Book Review: Everland by Wendy Spinale


Title: Everland
Author: Wendy Spinale
Book Series: Everland, #1
Reading Format: Hardcover
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?


Everland was one of those books I was excited to get my hands on. I mean, it is a Peter Pan retelling, so you know I would immediately love it. There’s just something about these types of retellings that include this classic story. I can’t really explain why, but it holds a very special place in my heart since I was a child.

Anyway, this book was just so fun and completely different. I repeat, completely. In the original story everyone should know there was no romance between Wendy and Peter because, he looked up at her like a mother, however, this book twists that plot and turns it into a slight romance. It was actually breathtaking and weird all in one. I am beyond excited to get my hands on the sequel, because I need more.


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