Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Pages: 256

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Series: N/A

Genre(s): Retelling, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 rambles

Special thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book for review!

From the moment I first heard about this book I knew that I had to read it! Peter Pan has been a story that I’ve always loved, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to love it even more. Although Second Star is more of a re-imagining than a retelling, I still found myself getting lost in the magical story. But if you’re not a fan of the original Peter Pan, don’t shy away from this book. I think that even those who didn’t like the original will enjoy this book.

Just like the synopsis says, Second Star is indeed a twisty story! But, one that I really liked! It’s not a fantasy, but instead a contemporary mystery book focusing on Wendy’s search to find her two missing twin brothers John and Michael. Along the way there is a love triangle romance between Pete and Jas, two surfers, who you can probably already guess their roles in the original story: Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

The idea for the story was such a good one, but the story felt a little too rushed when it came to the development of the relationships between the characters. I loved how, as I mentioned before, this felt like more of a reimagining than a retelling. There were bits and pieces of the same magic that I feel when I experience the original story woven into Second Star, while it remained completely original.

The last 60 or so pages of the book are sure to confuse you (in a good way), and make you feel just as Wendy does. And the ending is a complete shocker!

Overall, I enjoyed Second Star, and I hope that there will be a sequel because I feel that there could be another whole book continuing this wonderful story! Whether you’re a Peter Pan fan or not, if you’re looking for a mysterious summer read, definitely check out Second Star!

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