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It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is
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Published April 7th 2015 by CreateSpace
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
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"There are subtle truths buried in every make-believe.... You never know where you might find one.”


Oh WOW. This book broke me into pieces, honestly. But thank the book gods that it repaired me when the end came. This book is magical! It surprised me so much. Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride. What happens in a roller coaster ride? You get scared, some might cry in the middle, some gets frustrated they just want it to end but most importantly, when the ride ends, you're left
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Jeannette Nikolova
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read on the WondrousBooks blog.

So, so amazing! Honestly, this is a truly beautiful and heartbreaking little novel. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this gem, and really, it was a stumble. I had promised myself to lay off of NetGalley, because exams are coming, but there this lovely cover was and I hit the Request button before I could stop myself. And I'm so glad I did it!

Neverland is a novel which I would have a hard time trying to explain to you. Whichever method of explanation I choose, I would
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Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Odd things happen to all of us on our way through life without our noticing for a time that they have happened."
- J.M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy

Plot/Story:
Neverland is a fairytale retelling of Peterpan and as far as I'm concerned this is the best book I've read so far in the fantasy genre. It has a dreamlike imagery which will leave you craving and begging for more.
The pace of the story was
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Wart Hill
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc2015
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley


After her sister’s death, two new men enter Livy Cloud’s life. One wants her to escape, one wants her to accept.


Meyer is full of fun and games, drawing Livy into activities that clear her mind and allow her to get away from the painful memories (and reality) that are haunting her life, if only for a little while. He is mysterious and intriguing and Livy grows more and more drawn to him.


Her substitute tutor, James Hale, tries to draw
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Irene
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, ebooks-read, 2015
Book provided by Netgalley

Likes:
• Livy is an extremely likeable character, I loved her from the very first page. It's so clear how much she misses her sister and just wants her to come back. At the same time she pretty much has to deal with the loss alone, because her parents are pretty much absent. She's being forced to act mature, because she's got no-one else. I really felt for her and I loved her so so much. The way she acts and the things she wants to do, they're so realistic and I've even
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Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
3.5 STARS

Neverland is a sweet and charming Peter Pan retelling. Livy is struggling to accept the death of her younger sister Jenna four months ago. Her family has splintered with her mother focused on her political campaign and her father barely there at all, shut away in his study. Livy has become a fixture at the children's hospital, spending all her time reading to the kids. It's there she meets a charming but mysterious boy named Meyer. As Livy grows closer to Meyer, through one adventure
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snowplum
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is one piece of advice I would give to any aspiring writer: think of a book you would like to read, and write it. If you are a truly special writer, this will require that you be incredibly brave, because at some point you will question whether other people will understand your work, like it, respect it, or feel what you feel. You may suspect that some people will not like your story, and that some may even hate it or mock it because it is different. And you will have to believe in your ...more
Laurence R.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-review
Actual rating: 2.5/5

Interesting idea, but it didn't live to my expectations.

I started to read this book really excited about its story, because I love books inspired of fairy tales. However, I quickly realized that there was something missing to it, at least to me, which made it feel like it wasn't professional. I know I got an ARC, but the fact is that the entire plot lacked professionalism, at least to me. I felt like I was back on Wattpad, reading books that could've been great, but that
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Rissa
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5

The first 205 pages were slow and all over the place but page 206 foward was really good.
Obviously if I was taken to a place and they called it neverland i would be like yeah right where are we and thats what happened.

The first part of the book was gettig to know the characters and their personalities which would have been fine if the paragraphs flowed better together. We went from her little sister to truth or dare to do we have school on Thursday and I just needed more structure.

Once we
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Batool
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can read this review on my blog: https://batoolsbookfeels.wordpress.co...

I was a little wary of this book at first, because my experience with lesser known authors hasn’t been very good lately. I was so pleasantly surprised for several reasons, however, when I finally picked it up. One of the aspects of this book that I really did not anticipate was its emotional intensity. As someone who has a sister the same age as the protagonist’s sister, I could connect very strongly to her pain. Livy’s
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Christina
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review**

Such a unique retelling/interpretation of a classic fairytale.

