Review: Love, Tink
Tink is hopelessly smitten with Peter, the leader of the Lost Boys who’d mysteriously arrived at Neverland two years ago. Unfortunately, Peter is tired of the adventure and especially tired of dodging Captain Hook who is after his head. He just wants to go back to New York City and live his life as a normal fifteen-year-old.
Tink is the only one who can help Peter return, but it breaks her heart to do it. She just wants to make him happy, so she does the unthinkable and betrays the fairy king. Now her heart is filled with remorse. Should she go after Peter? Should she follow him to his New York?
I had read Elle Strauss’ Clockwise series which, in a ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ way, exceeded expectations. Sadly, I can’t say the same for this book. I adored her writing in Clockwise series, but not in this. You may say I am comparing two different books, but considering it’s the same author, I felt this had potential to be better. I also agree that being a novelette, too much depth in the storyline cannot be expected.
So firstly, I will start with what I liked about the book – I liked Jangle, Peter and at times, Tink. It took me some time to connect with Tink and while I liked the start of the book, I can’t say the same for the rest of it. The situations seemed a bit too coincidental, especially when they come to New York. Tink mooning over her loss of Peter to Wendy was really detrimental to my liking of her character. Actually, you can’t feel much of the chemistry between Tink and Peter, especially from Peter’s POV – he just finds her attractive and feels grateful towards her. The villain of the series, Captain Hook, really doesn’t scare much. The King is just there for, god knows what and Jangle – well, towards the end, she was just made into a prop. The plot had holes – how did Hook come to New York? The King’s punishment too made no sense – and with how it was resolved, well, that was the plot hole pointing it out right there! Dylan and Wendy – anyone feeling bad for how fast they were dropped? I am not too mournful about them but well, it was sudden and felt too convenient for the plot. The ending seemed rushed – and let me just not point out how the appearance of Hook and the Lost Boys in New York was just excused away with a sentence. What the heck was the device, for that matter? And why did Mr. Panelli, who is a physicist, have petri dishes in his lab? Nothing was explained about his experiment and the pirate ship is suddenly a yacht and it’s crew?
In conclusion, I found this retelling to be quite lacking, taking into account even it’s short length. Shorter stories have had more substance. So while I am all for Peter and Tink, I wished their development was depicted more.
Received an eARC from All Night Reads via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review