There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan.
Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peters idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised that we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say that I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I was never his friend.
Title: Lost Boy
Author: Christina Henry
Started: 17/06/17 Finished: 21/06/17 Pages: 318
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was kindly given a copy of this book from TitanBooks to review!
Lost Boy is a standalone book, (as far as I’m concerned) and this is out on the 4th July 2017.
This book sheds new light onto the Disney story that we all know, Peter Pan, Lost Boy is about Jamie, who we know as Captain Hook, the bad guy, the supposedly villain…
I loved this book a lot, I can’t fault it at all. I like a good retelling and this was perfect, it was well written and has the most beautiful cover! I was hooked on this book, I couldn’t put it down, I pretty much read this in one sitting, I started the first chapter a few days before and finished the rest in one evening/night.
I enjoyed reading this story from Jamie’s point of view and turning Peter Pan into the villain, I haven’t read any other Peter Pan Retellings but I’ve watched most of Once Upon a Time where Peter Pan is also the bad guy, (on a quick side note, Once Upon a Time is fabulous and the guy who plays Captain Hook in this is just 😍).
Peter Pan was never my favourite Disney film, I know I watched it a few times as a kid but haven’t watched it at all since. But this version, I would totally watch this if this ever turned into a movie. Moving on, this story about Jamie, the first boy that Peter ever brought to his island, so that Jamie could never grow up, Jamie was special and Peters right hand man or boy I suppose. Peter brought more boys to island, Nod and Fog – twin boys that Peter took, Del, Nip, Charlie and Sal – these are just a few of the boys who are introduced into this story. Charlie is the youngest of the boys that Peter has taken to his island and Jamie isn’t happy about having someone so young who cannot really defend themselves because he’s so small. Jamie is like a father figure or perhaps like a big brother to all of the boys, except Nip, you’ll understand when you read this why. Jamie takes care of all the boys, keeping them safe and Alice on the island way from the monstrous many-eyed, the crocodiles and teaching them how to defend athemselves and fight against the pirate’s because Peter doesn’t care. Peter only cares about himself and as long as he’s happy and has boys around him to focus the attention on him, go on adventures with him pirate raiding and ending up with the boys getting killed. If one of the boys dies, Peter will just go to the Other Place and get a new boy to replace him, and then they end up getting killed.
After being on the island for so long, Jamie’s years are catching up to him and he begins to realise that Peter isn’t all that, so Jamie starts slowly growing up not realising entirely what it means till he knows he no longer loves Peter the way he did when he first brought him, he slowly remembers his life in the Other Place and what happened just before he left and what Peter did in order to bring Jamie to the island…
There was never a dull moment in this book, Christina Henry has done a great job with this book! Christina has also written Alice in Wonderland duology retellings called Alice and Red Queen, I haven’t yet read these yet as I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them but after reading Lost Boy, I’m 100% buying these two once I get my next paycheck! There’s also another book out in June 2018 called The Mermaid and I’m not exactly sure what it’s about because I can’t find anything on it yet but I’m excited for it already! Christina Henry is definitely now going to be one of my favourite authors when it comes to retellings!
Links below if you want to find out more or buy the book! US and UK sites to choose from.