Greetings and Salutations, your ghost with the most here.
This month I had the lovely opportunity to review a fairytale retelling, which if you know me, you know I love 😍. I know this took me a bit longer than normal to read but these past two months have been busy at school. Anyways, let’s get into the review.
Title: NeverSea: Echos of the Lost #1
Author(s): Jenetta Penner & David R. Bernstein
Publication Date: 12 December 2017, Preorder here.
Genre: Dystopian, YA, Fairytale Retelling
I received an ARC at no cost from the author
Set in a dystopian future where the earth is almost entirely consumed by water, Arya and Peter are two of the many genetically modified humans as part of the Syndicate’s research to create a human species that can survive underwater. When news breaks out of the Syndicate’s leader, Nerissa, using younger children for her mutations leaks our, Arya bands together with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys to take down the evil witch and reclaim their Neverland home and put an end to the mutations.
I am a sucker for fairytale retellings so when I found out Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid were in a story together, I was very intrigued and was even more intrigued by the description. I really liked how both fairytales were incorporated together as one story and not shoved together, if that makes sense. It did have elements that related it to the original stories while also making it completely unique to the author.
In addition, the characters developed nicely and didn’t drastically change into a completely different person. Also, I loved the “sibling” love the two main characters had for each other, it made me love them even more.
The novel itself was action packed and fast-paced, sometimes a little too fast-paced. To add on, I felt as if there wasn’t much say on the character’s backgrounds or descriptions. We get the general idea of Arya from the cover but what about Peter or the others. I would’ve also liked more content about our main characters, what happened before they were taken for research or clear indication of where Neverland is.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this and would recommend to those who also like fairytale retellings or are fans of The Lunar Chronicles or Heartless.
Bonus points for alternating points of views from Arya and Peter.
Special thanks to the authors and Torment Publishing for sending me an eARC.
As for the bookish playlist, by the time this is uploaded, I will have the playlist queued for after the publication date since it will contain spoilers.
And if you’re in the US, have a happy thanksgiving. I wish you and your loved ones all the best.
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