Straight On Till Morning
What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling's life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.Wendy's only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. After nearly meeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isn't quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.But when Captain Hook reveals some rather permanent and evil plans for Never Land, it's up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world.

Straight On Till Morning Details

TitleStraight On Till Morning
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherDisney Press
ISBN-139781484781302
Rating
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

Straight On Till Morning Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    500-pages of twisted Peter Pan is now available!My body is ready.
  • ♠ TABI ♠
    January 1, 1970
    the author's writing is generally cardboard but I love Peter Pan so . . . "Here we go!!"
  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I was not sure what to expect of this story. Ive been reading all the other twisted tales and so far not one has truly disappointed me, but the premise of this one sounded a little vague and I was really curious where that would lead and what kind of story we would eventually get. And I have to admit that I am impressed what has been done with this amazing tale!And most of that has to do with the character Wendy Darling and how shes portrayed in this book. She reminds me of myself so much, in so I was not sure what to expect of this story. I’ve been reading all the other twisted tales and so far not one has truly disappointed me, but the premise of this one sounded a little vague and I was really curious where that would lead and what kind of story we would eventually get. And I have to admit that I am impressed what has been done with this amazing tale!And most of that has to do with the character Wendy Darling and how she’s portrayed in this book. She reminds me of myself so much, in so many ways. It was therefore easy to connect with her, to feel for her and to recognise myself in her journey. Because that’s what this story is about: Wendy’s journey from Child to Adult, to the adult she WANTS to be.Along the way some of the flaws in the Peter Pan stories are fixed. The most important one? This book actually contains a friendship between Tinkerbell and Wendy instead of their constant jealousy and them trying to betray each other. Watching them bonding, learning and growing together while exploring every part of Neverland was truly amazing.The world building of Neverland also went way beyond the original book and the Disney movie. That made the Isle feel more alive, but it also made the Isle feel a little more from us, from everyone. And it lead to some awesome adventures we never got to see in the original books and stories.Some more things I liked: The characters of Peter Pan being confronted with the symbolism in their own story (and them denying it), Hook actually being smart and intelligent (and delusional), the lesson that imagination is a powerful weapon in itself and where Wendy’s story eventually ends.I can’t wait for the next twisted tale!
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    Hello Wendy Darling!Straight On Till Morning was another fantastic book in this twisted tales series! I feel like I don't read enough peter pan retellings because the ones that I do find, I fall in love with. Pretty sure I've only read like 3 others.. but eh, details. The world needs more.The characters in this book were a lot different than what I was used to. Yes, we still see the very same ones we grew up with in the Disney Movie. Yet, something is different. Wendy was easy to connect with Hello Wendy Darling!Straight On Till Morning was another fantastic book in this twisted tales series! I feel like I don't read enough peter pan retellings because the ones that I do find, I fall in love with. Pretty sure I've only read like 3 others.. but eh, details. The world needs more.The characters in this book were a lot different than what I was used to. Yes, we still see the very same ones we grew up with in the Disney Movie. Yet, something is different. Wendy was easy to connect with and extremely likable. It was entertaining to see her growth throughout this book because of who she wanted to be in the end.Then there's Tinkerbell - lord she's adorable. In this one, they are actually friends! Yay to friendship guys because it was adorable as well. I think it's why Wendy was the way she was - ya know? No idea if that made sense at all but going with it. Their friendship definitely helped each other grow and it made exploring throughout Neverland pretty fun.Hook and the pirates made me laugh during some chapters. Then there's Peter who did the same. They were also completely different than how they are usually portrayed and that made this book so likable. Heck, lovable in my eyes. Again, the world needs more peter pan books and I can't wait for whatever Disney gives me next!
