Monday, April 25, 2016

The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

Title: The Neverland Wars
Author: Audrey Greathouse
Series: The Neverland Wars #1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date; May 9, 2016
Source: Author

Imagine that magic was real and that it was powering most of the items we currently have while science and technology are still trying to figure out how to make it work without needing magic to power it.

Imagine waking up one day and discovering that your little sister was gone.  That in the middle of the night she was whisked away to Neverland by Peter Pan.

That is what happened to Gwen.  One day she is telling her sister fairytale stories past bedtime and the next day her sister is off living in one.

Before all this happened, Gwen was just trying to figure out boys and the teenager life.  The point in life where your life is a blur.  You don't feel quite like an adult, but you also don't feel quite like a child any more.  The point where you think you want to be an adult, but you also don't want to let go of all the simply childhood joy you have been experiencing to disappear.

I have got to say, The Neverland Wars was so well written, that I easily found myself lost in the words.  I was able to go pages and pages without realizing that time had passed.  This was even the case when nothing was really going on in the story.  I just kept going, finding myself immersed.

I also think that Audrey Greathouse was able to hit the nail on the head when it comes to being a teenager.  All of that inner turmoil about growing up was captured brilliantly.  And the growing up part of the storyline was kept pretty true to the feeling of Peter Pan.

Ah, Peter Pan.  Now that was a character I can't say I liked very much actually.  I found him to be a little too aloop and pompous at times.  Maybe it was because he was a preteen himself?  And preteens can be pretty difficult themselves.  But there was something about him that I just didn't really find myself liking.

For those who like to know, especially since this is a book marketed towards young adults.  There is some language usage and mentions of drugs and underage drinking.  This all occurs towards the end of the book.

And if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me ranting at Audrey Greathouse about the ending.  But you know what that means?   It means I am going to have to read the second one!

This review is based on an eARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Rating
4 Stars


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Stephanie! It is great to see your thoughts and fantastic to hear that this was a book you could lose yourself in...I'd say more, but clearly I need to go get back to working on the sequel ;)

  2. I really like that cover! I'm glad you liked this one. I feel like I hear a lot of negative things about Peter Pan retellings, so it's nice to hear great things about this one.

  3. I read this book and loved it! The writing is so poetic and I can't wait to read the sequel!