Monday, January 20, 2014

Love, Tink (the complete series)

Love, Tink by Elle Strauss

purchased from the Amazon Kindle e-book store

In Strauss' Neverland, Peter Pan and the lost boys and Hook and his pirates all wound up there by accidentally being transported from their own dimension.  While the lost boys are content to stay and never grow up, Peter misses his family and his friends and his home in New York City.  Hook, named for his nose, just wants to go home. He wound up trapped in Neverland and he wants out.

Tink made the mistake of letting humans see her and now, she is forced to work for Hook, and he is just as mean and sadistic as you remember him.  Now, Tink is permanently visible to people, but the rest of the fairies and their village is still invisible, unless Tink allows a human to see it.  

Peter really wants to return home and Tink knows a way to do it.  Once she gets Peter out safely, she knows she's going to have to follow him.  So, Tink and her friend Jangle leave Neverland and wind up as human girls in New York City.  As a human, Tink is hoping that she can tell Peter how she really feels about him and that they might have a chance to be together.  

Considering how many always human, normal(ish) adults find it very difficult to make it in New York, it was awfully easy for Tink and Jangle to wind up in an apartment, registered in high school and creating a life for themselves.  It's not terribly realistic, but then, it is about fairies and Peter Pan and Hook and Neverland, so I'm not really sure what could be  expected.  

The characters are likable, it's part fairy tale, part urban YA romance.  I found the author's descriptions of things far too repetitive, but I guess there are only so many ways to describe a rocking chair by the fire and your bed.  As I understand it, this book was originally made available as 6 novellas that tell the whole story.  Tink is definitely easier to like here, but that could have something to do with the Wendy being kind of a mean girl. The whole Neverland as a separate dimension and Peter's father inventing a device that makes it possible to travel to other dimensions was a far different take on the story than I was expecting.  

I didn't love this, but I've read a whole lot worse. In fact, I read a whole lot worse the week I read this book.  As a free or extremely inexpensive e-book for the nook or kindle, this wouldn't be a terrible waste of the time it takes to read.  There are some interesting parts and you could definitely understand and relate to the characters, real and fairy.

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