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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Hook: Exiles of the Realm by Adrienne Bell

It's about time I read a fun fairytale retelling! This one's with Captain Hook!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Adrienne Bell
Release Date: February 14, 2017

This might not be Neverland, but then again, he's not your mother's Captain Hook.

Mercy Herrera’s daily life is a well-ordered machine. Between work, volunteering, and finishing her degree, she doesn’t have room for distractions. So when a dangerously seductive stranger sweeps into her life promising the solutions to all her problems, Mercy doesn’t have time for his antics. Not until mysterious forces upend her world–the kind her rational mind tell her can’t possibly exist.

Infamous thief, James Hook knows all about chaos. Back in the Fae Realm, he wove enough trouble to earn himself a one-way ticket to exile. Now he’s been banished to a world without magic, and his only hope of getting back home hinges on stealing the heart of the one woman who seems immune to his charm.

But when a simple mistake turns into a disaster, the pair are thrust into the fight of their lives, and forced to make a gut-wrenching decision–risk their hearts, or stand alone against fate.

What’s it About? Captain Hook in the modern realm? Yes please! James Hook has been exiled along with four other known prisoners to the modern world. Without any magic, Hook only has one hope of returning to the Fae Realm and part of that includes making a woman fall in love with him. But Mercy Herrera isn’t having any of Hook’s shenanigans and tells him so but unfortunately for her, a mistake drags Mercy into Hook’s mission and she has no choice but to trust him with her life.

Overall reaction to the story? I’ve read one book by Adrienne Bell before and enjoyed her style of writing and I’m always interested in fairytale retellings or stories like this where a well known character is placed in a totally different situation. That said, Hook isn’t really a romance, more of a fantasy adventure with a bit of a love story in it. I would have loved for the romance to have been more of a focal point because it seemed almost an afterthought instead. However, even though I was disappointed at the lack of romance (It IS categorized as a romance after all), the adventure and the set up of this series was done so well that I didn’t dwell on it too much. Hook, Mercy, and the rest of Exiles were just too much fun to stop reading for silly things like washing dishes or sweeping the floor.

Describe the hero in five words: Sneaky. Arrogant. Charming. Intelligent. Stubborn.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? James Hook had everything you think an infamous pirate should have and he should have been completely unlikable but Bell made him the stuff of fantasies. He had just enough bad boy in him to be interesting but also an abundance of charm and cheeky humor. Heck, he could rob me blind and I’d smile through the whole thing and then giggle like a school girl when he walked off with all my stuff.

Describe the heroine in five words: Smart. Snarky. Stubborn. Strong. Caring.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? What Hook lacked in principals Mercy had in abundance yet I never thought she was a holier-than-thou goody two shoes. Mercy was fun but she was also selfless in her affection for her family and friends. I loved how quick she was with her responses to Hook’s flirting and I loved how she gave him a hard time (He totally needed a reality check). Mercy’s tough girl attitude was also extended to the rest of the Exiles and she was quick to put them in their places. She was delightful.

Let’s talk about the romance: There wasn’t much of a romance in Hook and normally that would have bothered me to the point of disrupting my reading experience BUT this was such an entertaining story that it was hard to put down. I can only imagine how irresistible it would have been had the romance been more developed and had played a bigger part in the overall story.

How about that supporting cast? The Exiles don’t play well with others and it shows whenever they’re in the same room but they’re an entertaining lot of outcasts and when Mercy’s friend Emily inadvertently catches the attention of Fenrir the Wolf well, the exchanges between the two are pretty funny. I honestly can’t wait to get to know the rest of these characters.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. The setup is interesting and the characters are lively. Just don’t expect a grand passionate tale of romance.

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