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  • Cindee
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much it is now my favorite Peter Pan retelling for the wonderful character that is Wendy and adding so much more to Tinker Bell to make her more than a jealous girl who only cares about Peter Pan. I loved the characters so much especially Wendy and Tinker Bell they had a great friendship that was rocky at times but they became the best friend to each other neither had ever had. I loved Wendy for her no nonsense attitude along with with kind and passionate nature. I loved I loved this book so much it is now my favorite Peter Pan retelling for the wonderful character that is Wendy and adding so much more to Tinker Bell to make her more than a jealous girl who only cares about Peter Pan. I loved the characters so much especially Wendy and Tinker Bell they had a great friendship that was rocky at times but they became the best friend to each other neither had ever had. I loved Wendy for her no nonsense attitude along with with kind and passionate nature. I loved Tinker Bell for being more than what she was in the original story she became a fully well developed character that was more than her feelings for Peter Pan. I loved the plot so much it started out as one girl's want for adventure and became so much more to a story about acceptance and perseverance and how one character just could not give up on something that it drove them mad. So overall I loved this book I will look forward to more of these books soon.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    A bit confusing at times but a decent read. Peter Pan isnt the main focus but the friendship between Wendy and Tinkerbell A bit confusing at times but a decent read. Peter Pan isn’t the main focus but the friendship between Wendy and Tinkerbell
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    omg, this is so exctiting
  • Rosie_Posie_Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Well this was certainly unexpected! I thought it was just going to be princess stories...Also you guys are really making me wait for that Cinderella retelling aren't you? T_T I will be an old woman before that happens lol. Still though, super excited for this one! Hope there was will be an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and maybe even a Bambi retelling (that would be super neat to see!) But please oh please do Cinderella soon XD
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  • Katelyn Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I am a sucker fore any Peter Pan retelling, especially with a Hook and Wendy team up. Which I thought this one would be, I was wrong it was Wendy and Tinkerbell teaming up, I had my doubts about these two together to save Neverland, but by the end of the book a 2 star read became a solid 3 star read. I just wish that there was a little more meat to this story. A worthy read dor any Disney fan.
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  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait for this new book! I love Peter Pan! Despite what some people harshly say about the Twisted Tale series, I think they're amazing. I hope the series goes on!
  • Jen (The Jenerator)
    January 1, 1970
    Love this series and Loved this book focusing on Wendy and GIRL POWER! :)
  • Kathryn G.
    January 1, 1970
    !!!!!I wondered what they'd do after they ran out of Disney princess retellings - if they did anything else at all. I AM SO ON BOARD FOR THIS!!
  • Athena
    January 1, 1970
    Originally I had thought that this book would be similar to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatchers, another version of the Peter Pan tale. I was wrong.Although this book uses the same characters from Peter Pan's beloved story - Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Smee, and the Lost Boys - it developed the world of Neverland into much more than just a child's fantasy. The reader is introduced to the well known areas, like Skull Island and Mermaid Lagoon, but the Land of Originally I had thought that this book would be similar to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatchers, another version of the Peter Pan tale. I was wrong.Although this book uses the same characters from Peter Pan's beloved story - Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Smee, and the Lost Boys - it developed the world of Neverland into much more than just a child's fantasy. The reader is introduced to the well known areas, like Skull Island and Mermaid Lagoon, but the Land of the Firsts is a new place. Liz Braswell has successfully revealed how Neverland is created by childrens' dreams, but not just Wendy, John, and Michael. The dreams of other children have led Wendy and Tinker Bell to some dangerous encounters. Speaking of which, I enjoyed how the story focused on Wendy and Tinker Bell's relationship, as well as Wendy growing up from a child to a woman, instead of Peter Pan. I feel that I've read too much about Peter, and he is depicted rather childishly in this story, true to his stature of "never growing up." It was great seeing the female characters take charge!Wendy realizes that change comes with all living things, so although she once felt committed to staying in Neverland, she returns home to London, where she becomes an advocate of women's rights. I noticed that growing up doesn't mean stop dreaming, but you can keep dreaming and make those dreams into reality. I enjoyed how this book really twisted the original Peter-Pan-never-growing-up story into a Wendy-learns-how-to-grow-up tale!
