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The Neverland Wars

(The Neverland Wars #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-t
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Published May 9th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing
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May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
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Why this book?
I'm interested in anything having to do with peter pan

What I thought

This is unlike any peter pan retelling I have read. This was a magical and captivating read. The characters are well written and well developed. Especially Gwen she’s an interesting character you see her character growth as she contemplates the magic of Neverland and reality. There were some weird parts though like her eating a star. That bei
3/5 stars

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If you don't know I absolutely LOVE Peter Pan and any Peter Pan retelling I just need in my life. I was really excited for this one since it has a modern twist to it but felt the whole "twist" lacked development! I liked the book but found I didn't enjoy the fact the War part was pushed aside and the ending felt rushed. I enjoyed the writing style and especially loved the creativity with Neverland. Overall, if you are looking for a YA Peter Pan
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Sixteen year old Gwen is pretty much a normal teenager caught in that inbetween of being a child and becoming an adult. She's worried about what to wear to the upcoming dance, will the boy she likes finally ask her out and all other normal teenage worries. But when Gwen's younger sister turns up missing after a window is left open Gwen learns of a world of magic that her parents were aware of and had hidden from her.

The night after Gwen's sister disappeared she returns begging Gwen to come with
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved it!! This story has the magic and wonder of the original Peter Pan classic we all know and love, but retold in a situation were Peter Pan in a teenager, and Wendy Darling is 16 and goes by the name Gwen. I read this book over one weekend, it was fantastic. Im a huge fan and avid reader of retelling stories, and this one has to be by far, one of the best. Can't wait until book 2!
Tori (InToriLex)
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This book was packed with imaginative and whimsical moments in Neverland. However I was surprised that most of the book takes place there. Gwen is a protagonist that we can all relate too. She  wants to hold on to her childhood for as long as possible. Although she is 16 in the book, I did find the way she was described, read as much younger. The writing was really good, and  what I liked most about the book. The book has a great premise, but I think som
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review!

I must admit that I've never read Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. It's been on my TBR for ages, and I even own a physical copy of it, but I've not picked it up yet (mainly because I usually read classics during August/July when I don't have anything to study). So, I can't really compare this retelling to the original one, but I can say that I've always been pretty obsessed by the Disney Peter Pan cartoon movie, I watc
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it

It could've have been better, but I felt like the magical element that was supposed to be in the writing was absent.

The characters were lovely especially the mermaids and the plot was good too. But as I said before, this is a fantasy novel that did not have the magical element in it to keep me interested and/or captivated.
May 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Note: I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley

When I read the premise of this book, I was drawn in. I loved Peter Pan as a child (I still like the story even now), so when I saw this on Netgalley, I obviously had to request a copy! I was sorely disappointed, however, and ended up DNfing this book at about 26%.

There was no feeling or connection with the characters. I didn’t really care what happened to any of them because I felt nothing toward them. I wasn’t able to relate in any possi
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it

Not bad
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from Clean Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review!
I have to say, this book was better than I thought! The writing style was probably the best part of this book. Audrey Greathouse's writing style is perfect for a younger tween. (Which is who I would recommend this book to!!) But I have to say my least favorite part of the book would be, the plot. Unfortunately, there were situations that I really didn't understand and didn't keep me interested. The scene with eating
Apr 28, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Currently on sale for Kindle for only .99 cents, so now's the time to grab a copy. You can get it here. ...more
The Dragon Reads (Joyce)
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Gwen's just a normal girl doing her normal teenage thing and reluctantly growing up when Peter Pan kidnaps her younger sister. Suddenly, Gwen's world is turned upside down. Her sister returns the next night to say that she flew away with Peter and purportedly to keep an eye on her sister, Gwen flies away with them to Neverland. Oh, and there's a war going on between Neverland and reality because the real world's been taking the magic of Neverland and reverse engineering it, then presenting their ...more
The tale of Peter Pan and the Lost Children in Neverland has always been one of my childhood favorites! I am especially fond of the Disney version, too. So I was very much interested when I discovered this contemporary retelling! I even bought the Kindle Edition for my Android phone, although YA Bound Book Tours had already sent me a complimentary e-book copy in exchange for an honest review.

Unfortunately, this new re-working of the beloved story simply was not a compelling read for me.

At first
Jade (Bedtime Bookworm)
This review was originally posted on Bedtime Bookworm I'm pretty picky about the ARCs I accept directly from authors - more so than when requesting from NetGalley for some reason (anybody else?). I think it's because I feel more of a personal connection without the middleman involved, and this makes me want to only accept books that I am truly interested in reading. So, when Audrey Greathouse offered me an eARC of The Neverland Wars, I did some research and made sure to read a sample before a ...more
Laura  Hernandez
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This modern twist on a classic tale is simply well written and outstanding. Vivid imagery and beautiful characters quickly pull you in and keep you in the plot until the end. This is a clean retelling that people of all ages will love. This author's debut novel is off to a fantastic start and I can't wait for the next one.

