The Neverland Wars

The Neverland Wars

by Audrey Greathouse


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634221719
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2016
Series: Neverland Wars Series , #1
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 247,035
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

Audrey Greathouse is an active member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators and seven-time winner of the National Novel Writing Month challenge. Her BA in English Language and Literature comes from Southern New Hampshire University, where she completed her honors thesis on Victorian children's literature.

In 2013 she sold her first young adult science-fiction novella, Dr. Derosa's Resurrection, to Mad Scientist Journal for serial publication. She currently writes for Telepathic/TLDR, a silicon valley literary venture which will be released in the autumn of 2015.

Initially from Seattle, she is enjoying the footloose lifestyle her freelance fiction writing affords her. Audrey is a classically trained pianist and unconventionally trained circus artist, specializing in fire eating and aerial silks. Her long-term goals as an author are to make a modest living writing novels and to build a following that will dress up and participate in her avant-garde art projects. She hopes someday she will be able to tour with other musicians and circus performers, building a traveling cabaret around her stories. Her short-term goals include steadily building her readership and traditionally publishing her YA fantasy series, The Neverland Wars.

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The Neverland Wars 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
18876111 7 months ago
I enjoyed this book and thought that it was a fun and unique twist on Peter Pan. While I did enjoy the story, there was something that I had a minor issue with and that was how Gwen and Rosemary's parents, especially her father kept his work so secret and weren't very honest with their children. I also felt that the ending was a bit rushed and that the actual war could have been developed better. Overall I did enjoy it, but I'm not sure if I'm going to continue with the series.
weiner More than 1 year ago
A whole different side of Peter Pan. Loved it
Pamcakes11 More than 1 year ago
All you need is Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust to fly with Gwen, Rosemary & Peter Pan! If you've got a young heart and have a love for Neverland, read this book. The author managed to grasp my attention from the beginning and I could not put it down after a few chapters. I am so excited for the continuation to follow what comes next for Gwen and Peter and most importantly, Neverland.
UndertheBookCover More than 1 year ago
Review also posted at: 3.5/5 Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review! The Neverland Wars is a great representation about what it means to "grow up." Gwen is a sixteen year old high school student whose main concern in life is who she plans to go to homecoming with and getting her homework done on time. She has a younger sister named Rosemary who she loves telling fantastical stories to, despite her parents discouraging her at every turn. One night, when Rosemary accidentally leaves her window open while sleeping, she is kidnapped. Suddenly, Gwen's world is turned upside down. She learns that magic is real, and it's being used by adults to power things like cell phones and is helping to keep the country afloat by solving the budget crisis. When Rosemary returns to bring Gwen to Neverland with her and Peter Pan, someone who Gwen was led to believe was merely a fictional character, she discovers there is a war between Neverland and reality. Will Gwen stay to help Peter fight for Neverland, or go back to reality just in time for homecoming? I really enjoyed the similarities between the Peter Pan story that I already love and The Neverland Wars. While reading, I liked being able to spot the parallels between characters from each story. Gwen was obviously supposed to be Wendy, and I loved that when she ran off to Neverland, she brought a blue sundress. I thought that was a cute touch that the author added in to the story as a little nod to the Disney movie adaptation. Peter was, well, Peter, but I really enjoyed the twist of him aging each time he leaves Neverland and goes to reality. It was a different take on the story that added an interesting element to Peter as a character. The aspects of Neverland such as the mermaids, Lost Boys, and faries were all so magical and really added to the feeling of being in the magical world of Neverland. The idea that magic was powering things like cell phones and satellites was certainly different. Also, the fact that adults were using magic to basically help keep the country from not falling apart and trying to use it to fix the budget crisis was odd. The country is apparently $18 trillion dollars in debt but is still functioning, and it's all because of magic. I understood why it was part of the book, and I felt like it actually helped push the plot along. It showed that adults were pretty much taking the fun and wonder out of being a child by using magic to make things that may be considered "adult things" function. Where a child would use magic to create fantastical worlds and expand their imagination, the adults are using it to power things like cell phones, which is something children aren't exposed to until they grow up. I think that my favourite aspect of the book was about growing up, and having to make the transition from childhood to a teenager to eventually an adult, and the feelings you may have about growing up, either being scared to grow up or even excited about getting older. To me, The Neverland Wars felt very character-driven versus plot-driven. The book was in a somewhat odd format, where the main character was Gwen, but there were multiple points of view throughout the chapters. It would switch from Gwen, to Rosemary, to maybe a Lost Boy or Peter, all in one chapter. Check out the full review at the link above!
