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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 Oli
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
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

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
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
Mar 26, 2014 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
You know, I can never really tell if a female MC in YA Fantasy really is dumb for struggling with the situation she’s in (believing it’s real etc.), or if the problem is really me, because I’m pretty much sitting here, on top of my packed bags, ready to be abducted by either a dark faerie prince or a roguish space pirate at their earliest convenience.
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
High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retellings-read
A truly enchanting book with a swoon worthy romance.

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
Ardent Reader
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before reading Unhooked, I had to read Peter Pan first since I have not read it before. When compared with Peter Pan, Unhooked is a way better according to my view :)
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.

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

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
Ben Alderson
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Review coming at the end of June.
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.
Wendy Higgins
Beautiful ending to a masterful stand-alone. *happy sigh*
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jun 11, 2015 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
nick (the infinite limits of love)
May 16, 2015 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*
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
2 stars. Tried but couldn't like.

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
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.
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I am so in doubt how to rate this book.. soo let's see what I liked about:
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
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. ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: standalone, 2016, eng

*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
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
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Finished reading: January 22nd 2017
Rating 3qqq

“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.”

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Eileen (BookCatPin)
Jun 18, 2015 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
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
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
rachel ☾
• I found Gwendolyn incredibly unlikable. Her decision-making skills were appalling, and I found it hard to care for her when she made such obviously dumb decisions over and over again.
• 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
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…
Peter Pan was never one of my favorite stories although I do like it. This retelling of it had a darker twist but not enough that I'd actually consider the book to be dark. Gwen spent her whole life moving around. Her mother was odd and constantly afraid that people were after them. One night Gwen was kidnapped and whisked away to Neverland.

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
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Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-Selling author of THE LAST MAGICIAN. Also of UNHOOKED, SWEET UNREST, and GATHERING DEEP. 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. ...more

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