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  • Nika
    January 1, 1970
    I'm in love with the Disney twisted tales and as soon as I heard that there is one about my favourite Disney characters I knew I had to read it!I love how this whole book focuses on Wendy's self development. She transforms from a house maid into an independent, strong woman despite everyone trying to silence her.Wendy has always been one of my favourite book/movie characters and this book shows her from a new, never before seen angle. Simply fantastic and such an easy read.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this. A solid ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 STARS. I thoroughly enjoyed this. A solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 STARS.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the only book in the series, thus far, that I could not stand! It was too long and dragged on. The whole plot was just boring.
  • Lottie
    January 1, 1970
    Straight on Till Morning: A Twisted TaleBy Liz BraswellWhat if Wendy went to Never Land with Captain Hook?Liz Braswell is back and better than ever with her latest twisted tale based on the story of Peter Pan. As with all the twisted tales though, nothing is as it seems. Any regular reader will know Liz Braswell is a favourite of mine for bringing the darkness to our favourite fairy tales and Straight on Till Morning is no exception. Gone are the sickeningly sweet nursery scenes and Nana in a Straight on Till Morning: A Twisted TaleBy Liz Braswell“What if Wendy went to Never Land with Captain Hook?”Liz Braswell is back and better than ever with her latest twisted tale based on the story of Peter Pan. As with all the twisted tales though, nothing is as it seems. Any regular reader will know Liz Braswell is a favourite of mine for bringing the darkness to our favourite fairy tales and Straight on Till Morning is no exception. Gone are the sickeningly sweet nursery scenes and Nana in a nursemaid’s hat. Braswell wastes no time in managing our expectations: letting us know that this will not be a romantic tale of stars and pixie dust. Even London’s sky is “choked” by the clouds rather than blanketed by themIt has been 4 years since Nana tore Peter Pan’ shadow from his body and Wendy is frustrated and disappointed that Peter has never come to reclaim it. She seems to have taken this very personally: equating his abandonment of his shadow as an abandonment of her, but still keeping the shadow safe, should he change his mind. I immediately thought of this as the Disney equivalent of a girl dropping a handkerchief in the hope that a boy would pick it up and they would fall in love (I watch a lot of Pride & Prejudice!)The first impression I gleamed from the tagline of this novel was that it would be a retelling of the original story, only if Captain Hook had befriended the Darling siblings first: something along the lines of Michael in a bandana and Wendy hating Peter Pan rather than fawning after him. However, by making the family older we see Wendy at 16: on the verge of becoming a young woman, staying home and ensuring supper is on the table whilst her brothers are educated and thus experiencing the gender stereotypes of her time. Yes, some could say the original Wendy already experienced gender stereotypes in the original story with the whole “squab collect firewood” episode but Braswell brings the discrimination into the real world, this is Edwardian London: the subject of history books, not fairy tales and so cannot be brushed off so easily. Perhaps this is why Wendy writes herself as the hero in her own stories whereas others such as Captain Hook merely judge her as a bystander or as a “mother figure”: her stories allow her to be someone she could never be in real life- or could she? It doesn’t take long for Wendy to realise that, in Neverland and in life, she must be her own hero. However, Wendy soon realises that being a hero is not the glamourous existence she imagined: quite the opposite as she muses “being a hero is just work…boring work…endless work…and nothing more.”Wendy does not embark upon her adventure alone though. Braswell reignites our love and visions of Neverland by reuniting us with Hook, his crew, the lost boys, the mermaids and of course our favourite inappropriately dressed fairy: Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is easily the best supporting actress in this twisted tale. In my opinion no Peter Pan tale has ever given the pixie as much depth as Braswell does in this novel. Her mood swings are iconic and her frustration at Wendy… well it’s relatable let’s put it that way! But by exploring Tink’s relationship with other fairies and by causing Wendy to make sacrifices to save her newfound friend, Braswell causes us to reconsider Tinkerbell. Maybe there is more to her than pretty pixie dust after all!I really appreciated how this was Wendy and Tink’s story. Michael, John and even Peter did not feature heavily and it gave the reader a real opportunity to see a friendship blossom between the young woman and the fairy. Wendy’s age meant that she was able to address the romantic tension between Tink and Peter and air the jealousy that had impacted Tinkerbell’s previous perceptions of “ugly Wendy”. My notebook always contains hundreds of thoughts when I read a book but when Wendy suggests everyone fawns over Peter when he doesn’t really deserve it, I wrote FINALLY!Straight on Till Morning defies all expectations of Peter Pan, pirates and swordfights: yes the story includes these, of course it does. However, with Peter taking a backseat Braswell is free to explore modern issues within Neverland such as feminism and societal difficulties. She does so cleverly: through characters such as Skipper and by using several amazing twists towards the end of the book. (I must admit, I saw the Smee twist coming…but not the Wendy one and I LOVED it.)Dare I say it could even be a gateway into a Mary Poppins twisted tale?
