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
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 ...more
Also, you don't only get Peter's POV but Wendy's. And l ...more
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 ...more
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)[ and that bit near the end about Wendy's foot (hide 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In this reimagining of Peter Pan, Pan is stuck in a place that quickly becomes called Neverland, with a wrecked spaceship ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
**WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD**
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on her website www.jmsullivanbooks.com, on social ...more