I had a great time reading this story and falling in love with the characters and the world. I am always iffy when it comes to retellings or re-interpretations of a well known story, but Shari Arnold did a great job.

This story follows the aftermath of Livy Cloud and her struggle to come to terms with her little sister's death. It's been a few months and she hasn't been
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Kate
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, own, retellings, own-ebook
Livy Cloud’s little sister Jenna died of cancer four months ago in Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ever since then, Livy spends most of her time there, reading stories to sick kids, hoping to make their stay there at least a little bit more bearable. She can’t bear the thought of any kid going through what Jenna had gone through, and hopes that by being there, she can at least help somewhat. Besides, it’s better than being at home, with her father who’s been locked up in his study since Jenna’s ...more
Marjolein
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With Neverland as the title, it is not a surprise this is a Peter Pan retelling. Livy lost her younger sister a couple of months ago and is struggling to give it a place. When she starts to meet several mysterious people, will she find peace?

I really don't know with this book. It was an easy and quick read, but I never felt invested in the story. While Livy does incredible good things for the children at the hospital, she never came to
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Irene
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I loved everything related to Neverland and Meyer, but the book is boring at some parts. I wish I would have liked it more. It was kinda disappointing u.u


*Note: I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
SincerelyMC
Lets get real, right now, people. I ADORED THIS BOOK. Cancer themes and Peter Pan in the same book? An adventure to Neverland? All of your favorite characters from the Second Star to the Right? A twisty plot with magical realism and SO MANY REFERENCES TO J.M. BARRIE’S WORK, but with so many beautiful touches of originality?
I was sold, and I am still sold.
Excuse me if I can’t write a coherent review, but essentially my mind is off to Neverland.
Half of this book is set in our world, and we meet
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Kayla
I LOVE Peter Pan. Obsessively. I love the characters, I love Neverland--the whole shebang. What I also love is trying out retellings of the tale. Retold fairy tales are some of my favorite things to read, ever, and there are some great ones out there so I'm extremely excited that they continue to be published. Neverland is imperfect, but I think that some of the book's best qualities come through in its imperfections.

Livy was interesting. I thought that she was a sweet girl and liked her as soon
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Priscilla
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
88I was given a ARC by NetGallery in exchange for a honest review**

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I have to say I don't usually like books with fantasy in them, I usually run the other direction. I requested to read this book because the description reel me in, but it never occurred to me that it was going to go into that direction. But I have to say I don't regret reading it. I loved it, it was different than anything I normally read. It was so well written, I love all the characters even James.
The whole book revolves
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Jessica
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Recommendation -
This book is accurate in it's portrayal of grief and bold in it's portrayal of death and after-life. This was very personal for the author as expressed at the end of the book in her notes. For that I say awesome! Because the view of this book is very unique and not something everyone wants to dwell on, I will recommend this book sparingly. This book is not for everyone.
If you need a good cry... and want to dwell on the particulars of death and life beyond. Give it a shot. I
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Rachel Gunter
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Neverland from Netgally in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Neverland is a unique Peter Pan retelling that I really enjoyed reading. Livy was a great main character, likeable and kind - especially with the kids in the hospital - and still suffering the loss of her little sister, Jenna. For me, Meyer wasn't quite as likeable. His behaviour at times was too childlike, and actually quite dangerous. He just didn't seem to care about what he doing at times. As the story
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Amy Lou
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am SO HAPPY I finally read this book!! It was so completely fantastic. I loved the Peter Pan retelling aspect (so whimsical) and the plot of this book is so touching and sad and ugh just amazing. I was completely obsessed with the writing, highly invested in the characters, and honestly sobbing by the end. It took me four years to actually read this book and it was so worth it. Love love loved it.
Kate Ashley
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review
Note: This book was given to me before its book release, as per requested in NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review

