· “Maybe they were right about me not living my life to the fullest. The Darling boys were kings at that, they were kings of everything.”·
“The Darlings have lived next door my whole life. They kept a low profile, never leaving the house. None of them except their three boys, the boys that would soon ruin my entire life.”
Sienna Hall never questioned her rude neighbors next door. They had always just been in the background. That was until Sienna saw a stranger walk into the house as if it were his own. And she does the stupidest thing possible.
She follows him.
She couldn’t have ever imagined what she would find behind the closed doors. Or who and what the Darling Boys really are.
My rating: 4*
If you’ve been following my blog last friday, you already know that a good review is on the way for this one 😉 I read this book during last week’s readathon and I couldn’t have made a better choice! Before I jump to spill my thoughts on this one, I’d like to remind you all, this is available for free on Swoonreads.
The moment you open the book, you find a Peter Pan quote and you know you are in for an awfully big adventure ♥ And indeed, far from a retelling, this is quite something else. It has a lot of new twists that detour the story line from Peter and point it towards the closest to “the lost boys” in the story. Boys who are growing, but refuse to continue to do so; boys who throw killer parties, have a mysterious past and good hearts… but refuse to grow up!
But then, Sienna follows a stranger into their house and everything changes… for everyone! For she’ll awake unknown feelings in Robbie, feelings that don’t really suit a boy. And thus, the story unfolds. (And I refuse to spoil that for you, so don’t ask!)
Personally, I think so far the story is greatly achieved. However, the author kind of forgot “everything else” and made it all about the boys and Sienna, leaving aside a lot of factors that could have enriched the story immensely. (I nonetheless, loved the book!)
Also, this story has an alternative ending and I really hate that. I think that as an author, you write the story, so it’s your job to give it an end, even if it’s an open ending. I don’t understand (and never did, actually) movies and books that include alternative endings. Everyone knows it—you cant walk with god and hold the devil’s hand.
Other than that, I think you should really give this a go if you’re into Peter Pan. It really is strong and original, and definitely worth some word of mouth. The ball is in your court now 😉