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Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

“Good things do not happen to boys who lie.”

This book was DARK and I mean REALLY DARK.

James Hook is a young boy living in London with his mother and father. Though he is young, he has always dreamed of becoming a man. To sail the seas and to smell like the salty ocean air just like his father. One night he decides to venture into Kensington Park and there he meets Pan. Peter Pan. And he has an amazing offer that James can’t refuse. A trip to Neverland.

What he thought would only be a nice short holiday vacation to Neverland with an easy going, fun and strange boy his age. Ends up being a nightmare he has never dreamed before.

Peter Pan is a complete asshole.. Sorry for my language but it’s true as that’s all it really comes down to. He immediately changes personality after taking James to his faraway land. He murders. He lies. He’s cocky and extremely controlling and there’s one thing you CANNOT cross when it comes to Peter, you cannot break his rules and that’s unfortunate for James.

Rule #1: You’re not allowed to know things Peter doesn’t know.
Rule #2: You’re not aloud to be taller than him.
Rule #3 (the most important rule): Absolutely no growing up

“Peter’s mood became blacker and blacker until every fairy had wisely disappeared from the party, and the air smelled vaguely like smoke and sulfur.”

He’s the freaking devil I tell ya..

This book is separated into several parts and we get to see the span of years that James spends in Neverland. I found the first part to be very slow and boring. It was hard to get into but the story became much more interesting and action packed as James became more independent and well.. grown up.

The book actually reminds me of a cartoon. Starring James as the Wildly Coyote who keeps trying different ways to kill Peter Pan, the Roadrunner but keeps failing because Pan is too quick and speedy. Yup. Definitely..

If you want to read a book that is just hopeless, depressing, full of despair and where nothing remotely heart warming happens, this book is for you.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you Brianna for a copy to review.

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The Reset by Daniel Powell

SYNOPSIS:

A young man with a terrible secret buried deep in his chest staggers through what remains of the American South. The destruction is total—the landscape scrubbed bare by the fires of the Reset. The sun rarely penetrates the daily ash storms, and the last of the Earth’s plants and animals are slowly dying out.

And yet, there are survivors. Benjamin Stone is one of them, and he’s searching for the only person who can share his pain, another who was biologically altered at birth to become a weapon capable of bringing the world to its knees. Outside of the few supplies that sustain him in his search for a new life, he has nothing.

Nothing but a will to survive and the desire to find someplace safe—someplace better.

The Reset is a story of perseverance. It examines a future in which fragmentation and devolution have decimated society, and in which terrorism represents the final desperate attempt at shuffling the deck. With thematic elements similar to Stephen King’s The Stand and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, it’s a post-apocalyptic story about the survivors of humanity’s cruelest intentions, and their essential impulse to rebuild.

MY REVIEW:

Overall a VERY good, realistic, and well detailed post apocalyptic story set about 30-40 years into the future. This is a great read with fully developed characters, quick pace, nice action and a hook to keep you looking forward to the next chapter. I loved the description of the dystopian cities and the mental strength of the main characters in there journey to survive and their inner thoughts are brought out and you end up caring about them.

The story line is believable and draws you in from the start and keeps your attention all the way through. The flow is smooth and easy to follow but there are parts in the book that I skim read when it would go into detail about the “science experiments” (No spoilers) and how the Reset occurred in the first place. I couldn’t get into those parts unfortunately. It seemed to go on and on a bit too long.

If you are looking for a good post apocalyptic book, that gives a new version of the end of the world, you have found it! I would recommend this to anyone who loves these types of books! Very well-written and a quick, easy read.

5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you Daniel for sending me a copy to review.

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The Wrecking Faerie by Elizabeth Watasin

The Wrecking Faerie was short but sweet. (Finished it in 1 day)

The world within the pages was the most interesting part of the whole book. I envied it so much that I wished I lived there. All the monsters and species that populated Little Salem kept the book fresh and spellbinding. Witches, zombies, talking frogs, transforming cats, mermaids, vampires, skeleton cops.. The list is endless. It kind of reminded me of the Disney movie Halloween Town. That comparison should automatically make you want to read this book.

The only bad part about all these characters was that it was hard to keep track of all of them at some points but I’m very much looking forward to the next installment.

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She was far more interesting lol

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Elizabeth for sending me a copy to review.

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Legacy of Kings Autographed Copy!

One of my favorite books that I own. An advanced uncorrected proof copy of Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. It’s personally signed by her as well. ❤️

  

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