See the entire review in my blog Plethoric Thoughts

For some reason, Neverland reminds me of Alex Flinn's own modern takes on fairy tales (e.g, Beastly and Cloaked). But the difference is that while Flinn have stuck with the original stories and set them in a contemporary setting, Shari Arnold took few details from the original story and used them as inspirations and pieces
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Bree Garcia
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
To be honest, and I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of eye rolls here, I never really liked the Peter Pan stories. Of course, my first taste of Peter Pan was the Disney movie, and I hated Tinkerbell because she was kind of a witch and then Peter just takes kids from their homes and brings them back to Neverland, and that's kind of weird. When I watched the movie, I was terrified that Peter Pan would snatch me out of my bed and force me to this strange island with jerk mermaids, a ticking ...more
June
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - I devoured it. I couldn't put it down and found myself speed reading to the end of the page, skipping ahead because I was dying to know what happened, and then I would force myself to go back and slowly read every single word because I didn't want the story to end.

To be fair, I love the story of Peter Pan and always have. This is really an incredible and enjoyable modern re-telling, with a twist. I loved and appreciated all the nods to J.M. Barrie, subtle and otherwise. All
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Katrina Waldman
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, what a find! From the moment I saw the cover and the title, I knew this was going to be the kind of book I should enjoy. I adore Fairy Tales as I'm sure it has become obvious by now, and the story of Peter Pan is no exception. And set in the Modern World? Perfect! I couldn't wait to see what this book had to offer and I was certainly not disappointed by what I found. If you are planning to read this book then to ...more
rin
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Years ago, I would wonder what I was thinking when I thought about Peter Pan and Neverland. Now, I guess I can't express how much I love the classic tale. Neverland was one perfect retelling that kept my attention and made me re-live some memorable moments while building some new ones along the way.

When Livy loses her younger sister, she is sad and lost in her mourning. When reading to a group of patients (the classic tale of Neverland), she encounters a boy of whom she then learns to know of
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Nicole
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Livy is still mourning the death of her little sister when she meets Meyer, a boy who reintroduces her to life in a way she never could have expected. But the closer she comes to finding her way back from the dark, the more people seem to think she is distracting herself rather than truly dealing with her sorrow, especially her tutor, James. I found this contemporary reimagining of Peter Pan utterly ...more
Jennifer Scott
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this story from Net Galley. Yay books.

Spoilers possible ahead...

Oh, my. I'm slightly in love with this story. It made me cry! And I'm weird to where I rate books on whether it made me cry or not. For some reason I'm really into these reimagined Neverland tales, like I can't get enough of them. Seriously, I'm kind of weirding my self out about it...

Oh, well though.

This story start off with Livy reading to a group of kids, the story of Peter Pan. But this isn't a normal group
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Darnia
3.5/5 stars for retelling of the most wonderful boy imagination could created!



I know this review would be biassed because of my (forever) platonic crush on Peter Pan. I love everything Shari Arnold said about Meyer, every single part of his appearance (his sparkling green eyes, his dark brown hair, even his dark jeans and dark green sweatshirt!). I also love this version of Neverland, (view spoiler). And since I a Peter-Wendy shipper, I'm
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Courtney
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was tons of fun. I've always enjoyed the book and movies of Peter Pan, so this modern day "version" of the story was awesome. From the beginning Livy wants nothing more than to save Jilly. The little girl is dying from cancer, a disease Livy couldn't save her beloved little sister, Jenna, from. Maybe if she can save Jilly (by being her bone marrow donor), then she can feel some sense of recovery from the loss. Maybe she will be able to move on a bit. Her parents don't think ...more
Kristy K
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

There is something about Peter Pan that is whimsical and magical while still having depth and feelings of melancholy. Neverland captures that essence in this unique retelling.

Having recently lost her younger sister, Livy is dealing with wading through the tragic aftermath when she meets Meyer. He is captivating, charming, enthralling, and of course, adventurous. You can truly see the shadows of Peter Pan in his character. As Livy begins her adventures with Meyer, she
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