Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fantasy or science fiction books or series.

Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#1 by LivreAmour217
» 09 Sep 2017, 16:00

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Essence of Neverland" by Juna Jinsei.]

Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Review by LivreAmour217
Share This Review

Juna Jinsei's Essence of Neverland takes the reader on a journey back into the world of J. M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan stories. In this rendition of the timeless children's classic, Peter Pan has met his demise and Neverland is in peril. To save this magical world, the guardian spirit of Neverland dispatches Tinkerbell and her fairy friends into the real world to find a child worthy of becoming the new Pan. Four children--Kuthanda, Rakana, Dobrata, and Khwan Glaohan--are given the task to unite the various peoples of Neverland against a destructive force. With the help of fairy magic and a host of new friends, can the four children save Neverland from doom?

Essence of Neverland is a unique take on the beloved story that blends familiar elements of Peter Pan with new ideas that work quite well within the parameters of Barrie's tale. There are plenty of surprises as the plot unfolds, but everything ties together seamlessly with the original story. The author also does an excellent job of developing the personalities and backstories of both familiar and new characters, and does this especially well with some of the iconic characters from the original.

In addition to providing an entertaining fantasy story, Essence of Neverland contains meaningful lessons for children and adolescents. The book emphasizes the importance of learning to work with others, along with the healing power of forgiveness and the possibility of redemption. The four children also display positive attitudes in the face of hardship and a willingness to see the good in everyone and every situation. Kuthanda, Dobrata, Rakana, and Khwan Glaohan are excellent role models, and the cultural diversity among the protagonists ensures that a majority of readers will be able to find a character with whom they can relate.

As wonderful as this story is, there is some room for improvement regarding the writing quality. The writing is by no means bad, but I did notice small errors throughout the book, mostly in the form of homonym mix-ups (pedal/petal, shutter/shudder, etc). There are also some parts of the book that feel unnecessarily lengthy, which may be distracting for some readers.

Writing errors aside, Essence of Neverland is a take a wonderful take on the Peter Pan story, and I give it 3 out of 4 stars. If not for the errors, I would have awarded it four. I would recommend this book to readers aged 11 and older, although it would be an excellent read-aloud choice for younger children as well.

******
Essence of Neverland
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like LivreAmour217's review? Post a comment saying so!
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
User avatar
LivreAmour217
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 1921
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
Location: Kentucky-Tennessee state line, USA
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 173 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 110%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#2 by juliusotinyo
» 16 Sep 2017, 11:57

I love Peter Pan both as a kid and as an adult, I keep watching reruns of the latest film. Your review was a delight to read.
User avatar
juliusotinyo
 
Posts: 695
Joined: 15 Jun 2017, 10:19
Location: Kenya
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 44 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 17 Books
Goal Completion: 141%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#3 by LivreAmour217
» 16 Sep 2017, 13:42

juliusotinyo wrote:I love Peter Pan both as a kid and as an adult, I keep watching reruns of the latest film. Your review was a delight to read.


Thank you very much! I think that you would enjoy this book!
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
User avatar
LivreAmour217
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 1921
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
Location: Kentucky-Tennessee state line, USA
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 173 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 110%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 16 Sep 2017, 13:49

There are a number of spin offs of Peter pan. This sounds like an interesting one. Thanks for another lovely review!
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "The Crying Tree Diary" by Lorah Green
User avatar
kandscreeley
Special Discussion Leader
 
Posts: 2835
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 106 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 87%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#5 by LivreAmour217
» 16 Sep 2017, 18:33

kandscreeley wrote:There are a number of spin offs of Peter pan. This sounds like an interesting one. Thanks for another lovely review!


And thank you for your kind words! This book is indeed a unique take on an old favorite.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
User avatar
LivreAmour217
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 1921
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
Location: Kentucky-Tennessee state line, USA
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 173 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 110%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#6 by Sabina G
» 17 Sep 2017, 01:19

Peter Pan is one of my favourite childhood stories. I think I would like this book pretty much.
User avatar
Sabina G
 
Posts: 92
Joined: 29 Jun 2017, 05:16
Currently Reading: The Scarpetta Factor
Bookshelf Size: 23 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 35 Books
Goal Completion: 5%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#7 by LivreAmour217
» 17 Sep 2017, 11:33

walkingfreckle wrote:Peter Pan is one of my favourite childhood stories. I think I would like this book pretty much.


