Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

May 18, 2012

 This is the kind of fantasy I love (did I just put fantasy and love in the same sentence?!): well-developed plots, irresistible characters, intrigue and suspense, and not a lot of mystical creatures.

Oh, the characters! I love Peter and Molly and Tinker Bell and George Darling (so great to have George a part of this story). And Lord Ombre is more than creepy; he is downright terrifying. I listened to the audio of this book (which is great, by the way) and was scared senseless one afternoon when I was listening to it while the boys were supposedly napping. I was in the middle of a particularly tense scene when Aaron jumped around the corner and shouted "Boo!" (why he shouted "Boo" I don't know...maybe because he knew he wasn't supposed to be out of bed and so he was trying to be funny...but it sufficiently did the trick to make my heart start racing and stop at the same time).

I think my very favorite scene in the whole book was when Peter was about to be captured by the street thieves again, and he was saved by none other than J.M. Barrie. It was totally unexpected but felt absolutely...perfect. To make J.M. Barrie a part of his own creation was genius. It wasn't too much that it detracted from the actual plot, but it was just the right kind of nod towards the man who gave life to Peter. Loved it.

For awhile, I thought that the scenes with the pirates and the Lost Boys just weren't working...they were too short with too much of the main story in between...but I changed my mind in the final chapter because I thought the triumph of the Lost Boys over Captain Hook was the perfect way to end the story.

I wrote this review before creating this blog.

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