Book Reviews

Hook: Dead to Rights by Melissa Snark

My edition: Kindle owned
Pages: 214
Series: Captain Hook and the Pirates of Neverland #1
Genre: YA, Pirates, Fairy-tale retelling
Published: Sep. 25th, 2018
Rating: 3 STARS


Neverland is a wondrous isle of adventure.

Neverland is a cruel lie.

Children follow Peter Pan believing their dreams will come true—to never grow up.

Surprise, surprise… they never will. The children Peter Pan abducts are murdered or meet a grimmer fate.

I’m the child who escaped Peter’s treachery. I’ve made it my life’s calling to rescue the Lost Boys, even those who don’t wish to be saved. Now Pan has a schooner he’s using to steal even more children. I’m the only one who can stop him.

Call me Hook. I am the master and commander of a pirate ship, and I’ll have my revenge on Peter Pan if it’s the last thing I do.


Captain Hook is a woman who isn’t fully human. She has sunk ships in bouts of anger. But when it comes to Pan… She is full of hatred to the point of obsession. Peter has told the Lost Boys that Hook is a man that he killed. But oh how his tale is mistaken.

Pan doesn’t just bring children to Neverland. He abducts them. His voice is hypnotizing. Hook happened to be a child that Pan brought to Neverland. Now she and her crew (some being former Lost Boys) hunt for Pan. Hook wants to save children from Pan even if they don’t want to be saved.

I had a reputation for ruthlessness, but this crossed lines, even for the dread Captain Hook.

Hook, I would say is an interesting character. It’s the first time I have read a version of Hook as a woman. She is a true pirate who pillages but when it comes to Pan, she will do anything to save the children from him.

I got tired of the constant repeat of Hook and the first mate’s hatred for Pan. It was said in almost every chapter. It got quite annoying.

As to the second book, I am debating on reading it. I just wanted this book to end. I had more high hopes than what I got. Maybe I went into this with too much of an expectation instead of just being open-minded.