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Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen Review

Title: Alias Hook

Author: Lisa Jensen

First published May 1, 2013

353 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781250042156 (ISBN10: 1250042151)

Rating: 3.6


Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a captivating and thrilling tale that takes readers on an unforgettable journey to Neverland. Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a cursed privateer who is forced to play the role of the villain to a group of mischievous boys in a never-ending war.

But everything changes when a forbidden woman, Stella Parrish, finds her way to Neverland and discovers the magic that lies within. From the dazzling Fairy Revels to the mysterious underwater temple, Stella begins to see a side of Hook that is far more complex than the storybook villain.

With her knowledge of folk and fairy tales, Stella may be the key to breaking Hook’s curse and granting him redemption. But with Pan and his army of warriors hot on their trail, time is running out.

Alias Hook is a beautifully written adult fairy tale that will leave readers enchanted and yearning for more.

About the Author

I’ve had a diverse career path, having tried my hand at painting pottery, selling tickets and books at a movie theatre, drawing cartoons, and crafting fabric dolls. These days, I have the pleasure of writing full-time, which not only offers flexible hours but also allows me to dress as comfortably as I please.

You can find my movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and my novel “Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge” was published by Candlewick in 2018. If you’re into historical/fantasy reads, you might enjoy my book “Alias Hook,” which was published by Thomas Dunne Books in July of 2014.

I also wrote a pirate novel titled “The Witch From the Sea,” which was published back in 2001. If you’d like to connect with me, check out my Facebook page.

Editoral Review

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen: A Fresh and Inventive Twist on a Classic Tale

Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook is a thrilling and imaginative reinvention of the classic tale of Peter Pan. Published on May 1, 2013, this novel has quickly become a favorite among fans of fantasy and fairy tales.

Jensen’s unique take on the popular story explores the psychology of the infamous Captain Hook, while also delving into deeper themes of love, redemption, and the power of storytelling.

Jensen’s writing style is rich and evocative, transporting readers to the magical world of Neverland. The author’s attention to detail is impressive, creating a vivid and enchanting setting that readers will never forget.

The book’s characters are equally well-crafted, with complex personalities that add depth and nuance to the story.

The novel follows the story of James Benjamin Hook, the notorious pirate captain who has been the nemesis of Peter Pan for generations. In Alias Hook, we see a different side of Hook, as he is forced to confront his own past and the choices that have led him to this point.

When he is unexpectedly summoned back to Neverland, Hook is forced to face his own mortality and the consequences of his actions.

One of the strengths of Alias Hook is the way in which Jensen weaves together different narrative threads, creating a complex and satisfying story. The book is not simply a retelling of Peter Pan, but rather a unique and inventive exploration of the characters and the world they inhabit.

Jensen’s use of multiple perspectives and timelines adds depth and complexity to the story, keeping readers engaged and invested throughout.

The novel’s themes of love, redemption, and the power of storytelling are also particularly compelling. Jensen explores these themes in a nuanced and thoughtful way, never resorting to cliches or easy answers.

The result is a book that is both emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating.

While Alias Hook is undoubtedly a strong and well-crafted novel, there are some areas where it falls short. The pacing of the book can be slow at times, particularly in the middle sections of the story.

Additionally, some readers may find the ending somewhat unsatisfying, as it leaves certain plot threads unresolved.

Despite these minor flaws, Alias Hook is a must-read for fans of fantasy and fairy tales. The book’s inventive and fresh take on the Peter Pan story is sure to captivate readers, while its complex characters and themes will keep them engaged and invested.

Overall, I would give Alias Hook a rating of 4 out of 5 stars, based on its strong writing, well-crafted characters, and inventive premise.