managed to balance everything out even with adding things and taking out things from the original story. That minor change in the story made it even more exciting, and it made me keep reading until the end.


Even the title is aweso
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Feb 01, 2016 Eileen (BookCatPin) rated it really liked it
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 ei
I know it seems like all my reviews are 5 star reviews, but thats just how much im loving all the books im reading this year. This book was fantastic. I have not read any Peter Pan retellings, but this one was amazing. First, lets talk about the writing. Simple, yet beautiful. Not many authors can pull this off. Sometimes simple writing can seem juvenile, but Maxwell handled it very well! You can tell she was careful with her choice of words. Accompany beautiful writing with interesting characte ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Jess rated it really liked it
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Real rating: 3.5/5 stars.
Full review:
*Thank you to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for proving a complimentary copy. This in no way affects my review*

With UNHOOKED being my first Peter Pan retelling, I went into Unhooked with high hopes but by the end, it did not fulfill them all.

This is such a unique story. I’ve never read a Peter Pan retelling so this was a very interesting take on the story. To be honest, it’s much darke
 ⇝LEAH⇜Bookish Obsesssion
A darkly creative tale of Pan and Hook

Book Title: Unhooked
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA
Source: Kindle E-Book (Library)

My Pick for Book Theme Song: Lost Boy by Ruth B -a beautiful song...despite the lyrics being a little off kilter.

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 4.8/5
Characters: 5/5
The Feels: 4.8/5
Theme: 4.5/5
Flow: 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: No

Will I read more from this Author? I'm tempted…

Originally Posted On: The Sassy Book Geek

Let me get this out first: Peter Pan is one of my all time favorite fairy tales and definitely one of my favorite Disney movies. So of course I had to buy “Unhooked” when I found out it was a darker retelling of Peter Pan, unfortunately it fell pretty short for me and I was ultimately disappointed with it. Sure there were a few interesting parts but they weren’t good enough to distract me from this book’s flaws.

This got really confusing by the end of
Kelli Spear
Mar 09, 2016 Kelli Spear rated it liked it
I am being spoiled by these fairytale re-tellings. I'm afraid to start them, because I've been disappointed by many. Thankfully, Unhooked was a story for the good list.

To be clear, the story of Peter Pan has never been a favorite of mine. Sure I enjoyed it as a kid, but as an adult, there's nothing really exciting about it. Yes, it has magic and flying and fairies. But really there's no romance. And I'm adult enough to admit I enjoy that in the books I read.

And in this version of Peter Pan ---
Okay, tomorrow finally came :D
First of all, I still can't believe that Netgalley and Simon Pulse gave me this eARC, because this book is pure magic and it's definitely the best of what I read last year. Unhooked had me like - at first"oh THIS COVER I LOVE IT GIMME IT" and then "one more page and I WILL go to sleep..oh who am i more chapter...Oh wait is it 4 o'clock already?"
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Christy (TheReaderBee)

I know I've mentioned this before, but I absolutely love fairytale retellings!! I've read quite a few of them lately and I have loved each of them, and Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell is no exception!! This Peter Pan retelling had me hooked, and I loved every minute of it!

The main character in the story is Gwen. Gwen has never had much of a stable life. Her mom has moved her from place to place in attempt to avoid the 'monsters' that always seem to be chasing after them. After being kidnapped on the fi
Jun 24, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it
I hadn't heard much about this book and I went into not really knowing what to expect except it's a Peter Pan retelling. Oh boy, did I devour this.
I don't really like Peter Pan/ Neverland stuff but I've been really into pirates lately and they usually come along with Pan. This is about the extremely fine line between good and evil and how sometimes those lines blur. Captain and Pan in this remind me a lot of Once Upon Hook and Pan (both a mixture of good intentions and evil doings and not sure w
Jan 04, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: retellings, 2016
Amazing adventure ! I've never read a book dealing with Peter Pan's story before and I loved it ! The story is not very long to start even though I wanted to punch the mom for being so secretive. In the underground and in my bed, I was leaving earth and spending time in Neverland with the crew.
I fell completely in love with the Captain (hey lass what's up ? ;)) but also with his boat.
Pan is so weird but so secretive as well. We don't know what to think of him (are you good or evil man ?)
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Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked. Next up is THE LAST MAGICIAN (July 2017). When she's not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.
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