Review: Second Star

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Title:Second Star

Author:J.M. Sullivan

Series:Book 1

Rating★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Note:I received an ARC of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Wendy Darling worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero. She races to the planet known only as Neverland; her mission to find the long-lost crew and bring them home.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.

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Wendy was very persistent in her goals and loyal to her crew. She was also very disciplined.

Peter was tech-smart, quick on his feet and in his thinking, but he was ultimately a weak/poorly written character.

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 What mankind has coveted since the time of the Ancients, and soon it will be mine. Soon, there will be no reason to return to the Fleet. I’ll have everything I’ve been searching for.

I will be immortal. 

This is a book that I had sitting in my NetGalley for a while, and, honestly, that’s probably the only reason I pushed myself to read as much of this as I did. I was so pumped to read this book because it was a Peter Pan retelling, but the slow pacing, bland characters, and questionable plot ultimately forced me to put this book down.

One of the first issues I had with this book was the plot. Without spoiling too much, Peter gets stranded (along with some other crew members) on the planet they name Neverland. They survive on this planet for 10 years without any weird creepy otherworldly creatures attacking, but then one day Peter interacts with some hostile natives (not the first time) and suddenly some ancient being on the island find him interesting enough to attack and spill all the secrets of the universe to (apparently).

This was such a huge plot hole. Why was Peter interesting now? You can’t tell me that this ancient being didn’t notice Peter at all before in those 10 years.

Then, of course, we have the characters themselves. I couldn’t care less about either one of them. Wendy was really very whiny. Out of everything about her that stood out the most. You can totally write up a character that strives for their parents’ approval (with parents that don’t give a damn) without having them come off whiny. I just think that this angle was overdone and came off the wrong way.

Peter, on the other hand, was so bland it was hard to come up with words to describe him. Probably the most memorable thing about him was the fact that he’s supposed to be caring and good (he protects/saves the orphan boys on the ship) but when he sees Wendy’s ship crash down (with a very obvious fire going on) all he thinks about is how his only chance to get off the island is gone. I want to say for a good two pages he doesn’t even think about the fact that there are people in there that might need his help.

With all of this, the slow pacing was just the last excuse I needed to put it down. I ended up DNF’ing the book at 60% because that far into the book Wendy and Peter had just met and nothing major was happening in the story that I couldn’t summarize in 20 seconds.

Overall, I’m giving this book 2 stars because it was an interesting concept, but the writing killed the story. This is a series I won’t be continuing.



What’s the last book you DNF’d?


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