Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is an adult retelling of a childhood classic story done right!
I love it when authors put their own spin on classic tales or presents a story from a different perspective. In this case, Alias Hook is from Captain Hook's perspective and Peter Pan is not the hero. The story was well crafted and I thought Lisa’s explanation of what happens to lost boys was absolute genius. This author truly showed her Pan Universe knowledge.
Essentially this book is an adult love story, set on an island of innocence, with both main characters seeking (consciously or unconsciously) redemption for sins of their past. While Captain Hook’s crimes are legendary, Stella struggles with her own personal demons. Together they make a very interesting couple and an enjoyable book. I was so utterly invested in completing his redemption storyline towards the people he harmed prior to coming to the island that I would have preferred a different ending but the romantic in me was quite satisfied with the conclusion of their love story. Truly, the only piece missing from this book is Tinkerbell, which I can only hope will happen in a future novel by this talented author.
"Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It's my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy."
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.