Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Synopsis for Death in Neverland (from Goodreads):
In the Neverland, people don’t grow up. Because they’re dead.
Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights.
Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one none knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren’t happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides – the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he’s known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he’s the slippery Nicholas Grey.
The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he’s shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren’t all bad the way gentleman aren’t all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.
This dark retelling of Peter Pan infuses familiar characters created by J. M. Barrie with new characters and Greek mythology. It is the first in a trilogy.
Series: Neverland Trilogy
Author: Heather C Myers
# of Books: 3 (Full Reading Order Here)
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, Retelling, Dark, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: Third Person, Multiple
Publication Dates: November 2014 – November 2016
Source & Format: Xpresso Book Tours–eARC
I DNF’d Death in Neverland at 26% (just before Chapter 7). Find out why…
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
Peter Pan retellings have always fascinated me, especially the ones were Peter Pan is evil. It’s such a radical change from the Peter Pan of my childhood (the number of times I have watched the Disney version, I can’t even begin to count) who is a childhood “hero” to all kids. So when I saw this book had a dark twist on an otherwise light story, I was more than intrigued.
What I Liked:
The idea that Neverland is the Underworld is one that is really interesting to me. It was like a hybrid of Elsewhere meets the Everneath Trilogy to me. I was eager to explore this dangerous world and see the parallels between mythology and Peter Pan. Unfortunately though, I never got to get into it and see how it all plays out.
What I Didn’t Like:
If you like rich descriptions of EVERYTHING in your novels, you will probably love this novel. But my mind needs to be stimulated if I am going to read something and because of the descriptions, I constantly found myself wandering. I don’t need to know every single detail of a characters appearance nor do I need to know the exact layout of the ship. Sure it helps, but they are mindless details I will forget by the next chapter that I probably don’t need to know for the sake of the story.
I couldn’t decide if Remy was a dull heroine or an annoying one. Her elitist attitude was annoying for sure but she also didn’t seem to have much personality otherwise. I also got confused regarding her motivation and perception of Neverland. Spoiler: Earlier in the novel she mentions she remembers dying and that her motivation for leaving her arranged marriage is because she has experienced death. Yet when she gets to Neverland again, she doesn’t seem to want to be there. I just didn’t understand what her thought process was. |
–Didn’t Seem to be Going Anywhere–
I have no idea what the actual plot of this story was going to be. Where does Peter Pan come into it or even Captain Hook? They are briefly mentioned in an early chapter than disappear. I get the need for exposition and setting up the story but this just seemed like nothing was going to happen anytime soon. There was just too much description of the setting, too many characters introduced as once and not enough plot line to keep my attention.
Will I Finish It?
At this point, no. I even read the synopsis of Love in Neverland to see where this plot was heading and it only left me more confused. Where this story is heading, I will never know and I am A-OK with that.
Series Rating: DNF
Death in Neverland DNF | Love in Neverland N/A | Life in Neverland TBR
This book simply wasn’t for me. I’m picky with my mythology reads. I need a strong heroine I can get behind and a world that captivates me from the get-go. I also feel like this book just needed that little bit of polish to make it flow better. If you like descriptive books that a mythology retellings, than this is the perfect read for you!
Read if You Like: descriptive books, slow plots, mythology
Avoid if You: want a straight retelling of Peter Pan, want a fast plot, dislike description
- Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Everneath Trilogy #1)
- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)
- Never Never by Brianna Shrum
Thanks for saving me from reading this! It sounds so interesting in the description but I also cannot handle long, unnecessary descriptions or slow moving plots. Great review!
I’m all about saving time! I just felt like nothing had happened despite 5 decently long chapters!
Hmmmm, it’s disappointing because you expected a Peter Pan retelling but didn’t really get one! Especially with the annoying heroine. Sorry this one wasn’t for you!
Yes, it was really disappointing and it’s definitely made me hesitant to try out the various other Peter Pan retellings that seem to be coming out lately :S
Awk, SO DISAPPOINTING. I hadn’t even heard of this one, but but but I LOVE PETER PAN. *cries* The premise sounds so amazing but I’m a huge avoider of slow, aimless stories. They drive me nuts. (I’m reading one right now and liable to eat a brick wall with annoyance soon. XD) Definitely avoiding…
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Slow stories are my mortal enemy. I’m reading one right now as well and it’s dryer than paint on the wall at times. But I try my hardest to stick with them in the hopes they become great.
There are a ton of other Peter Pan retellings coming out lately so I’m sure one of those will meet our Peter Pan-retelling hopes 🙂