Author: Brianna Shrum

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Feb 18
{Review} Never Never by Brianna Shrum

{Review} Never Never by Brianna Shrum

Never Never is a Peter Pan retelling told from Captain Hook’s perspective. This standalone novel is Brianna Shrum’s debut book and I thought she did a really good job with it. I loved that it was Hook’s story. It was reminiscent of the kind of hook and pan from Once Upon a Time, so if you love Hook in that show as much as I do, this is a book you will want to check out. It features an evil Pan, and a more nuanced, but very much bent on revenge Hook. This Hook doesn’t hold a candle to Storybrook’s Hook, but it did come much closer than I expected it to. Never Never follows Hook throughout his life, starting out when he was a small boy. This was his first run in with Peter Pan, and it was clear that as soon as Peter tricked Hook that his hatred started. And it only grew throughout the story. Hook is a very different person than many of Peter’s lost boys…. Read more »

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Dec 07
{Interview+Giveaway} Never Never by Brianna Strum @briannashrum

{Interview+Giveaway} Never Never by Brianna Strum @briannashrum

Describe Never Never in a Tweet (140 characters or less) Trapped in Neverland, in love with Tiger Lily who loves another, obsessed with going home. The story of Capt. Hook What do you think is the hardest part of writing a retelling? I’d say the hardest part for me was that I REALLY wanted to stay very true to the original. I wanted the events of PETER PAN to play out exactly as they had in the original, but to show you a completely different side of things (as well as a whole new backstory), and there were several events from the original that were realllly difficult to write and still portray Hook as the protagonist. So staying true to the original while still spinning it to be your own is tricky! What are some of your favorite fairy tales? (or their retellings?) I love Beauty and the Beast (so say we all), and I have a deep love/hate relationship with The Little Mermaid. (I’m blergghhhh on Ariel, but ADORE… Read more »

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