Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance. (Goodreads)
*I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
3/5 stars, misleading summary
I want to start off by saying the description of the book is rather misleading. Gwen does not struggle with whether or not she should stay, not really. She pretty much enjoys her time in Neverland until Peter plans on flying back to reality. That being said, the book wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. It did end in a way that makes me believe there's going to be a second book. If that's not the case, I definitely didn't care for the ending.
Some nice lines
Good sense of Peter Pan's malicious sense of humor and indifference
Gwen doesn't know if she wants to be a kid or an adult
Some redundant lines
Gwen says she has a fear of heights/falling, but 1) she flew into the sky with no problem and 2) she can FLY, so...?
Nearly 50% of the way through and not much of substance has happened
Around 70% is the first real instance of “war”
The romance is subtle and slow (wasn’t sure there would even be any)
Sort of predicted the cliffhanger-y, romanc-y ending
The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse was published May 9, 2016.