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  • Blue
    January 1, 1970
    Want to see more... Bookstagram WebsiteOkay. Why did it take so long for a Twisted Tale revision of Peter Pan!! No really? Peter Pan is the kid that never grew up which we all find so relatable and Hook is the adult that hates smelly nosed brats, which fondly enough is also relatable. So who wouldnt like anything Peter Pan related? No seriously, who wouldnt?If I am to be completely honest, while I adore Peter Pan and Hook, I am not a massive fan of Wendy and Tinkerbell. I know I am a monster but Want to see more... Bookstagram WebsiteOkay. Why did it take so long for a Twisted Tale revision of Peter Pan!! No really? Peter Pan is the kid that never grew up which we all find so relatable and Hook is the adult that hates smelly nosed brats, which fondly enough is also relatable. So who wouldn’t like anything Peter Pan related? No seriously, who wouldn’t?If I am to be completely honest, while I adore Peter Pan and Hook, I am not a massive fan of Wendy and Tinkerbell. I know I am a monster but seriously hear me out. Besides the original Peter Pan tell, every retelling Wendy is either a snot-nosed little bitch that drives me up the wall, or she constantly falls over and Peter Pas has to save her all the time. NO. A, she is from London, it doesn’t automatically make her snobby and B, she isn’t too lady like to play with Peter, which is why Peter Pan actually brought Wendy to Neverland in the first place. No to trip of sticks and complain about bugs the whole time. And well, I just don’t like Tinberbell so *shrugs*Wendy Darling in Straight on Till Morning was portrayed CORRECTLY in comparison to other retellings you find. Wendy is fun loving, adventurous, kind and slightly cheeky which is the Wendy I love and adore, and this automatically gives it a five stars before she even meets Hook!I love that Hook is true to form and is an extremely smart character that gets dim-witted by desire, it also shows his fun, adventurous and crazy side and I love it.Braswell has completed an absolute master of a Peter Pan retelling, and trust me I have read them all and Braswell is by far the best. This was a delightful read and still held the iconic (and true to the time period) London and then she also bought to life so many different elements of Neverland that the original book and the Disney movie never showed, as well as being reunited with some favourites. Overall this book was bloody brilliant. I loved, I needed it and I want more!!!! I hope Braswell is the author of the Robin Hood retelling when that comes around!
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  • ضحى الحداد
    January 1, 1970
    "Twinkle twinkle little star, so we'll know, where you are, gleaming in the sky above, and lead us to the land we dreamed of " This has been an absolute joy to read I felt so nostalgic for Neverland :'(, it has the adventure I expected and the character development I craved .. I LOOOVED this version of Neverland and the adventure .. so glad I read this book now excuse me while I listen to the track of Peterpan " And when our journey is through each time we say good night, we'll thank the little "Twinkle twinkle little star, so we'll know, where you are, gleaming in the sky above, and lead us to the land we dreamed of " This has been an absolute joy to read I felt so nostalgic for Neverland :'(, it has the adventure I expected and the character development I craved .. I LOOOVED this version of Neverland and the adventure .. so glad I read this book now excuse me while I listen to the track of Peterpan " And when our journey is through each time we say good night, we'll thank the little star that shines, the second from the right "
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  • Beverly K
    January 1, 1970
    I was going to mark it down a star because I'm not that fond of Peter Pan, but then again, that's not fair to the book. This was quite well done. Never Land was much more fully fleshed out, I loved the relationship between Tinker Bell and Wendy, and I felt like all of the characters grew as a result. I'm eager to read more of these books.