{I received an eARC via Clean Teen Publishing Elite Reviewers which I am a member of. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are unbiased and
Kirstie Ellen
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
I loved this so much - this is such a beautiful retelling of Peter Pan and all lovers of the story should definitely read this! I can't wait for book 2!!! *waits patiently for release date to be revealed*

The Neverland Wars
This book was everything that I wanted and more. I’m so, so, so glad that I decided to read it because this book was basically written for me, I loved it.

The story follows Gwen, a 16 year old girl whose sister ends up following Peter Pan to Never
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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You may already know, if you've read a few of my reviews, that I tend to adore retellings. Two of my favorite stories to see retold are Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. I feel like it's really hard to go wrong with either of these, so when I saw The Neverland Wars, I immediately added it to my TBR. How could I say no when I was presented with the opportunity to review an advance copy?

The Neverland Wars is a totally unique take on the Peter Pan story.
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Love peter pan and anything to do with it. I have been looking forward to read this and to see what it does with the story. Love the cover and I want to thank Netgalley and Clean Teen Publishing for the opportunity.
This novel is full of references back to the original novel, including their cat being named Tootles. I like that it defends fairy tales, many people look down on them for being unbelievable. In fact Einstein states that if you want intelligent children the best thing to do is to rea
I was provided a copy by Net Galley

When I heard about this book I was really excited as it is a retelling of Peter Pan. In this book, Peter is older as his visits to the real world have aged him. The adults know about magic and they want it for themselves, they want children to grow and they want to stop Peter. Our main character Gwen gets caught up in Peter's world when her sister follows him to Neverland.

I feel that the author captured the essence of Peter's character really well. I loved th
Kelly Roberson
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book was everything I hoped it would be! I love everything about peter pan, so I was really wanting this book to be a very true to the story peter pan retelling. Luckily, thats exactly what I received. Unlike a lot of peter pan retellings, The Neverland Wars very much feels like a continuation of the peter pan we all know and love. Peter Pan is a main character and we get a taste of fairy, mermaids, the lost children, and more. I loved t
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read Neverland Wars. Thanks to Goodreads and CleanTeen Publishing for providing me with an ARC.. i am torn between the audience that this book would appeal to. On the one hand i cant see a teenager getting into this story and would recommend it to the tween set. On the other, the vocabulary and some situations may be too advanced for tweens. I guess i would have to let them decide. Although the story played with my interest at first I have to admit it hooked me (no pun intended). I enjoye ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
To read or not to read: Read. I’m not sure if Greathouse is intending to write a sequel, but The Neverland Wars certainly feels part of a series. There are some monumental future-seeing events that hint at future books, and then there is the blatant fact that this book had so little fighting compared to its title. Despite this, I would recommend the story to anyone, especially those who love fairytales. It is fantastic at dealing with adolescence problems and the inevitable process of growing up ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: July 20th 2016
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“People think that only the serious is important. They forget how essential it is to remain whimsical.”

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4.5 rounded up to 5!

Gwen's stories are captivating and amazing. At least, that's what her sister Rose would say. As much as she loves telling her little sister stories, Gwen has accepted that that's all they are. Stories. Having already given into the inevitability of growing-up, her life gets turned upside down when Peter Pan steals her sister away during the night. It isn't long until Peter and Rose come back to take Gwen with them to be a
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite stories, and ever since I was little I dreamed of traveling to Neverland and fighting pirates and meeting mermaids. I never really connected Neverland with the ‘real world’, it always felt different, like a dream. So, when Gwen follows Peter Pan to Neverland to save her sister, I completely understood her confusion and reluctance.

Neverland in this story is magical, but still feels br
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley

Finally made it around to this and it was full of all the adventure I had hoped it would be! This is an incredibly refreshing retelling that showcases Peter Pan in a way I hadn't expected. The Neverland Wars has some great laugh out loud moments but I think it was let down overall by the lack of character/plot development - there is so much more you can do with Neverland. All in all it was definitely a fun read and it was nice to revisit m
Maria Stanica
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
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Overall, it was a really fun and new take on Peter Pan, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! 3.5 stars out of 5 for me.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cover-love, 2016
Ahh that cover. If only I could love the book as much as I love that cover.

The Neverland Wars feels a bit incomplete - a lot of loose ends are left, and I still have so many questions, the foremost being: how in the world do "adults" transmute magic and funnel it into the "real world"? The last time I heard and read the word "transmute" was when I was a huge fan of Fullmetal Alchemist and suddenly it pops up here without a concrete explanation.

Also, I'm trying out a new-ish review format, so if
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
3 solid stars
Elizabeth Mathis
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.

However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to ch
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Audrey Greathouse is a Seattle-based author of science-fiction and fantasy. Raised in the suburbs, she became a writer after being introduced to NaNoWriMo during her sophmore year of high school. Since then, she has drafted more than a dozen books, 100 sonnets, and 800 other poems, and a handful of short stories and one-act plays.

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