Friday, May 9, 2014

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux BYR on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Second Star
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publication Date: May 13, 2014

Synopsis: A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy's journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. 

Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove's charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. 

A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Why?: I'm a sucker for retellings of classic books and stories. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson was stunning, and I've been looking for another Peter Pan retelling since I read it. This one seems like it will only be loosely based on the original, but I'm intrigued nonetheless. 

Expectations: I don't really expect there to be as much magic in this story as the original, or any of the Lost Boys or Pete staying young forever. I'm also a little concerned about the apparent lack of pirates (I do love me some pirates!), but I hope it will work out with the story being told here. I definitely expect this to be heavy on the romance.

Judging a book by its cover: I love the colors of this cover! I can't tell if it's sunrise or sunset, and I really don't think it even matters. The couple on the front is a little cliche of YA romance books, but I do like that you can only see their silhouettes. I would probably pick this book up if I saw it on a shelf somewhere. 


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