But when Gwen and Oli ...more
Isn't it funny how at one time I was head over heels for this book but now reading it I found so many cons. For starters the ending annoys me a lot more especially when this is only a standalone. It's extremely rushed and is lack luster especially compared to the anticipation. While I don't love our main character but do enjoy our love interest the romance I fond this time around needed more to build. I think first time around I was so in love with the world and the whole idea of a Pe ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
If dark faeries came to get me at night, I’d probably be throwing off the covers, yelling ‘FUCKING FINALLY! WE GOING OR WHAT?!?’
Ok, jokes aside, t ...more
I loved the world building and how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland was woven into this story. I really enjoyed being introduced to different characters as each of them had very different personalities and watching them interact was very interesting.
Gwen Allister is whisked away to Neverland against her will without her knowing whats happening. We find out that in Neverland memories from our world slip from your grasp without us even realis ...more
Unhooked, though it is a retelling, gives a clear picture of how different the Neverland was from the original book. I really enjoyed this, though the latter part of the story was fast-paced.
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...more
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 ...more
In short, it was a interesting start. Rushed middle & end.
Did not understand what was going on, nor the twists and turns.
I felt that the MC was getting passed between PAN and ROWAN constantly, it was just abit odd. I have so many questions as well.
I like Olivia & her relationship with Gwen.
I enjoyed the pirate ship scene.
I enjoyed like the twist on the FAE but was very confused. I like the Dark Ones.
LISA is very good at description of world & setting.
All vector art courtesy of Freepik.
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*
5. YES. ROMANTI ...more
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 ...more
I picked this book up after getting hooked by the first chapter, and the cover was so nice. I liked the premise of the novel, and the side story written at the top of the chapters was quite interesting as well. When starting the novel, I began liking the main character, Gwendolyn (Gwen), and her friend Olivia, they seemed pretty cool.
However, the minute she got into Neverland, my opinion of her did a complete 180. She just kinda of annoyed me more than a little ...more
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 ...more
I liked Rowan (a lot)
I liked the world
I liked the question who's bad and who's good
I liked thw pirate boat idea...
Let's see what I didn't like:
The whole queen story was a bit vage and I really did not enjoy that part it was quite boring..
the choices the man character made weren't really clever (like at all) it was quite annoying.
I am not sure if I liked the writing style..
So for now a 3 star rating enjoyed it could have ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Finished reading: January 22nd 2017
“Hers might never be calm or easy paintings, but those canvases are the way she keeps herself centered. She needs to create, or she will lose herself bit by bit to her fears and delusions.”
I had this book by Lisa Maxwell on my radar for a long time, so I was really excited when I saw it was offered as one of the free reads at RivetedLit. I read a sample of Unhooked some time last year and remember being thoroughly impressed ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
• Rowan was the reason I kept reading this book. I adored him. I absolutely and utterly loved his character. He reminded me so much of Killian Jones from OUAT. He was sassy but sweet. He acted like a genuine pirate, which is a surprisingly hard quality to find in YA pirates. I just really connected to him.
• I did ...more
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.
The Feels: 4.8/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: No
Will I read more from this Author? I'm tempted… ...more
There weren't any big surprises in the plot. It pretty much worked out the way I thought it would. Gwen got on my nerves sometimes. She was smart but had po ...more
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