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Second Star

(Neverland Transmissions #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she's always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk ...more
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Published March 5th 2019 by Bleeding Ink Publishing
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Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Second Star by J.M. Sullivan is the first book in the young adult science fiction fantasy Neverland Transmissions series. Yes folks, I have found myself yes another Peter Pan retelling with this series and no, I haven’t tired of them yet.

In this series Captain Hooke is captaining a space craft and Peter and the other lost boys are the crew when Peter sabotages the ship stranding them all on Neverland. Then the point of view changes over to Wendy who is nothing like the one we all know, instead t
Candace Robinson
All you had to tell me before reading this book was Peter Pan and retelling! From the opening page you get to meet Peter and Tinc, and because this setting has Space vibes, Tinc's character was pretty dang cool! Honestly, I was a little scared about the space part, because I've only really liked the Lunar Chronicles. Other Sci-fi books have been too wordy and talk about crap I don't know! But fear not, dear friends, this is a fun space ride.

Also, you don't only get Peter's POV but Wendy's. And l

Read this book if you like: fairy tales, space adventures, pirates, girl power, childhood stories, deities and mermaids.

This book reminds me a bit of Lunar Chronicles— a fairy tale retelling, space adventure, (view spoiler), but apart from that, this is a good take on the adventures of Peter Pan.

I can't wait to read the next installment and I'm looking forward to reading more of the author's work.

A copy was provided by Netgalley in
E.B. Dawson
I love science fiction and I love Peter Pan, so I was eager to dive into this adventurous retelling! The story drives forward nicely from the beginning and despite the vast differences between this story and the original fairytale, Sullivan sneaks in an impressive amount of references and allusions to the original.

Peter was probably my favorite character. He's spunky, mischievous, and a bit selfish but still incredibly likable. He also feels most true to the original cast of characters, despite
I would like to thank Bleeding Ink Publishing for allowing me to read Second Star in exchange for an honest review.

First of all I didn’t complete this book, in fact I decided to finish it at the 37% mark. This is the first book from Net Galley that I have classed under DNF - Unfortunately there are books that despite being well written and imaginative are just not everyone’s type of story. I love Sci-Fi novels and this is what pulled me to wanting to read this in the first place. The story is ba
Cindy ✩☽♔
I adore Peter Pan and have such a quiet love for the live-action movie adaption, so I really hope this captures some of the original story's charm
3.5 stars!!
I quite enjoyed this one and will read on in the series at some point.
I liked the change of Peter Pan to space exploration, still using ships just of the space variety instead of water. Tink as a nanobot was a neat touch. I enjoyed Peter and his lost boys as well as Hooke and his pirates with their neat weapons. The thrill of power and immortality made Hooke to become appropriately insane, I would've liked more from his pov to see the change occur.
Wendy is a pretty great captain unti
Lili  Marcus
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It was the cover that caught my interest and the first reason I requested this book on Netgalley. But then I read the description and I was immensely intrigued. A sci-fi retelling of Peter Pan set in space? I was completely sold with the idea.

But sadly, though the concept of this novel was really good, the execution wasn't.

This tells the story of Wendy and Peter and how they survived the SHADOW in a planet called Neverland. The de
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
A brilliant retelling of Peter Pan!

I was not prepared to fall for this story as I did! Space and Peter Pan? Two of my least favorite topics and yet here I was falling head over heels in love with this retelling! Sullivan crafted a believable universe, with amazing characters who all possess a unique personality.

The overall plot was somewhat in line with the story we all know, but again Sullivan made this story her own and wove in lore that while might resemble the classic is wholly Second Star
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Use of the word savage / Graphic cutting of hand

While I am not the biggest fan of the classic Peter Pan, the idea of a retelling of Peter Pan set in space was just too appealing to pass on. Unfortunately the book couldn’t quite deliver in the areas that I wanted it to.

This books seems fine at first glance , the writing is solid for instance, but once you start looking a little closer
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun retelling! In a futuristic London, soldiers are trained from a young age to be part of the Brigade. Wendy Darling was enrolled even younger as a child prodigy and worked her way through the various commanding officer titles. She's looked up to the legend Captain James Hooke who disappeared 100 years ago until they receive a mysterious transmission from him.

Peter Pan has had a complicated relationship with the man who rescued him from the streets. When he believes Hooke has g
Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bleeding Ink Publishing, and the author, via netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating of 3.5

Second Star is a retelling of the fairy-tale Peter Pan. Set in the future, it is told from alternating points of view between Wendy and Peter. Peter is the mechanic on Captain Hooke's space ship, the Jolly Roger, when he realises that Hooke cannot be
Ari Clay
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Follow the second star to the right, straight on ‘til morning.”

Second Star is a futuristic Peter Pan retelling with spaceships, intergalactic travel, and a nanobot Tinkerbell. This was a fun space adventure! J.M. Sullivan found a way to add in just enough of the original and time-honoured quotes from the original Peter Pan that we all love and mixed them together with her original, reimagined Neverland elements to create a story perfect for fans of Peter Pan, fairytale retellings, and scien
Nikole Clow
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love about this Peter Pan retelling is how unique and captivating the story is. The original characters are there, but in fragments of who they were portrayed as in the Disney movie. And I loved that, because the author took a classic story and weaved it into something old and new. The author kept the characters but gave them new back stories and compelling attributes.

In this reimagining of Peter Pan, Pan is stuck in a place that quickly becomes called Neverland, with a wrecked spaceship
Alyssa Chaney
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Books!

