REVIEW: Six Points of Light: Hook's Origin by Kalynn Bayron
Six Points of Light: Hook's Origin (1)
by Kalynn Bayron
Genre(s): Adventure, Retellings, Young Adult
Published: April 2015 (originally)
Re-published Jan 2016
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Official Synopsis: "St. Catherine's is a
place for misfits, for the forgotten, and it is also the only home James
Cook has ever known. Abandoned on the front steps as an infant, James
is raised by Sister Maddie who loves him like the mother he never knew.
Growing up at St. Catherine's, James battles one illness after another,
and spends most of his time in the infirmary.
One night, a young
boy is delivered to St. Catherine's in the arms of his distraught
mother. The boy, Peter, is mischievous and James tries his hardest to
stay as far away from him, and his band of merry followers, as possible.
The younger boys at St. Catherine's are drawn to the charismatic Peter,
but James, being older and in his humble opinion, wiser, is not
recruited so easily.
As the two become more closely acquainted,
Peter reveals to James that he has a secret. This secret will turn
James' life upside down and set he and Peter on a collision course with
destiny in that far of place known to children and dreamers...Neverland.
Before he was Captain Hook, he was simply James Cook, and as it turns out, he was not such a dastardly villain after all.
some of the most beloved characters in literature as their roots are
laid bare and the truth of their humble beginnings is revealed."
Review:This is quite a different retelling. This isn't some happy new
imagination of a fun adventure. No, this is darker, twisted and will
make you rethink the story of Peter Pan. All our favorite characters are
here. James Cook (Hook), Peter, Wendy, John, Micheal, Smee, Tigerlily,
Tinkerbell and even Hook's least favorite crocodile! They all play a
part. And for many of them, the roles are not quite what you'd expect
from the original tales. James grew up in an orphanage, with one
of the Sisters raising him practically as her own. a quite, studious,
well behaved child that I instantly felt drawn to. Then Peter shows up
with a final message from his mother to never grow up. Where's James'
character is kind, sweet and morally upstanding, James is obsessed and
bratty. And that is putting it kindly.
I was expecting more
fantasy in this book but much of it takes place in the real world. While
a bit disappointing on one side, the story was quite enthralling on
it's own. What Peter does....there are no words I can share without
spoiling. Let us simply say I would never want to come across him!
Another reason the lack of Fantasy was okay was that this was just book
one! I am most eager to learn more of these adventures.
ways, the setting and characters seem perfect. It actually goes quite
well. The changes made make sense. Kalynn Bayron does a good job filling
the holes. I really enjoyed is. Highly recommended for fans of Once
Upon a Time tv series!
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.