Published by Clean Teen Publishing on May 9th 2016
Genres: YA, Retelling
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
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 chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.
Gwen was an average high school girl with regular teenage problems. Who will she go with to homecoming? Rosemary never tires of her sister Gwen’s stories. One of Gwen’s favorite to tell is about Peter Pan. Little did Gwen know that there it was more truth than fiction. Rosemary is taken one night by Peter and Gwen finds out that her parents knew about him and his magic all along. Rosemary comes back for Gwen and they go to Neverland. It is there where Gwen starts to question everything she ever knew.
In An Oyster Shell – It was a good book, it could have been better.
The Pearls – The plot was really good. I like how the author took a whimsical idea and made it into an existential evaluation. The book was very thought provoking and made you take a hard look at humanity and our role in it. It was powerful. I really liked the twists the author put on the Peter Pan story.
The descriptions of the book were breathtaking. From food to setting, the author really set the tone for what was going on. It was easy to get lost in this book.
The characters were well developed and delightfully complex. Gwen was a complicated but eloquent heroine. Peter was a dashing hero.
The Sand – I reserve 5 pearls for books I think will be classic, meaning people will want to read them decades from now. With current cultural references that were told more than shown, I don’t feel like that’s the case with this book. I also felt like some of the philosophical stuff was a bit over done.