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  • Hayley Bahnemann
    January 1, 1970
    Another great retelling. Peter Pan is my fave Disney story so I really enjoyed Wendy in this book and the Epilogue was really well done. The girl relationships were so much better in this book than the non-existent part in the actually store and I loved it.
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  • Gwen
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled when this book was announced and I am completely and totally amazed with this story! Liz Braswell spun the story so well and so flawlessly that It competes with the original story! I loved that Wendy and Tinker Bell became best friends despite their differences, that they had a Lost Girl, Skipper, and so many more little details that made me smile! I highly recommend this to anyone who has been in love with the timeless story of Peter Pan, because...it might just make you feel I was thrilled when this book was announced and I am completely and totally amazed with this story! Liz Braswell spun the story so well and so flawlessly that It competes with the original story! I loved that Wendy and Tinker Bell became best friends despite their differences, that they had a Lost Girl, Skipper, and so many more little details that made me smile! I highly recommend this to anyone who has been in love with the timeless story of Peter Pan, because...it might just make you feel like you could fly with Wendy on her own unique adventure to Never Land...
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  • Esmė
    January 1, 1970
    hooray for feminism, boo for bad writing and strange plot choices and pairing random characters off?
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars This isnt a retelling so much as a fanfic about a friendship developing between Wendy and Tinker Bell. It was interesting enough, but at nearly 500 pages, it was also unnecessarily drawn out. 2.5 stars This isn’t a “retelling” so much as a fanfic about a friendship developing between Wendy and Tinker Bell. It was interesting enough, but at nearly 500 pages, it was also unnecessarily drawn out.
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  • LeoReader
    January 1, 1970
    And we're off to Neverland, to read this twisted Peter Pan retelling.Publication: February 4th 2020Synopsis: What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland with Captain Hook?Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling's life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be And we're off to Neverland, to read this twisted Peter Pan retelling.Publication: February 4th 2020Synopsis: What if Wendy first traveled to Neverland… with Captain Hook?Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling's life is not what she imagined it would be. The doldrums of an empty house after her brothers have gone to school, the dull parties where everyone thinks she talks too much, and the fact that her parents have decided to send her away to Ireland as a governess-it all makes her wish things could be different.Wendy's only real escape is in writing down tales of Never Land. After nearly meeting her hero, Peter Pan, four years earlier, she still holds on to the childhood hope that his magical home truly exists. She also holds on to his shadow.So when an opportunity to travel to Never Land via pirate ship presents itself, Wendy makes a deal with the devil. But Never Land isn't quite the place she imagined it would be. Unexpected dangers and strange foes pop up at every turn, and a little pixie named Tinker Bell seems less than willing to help.But when Captain Hook reveals some rather permanent and evil plans for Never Land, it's up to the two of them to save Peter Pan-and his world.Review/Thoughts: Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories and love the Twisted Tale books. They are so unique and so fun to read.  Because of that I had high hopes for this book...possibly too high. It's a good take on his story, don't get me wrong, I just expected more from it. Peter Pan, for me, is one of those stories that holds a lot of potential and it can be written and twisted in a lot of different directions. Because of this, this book felt like a let down to me. I feel like the author could have done more with the story.At first I couldn't wrap my head around this Neverland. For me it was hard to tell whether it was made up and only existed from Wendy's stories, or if it was a dream all together. It wasn't till about halfway through the book did it fully actually start to make sense to me. Maybe I was just slow, but now that I know how and why this Neverland exists it's much clearer to me and I understand it better. Like I said, maybe I was slow to realize/understand this, and maybe I'm the only one who felt this way. It does end up making sense in the end, which is important and I am thankful for.I got to be honest, I thought Wendy and Tinker