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Second Star

(Neverland Transmissions #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  74 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

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Bleeding Ink Publishing
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Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
E.B. Dawson
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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

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
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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
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
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
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
Sharon Angle-boyer
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely WONDERFUL retelling of Peter Pan. Honestly, I have never been a big fan of Peter Pan but J. M. Sullivan has changed my opinion! This book is a wonderful read! The cast of quirky characters are wonderful and I enjoyed going on this journey with them. It has great pacing and I couldn't put it down! AMAZING twists! Can't wait for the next one!!!
Lili  Marcus
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 - more f
Nikole Clow
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Up All Night With Books
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Futuristic Stars!
Review by Nancy
Late Night Reviewer
Up All Night w/ Books Blog

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
Lin Ryals
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Emily Wrayburn
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Rosie Cranie-Higgs
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Ari Clay
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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 science
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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ju
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jessica Smith
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can find this review and all of my others over at

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
Alyssa Chaney
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
chelci whorley
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was provided this arc via netgalley for a honest review!

So i was so excited to start this peter pan sci fi retelling when i stumbled upon it on netgalley. I'm in a huge sci fi mood and peter pan was my favorite child hood story and i hardly see retellings for it! I really enjoy how JM Sullivan sets up the premise for the story with all the nods to the original story.

We met Wendy whose going to become a pilot in space, top of her class and totally ignored by her awful parents. Wendys character
One chapter more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This time I am not even going to tell you what this book is about except science fiction retelling of Peter Pan with a rescue mission. That's it but maybe that's all you need to know, at least I didn't. I loved every single second of this magical world that J.M, Sullivan created here.

Let me start with saying that I am not the biggest fan of sci-fi genre and most often I am confused and don't understand the world author is trying to show us (I belong to 1800's !) but this was explained to the eve
Sara G
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A retelling of the story of Peter Pan with a Sci-Fi twist. The book is told from both Peter and Wendy's perspective. Its nice to be able to see the adventure from both their points of view. Peter on Neverland and Wendy still in London, working her way up to Captain.

All the same characters are there, Wendy, Michael(s), John(s), Hooke, Peter and the lost boys. Smee and Tinc are there but they are more tech heavy and really fun how the author works them into story. Its really the characters that t
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a2, a3e, mar, nyp, bleeding-ink, 2018
A really clever re imagining of Peter Pan, with everything from character names to Tink and pixie dust. It all fitted together very smoothly. Of course, it ended on a massive cliffhanger, and if there was an explanation for the time dilation thing I didn't get it, but it's a good story and I'll be watching out for the next one - got to find out what happens next!

Receiving an ARC did not affect my review in any way.

Peter looked at his ragtag crew. They were a long shot from London's finest, but
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh - I am in love with this re-telling of Peter Pan!! It is Sci-Fi and while I am not usually a huge fan of this genre, this book makes that statement a liar out of me! If all of the Sci-Fi books were written like author J. M. Sullivan wrote this one then this would instantly become my favorite genre!

I love the fact that Wendy is the Captain and that she is a kick a$$ chick! I love that we get to have the story told to us from both Peter and Wendy's perspective and I love that the author us
This is a new twist on my favorite fairy tale Peter Pan so that immediately drew my attention to reading this book.

Second Star focuses on Wendy Darling's life as the new captain of the Jolly Roger that was formerly run by Captain James Hook. When Wendy discovers unkept secrets of the ship and with the planet we know as Neverland, Wendy takes the adventure to Neverland to uncover the secrets of the ship and Captain James Hook. But there is a dark force known as the shadow and it's on a mission to
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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