I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Neverland by Shari Arnold
Published by CreateSpace on April 7, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Contemporary, Fairytale, Retelling, Romance, YA
It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more.
But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound.
Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again?
In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?
This book was super beautiful. I love fairy tales (hint, hint…there’s a new fairytale feature coming your way!) so retellings are some of my favorite things. If they’re done well. And this one was done beautifully.
Neverland follows Livy Cloud as she tries to cope with the loss of her little sister Jenna. Following her death, Livy goes to the hospital almost daily to read and visit the other little kids struggling with cancer and other illnesses. There she meets a mysterious boy named Meyer who takes her for an adventure she’ll never forget.
First, I loved the characters. They were all beautifully-developed and I wanted more of them. I was worried because it’s a Peter Pan retelling so obviously everything isn’t going to be super realistic…and it wasn’t. Because it’s Peter Pan. But the characters are so believable in their personalities and their hopes and fears that I was rooting for them the entire time I was reading.
And I don’t want to give anything away, but I was definitely shipping some people. Hardcore.
It was a slower read for me but I think that’s because I’ve been feeling e-readered out. I’ve been reading a lot on my Nook and halfway through this book I got the strong urge to hold and read a physical book. I think if I wasn’t feeling this way, I would have zipped through the book.
Now I just want to read the original Peter Pan and watch the Disney movie and the Jeremy Sumpter version (I had a major crush on Jeremy Sumpter from that movie…I mean, just look at him.). READ THIS BOOK!