Fantasy Book Review: Alias Hook

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game.

Captain Hook is not just the storybook villain we know. He has a heartbreaking past that led to him being cursed and sent to a neverending fight with the boy Peter Pan. Sentenced to live a violent, ageless life – all as a game to Peter Pan’s whims. Until a grown woman arrives in Neverland and changes everything for Hook.

Hook and Stella have an immediate and powerful connection that quickly leads to romance and love. But Hook doesn’t know how to end the curse and get home. This adult fairy tale retelling is dark, dramatic, and full of magic and adventure. A haunting tale, the story is inspired and passionate that I won’t soon forget.

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