Friday, October 09, 2015

Review: Neverland by Shari Arnold

Friday, October 09, 2015

title: Neverland 
author: Shari Arnold 
publisher: CreateSpace
genre: Young Adult | Romance | Retellings | Contemporary, Issue: Peter Pan Retelling | Romance

more: Goodreads

It’s been four months since seventeen-year-old Livy Cloud lost her younger sister, but she isn’t quite ready to move on with her life — not even close. She’d rather spend her time at the Seattle Children’s hospital, reading to the patients and holding onto memories of the sister who was everything to her and more. 

But when she meets the mysterious and illusive Meyer she is drawn into a world of adventure, a world where questions abound. 

Is she ready to live life without her sister? Or more importantly, is she brave enough to love again? 

In this modern reimagining of Peter Pan, will Livy lose herself to Neverland or will she find what she’s been searching for?

*Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Years ago, I would wonder what I was thinking when I thought about Peter Pan and Neverland. Now, I guess I can't express how much I love the classic tale. Neverland was one perfect retelling that kept my attention and made me re-live some memorable moments while building some new ones along the way. 

When Livy loses her younger sister, she is sad and lost in her mourning. When reading to a group of patients (the classic tale of Neverland), she encounters a boy of whom she then learns to know of as Meyer. Turns out, there's more to the story then what she can see-and maybe more than she might believe in. Thrown into a momentary life of adventure, romance, and possibility, Livy must then make the most important decision of her life. 

I love how Shari incorporated the original story of Peter Pan and Neverland into this story. It was very creative and very different. 

Livy. She cares. I think that her spirit and her love for her sister just happen to be some of the best characteristics about her. When she loves too much, there's nothing holding her back, accept for maybe herself and the things that she has to give up to follow what she thinks is the right thing to do. 

Meyer. Not your classic Peter Pan, boy who never wants to grow up. Thing is, Meyer is grown up. He's mysterious, slightly annoying and aggravating (but then again, when are they not?), but cute and giddy inducing. 

Together. I died. Yes, I have officially been murdered by unstoppable feels and uncontrollable happiness. Why must they be so cute and so engaging at the same time?  

I really loved reading about their romance. Que the giggles. I was about dancing on the inside and loving every single second of it (okay, maybe not every second). I wanted more and I wanted more of the more. This was one of those times when I wish their romance could have a sequel so I can continue my life while internally screaming and dancing around (I think I've said too much). 

My love for Neverland and Peter Pan will never die as will my love for this book. 

background on reading this 
Honestly, I started reading this on a plane to Hawaii. The wifi wasn't working and my life had basically ended (no wifi, no life right?) and I couldn't read from a book, because then I would get motion sickness and regret ever making that decision. So I read from my phone, on kindle. For some reason, I can read from my phone and not from a book during major motion (cars, planes, etc.).

This wasn't relevant, but I really wanted to share that :D

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