Unhooked Review


Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Title: Unhooked

Author: Lisa Maxwell

Song: I Believe by Christina Perri

Published: February 2, 2016       # of Pages: 342

Date Started: March 30, 2016     Date Ended: March 30, 2016

Category: Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


 “For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?”


This book was just, Wow. Simply breathtaking. Unhooked is a retelling of Peter Pan, but with a twist. A twist of Light and Dark. With Fae and Pirates and Love oh my! The whole concept of the story was wonderful and I liked the little blurbs of a different story at the top of each chapter. It really did add to the effects of the story. And to think, this story was once a project the author did for NaNoWriMo! I love NaNoWriMo and am hoping on doing this year. Fingers crossed guys {It will be a struggle. That’s for sure}.

The plot was wonderful! I loved how it had parts of the traditional Peter Pan in it. Since it was a retelling and all. But I loved how the author wrote about it. It was unique and quite enjoyable. Including those PLOT TWISTS. Oh how I loved them, except some… I especially liked how the book made you think one thing but then it changed non stop. It was cool and ugh I do hope I can read another book like this soon! The opening was good; it gave us little hints about what our main character was like. And what her life was like. The rising action was awesome! High pace and moving non stop going forward to the Climax. Now this Climax was FAN FRICKING TASTIC! The plot twist that happened during that time was just ugh so good! It had me literally on the edge of my seat while I read it. The falling action was amazing to! Since it just kept going on from the climax. Intense, battle worthy {along with tear worthy}, and FEELS. It was amazing. And the Conclusion? Oh how I was a FEELS filled mess. I just ugh. It was wonderful and the conclusion was beautiful. It put the entire story to an end once you finished. The Epilogue was beautifully written to. Coming to a close just right. But you’ll all have to go read it to see for yourself. So basically, THE FEELS AND PLOT TWISTS ruled this book. Along with the Foreshadowing and Metaphors in the book. SO GOOD. Just believe me and go buy the book.

The characters where spectacular! Especially their character development and the sacrifices they made in the story. Our female lead Gwendolyn Allister, {Gwen usually in the story} she was smart, confused, witty, forgiving, and brave. Not to mention loveable and badass. She didn’t let anyone hold her back, {except perhaps her own mind} I really did enjoy her character. Especially when she was sassy. Then we had our male lead, Captain Hook, just kidding Rowan who was Captain Hook. Now Mr. Rowan here was something to die for. He was hot and sexy, brave, but cold and shell like for the beginning of the novel. When he started acting human, oh boy was it good. Brave, courageous, loving, and caring. This male lead was a total package. Our Villains are next on the list, Pan, also known as Peter Pan was our one main villain who was cunning, seductive, sexy, and did I mention deviously hot and mysterious? *whistles* he was a total package along with Rowan. Now besides our fantastic Leads and Villain(s) we also had our supporting characters, Olivia who was Gwen’s best friend who was with her throughout the whole book. Sure at times I found her character a bit annoying but she was good none the less. Will, who was Rowan’s best mate. They’d been through it all together. Up until something I didn’t like happened. {not saying what or that would be a spoiler} he was charming and sweet, and honestly I loved how character and will miss him greatly. Our next character is quite the sneak. Little miss Fiona, or Fae who helped when no one else would for her own secret reason. She was sassy and cunning when she wanted to be and I loved it! Another Fae that was introduced was the queen, she was quite something. But I won’t say what in fear of spoilers. {so go read it} We also had Gwen’s mother, she was seen as crazy moving all the time. But she actually had reason and was very good to Gwen. I love the way she was portrayed. It was very nice indeed. Besides these main and supporting characters there where the smaller helper characters such as the Captain’s men and Pans lost boys. They all added to the story and made it much more enjoyable. 

Overall, this book was out to the second star on the left {if you get what I mean} and I couldn’t put it down! It was so good and just a fantastic book altogether. Plus, it was a retelling?! 100% on board for that! I love retellings and this one was SOOOO good! I HIGHLY recommend you all go read this book. Then we may come together and share what we thought about it in Neverland book club! {again sorry for the puns} 

Congratulations Lisa Maxwell on a FANTASTIC retelling of a famous children’s tale. I look forward to reading more of your books in the future.



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