Hook and Jill: Neverland As Never Before

Hook and Jill: Neverland As Never Before

by Andrea Jones

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ISBN-13: 9780982371497
Publisher: Reginetta Press
Publication date: 08/28/2009
Series: Hook and Jill Saga , #1
Pages: 293
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Andrea Jones is the author of Hook & Jill, a serious parody of Sir James Barrie’s timeless tale, Peter & Wendy. Her debut novel, Hook & Jill won five literary awards, among them the Gold Award for Adult Fiction and Literature in the 2010 Mom’s Choice Awards, and Best New Fiction in the 2010 International Book Awards.

Jones graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied Oral Interpretation of Literature, with a Literature Minor. In her career in television production, she worked for CBS, PBS, and corporate studios, also performing as on-camera and voice-over talent.

Jones’ work is informed by a broad range of thinkers and writers, among them Carl Jung, Patrick O’Brian, and, of course, Sir James Barrie, who created the modern mythology of the Neverland and its endearing, enduring characters.

Andrea Jones is known around the world as Capitana Red-Hand of the web-based pirate brotherhood, Under the Black Flag. She is also a member of the reenactment troupe, the Brethren of the Great Lakes.

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CHAPTER:

Chapter 1
When she woke, she was the woman in the bed on the ship in the sea, and she used to be Wendy Darling, who dreamt in the bed in the nursery of Number 14.

Now, the rhythm of the waves had overtaken the rhythm of her dreams. But when? When had she become accustomed to the swaying of the ship? At what point in time had she grown used to the bed that mocked the rocking surface of the sea?

She knew now that the presence behind her, cradling her, would bind her forever. How had she become one with that presence, possessing it and possessed by it? By the arm thrown to rest across her own. The heavy arm that protected and confined her. That powerful, handless arm ending, hideously, at the wrist.

Hook.

Her eyes flew wide and it happened again. The reality of the man seized her breath and tore it away. Waves of shock rushed up her body, panic gripped her heart. The girl she had been was swept away, her shell refilled with surging waters, assaulting her from within.

Even now, Hook, made real, ripped her to pieces and recreated her, all at once.

She tried to breathe.

Even now he afflicted her, when she was sure so much time had passed.

Think. When had she called him into being? First spun his tales? Ages ago. Lifetimes. Breathe again. But in the Neverland, time had no reckoning. Her custom of keeping it lost to its lack of regulation here. Yet she had clung to it, while other familiarities fell away to lie derelict at the bottom of Neverbay.

Remember to breathe. Where were the boys now? With her parents, becoming gentlemen. Wendy alone had chosen, been chosen, to stay. Wendy alone had arrived in the land of eternal childhood only to find she was already growing up. It was here she had escaped the bonds of uncaring youth. In her new freedom, she had begun fully to live here, as a woman. The woman she had chosen to be.

The woman in the bed on the ship in the sea.

Breathing evenly at last, she lifted her hand to his mutilated stump, caressing it, once. Her eyes fell closed and she slept again, swaying in his arms to the perpetual timelessness of the rocking sea.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Once Upon Never-Time Chapter 2: The Enchanted Queen Chapter 3: A Pirate’s Passion Chapter 4: Ship’s Company Chapter 5: The Story of Red-Handed Jill Chapter 6: Pearls from the Lagoon Chapter 7: Taming the Beast Chapter 8: Harvest at the Fairy Glade Chapter 9: Beasts’ Accord Chapter 10: The Inquisition Chapter 11: Growing Pains Chapter 12: Camp Meeting Chapter 13: The Open Door Chapter 14: Shades of Black Chapter 15: Passion Play Chapter 16: Back, and Forward Chapter 17: The Revel Master Chapter 18: Cravings and Sweet Nothings Chapter 19: Dark Hunting Chapter 20: War of Attrition Chapter 21: Revelations Chapter 22: Deliverance Chapter 23: Workings of a Damaged Man Chapter 24: All or Nothing Chapter 25: Rites and Rituals Chapter 26: Death of a Legend Chapter 27: Duel on Deck Chapter 28: Taming the Boy Chapter 29: Other Oceans Chapter 30: The Seas of London Chapter 31: Never, Again

