Monday 4 July 2022

Book Review: Hooked by A.C. Wise (Fantasy)

Title: Hooked
Author: A.C. Wise
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 12 July 2022
Pages: 256
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Once invited, always welcome.
Once invited, never free.

Captain James Hook, the immortal pirate of Neverland, has died a thousand times. Drowned, stabbed by Peter Pan’s sword, eaten by the beast swimming below the depths, yet James was resurrected every time by one boy’s dark imagination. Until he found a door in the sky, an escape. And he took the chance no matter the cost.

Now in London twenty-two years later, Peter Pan’s monster has found Captain Hook again, intent on revenge. But a chance encounter leads James to another survivor of Neverland. Wendy Darling, now a grown woman, is the only one who knows how dark a shadow Neverland casts, no matter how far you run. To vanquish Pan’s monster once and for all, Hook must play the villain one last time…


First off I would say that, although not marketed as a sequel to Wendy, Darling per se, it would help to have read that book first as there are many references to characters and events that took place in that earlier work in Hooked. However, I would then go on to say that I preferred Hooked to Wendy, Darling. I liked Wendy, Darling and gave it 4.5 stars, but Hooked just appealed to me more, I think because I found Hook/James a more gripping character than the Wendy/Jane combination. A.C Wise has created a compelling narrative of his background and his love-hate relationship with Neverland which made him highly relatable and interesting. I was 'hooked' right from the opening chapter and my attention held until the end. If you like Peter Pan and enjoy retellings that put a darker spin on the story then definitely check out Wendy, Darling and Hooked.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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