Review: Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

Title: Alias Hook
Author: Lisa Jensen
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: July 8, 2014
Paperback, 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-06779-1
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher


"Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It's my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy."

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan's rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella's knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook's last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.

My Thoughts:

As Wicked is to Wizard of Oz, Alias Hook is to Peter Pan. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is the story behind Captain Hook, the famous pirate who terrorized the children of Neverland. Or is it the other way around? 

"But it's the ticking itself I can't bear, the trolling of the minutes, the very seconds, that I am forced to spend in the Neverland for all eternity. Elsewhere, time is passing in the normal way, but not here. Not for me and the boy." 

Jensen delves deep in to Hook's past. Who was he before he became the fearsome pirate, and how did he get to Neverland, and if he hates it so much, why doesn't he leave?

"The vow I made myself in prison now seemed to me the mewlings of a weak, defeated fool. Bravado was all I had left. Power was all that mattered to me now, rage and revenge against the world that had stolen everything from me--family, fortune, fiancee, reputation. I would carve out a new reputation in blood."

In Peter Pan, Pan represents youth and innocence. All children wish to be brought to Neverland at some point in their life. Neverland is a place for children to dream. To slay their dragons. To become a hero. However for Pan it's a living hell. He's been stuck in the lagoon for centuries. Everything is always the same, that is until an unexpected visitor--Stella-- turns up one day. At first Hook thinks it's some sort of trap set by Pan and the Lost Boys, but soon he realized that it's not so. Stella infuriates Hook as well as amuses him. And she may be the key to figuring out how to leave Neverland once and for all. 

I like this book a lot. This is probably one of my favorite books that I've read this year. Jensen does a great job tapping into the mindset of Captain Hook. I loved learning about his past and what brought him to the island. I also like his unlikely friendship with Stella. These two characters, who are from different time periods, form a bond that save them from themselves. I also liked the depth Jensen gave Pan as well. He's not just a never-ending child--there's more to him as well.

Over all this is a great book to read. I would recommend that it not be given to kids. Hook is a pirate who does piratey things that are not "pg." There's also some violence, sex, and other stuff not suitable for youngsters. However for the rest of us, it's a great read. If you like Wicked, then you'll like Alias Hook!

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