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Hook and Jill: Neverland As Never Before 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
GWF More than 1 year ago
In "Peter and Wendy," Peter asked Wendy what it is that a girl would want to be to him that isn't his mother. Wendy replied "It isn't for a lady to tell." No more! In "Hook & Jill," Andrea Jones gives us a take on the Peter Pan story that Barrie could not--a grownup (and female) perspective. Readers be warned: this book starts out similar to Barrie's, but slowly and surely "grows up" until it becomes very much adults-only. It is tasteful and respectful to the source material, but hardly what you'd tell your kids as a bedtime tale. I first became interested in this book because, purist though I am, I'd always felt that Wendy's (nonexistent) relationship with Captain Hook was a shortcoming in Barrie's original tale, and this book finally addresses that while remaining faithful to Barrie for the most part (a rare thing nowadays with Peter Pan-related material). The springboard that launched this book was the 2003 film version of Peter Pan directed by P. J. Hogan, and honestly the worst thing that can be said about the book is that in some cases it felt too much derived from that film rather than from Barrie's original tale. Otherwise, there are inconsistencies with both Barrie's story and its background history, but you'll just have to decide for yourself whether it works towards this "alternate reality/timeline" story or not. At any rate, the story is redeemed by how deftly the author combines Barrie's tale with her grown-up story without either feeling out of place. It's very easy to step into the cliche of "heroine falls in love with villain who isn't all bad" that I've seen so often nowadays, but Andrea Jones makes it work here! If J. M. Barrie were alive, I think he'd be jealous that he couldn't make this of his own tale. If you're a Peter Pan purist as I am, be warned of the differences, but go into this book with an open mind--you might find yourself enjoying it, as I did. (But wait until the kids have gone to bed first).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in Andrea Jones' Hook & Jill bear an outward likeness to those appearing in your childhood copy of Peter Pan. But Jones delves deeply into the personalities of them all, in particular Hook, Pan, and little Wendy Darling. And Wendy isn't little anymore. After Time in Neverland, she has become a grown-up young woman who, along with ultimately changing her name, changes her mind. She stops trusting the obvious, and learns that "good" can be deadly and "bad" can be. very, very enticing. A mother to all the boys on the island, she must protect them and herself from a lethal opponent, one she didn't expect. Read this engaging and well-written story about coming of age in a fairy-tale. Once you've succumbed to this one, you will demand "Other Oceans," Jones' sequel to "Hook & Jill."
DeenaSherman More than 1 year ago
If you love Peter Pan and would like to explore its themes in more depth, you'll love this book. Hook & Jill is an amazingly insightful Jungian allegory. Jones not only questions the original version's assumption that prolonging childhood is desirable, but explores the dark side of Peter's character and develops the characters of Wendy and Captain Hook in ways I would not have imagined. It is shocking, then riveting, and I am in awe of her imagination and subtlety. The reader comes away wanting more, and happily, a series will be published. Understand, though, that the content of Jones' work is very definitely grounded in themes of adult life, so as Hook might say, "Readers, ye be warned."
Trebble More than 1 year ago
This book is basically a retelling of the familiar Peter Pan tale. Andrea Jones takes the old play with it's sketched out characters and forms a beautiful and colorful painting of fully formed characters. You really get to know them in a more intimate way than ever before. These characters and the truth of Neverland bring you in and hold you with it's own magic. I had a hard time putting this book down. If you were like me, I never fell in love with the original Peter Pan story, but did enjoy it's possibilities. I always had questions about the characters and all the questions I might have had were finally answered with a few surprises thrown in. How could Captain Hook, with his intelligent and ruthless ways fall prey time and again to a boy's whim? If Peter has become more faerie than boy, then why isn't he more like the faerie in attitude? These and many other questions I've always had are indeed answered with satisfaction. I also loved the surprises which just engaged me even further into the story. This was such fun to read. It is also part of a series with "Other Oceans" listed as the next book. I seriously can't wait to go back to the adult version of Neverland. And if you haven't guess yet if I recommend this book... oh, that would be a resounding YES!
