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Book review: A Land of Never After

A Land of Never After (Curses of Never #1) by R. L. Davennor

Genre: fantasy

TW: Violence, language, mentions of body dysphoria and suicide


All my life, I’ve dreamed of the sea.

Mermaids, stormy skies, daring adventures, pirates…it was little wonder I sprinted to the docks the moment I left the orphanage. Eager to begin my new life, I searched for a ship that would have me—and found a thief instead. I chased the bastard.

Now I’m trapped.

I’m told this place is Neverland, but everything I touch is dead or dying; what’s left is hellbent on killing each other. Monsters lurk around every corner, and everyone I meet hides a damning secret. I’m thrust in the middle of a deadly feud, and the only one capable of unraveling the curse that plagues us.

Neverland is my home now. Until it’s done with me?

It will never let go.

Peter Pan meets Pirates of the Caribbean in A Land of Never After, but reader beware: this children’s tale has been reimagined for adult lovers of all things dark and deadly, with an LGBTQ+ positive twist. Content warnings include language, violence, and mentions of gender dysphoria and suicide.

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Review

I would like to thank the author for sending me a digital copy of A Land of Never After to review, which I’m doing voluntarily….

A Land of Ever After–it is actually release day today!!!–is a Peter Pan retelling with a lot of new twists and surprises. The author rewrote this very popular story and added her own spice to it, which is freaking fantastic!!

I’ve never read any Peter Pan retelling before, so this was something I was intrigued to know more about. This was like seeing the story of Peter and Wendy from a more dark, twisted, and monstrous new side and I’m loving it!

The story was very well-written with a pace that is neither too slow nor too fast. I liked seeing how the characters developed throughout the book, how they interacted with each other, and how things were weaved to make the final big picture at the end, which isn’t really completed because we discover that there’s a missing part at the very end. Another I really liked are the illustrations, they’re so beautiful and I really loved reaching a new chapter just to see them!!

This is quite the perfect read for Halloween and guess what?! It actually has its own soundtrack made by the author(here)!!

4 stars
Deyae

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