Bell were going to be the same. Nothing special or different about them. I was pleasantly surprised to see their character growth throughout this book, and them grow closer as friends. It was such a welcome change compared to the normal. I felt like Tink's personality was spot on. Her temper and her jealously towards Wendy was well done. I'm pleased that through the time they shared they learned and grew from those experiences. I didn't expect Tink and Wendy spending as much time together as they did throughout the book when I first started it, but I'm pleased that it did happen. It was something different and I really enjoyed it.Peter Pan was...Peter Pan in this book. I don't know how else to describe it. I felt like he was written very well, and the author captured the Peter Pan I know and Peter Pan that I hold dearly. I just loved Peter, but for this being his Twisted Tale he's only apart of the story for like 25-30% of the book. I just expected him to be seen more. That's really my biggest, possibly only, gripe and hugest let down about the book; that he wasn't apart of the story as much as I thought he was going to be.And lastly, Hook and his pirates. Hook...is a maniac! Well done. This Hook is crazy, delusional, and only has his mind set on beating Peter Pan. To add to all that, he actually believes he can. I feel like that's Hook in any Peter Pan story. His pirates were also done wonderfully. Their actions, their questioning Hook's mad obsession over Peter. It was wonderful and so much like Hook's crew. I loved the pirate Zane. He almost reminded me of Smee in some sort of tiny way, and for a while I began to think he was Smee and that his true name was Zane but Hook just called him Smee for some reason. (This is Hook we're talking about after all.) I was wrong, he's not Smee! And I don't mind what's in store for him, Zane, at the end of the book. He got little "screen time" in the book but I truly love this charterer.~Till the next Chapter~You can also find me on:WordPress: https://wordpress.com/view/areaderswo...Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shylas_sher...
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    Another Twisted Tale...and boy is it! What if Captain Hook delivered Wendy, without her brothers, to Never Land instead of Peter Pan? Nothing would be the same! And this book proves it!What's it about?Wendy's 16, lonely, an outcast and living in her head full of stories...which just happens to be a quality her parents don't appreciate as much as her brothers do. In an attempt to pull her out of her fantasy world, they arrange to send her to Ireland, without her brothers, without Nana and without Another Twisted Tale...and boy is it! What if Captain Hook delivered Wendy, without her brothers, to Never Land instead of Peter Pan? Nothing would be the same! And this book proves it!What's it about?Wendy's 16, lonely, an outcast and living in her head full of stories...which just happens to be a quality her parents don't appreciate as much as her brothers do. In an attempt to pull her out of her fantasy world, they arrange to send her to Ireland, without her brothers, without Nana and without her notebook full of stories, to be a nanny. Horrified and determined to not end up in Ireland, she resorts to the unthinkable. She pulls out the old shadow of Peter Pan that's been living in her drawer for years, and uses it to pay for a round trip from London to Never Land and back again upon the Jolly Roger. But soon she start to see just what a monumental mistake her plan really was.After escaping from being held captive on the Jolly Roger, she makes her way to the glorious island she's dreamed of. But it's not so glorious. The inhabitants on the island aren't so friendly and Peter Pan is no where to be found. It's up to her and her new (unlikely) friend to find Peter Pan, rescue his tortured shadow and save Never Land! But things are never as they seem in Never Land and Wendy might just find herself up against a bigger adventure then she's ever dreamed of!My thoughts: I don't even know where to start. I loved it! Wendy was naive and annoying at times, but in the end it all seemed worth it! I adored the underlying themes of girl power and the fact that we have the ability to effect the world more then we realize. Like many of the Twisted Tale series, this is not your typical Peter Pan story at all! It's very different, right from the start. It feels like you've, too, have been dropped into a world you thought you knew but really don't know much about at all. It's sprinkled with laugh out loud humor, self awareness and fairy tale gold inter mixed among characters we think we know but never stop loving. I closed the book with tears in my eyes and a love for the book that I didn't expect to be so great, even when I started the last chapter. It's become another reason why I adore the Twisted Tale series and will need to explore more writings by Ms. Liz Braswell!
