Thursday, 15 May 2014

09:42 - 1 comment

Book Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Second Star
Title: Second Star
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Release Date: May 13th, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

My Review:

This book was not what I was expecting.  At all.  I was super edited to read a modern and exciting retelling.  However, instead I was reading a contemporary novel with a plotline that I had a hard time making connections to the real Peter Pan story. 

Take Jas (aka Captain Hook) for example. I was prepared for a dark mysterious character that battled between villainy and heroism, trickery and caring.  Instead, he’s a sweet, lighthearted surfer who shows no signs of villainy at all.   Perhaps this is supposed to be a very loose retelling, however, it comes across to me as very unsure about whether to stick to the real story or go off on its own course.  

Another problem that I have with this book is the main character.  Throughout the story she comes across as very lost.  In the beginning, this is fine, however, since she is the main narrator of the story, it gets old very quickly. 

I am so disappointed with this book.  At the beginning of the year, Second Star was close to the top of my “can’t wait books of 2014” list.  Despite the amount of potential, this book falls disappointingly flat for me. There is a severe lack of plot adventures and dilemmas, the characters are extremely boring, and the ending is very anticlimactic.     

I give Second Star, by Alyssa B. Sheinmel, 1 out of 5 stars.  

(I received a copy from Farrar, Staus, and Giroux through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

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