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Everland

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Everland

Author: Wendy Spinale

Grade: B-

Everland was the May Owlcrate book of the month. A steampunk/ alternative history  retelling of Peter Pan in which Hook decimates London killing all the adults and unleashing a virus that kills the girls almost as quickly. Gwen Darling is one of the lucky ones. She’s trying to take care of her younger brother and sister when a kidnapping leads her right into the path of Pete and the Lost Boys.

I was excited to get this one. I love steampunk and I don’t usually do a lot of Peter Pan retellings. Overall though it fell a little flat which was somehow even more disappointing.

What worked is important and that was actually the set-up. It all did make sense. You could imagine a virus being unleashed during the blitz and I enjoyed that and the descriptions of the dead city. (One of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. London- not an actual dead city.) The descriptions of the city the boys (and one girl) lived were also very good and I think it does a good job of weaving in so many elements of Pan.

I also liked Hook. He’s got some interesting back story and he’s one of those characters that you can’t really, truly hate. I admit it also helped that I was picturing the Hook from Once Upon a Time for the whole read.

Unfortunately it was Gwen that didn’t work for me. I certainly don’t hate the character. She’s spunky, brave and resourceful although I feel like she goes for Pete a little too fast. But there wasn’t much about her that made her standout save the super special status the plot grants her. Her siblings were okay but they felt like those kids you get in movies were you just grit your teeth and wait for them to get off-screen. Pete was typical Pete but I thought Jack and Doc were far more interesting lost boys.

That might be my thing with this book. A perfectly fine quick read but totally predictable with mostly cookie-cutter characters. Reading this one I thought it read a little younger than I would have expected but at the same time there are some child deaths and harsh subjects dealt with like any good fairy tale retelling.

Recommend: 50/50 Everland is an interesting book but  I think there are better retellings of Pan out there.

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Steampunk: May Owlcrate

Owlcrate May: Steampunk

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I admit I was way excited for the steampunk box!

For those of you who don’t know Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box that sends a newly released YA and some usually very well curated items that go with the theme of the box. This months box included:

Crystal Compass Designs:
Skeleton key necklace which is very large but still a really  nice piece.IMG_1475

Elope– the little dragonfly is one of five pieces that subscribers could have received. I’m actually super happy with the dragonfly because I love dragonflies and it just looks steampunk to me.

The Barrie art print is by Creative Daffodil Studios. I like it. It’s not over the top but I honestly don’t know if I’m going to do anything with that.

The little ring is by Sparks Emporium and has something to do with The Infernal Devices trilogy which I know nothing about. I can’t tell if it’s an angel or a butterfly but it’s kind of cute. I’m more of a ring person than anything else so I could see myself putting it on.

The nails are by Espionage Cosmetics. They’re very different. The design is interesting. I don’t know if I’d ever get around to wearing them though they do have a video of how to apply them. Which honestly when I have to watch a video telling me how to do something is usually the part I check out 🙂

Now for the most important and awesome part:

The book!

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Everland by Wendy Spinale

(and some tattoos)

This is apparently a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan in which our heroine Gwen teams up with the Lost Boys of London to rescue her sister from the clutches of Captain Hook! I had never heard of this book before but it sounds like great fun. I love retellings of Peter Pan and if this hadn’t come the night before City of Mirrors and The Last Star dropped I’d be all over it.

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As it is I’m really looking forward to reading it and on that alone I consider this box a win for me.

The theme of the June Owlcrate box is Royalty.