Pros & Cons / Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz


Pros and ConsIf there’s one fictional world that is always enchanting and mysterious, it’s Neverland in Peter Pan. Though the original tale is well-known, Heidi Schulz introduces the magical world again – with an entertaining twist. I managed to sneak in her debut, Hook’s Revenge, before the year’s end, but sadly, I had already listed my favorite books of 2014. I’ll make it well-known now: Hook’s Revenge is certainly worth the read. My full thoughts are below!

As always, here’s the book synopsis: Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn’s hopes of following in her father’s fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.

So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn’t hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she’d bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland’s most fearsome beast isn’t enough to deal with, she’s tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.

The crocodile’s clock is always ticking in Heidi Schulz’s debut novel, a story told by an irascible narrator who is both dazzlingly witty and sharp as a sword. Will Jocelyn find the courage to beat the incessant monster before time runs out? {Goodreads}

Hook's Revenge Pros and ConsAround the web: “Clever, riotous, fast-paced and bewitching with an imaginative premise, a cast of sincere, loveable characters and a message both profound and deeply felt, Hook’s Revenge is a book I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to even the most reluctant of middle grade readers” {read the rest of the review at Pop! Goes the Reader HERE}.

“This revenge-ful novel had three things done well: characters, world building, and writing” {read the rest of the review at Beauty and the Bookshelf HERE}.

“But of course, Hook’s Revenge isn’t just about Jocelyn’s desire to belong, it’s also crazy adventure. This young girl’s band of pirates is hilarious and amazing. The journey they take is full of laughs, gasps and so much more fun than I ever imagined I’d find in this book” {read the rest of the review at Bookish Broads HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Do you have any interest in this MG debut? Do you enjoy fairy tale retellings/adaptations or do you stay as far away as you can from them? My enjoyment of this one has me super excited for the next book in the series: The Pirate Code – September never seemed further away!

Have a lovely day!


2 thoughts on “Pros & Cons / Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

  1. […] I sneaked in Heidi Schulz’s middle grade debut, Hook’s Revenge at the end of 2014 without realizing that a sequel was soon on its way! With an illustrated cover just as adorable as the first, The Pirate Code brings back Jocelyn Hook and friends as she and her crew search for the infamous treasure of Captain Hook. With Schulz’s trademark charm and wit, I have little doubt of its success come September. {review} […]


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