allroadshome on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I got this about a week after reading the original Peter Pan, I was on a Peter Pan kick and Hook has always been a favorite character. This book had all sorts of elements that should have made it great.And it started out great. It was a great look into the mind of a girl growing up and coming to terms with what all that means. I loved that aspect. But two things truly drew it back. First was the author's changing of names towards the end (Wendy to Jill, Tinkerbell to Jewel, etc) which gave the thing the feel of a fanfic in a bad way. That would be forgivable and left the book at a 4 star rating but the ending was... terrible. Well, not the exact end, the last chapter works well, just how all the ends (Peter, the Lost Boys, Tinkerbell) get tied together really didn't fit in with the rest of the story. It felt like the author couldn't commit with the ending she had been setting up for and which I was looking forward to.If you're looking for a coming of age book or a light romance that involves Peter Pan I can recommend borrowing it but I wouldn't buy it until you read it through to see if you like it.
esquetee on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I picked this book up on a whim at a library conference and - much to my surprise - found myself talking to the author there at the conference and ended up thoroughly enjoying it. The cover art does not do this book justice, so just ignore the cover. The characters of Wendy and Peter are given much more depth and even the Lost Boys gain a hefty dose of personality. Also, the author's description of Never Never Land brings it to life with such detail you can almost see the terrain laid out in your mind like a carefully drawn map. Highly recommended if you're looking for something fun to read.Warning: this is basically fan fiction, using the 2003 film Peter Pan as inspiration.
cheme2005 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is one of the best books we have read in a long while. Andrea Jones is a excellent author not only in her writing but also in person. We personally have sold over 60 copies of Hook & Jill and it remains the top seller in our store 5 months and running. If you are looking for an excellent read this is for you, but beware this is not your average run of the mill fiction book. Jones has woven a tale to rival those of the literature world. We tell people who look at the book to read the first page and if you have to turn the page you should read the entire book. We haven't had anyone turn it down yet after reading that first page. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
Cajunbooklady on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Let me start off by saying I'm a HUGE fan of retold fairy tales. Andrea Jones blew me away with her rewrite of Peter Pan. "Hook and Jill" will totally make you question everything you have ever thought of Peter, Wendy, and Neverland! This book fluidly portrayed the dark and sinister side of this tale. It definitely made you stop , reflect on the story you know, and then look at it from an adult perspective.Sweet little Tinkerbell isn't so sweet...she's more of a murder plotting pixie. She's dark and jealous; scheming against Wendy at every chance. Then there's Peter who I've always thought to be innocent; well let's just say this tale was spun to show the dark part of everyone. Your usual impression (and visual) of Hook is ripped right out from under you to be replaced by the misunderstood and beautifully handsome pirate. My eyes were popping at some of the things I read in this story. There are just so many shocking moments in a story that we grew up knowing so well. THAT is what made me keep coming back for more. I never knew what to expect or what terrible secret would be revealed next!Andrea Jones is an wonderful storyteller in her own right and I highly recommend this book if you can handle having the fairy tale you've known so long turned upside down!I give this book five stars and I honestly can't think of enough good things to say about it. I'll also be adding this one to my top 10 of 2010!
PublishingWorksInc on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This book just won The Mother's Choice Award for Adult Fiction!
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Loved this reinvention of the classic! Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Hook & Jill is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hook & Jill" by Andrea Jones is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book has been honored by this distinguished award. "Hook & Jill" by Andrea Jones was awarded as the Mom's Choice Awards Gold Recipient for Adult Fiction & Literature, February 3, 2010.
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Ravenwood5 More than 1 year ago
I guess because I already knew the story of Peter Pan the first part of the book was hard to get through. I like the grown up Wendy taking control of her life.