Once Upon A Time…
My latest obsession has been with the TV drama, Once Upon A Time – the story about classic fairy tale characters in modern-day Storybrooke, Connecticut. At the center are Prince Charming and Snow White with their savior daughter, Emma. The story began with a curse on all the heroes in the fairy tales to forget about their past lives and be forced to live in today’s society under new identities – all while the Evil Queen and Rumplestiltskin attempt to create their own happy endings. Such a great spin on all the classic fairy tales we grew up with, creatively intertwined.
One of my favorite couples is Captain Hook and Emma – an odd pairing but nice to watch opposites make each other happy. As the season is in a hiatus until the fall as of a few weeks ago, I am wanting to delve more into these characters in a more creative way – ergo novels.
This time, I am choosing, Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen.
“Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain.
With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.
– GoodReads synopsis
I can’t wait to see what awaits this novel!
What other modern day novels focus on fairy tales?