I received this book at no cost from the publisherEverland by Wendy Spinale
Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th 2016
Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
I must admit, I have lived an extraordinary life and will forever be grateful for the opportunities I have had.
I was the middle of three kids, my older brother being deaf for as far back as I can remember. At the time, I didn’t realize how much that would later impact my life. I was a sign language interpreter for a short time (although I’m extremely rusty now), taught my kids to sign as infants, and now am using that experience in my current manuscript.
During college I was living in southern California working for Disneyland as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department. I met my husband there who was also a performer. After four incredible years working with the Mouse, we moved to his hometown in the Bay Area.
I eventually got my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before a knee injury ended my career. Not sure what to do with my time, I applied to job posting to be an online journalist. I loved writing, but had no experience. I didn’t hear back so I wrote up a review about a local restaurant and sent it to them to prove I could do the job. Twenty-four hours later, I was a journalist with AOL Media/Pleasanton Patch.
I spent three great years with them before cut backs forced me without a job again. That’s when I started writing my first novel, which went nowhere. Dozens of rejection letters later. I started a second book. A year later I was offered representation by Thao Le from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and within another six months I was offered a book deal. EVERLAND (Scholastic) is scheduled to debut Summer of 2016!
Today I live in the Bay Area with my husband and three sons who are my biggest fans. While they’re off at work and school, I bounce ideas off my four-legged, furry family members, Odie and Sammy.
I am such a fan of retellings and the latest one about Peter Pan enthralled me. This one has a darker theme (think Once, but more horrible than Hell on the TV show), filled with dystopian and steampunk themes. Gwen Darling and her siblings, has survived the disease unleased on London by the German Queen and is hiding from their army, the Marauders. Avoiding others in the city, Gwen meets Pete and Bella, a sharpeshooter, and together with Pete’s Lost Boys as they try to outsmart Captain Hook. As the group is just barely surviving, there is nonstop action filled with angsty hope and promise.
Hook is keeping his crocodiles in the sewers of the underground as pets and since the gang are using the Underground as a home, they are confronted by evil all around. Bella (Tink), is trouble and sulks just like in the original and tends to provide mischief when her jealously explodes around Gwen. Overall, this is a fun read filled with imagination. Parents: there is some violence, mild romance, death and disease.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVERLAND, US Only.
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