sanshliangirl More than 1 year ago
*originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie* An interesting take on Peter Pan, this book brings back the wonders of every child. We all dream that we will have Peter fly to our room and take us to Neverland, but for Gwen, it didn’t seem like a reality. Sure, when she was a kid, she believed in fairy tales, but now she was in High School and things like that didn’t happen. At least, that’s what she thought, until her sister was kidnapped by Peter and taken to Neverland. Now she must save her and the only way to do that is to be taken by Peter to Neverland. I found this book to be very interesting, although slow in some areas. It felt a lot like the Disney movie that came out when I was in middle school, but with Peter being a bit older. In this story he is high school age, because every time he went to the real world, it started to take a toll. I liked this idea and it made perfect sense to me. I did want to know more about the war, what the reason behind it was, and why Gwen found herself in the middle of it. I also didn’t care for the ending, and didn’t understand why she would go to there (won’t spoil it) so it felt a little rushed and off to me, especially after everything that had happened. I do want to know what happens and can’t wait to read the next book. All in all, if you love Neverland, definitely read this book. I give it 3.5/5 stars, as I think it got have a little substance to it and a little better ending, but it is still really entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to grow up. Also, the mermaids were pretty cool…
Tipsy-Ink More than 1 year ago
When it comes to my sister and I, we couldn’t be more different. The same could be said about Rosemary and Gwen, the 2 sisters in this book. My sister is “dead inside” – her words not mine lol – and I am a bleeding heart. But even with our differences,there are some similarities and a connection you can only find with siblings. We annoyingly finish each other’s sentences or blurt out the same sarcastic thoughts. It’s a bond that comes for a lifetime of each other’s influence. So being the bleeding heart that I am, I am not ashamed to admit that I did my fair share of sniffling in this book. It’s not a sad tale at all. At least not as far as I can tell but there are some inevitable moments where adulthood and reality rush in and damage the beauty and innocence of being a child. To me that was the most profound message in this book. But like many would say… no one in the world reads the same book, so it is likely that no one else will see what I see when I’m taken on this marvelous journey. It was an extremely well written book and the beginning of what I can only assume is a new and unique series. I loved every minute of this book; and let me be clear, I devoured this book in what felt like minutes. There was strong character development (even if Gwen came off as more of a child than her younger sister), imagery, scenery, laughter and sadness and even a bit of envy while reading this book. My only real complaint was the open ended final chapter and the lack of any real resolution to the story. If this is indeed the beginning of a series, it’s a good way to gather more readers since you are literally left thinking ‘what the heck just happened’. But it is also a bit annoying to be left wondering if you missed something. It’s interesting because other than some internal conflict and the mention of a war and a few moments that reflect that war, there was really no conflict. No clear “villain”and no clear “resolution” and yet I liked this book. It’s odd because that’s nothing at all like me. I usually need a clear beginning, middle and end with all the fixings, and while the story itself was easy to follow it almost came off as a steady stream of information. With the book being called the Neverland Wars, I kind of expected a bit more conflict. But regardless it was an enjoyable read. “I received a free copy of the book from the author/publisher for my honest opinion. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own”
BellesBeastlyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. First let me say, I have never read the original Peter Pan. Also, I was never a fan of the cartoon or play. I just also found Peter Pan annoying and boring. Now that I've said that, let me say I really liked this book. I liked the modern twist. Like Peter Pan was still around today and taking kids to Neverland. It was really written well. It flowed nicely and didn't have any slow parts that held me up. My only negative is that is ends in a huge cliffhanger. One of those cliffhangers that has you turning the page wondering where the next chapter is. I'm really hoping there is a book two in the works since there was no 'sneak preview' of the next book at the end of it. If you do not like cliff hangers you will find the ending very frustrating. Additionally, it lost a partial star rating because at the very end of the book there is a rather lot of cussing (for such a small few pages) and there is drinking and drug use. This is simply a 'Belle's Beastly Book Blog' rating system regarding how clean a book is and may not bother all readers.