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    DNFWhat is this book? It was a gimmicky excuse to write a Peter Pan novel without Peter Pan. Which is fine. Don't get me wrong. Peter Pan is an annoying little brat, but he is also the only developed character in the story.I thought we would develop Captain Hook. Maybe tell the story from his point of view, maybe give him a little depth. I was wrong. We attempt to develop Wendy. Now, this was the strong part of the story. Wendy is not a Mary Sue, she is not all-powerful, and is not immune to DNFWhat is this book? It was a gimmicky excuse to write a Peter Pan novel without Peter Pan. Which is fine. Don't get me wrong. Peter Pan is an annoying little brat, but he is also the only developed character in the story.I thought we would develop Captain Hook. Maybe tell the story from his point of view, maybe give him a little depth. I was wrong. We attempt to develop Wendy. Now, this was the strong part of the story. Wendy is not a Mary Sue, she is not all-powerful, and is not immune to change. A wonderful character who avoids the pitfalls of many other female characters, but it is not enough to drive a 500 page story!I read 220 pages, a sufficient amount to tell and be done with this story, but we're still going around in circles. All of our characters are looking for a Macguffin (Peter Pan in this case), but they are all just wandering around. The plot is incredibly minimal.Why did Wendy leave the pirates? Why did the pirates want her to be their mother? It would have been more interesting for her to stay with them. Could Wendy have fallen in love with Captain Hook? Why is he the bad guy, the trope of writing from a villain's perspective has been very successful, and there is a lot to work with.What is Never Land? Did Wendy create it? Do all children create it? Was it there before she was writing stories? Had she met Peter Pan before? The setting is a mixture of all the answers to all of those questions.This thing is 500 pages long! Give me a break and give me a straight answer about our setting.Where is the crocodile? Wendy had the shadow for four years, but never traveled to Never Land? Why does she have a wolf? Did she create killer mermaids, or is that someone else?I'm so confused on the basic parts of the story, that when we try to be complex it doesn't make any sense.I just found myself not wanting to read this. The biggest emotional payoff is Wendy trying to be friends with Tinkerbell. It reduces to two girls fighting over a boy. A boy neither of them should like.Did I mention this thing is 500 pages long? Much, much, too long for this kind of story.I recommend Peter and the Star Catchers. That was a great origin story to Peter Pan, or just go watch Hook; the best Peter Pan story ever.
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  • Orlanda Sanders
    January 1, 1970
    First thing the ending got me in my feels. This books is a slight twist on Peter Pan ,where in this version Wendys first trip to Neverland is with Captain Hook. All of the notable characters from the movie are in this book The lost boys, the mermaids, and the pirates. The Indians (Tiger Lily) werent in it unless I skip that part because it did get a bit slow. Its been four years since Peter came to listen to Wendys stories about Neverland and his adventures, but while he was there he lost his First thing the ending got me in my feels. This books is a slight twist on Peter Pan ,where in this version Wendy’s first trip to Neverland is with Captain Hook. All of the notable characters from the movie are in this book The lost boys, the mermaids, and the pirates. The Indians (Tiger Lily) weren’t in it unless I skip that part because it did get a bit slow. It’s been four years since Peter came to listen to Wendy’s stories about Neverland and his adventures, but while he was there he lost his shadow and so on we all know this part. Welp fast forward the Darling children are growing up and life comes at you fast. Wendy’s now 16 and her parents feel she’s too old to continue telling made up stories for children ,so they decide they’re going to send her away to be a babysitter basically. Wendy is not interested in that at all and since she has been holding onto his shadow for so long she decides to sell it to the Pirates in exchange for passage to Neverland (I’d do the same tbh). Of course you can’t trust Pirates so things don’t go exactly as she planned. Once she’s in Neverland proper she starts to realize it’s not exactly as she thought it would be ,and that Neverland might be somewhat sentient or at least made up of more than just her stories. If you are hoping that there’d be a lot of Peter in this book don’t . He pretty much shows up at the end and I was OK with that because he’s kind of an ass. Of course our favorite fairy(Tinkerbell) is in the book ,and she’s trying to help Peter find his shadow . She travels to London because she knows that’s where it is but by the time she gets there it’s obviously too late. I enjoyed this version because we get to see Tinker Bell and Wendy kind of develop a relationship and we understand why Tink behaves the way she does. We see Wendy grow from this little girl into a woman who is trying to bring about change. This book definitely had a theme of girl power and I am here for all of that.
