Katrina Monroe All Darling Children

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"Monroe (A Tale Du Mort) turns Neverland into a frightening, violent place in this tense extension of J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. Madge Darling just wants to be free from her overprotective and abusive grandmother, Wendy. During her latest attempt to run away, she meets a strange boy who promises to take her to her long-lost mother. Once they arrive in a degraded, depopulated Neverland, Peter forces Madge to be “mother” to the feral and cruel Lost Boys. Madge recoils from the violent games they pursue and vainly attempts to control Peter’s sadistic, authoritarian personality. Her thought processes and reactions do not realistically match a young adolescent girl’s, but they are appropriate to the horror she encounters. Madge’s growing realization of her family’s connection to Neverland answers questions from her past but opens new wounds. To end Peter’s dominion, she teams up with Tiger Lily, who’s now chief of Neverland’s Indians, and the ghost of Captain Hook. Monroe effectively weaves in excerpts from Wendy’s diary to ominously expose Neverland’s truth. The grimness of this version will repel some who prefer the Disney version of Peter Pan over Barrie’s surreal original work, but Monroe’s fascinating reimagining brings out all the creepy undertones of never wanting to grow up." Publishers Weekly All boys grow up, except one. On the tenth anniversary of her mother's death, fourteen-year-old Madge Darling’s grandmother suffers a heart attack. With the overbearing Grandma Wendy in the hospital, Madge runs away to Chicago, intent on tracking down a woman she believes is actually her mother. On her way to the Windy City, a boy named Peter Pan lures Madge to Neverland, a magical place where children can remain young forever. While Pan plays puppet master in a twisted game only he understands, Madge discovers the disturbing price of Peter Pan's eternal youth.
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    All Darling Children
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    misspider

    09. January 2017 um 07:03

    Reading this book, I alternated in equal parts between enthusiasm, surprise, boredom and disappointment. The original concept of the story immediately got me 'hooked': what if Peter Pan was not really such a nice guy, but a boy with a very malignant streak?What surprised me was that the main character, Peter Pan, remained flat as a pancake throughout the whole novel. While Madge was just OK, Slightly, kind of Pan's second in command, was so beautifully and vividly portrayed that I immediately fell in love with him. But my absolute favorite was Captain Hook, who was not at all the villain he used to be originally.The island was described with enough detail to make it come to life before my mind's eye, and the story had enough twists to hold my attention, but there were several passages that felt unnecessary and dragging along. However, the ending managed to placate me for any weak parts.

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