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Other Oceans (Book) Review

 
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Turns your ideas of Peter Pan completely on their head.


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Other Oceans is an absolutely riveting tale of lust and betrayal on the high seas. Through over 600 pages, Andrea Jones keeps you gasping and guessing till the very end. The idea of delivering the classic characters from Peter Pan to a decidedly adult story line works so much better than can be imagined – once you set aside your childhood perceptions and let Wendy grow up.

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Posted September 5, 2013 by

 
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Andrea Jones delivers a steamy tale of a different kind of Neverland.

Other Oceans is the second installment of the Hook & Jill Saga – a series that turns your childhood completely upside down. As you might have guessed, “Hook” refers to Captain James Hook, the ever devious nemesis of Peter Pan, but who is “Jill”? When we were introduced to her in the first book (title Hook & Jill), she bore a different yet familiar name – Wendy. There we found the unlikely title characters, as well as many other Peter Pan characters, coming together in an a way that likely has J.M. Barrie turning over in his grave – but not necessarily in a bad way. In Hook & Jill, Jones took the classic tale in a different direction, but it somehow all fits together in a book that is surprising in both its plot twists and its utter enjoyability.

In Other Oceans, we pick up where Hook & Jill left off. Red Handed Jill and Captain Hook rule the Jolly Roger together, sailing and fighting together as pirate king and queen. Theirs is a bond that seemingly can’t be broken, but unforeseeable circumstances will test their love for each other, and for their ship. When Hook mysteriously disappears, Jill will be tested to the very edge of her limits. How can she fulfill her oaths to Hook and to protect the ship, when a new captain takes over the Jolly Roger? It will take everything Jill has to give, and more, to see this pirate tale to its conclusion.

With the Hook & Jill saga, Andrea Jones shocked and entertained in turn. After all, the idea of Captain Hook and Wendy in a love match goes against the pretty Disney tale we all grew up with.  And yet, it all fits when we consider that some of the Lost Boys may actually want to grow up. And Peter Pan? Never has their been a more selfish hero, when you think about it, and he never really was all that nice to Wendy. Looking at it through the eyes of an adult rather than a child makes all the difference – and you most definitely need an adult’s eyes for Other Oceans. Red Handed Jill is a grown woman, living on a ship packed full of brawny sailors – even with her captain gone, she has no shortage of ardent suitors. While this is far more a tale of intrigue and betrayal than sex and romance, it delivers plenty of the latter as Jill fights for her ship in her own way.

Other Oceans is an absolutely riveting tale of lust and betrayal on the high seas. Through over 600 pages, Andrea Jones keeps you gasping and guessing till the very end. The idea of delivering the classic characters from Peter Pan to a decidedly adult story line works so much better than can be imagined – once you set aside your childhood perceptions and let Wendy grow up.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)