Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
"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.
He is tortured.
He carves love.
He is Hook.
If I had to conclude my review in three sentences that would be them. This book was mindblowing in every sense from changing rapidly my childhood point of view for the story of "Peter Pan" to the character of "Hook" in general.
We all knew that Hook, mostly from the Disney movie, the adaption of the movie "Hook" and "Peter Pan", was the evil guy who mostly gets eaten, beaten and humiliated. In the book he is a tortured character with a painful past. From a father with great expectations for him to the prisons of the French James Hookbridge becomes a man of hate who sails later at the Carribean as a pirate.
If he met Jack Sparrow in the way, I have no idea ;)
But a spell and his behavior thrust him into Neverland, where he become a toy to Peter's mischief. For the first time, Peter was viewed as a villain, victim of his innocence, since there were no grown-ups to teach him, who likes to destroy Hook in every level. Stella was an amazing character. Smart, beautiful through Hook's eyes and witty, she had a different perception of Neverland and the way she loved Hook was the sweetest part of the book.
I would love to obtain this book on paperback if the chance will ever be given to me and even more after all the movies and stories we've seen and heard, I think that this one in particular would look great at the big screen. :)