Peter Pan is an old favorite of mine, too! I hope that you get to read this one!
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
User avatar
LivreAmour217
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 1921
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
Location: Kentucky-Tennessee state line, USA
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 173 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 110%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#8 by Emie Cuevas
» 17 Sep 2017, 21:32

I love the Tinkerbell stories that Disney has made into movies so this seems to be right up my street. It's a shame that they decided to kill off Pan in this version, I would have preferred for the story to be about him needing help and recruiting the four children to help, but I didn't write it. I have however read it, and if I have another kid I'll consider reading it to him/her too.
Whether you Think you can,
or you Think you can't,
You are Right

Napoleon Hill
Emie Cuevas's Latest Review: "Evergreen" by Adventure Cat
User avatar
Emie Cuevas
 
Posts: 199
Joined: 07 Aug 2017, 19:03
Currently Reading: Elf Accord
Bookshelf Size: 57 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 150 Books
Goal Completion: 27%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#9 by GPM
» 17 Sep 2017, 22:41

I remember Peter Pan as a good story for young children. I think this will also be a good one due to the good examples that was demonstrated.
"A man learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people." - Will Rogers
User avatar
GPM
 
Posts: 169
Joined: 28 Feb 2017, 08:20
Favorite Book: My Trip To Adele
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 61 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#10 by Quinto
» 17 Sep 2017, 22:59

I have always enjoyed the Peter Pan and Tinkerbell series. This being one with both would be an interesting read. Thanks for your enjoyable review.
Quinto's Latest Review: "No more normies" by Henry Reign
User avatar
Quinto
 
Posts: 275
Joined: 01 Aug 2017, 01:14
Currently Reading: Raven's Peak
Bookshelf Size: 65 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#11 by hsimone
» 18 Sep 2017, 10:06

I liked Peter Pan well enough, but it wasn't my favorite growing up. This take on the classic tale does seem interesting, though. I am curious as to why Peter was not able to live forever as a boy. It's great that the author seemed to put together a well-round and creative tale. Too bad about the grammar and writing mix-ups, but I'm glad that you enjoyed the read!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4
Publishing Contest ~ 27 Votes ~ View hsimone's Entry
User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
 
Posts: 4571
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
Location: Snuggling with a Book :)
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Currently Reading: The Handmaid's Tale
Bookshelf Size: 413 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 120 Books
Goal Completion: 75%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#12 by LivreAmour217
» 18 Sep 2017, 13:29

Emie Cuevas wrote:I love the Tinkerbell stories that Disney has made into movies so this seems to be right up my street. It's a shame that they decided to kill off Pan in this version, I would have preferred for the story to be about him needing help and recruiting the four children to help, but I didn't write it. I have however read it, and if I have another kid I'll consider reading it to him/her too.


I was a little taken aback by Peter's death too, but overall I really liked this book. Thank you for reading my review!

-- 18 Sep 2017, 14:35 --

hsimone wrote:I liked Peter Pan well enough, but it wasn't my favorite growing up. This take on the classic tale does seem interesting, though. I am curious as to why Peter was not able to live forever as a boy. It's great that the author seemed to put together a well-round and creative tale. Too bad about the grammar and writing mix-ups, but I'm glad that you enjoyed the read!


I never cared for the Disney version when I was growing up, but I liked the book pretty well, and there are other incarnations that tell the story better than The Mouse did! I appreciate your stopping by to read this review!

-- 18 Sep 2017, 14:36 --

Quinto wrote:I have always enjoyed the Peter Pan and Tinkerbell series. This being one with both would be an interesting read. Thanks for your enjoyable review.


Neverland is great setting for stories. Thank you for your kind words!
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
User avatar
LivreAmour217
Previous Member of the Month
 
Posts: 1921
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
Location: Kentucky-Tennessee state line, USA
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 173 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 110%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#13 by geoffrey ngoima
» 18 Sep 2017, 15:40

It sounds like a wonderful fantasy book. Nice review,
To posit that the war brings us closer to faith is a sleight of hand that makes fools of us all. "There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes"~ Michael Carson
geoffrey ngoima's Latest Review: "So Beware" by James Hockenberry
User avatar
geoffrey ngoima
 
Posts: 765
Joined: 11 Jul 2017, 06:41
Location: Kenya
Currently Reading: The Little Girl Inside Owning My Role in My Own Pain
Bookshelf Size: 107 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device:
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#14 by DeboraSilva
» 19 Sep 2017, 14:44

Oh, sounds very interesting. The strong set of characters and the entertaining plot makes it look like a worth reading, after all Neverland is magical! Thank you very much for the review.
DeboraSilva's Latest Review: "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole
User avatar
DeboraSilva
 
Posts: 36
Joined: 09 Sep 2017, 14:34
Currently Reading: The Ask and the Answer
Bookshelf Size: 19 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 60%

Re: Official Review: Essence of Neverland by Juna Jinsei

Post Number:#15 by Marie Kala
» 20 Sep 2017, 09:03

I love retellings of children's stories, and this one is definitely a different take! Thanks for the great review!
User avatar
Marie Kala
 
Posts: 31
Joined: 11 Sep 2017, 08:36
Currently Reading: The Ruby in the Smoke
Bookshelf Size: 67 books
2017 Reading Goal: 125 Books
Goal Completion: 216%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books