Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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?
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance reviewer copy of Unhooked for an honest review.
Unhooked is a cool, dark, twisted retelling on Neverland. Everything you think you know throw out the window because it is all thrown on its axis. I loved the darker side of the retelling, and great surprises. This book had a Alice in Wonderland feeling to me. I don’t want to give away a lot but when Gwen finds out where she is, she keeps having a haze lift, slight memories coming back from the past. Also, in the begging Gwen thinks her mom is a little crazy, just little nods to Alice. It definitely was a Neverland tale and had that dark retelling element much like Splintered did.
Gwen and Olivia are best friends and live in London. Gwen is sick of constantly moving and wants to be settled. She is worried about her mother, and some of her crazy behaviors. Soon Gwen starts seeing things and everything changes.
Gwen ends up in Neverland on Captain Hooks, aka Rowan’s ship. Fiona, aka Tinker Bell, visits Rowan and tells him that if someone takes the girl they will be unstoppable. Gwen doesn’t know who the girl is or who is looking for the girl. She asks the Captain but he avoids the question. Soon Pan comes and takes Gwen telling her that he has Olivia. He says that he will take her to her friend and take her home.
Both Pan and Rowan accuse each other of being the villain but who can Gwen trust? Will Gwen figure it out before it is too late? Can Gwen save Neverland and her friend or will it be too late? You have to read this magical book to find out.
Unhooked is an amazing fantasy standalone. I loved the swoon-worthy moments that were done so effortlessly. I have to say I am a huge Rowan fan, he had me from the moment she ended up on his ship! The end of this book is just so vivid and fantastic. I can’t wait to see what Lisa writes next. I would definitely recommend this book, and I am giving Unhooked 4.5 out of 5 stars.
About the author:
Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, and Unhooked (Simon Pulse, 2016). When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.