Aisha Soto More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love retellings, so when I received the opportunity to review The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse, I was very happy to be able to read the book. I rated the book a 3.5/5 because there were some things that I really liked, but there were some things that weren't my cup of coffee (I don’t drink tea). Let’s get into it! LIKES 1. Neverland. Okay, so I have to admit that I’m not super familiar with the story of Peter Pan. I think I’ve watched the Disney movie about 4 times…ever! The way that Greathouse wrote Neverland was, magical. She makes me wish that Neverland was real, and that I could visit (I want to see the mermaids)! There are great descriptions of the different parts of Neverland. You even get to see a broken-down ship and where the lost boys and girls live. 2. The characters. In the beginning of the story I really disliked a certain character (more on that later). Once you get into Neverland, the characters are really whimsical, magical, and well thought out. My favorite characters would have to be Lasiandra (a mermaid) and Old Willow (the medicine woman). These characters, to me, were essential to the story. Not only for the parts they were in, but also for their foretelling of what the future may hold for some of the characters. 3. Gwen’s character development. Let me be 100% with you. I really disliked Gwen in the beginning of the book. She seemed so grouchy and totally weird about being a teenager. I felt somewhat turned off with her as a character. Then, Gwen entered Neverland. Once this occurred, I began to see and understand why she was the teenager that she was. Yes, some of her actions were questionable (like 4 times in the book), but she’s flawed! She’s a teenager, and she ends up acting like one. 4. Reality hitting Neverland. This idea alone is awesome! Greathouse’s concept on our real life negatively affecting Neverland is unique and exciting. This great point also has a downside, which I will explain below. NOT MY CUP OF COFFEE 1. The war (this goes with Reality hitting Neverland). There was only one part of the book where you become a witness to the war. There are some parts of Neverland that were struck prior to when the story takes place, which you are told about. The thing is, I believed that there would be more war-type situations, but there wasn’t. 2. The ending. Gwen totally made a bad decision at the end of the book (yes, I know she’s a teenager), and her decision led to something that I didn’t think would happen. The ending felt cut short; it was written like a cliffhanger. A humongous cliffhanger. You have to ask yourself what is going to happen with all the people involved. Well, there is my review! I did enjoy The Neverland Wars once I got over Gwen’s grouchy attitude, and saw her feelings on childhood. Peter Pan was cool and just as I thought he would be. If there is a sequel, will I be continuing with the story? Of course! Greathouse did a great job with Neverland and she made me take an interest in the Peter Pan story. I received this digital arc from YA Bound Book Tours and NetGalley for an honest review.
Nylak More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story! This book is another take on the Peter Pan story; in it, Peter Pan is viewed as the bad guy who kidnaps children. The adults back in Reality are trying to destroy Neverland and everything in it, which is interesting as that would include the children that Peter "stole". The protagonist is Gwen, an older child who shares the belief that Peter must be stopped (at least at first), and only goes with Peter so she can bring her sister back home. Gwen is deemed the "storyteller" once she reaches Neverland, and actually does tell some imaginative little stories. I liked her character, but Peter was definitely my favorite part of the story! He is a sassy little thing, and made me laugh quite often. The ending of the book leaves the reader satisfied if it ends up being a stand-alone, but it also leaves the hope for a sequel. Personally, I'm definitely hoping for the sequel. I would love to see more of this spunky Peter Pan! Note: I read this book for free via NetGalley.
AndMarStan More than 1 year ago
Check out my video review and giveaway of The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse! Overall, it was a really fun and new take on Peter Pan, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! 3.5 stars out of 5 for me.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Imagine that magic was real and that it was powering most of the items we currently have while science and technology are still trying to figure out how to make it work without needing magic to power it. Imagine waking up one day and discovering that your little sister was gone. That in the middle of the night she was whisked away to Neverland by Peter Pan. That is what happened to Gwen. One day she is telling her sister fairytale stories past bedtime and the next day her sister is off living in one. Before all this happened, Gwen was just trying to figure out boys and the teenager life. The point in life where your life is a blur. You don't feel quite like an adult, but you also don't feel quite like a child any more. The point where you think you want to be an adult, but you also don't want to let go of all the simply childhood joy you have been experiencing to disappear. I have got to say, The Neverland Wars was so well written, that I easily found myself lost in the words. I was able to go pages and pages without realizing that time had passed. This was even the case when nothing was really going on in the story. I just kept going, finding myself immersed. I also think that Audrey Greathouse was able to hit the nail on the head when it comes to being a teenager. All of that inner turmoil about growing up was captured brilliantly. And the growing up part of the storyline was kept pretty true to the feeling of Peter Pan. Ah, Peter Pan. Now that was a character I can't say I liked very much actually. I found him to be a little too aloop and pompous at times. Maybe it was because he was a preteen himself? And preteens can be pretty difficult themselves. But there was something about him that I just didn't really find myself liking. For those who like to know, especially since this is a book marketed towards young adults. There is some language usage and mentions of drugs and underage drinking. This all occurs towards the end of the book. And if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me ranting at Audrey Greathouse about the ending. But you know what that means? It means I am going to have to read the second one! This review is based on an eARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Find more of my reviews here:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago