ARC Review for Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Second Star

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Rating: 3 bookmarks (Enjoyable, a pleasant read.)

Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Goodreads Summary: 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.

In Second Star, Wendy Darling is searching for her brothers John and Michael Darling, who are missing. Pretty much everyone around her believes them to be dead, but since she doesn’t believe that, she is determined to find them. I don’t really know how to feel about this book because I liked it as a book outside of the fact that it’s a Peter Pan retelling. I expected it to have more aspects of the original Peter Pan, when in reality, it felt completely changed. There were little things here and there like Wendy saying surfing was like flying, or the “fairy dust”, but as a fan of Peter Pan, I felt like it was changed just a little too much to be called a retelling that fans would absolutely love.

I also felt like the ending didn’t satisfy the book, unless there will be a sequel. It just seemed like it was left too open-ended and I wanted to know more about what happened. Overall, I enjoyed this book but if you’re looking for a retelling that sticks close to the original, you may want to pick another one.


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