A special thank you to Netgalley and Bleeding Ink Publishing for providing a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

JM Sullivan's Second Star is a Peter Pan retelling set in space. I love retellings, and this one does a great job bringing in the story of Peter Pan and changing it to fit into this future world. The characters and the major points are all there, but there were some subtle references to Peter Pan that wh
Bryn Clark
Okay, so I'm going to try to review this as I would in my writing group since it's my first one. The premise behind this book was amazing, being a hardcore Peter Pan buff and big sci-fi nerd, I thought this would be way up my alley. The writer got a little too caught up in her own cleverness by translating Peter Pan to sci-fi and while it was cute at first, it grew wearisome by Smee. Also, immersion was completely lost for me when someone was made the captain of a ship without ever serving on a ...more
Emily Wrayburn
Review originally posted on A Keyboard and an Open Mind February 25, 2019:

Actual rating 2.5 stars.

"You are the most vexing and endearing box of contradictions I have ever seen. You fascinate me, Wendy."

I was totally on board with this book for probably the first half. I had a few quibbles up until then, but I was willing to overlook them. Unfortunately, the second half got confusing and frustrated me to the point where I was just waiting for the book to be over.

This is a Peter Pan re-telling se
Lin Ryals
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot (4 Stars): I love fairy tale retellings and this one was definitely not a disappointment. It reminded me a bit of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer in the way that it combines a fairy tale with science fiction. I loved it. I loved the story. It was just so fun to read. Unfortunately, there were a few irritating things about it that seemed very unrealistic. Wendy Darling becomes the captain of a ship while she's an older teen. She had only been to the Academy and never served on a ship a ...more
Rosie Cranie-Higgs
This is my first fairytale retelling, and oh, have I been missing out. What’s not to love about having your childhood loves in new, fantastical, romantic situations? Especially when the situations are as amazingly imaginative as this, a melding of sci fi, romance, and the supernatural - which isn’t something I’ve seen much before.

Many times throughout SECOND STAR, I found myself thinking but... how did you come up with this? And this? And how did you tie all this stuff into the original story (n
R.M. Anderson
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, young-adult

Wendy woke up feeling like she'd slept through a nightmare. When she saw she was in a makeshift bed with heavy tree roots dangling from the roof of a hole in the ground, she realized she hadn't dreamt it - she had survived it.

I feel so let down. What is there not to love about this premise? A sci-fi retelling of Peter Pan? Sign me up! Sounds amazing!

But once you read it... it's not that great. While the writing as a whole wasn’t bad, the text is juvenile
Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted so badly to like this book seeing as sci-fi is my favourite genre and Peter Pan was one of my favourite books as a child. So naturally a combination of the two would make for a winner, right? No. Unfortunately it didn't.
I think J.M. Sullivan relied to heavily of the source material rather than writing her own original ideas so it just felt like I was re-reading the same book from my
Up All Night With Books
4 Futuristic Stars!
Review by Nancy
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A modern take on a very classic fairy tale, Second Star, by J.M. Sullivan, was pretty spectacular. As someone who absolutely loves classic fairy tales, I was a little afraid to dive into this one. I was worried that the author would not do Peter Pan justice, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This book is a futuristic version of the Peter Pan we know. Second Star starts with Wendy at a young age— a very brilliant girl st
C.A. Gray
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable and creative retelling of Peter Pan! It reminded me a bit of Cinder, in that it was a sci fi version of the well-known classic. Peter is a mechanic on a space ship called the Jolly Roger, captained by James Hooke. The "Lost Boys" are kids who became his indentured servants. Tinc is a nanobot Peter programmed himself. Wendy, meanwhile, is a captain in a fleet sent to rescue the vanished Jolly Roger and Captain Hooke, and her "brothers" are two of her fellow crew members and ...more
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
This book is a promising start but could use some improvements.

I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings, even if I haven't yet gotten through Cinder and the others. So when I saw this on Netgalley I knew that I had to give it a chance to see how the author had approached such a familiar and beloved tale.

There are some aspects of this book that I loved. The tech was one of them, though I'll fully admit from the start that I don't know enough about the science to question any of it. That I'll leave
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
Space pirates and mermaids and deities Oh My! Welcome to a thoroughly entertaining space romp. Fair warning: I am a HUGE sucker for (good) Space Operas so this might be a bit biased.

This Peter Pan reimagining could have gone horribly wrong, especially due to how fundamentally different it is from the original, BUT thankfully it did not disappoint. This was one retelling that was solid on all fronts. The writing was well executed. So much so that I will definitely be looking for more of J.M. Sul
Steff Pasciuti
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Honestly, I'm a little baffled by the high rating that Second Star by J. M. Sullivan has thus far. While it is a novel with a very promising premise, that of a Peter Pan retelling set in space with a nanobot as Tinkerbell and Wendy as a space Captain, everything about it fell incredibly short of that potential, so much so that I can only recall wishing that someone with better writing skills and less problematic racism had written this book. I find it quite devastating th
Manon the Malicious
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a retelling of Peter Pan told from both Peter's pov and Wendy's.
It's set in the future and Peter is actually a tech on Hook's spaceship while Wendy is training to be a spaceship captain herself.

I really liked this story. At first, I had some trouble focusing on Peter's pov but I really liked Wendy's from beginning to end. The characters were endearing and I got carried away by the plot. I loved how it was transposed to
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: I received a complimentary eARC of this book from Bleeding Ink Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

It’s taken me a long time to get to this review because I’m still not really sure how I feel about this book, hence the middle-of-the-road three star rating.


The fact that it was a Peter Pan retelling was automatically a plus, I LOVED that Wendy was more badass than she was in the original, Tink being a bot was
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter pan in space! This is an exciting new take on this story. If you enjoy the story of Peter Pan and like sci fi then check this out.
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Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee.

If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on her website, on social

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