Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Published by: Thomas Dunne Books
Available: July 8, 2014
Review by: Dani Hoots
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a fun twist on the classic story of Peter Pan. Changing the view of the story, we begin to understand the truth about Hook and how he came to be in what he considers his hell for eternity.
Jensen does a great job bringing you to love a character that we once grew up to hate. Hook is sexy and smart, but still needs to learn to grow up. Wishing he could end his eternal torture, never quite dying when fighting Pan, yet having to endure all of the pain, he is given one last chance to redeem himself.
Destined to help Hook, Stella finds her way into Neverland even after being refused by Pan for being a grownup. She hears someone calling her and tumbles into the dreamworld. Is she the one who could lead Hook back to the real world? Or will he not be able to overcome his childish behaviors?
I enjoyed this story very much, but had some trouble when the author switched back and forth in time. We are given some history about Hook and while I appreciate knowing more about his past, I sometimes found myself at a lost as to where I was in the story.
I would also like to get to know more about the other characters in the book. The story mainly follows Hook and Stella, but I would like to get to know Hook’s crew a bit more. Why did he care for them so much if he always had a new crew every few years? I did enjoy getting to meet the different creatures, such as the sirens and the fairies.
Jensen’s take on Hook was very enjoyable and reminded me of the Once Upon a Time version of Hook. Although Hook isn’t nearly the same in this story, he reminded me greatly of Colin O’Donoghue’s take on the character.
So if you enjoy pirates, action, adventure, and some romance, this book is for you. I give this story a 4.2/5. I loved the story but didn’t like how the flashbacks were executed. Jensen is very good at describing her worlds and bringing everything to life. I hope you will be able to pick this book up.
And besides, no one can truly resist a pirate…