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  • Joana Almeida
    January 1, 1970
    When youre young, you think the world will make room for who you are and what you want... And then you find the world of adults is even more limiting than the world of children. With no room for adventure, much less yer own thoughts.*This book took me completely by surprise to be completely honest with you. And let me explain way, with no spoilers involved.When a sixteen year old Wendy Darling makes a bargain with Captain Hook in exchange of a safe trip to Neverland, shes in for more than she “When you’re young, you think the world will make room for who you are and what you want... And then you find the world of adults is even more limiting than the world of children. With no room for adventure, much less yer own thoughts.”*This book took me completely by surprise to be completely honest with you. And let me explain way, with no spoilers involved.When a sixteen year old Wendy Darling makes a bargain with Captain Hook in exchange of a safe trip to Neverland, she’s in for more than she bargained for. So, finding out that Neverland is in danger, is up to Wendy and Tinkerbell to help safe the island and their people!The book is focused on Wendy and Tink relationship and the lengths their go to safe Neverland, we meet some old friends and some new ones too, we discover new parts of Neverland and how it came to exist and we battle along side the Lost Boys and Peter Pan against the pirates. It’s a magical book indeed, but that I was already expecting, what I wasn’t counting was that the story took a completely different turn from what I was imagining.... I mean... I was thinking that it could have been a little romance in this book... since Wendy is sixteen and all... but all based in friendship and realizing, like in the original story, that there’s a time to be an innocent kid and a time to assume responsibilities and be the grownup.In the end, it was a fast paced reading, in a style that resembled the original one and that kept us wanting to know more about what was happening and adding some twists that caught me open mouthed! That ending is really something I wasn’t expecting at all!So I recommend this book to those that love Peter Pan, Wendy, Thinkerbell and Neverland, and that want to get more of them all, just like me!😉
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  • Anabelle Morse
    January 1, 1970
    I chose the book Strait On Till Morning, by Liz Braswell. I chose this book because of the series. I really enjoy this series, and especially fiction. What drew me to this series was the fiction, and Disney. The whole series is based off twisted versions of classic Disney stories. The author(s) do an amazing job of toeing their stories into the classic stories and once youve read the book, you cant look at the story any other way. With this book, one of my main problems is that they start very I chose the book Strait On Till Morning, by Liz Braswell. I chose this book because of the series. I really enjoy this series, and especially fiction. What drew me to this series was the fiction, and Disney. The whole series is based off twisted versions of classic Disney stories. The author(s) do an amazing job of toeing their stories into the classic stories and once you’ve read the book, you can’t look at the story any other way. With this book, one of my main problems is that they start very slow. It takes awhile to get action. The author does a really good job building character and backstory before they get into action. For example: my book is about Peter Pan/ and is actually more focused on Wendy’s perspective. They took almost half of the book building up her character before they actually got into never land. This author is really good at twists. They’re really good at making you think the character is in one path and then they throw a twist and you have no clue what’s going on. One thing that frustrates me but also shows how good the author is, is how much she can describe something. She can write pages of just description and still have your attention. Ultimately, I live these book and think they’d be perfect for any Disney/fiction lovers. These are very well written books that take time to grab your attention but are ultimately really good stories. When finishing this story I didn’t want to stop reading. It’s one of those book you never want to end. Like you want to know what happens next. I’d give this book 5/5 stars
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