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Hook's Daughter Paperback – 5 Mar 2015
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Learning he is dead, killed by a certain crocodile, and finding her way to the Neverland, Jocelyn vows revenge and takes charge of his pirate ship. Do you think she'll have adventures of her own? You betcha.
This is an interesting idea that mostly works. I had to keep reminding myself that this ISN'T the story of Peter Pan (though he does pop up as a minor irritant for Jocelyn), this is a tale set in a world where Hook is real, not just part of a story.
I didn't really want Jocelyn to kill the crocodile, but maybe that's 21st century morals talking - I don't like the idea of any animals being hunted and killed. I much preferred the chapters with Jocelyn exploring the Neverlands and needing to use her wits to escape calamity (the 'cannibal' village was my favourite part).
Liked the narrator, the grumpy old pirate telling us the story. Roger (her friend) reminded me of the similarly-named boy in His Dark Materials, a boy who acts as a MacGuffin for the plot. Jocelyn is bright and desperate to become her father's piratical heir - I enjoyed her scenes at the finishing school, bringing her love of all things nautical into every academic subject.
Nice and short as an audiobook, an interesting offshoot to Peter Pan.
I liked Jocelyn from the minute she burst on to the page, setting paper boats on fire, swinging a wooden sword, and scouting for enemy ships on the horizon. She’s a dreamer, and an absolute delight. Unfortunately, her grandfather doesn’t think her behaviour is acceptable for a young lady and he sends her off to finishing school. Jocelyn hopes for adventure, she’s aware of her father’s reputation and she wants in. But then she receives word of Captain Hook’s toothy end, and she finally gets her wish – though perhaps not quite like she imagined. Jocelyn sets out to fulfil Hook’s last request – that she defeat the crocodile and avenge his death. And so her adventure begins…
Readers will explore Neverland like never before as Jocelyn sets sail with a loyal Smee and a crew of peculiar pirates. Reconnecting with some story favourites, like Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and, of course, Peter Pan, was a real treat. Told by a narrator, with terrific humour and rich description, it reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (one of my all-time favourite series!). This was such a fun adventure, sweet at times, laugh-out-loud funny at others, and an utterly genius idea for a story. I enjoyed it immensely. Now the wait begins for book two. Tick-tock…
Hooks daughter is a very fun filled story with a lot of adventures that Joycelyn goes on to avenge her fathers death. I have only rated it 4 stars because on page 199 there is a bit that is typed wrong so I have tried to work this sentence out;perhaps it is from a different when than you have come from.
I changed it to; perhaps it is from a different place where you have come from. I have never seen a book with such a thing in. I have given it 4 stars and I am sying that it is an amazing book apart from the wrong sentence.