Everland by Wendy Spinale ~ Review

Everland by 
Hardcover320 pages
Published May 10th 2016 
by Scholastic Press
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars


London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?


Thank you Scholastic for sending me a copy of Everland for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

I loved the originality that Wendy infused into the Everland's world. Most Peter Pan stories start off very slow but Wendy had dual POV's which kept the pace up from the beginning. I wished as the story went along to get more from Hook's POV but his POV seemed to be less and less until the end. Gwen's character had fierce moments but I did not relate to her character at all. I loved little spitfire Bella. She was adorable and stubborn and she may have had feelings for Peter but she never depended on him. I also really loved Doc's character. For a side character I felt you got a glimpse into his past, his heart and his hope for the future.

I love steampunk and this had steampunk elements but I would not consider it a steampunk book. I wish more focus had been on the apocalyptic feel of a virus killing off adults and the female species. I felt like this was the shinning star in Everland and wish it had completely focused on this, maybe starting from when people first became exposed and the panic leading up to the situation they found themselves in. 

This was hard for me because I did love Wendy's writing and loved so many elements and the beginning being so fast paced was such a great aspect but as I got to the middle and end I felt a disconnect. I am giving Everland 3 out of 5 stars.

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About the Author:
I must admit, I have lived an extraordinary life and will forever be grateful for the opportunities I have had.
I was the middle of three kids, my older brother being deaf for as far back as I can remember. At the time, I didn't realize how much that would later impact my life. I was a sign language interpreter for a short time (although I'm extremely rusty now) and taught my kids signs when they were little. Growing up with a hearing impaired brother planted a seed of compassion in me for those with handicaps.
During college I was living in southern California working for Disneyland as a Cast Member in the Entertainment Department. I met my husband there who was also a performer. After four incredible years working with the Mouse, we moved to his hometown in the Bay Area and married.
I eventually got my Bachelor's in Kinesiology and worked in the fitness industry for ten years before a knee injury ended my career. Not sure what to do with my time, I applied to job posting to be an online journalist. I loved writing, but had no experience. I didn't hear back so I wrote up a review about a local restaurant and sent it to them to prove I could do the job. Twenty-four hours later, I was a journalist with AOL Media/Pleasanton Patch.
I spent three great years with them before cut backs forced me without a job again. That's when I started writing my first novel, which went nowhere. Dozens of rejection letters later. I started a second book. A year later I was offered representation by Thao Le from Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and within another six months I was offered a book deal. Everland (Scholastic) debuted in the Summer of 2016!
Today I live in the Bay Area with my husband and three sons who are my biggest fans. While they're off at work and school, I bounce ideas off my four-legged, furry family members, Odie and Alex.


  1. Nice review! Sad to hear it kind of falls in the middle of the scale! Though I do love my fairy tale retellings and Peter Pan ones especially! Will have to read it eventually! Nice review!


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