Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Blood in the Water

Trigger warning: blood, torture, bullying

''The sea had taken him but it would be Neverland that would keep him forever''

It seems sometimes, that no matter how hard you try to fit in, you're destined to be an outcast.

When your teacher is awful, that boys in your door room have sadistic features and your mother abandoned you, what's left to do? Fairies try to break what will become the feared pirate of Neverland with only one hand

 

To access the Nine Realms during his journey, Hook will have to rely on a woman known as Mother Molly, the strange and evil Wood Witch.

Hook and Blackbeard’s friendship was one of my favorite parts since so many retellings try to write them as enemies.

Our dear Hook whose name is James was bullied by Pan at the Moore Orphanage, where he was left at birth by his mother.

Pan is far from being innocent and his personality here is perfectly consistent with the boy created by James Matthew Barrie we're familiar with in the original tale: stealing souls, using Lost Boys like minions,  displaying an arrogant tone, and a great love for games. This is a clever tribute to the source material and makes him a compelling character.

 

Smee is here portrayed as a doctor, and remains an attaching character just like in the movie, acting as a good and loyal friend of Hook.

Dark Neverland, is not only a magical place but a Prison much like in OUAT.

My favorite chapter would appear to be Tiger Lily, as the effect of this friendship on Pan is greatly demonstrated: is it care or a simply narcissist relationship? The real deal is that she has to grow up while he doesn’t or at least doesn’t want to.

The Nine Realms are organized in a fantastic '' world-building'' way, it's a mystical place with different types of magic amongst its inhabitants.

Moonlight ceremony is an interesting concept as it is a rite of passage to womanhood for Tiger Lily and something that gives more substance to her character. This tale isn't afraid to tackles mature issues about the trials one has to face in a lifetime and how one conducts adulthood.

Items or even characters from the movies, books, and pantheon of Peter Pan such as those famous mermaids, who were already drive by jealousy in the original, almost attempting to drown Wendy. Here, they fit into the classic mermaid trope, haunting marins with their bewitching songs and given their personality in the movie, this behavior is far from being out-of-character.

As the series title suggests, this series mainly focuses on fairy-tales involving well, fairies, and the faerie Lorde. We find ourselves with the Blue Fairy from Pinnochio, Tinker Bell as well as others such as the Scarlet Fairy.

 

BEWARE: Spoilers!

* I surely didn't expect Blackbeard to be Hook's father. That was a nice '' did not see that coming'' twist that the author brilliantly pulled of.

* I assume this Wood Witch is the one from Brave... but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

 

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 rusted hooks