Book Review: The Pipers Price by Audrey Greathouse

Dear Bookworms, 

Another week, another book review! This one is an author requested review. You may remember my review for The Neverland Wars several months back? (No?! What's wrong with you?! Read it here). The Pipers Prince is the second in this planned trilogy and I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC to read (thanks Audrey!), in exchange for an honest review. 

Pipers Price picks up a couple of weeks after the first book left off; Gwen is back in Neverland and is collaborating with Peter and the Lost Boys in an effort to save Neverland once and for all from those in reality who are after it's magic. They have devised a plan to locate the Piper in an effort to (hopefully) garner his support and help in preparing for a final showdown with the grownups for the magic contained in Neverland. Gwen is tasked with traveling back to reality to locate missing pieces of the puzzle and ultimately summoning the Piper. Bargaining with the Piper turns out to be more tricky than Gwen had imagined and the stakes are raised when the Piper kidnaps someone close to Gwen. With the grownups on their trail and an army of children to round up, Gwen, Peter, and the Lost Boys attempt their last ditch, pixie dust filled effort to rally troops to save Neverland.

Knowing how much I loved Audrey's first book in this series, I came into this one with high hopes....and was not left wanting. Audrey has such a beautiful way with words, like they are chosen and arranged with the utmost of intention. The flow of the story line was seamless; I would venture to say even more so than in the first book. Gwen continues to struggle as she teeters on the cusp of adulthood yet still clinging to the remnants of carefree childhood abandon. She is such a strong and loyal character, one who you readily and eagerly cheer for from the outside of the pages. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Jay and Gwen deepen and flesh out more in this book, he really came alive much more as a character for me. This book also branched out from a strictly Peter Pan retelling to include other characters from some of our most well known fairy tales. The book club full of grown up princesses? Puss and Boots in lock up? Definitely a very nice touch! The tension and danger were definitely amped up a notch in this book which really lent to (what I hope is) setting the tone for a killer third book. The stakes have definitely been raised in this one people. Despite his gruffness, I actually really enjoyed the character of the Piper. An unlikely and dubious hero in his own right, but certainly dangerous. There were certainly more poignant moments this go around, including the scene with Foxglove near the end. That one tugged at the heartstrings a little (read: ALOT). Can't wait for book #3!! 

This one goes on sale on February 21, 2017. Go ahead and preorder your copy today from Amazon here, and be sure to check out Audreys website here, to stay up to date on all her latest news!

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See ya next week!



Book Review: The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse

Dear Bookworms, 

I scored a copy of The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse from YA Bound Books for an honest review. Check this beauty out! Such a captivating cover right? Well spoiler alert, the cover definitely reflects the goodies found within.

Sixteen year old Gwen Hoffman's world is turned upside down one cool October night as her 8 year old sister goes missing from her bed. With only an open window and traces of fairy dust as clues (yes you read that right, fairy dust), Gwen shockingly discovers the world may not be quite what she thought and that perhaps it is indeed filled with the magic and wonder of her beloved bedtime stories. 

Determined to bring her sister back, Gwen embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to Neverland where she romps through the jungles, mingles with mermaids, dances with Indians, and even escapes a close encounter with a certain hostile crocodile. During her time in Neverland with none other than Peter Pan himself, Gwen learns of a war raging between Neverland and Reality. The borders of the two lands are slowly breaking down as the two sides fight to control magic and Gwen must decide which side she's on. 

This book was such a fun read! Rich in detail, alive with imagery, and so beautifully scripted I was swept away on an adventure of my own into Neverland. Audrey perfectly captured the magic and wonderment of a classic fairy tale all the while giving it new life. It was a perfect balance of old and new. This book left me yearning for the days of carefree childhood, wishing that I too could be a lost child gallivanting in Neverland. Gwen is such a relate-able character, on the cusp of adulthood but still clinging to the remnants of childhood.

The amount of thought and detail put into creating Neverland was so enjoyable, from all the well written stories Gwen told the children, the folklore from the Indians, to my personal favorite story from the mermaid Lasiandra on how mermaids are born. The book ends on a major cliffhanger with so much tension, and I am assuming this is one of a planned series. I will most definitely be reading anything I can get my hands on by Audrey Greathouse, such a great storyteller!

I am definitely going to be purchasing my own paper copy of this one it was that good people! (Any signings happening near Charlotte, NC?! Pretty please?) 

Grab your copy of The Neverland Wars at Barnes and Noble here or Amazon here

Check out Audrey Greathouse's website for more information on her work here and a review of the second instalmment of this series, The Pipers Price, here



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