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July 26, 2012

"Another Pan" by Daniel & Dina Nayeri



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Title: Another Pan (Another #2)
Author: Daniel & Dina Nayeri
Publication: 2010, Candlewick Press

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Wendy Darling and her insecure freshman brother, John, are hitting the books at the Marlowe School. But one tome consumes their attention: THE BOOK OF GATES, a coveted Egyptian artifact that their professor father believes has magical powers. Soon Wendy and John discover that the legend is real—when they recite from its pages and descend into a snaking realm beneath the Manhattan school. As the hallways darken, and dead moths cake the floor, a charismatic new R.A. named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence:...read more

Review: A wonderfully paced and deliciously engaging retelling of Barry's "Peter Pan" that somehow, mysteriously, admirably, forces one to sip, not gulp, while still holding the reader's curious attention. This book has a stunning opening and unfolds in one tempting bit after another. 

With witty little sections of interlude, this retelling delivers an interesting and artistic literary production. One will enjoy the enticing web of the injected twists and layers to this classic children's tale. Each legend is written in a sophisticated and extremely authoritative and believable diction and contributes brilliantly to the Egyptian twist of the retelling. Surprisingly, the siblings-author team makes the magic last for a "never-never" worthy amount of time, yet it still turns out to be an absolutely mind-blowing journey by the end!

This book will require patience and a bit of brain-work, as it is not just a take-and-go thrill ride (which may explain a lot of the negative reviews on this book from Goodreads.). I was glad that I took the time to look past smaller areas that lacked satisfaction, such as the slightly shallow romance and the minimal character development. The writing and deeper content itself was fantastic, and the capturing of the magical nuances of the tale was executed very well. 

Instead of a chunk of filling chocolate, I thought of this book as something smaller, more of a delicacy that may not be immediately sweet and enjoyable, but overall boasts an endearing and high-in-quality nature.

Ratings: ✰✰✰✰ 4 Impressed Hoots

Final Notes: I'd recommend this book to those of you who are able to give the time to make this slow journey. It took me 5 days to finish this one (when I usually finish a YA book in a day and a half at most.), and it wasn't because I lost interest in it. 

If you're looking for a highly entertaining rollercoaster, then unfortunately, you'll be disappointed. I'm warning off like that because I really hope others will see and feel what I thought about the diction and moral stories in this one because it really deserves better.


Thanks for reading!
Vivian

18 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! Whenever a book I've loved gets quite a lot of low ratings on Goodreads, I always make it my job to give the book justice. And that's exactly what you've done for this book. Brilliant review! :D

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  2. Sounds super, and Peter Pan strikes me as a good story to have a unique spin on (am also looking forward to reading Tiger Lily). Great review, I'm glad the slightly shallow romance was redeemed by the finer points of the writing :-)

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  3. Amazing review! A Peter Pan retelling sounds pretty awesome :)

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  4. Gahhh Vivian! I can't get over how stunningly well-written all your reviews are!! You definitely have a way with words, my dear! :)
    This book sounds super good, albeit on the slow side. I love retellings so I'm definitely going to have to check this one out!
    Fantabulous review... as always! :)

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  5. Oh, I definitely want to read this...LOVE Peter Pan and anything to do with it. I want to read Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson too...so many books, so little time!

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  6. I don't read too many re-tellings but it sounds good! I'm not always into slow books but sometimes it is worth it to just read a little each day for a long time. Great moral stories are definitely worth reading. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. Wonderful review, Vivian! Honestly, I've never even heard of this book before but it does sound very interesting. Peter Pan is one of my favourite stories so I hope I can give this a go one day. I'm glad you mentioned that is requires some patience! I can think of several books that I loved which needed more concentration than others. :)

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  8. Viviiiiiiiiiiiii-Chan!!

    gorgeous review! <3
    I haven read Another Faust yet nor this one sniff. But is sounds very interesting! Specially since it sounds like a delicacy =9 yum!
    Thnx for sharing!! I havent seen many reviews of these books around and I think they are totally worth purchasing =)

    take care sweetheart! hope u are having a gorgeous summer ^^ muah!!!!!!

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    1. ONEEEECHAAAAAN~!!! It definitely is the type of book that I'd call a delicacy. and sometimes, the taste of delicacies aren't appreciated by everyone ^_~ Thank you <3

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  9. Even though I dislike slow pacing, after reading your review I may have to give this book a try! Really liked how you delved into this book and conveyed its deeper meaning to us. Even though the characters and romance weren't the best, the writing and theme behind this book sounds complex! This sounds like a unique twist to the Peter Pan classic. Awesome review!

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    1. The theme and the legends that this book brought out was definitely very enjoyable if you give it a chance! Thank you, and I hope you'll like it too!

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  10. This is the first time I see this book but it sounds amazing, Vivian! <3 Books that require lots of brain works are sometimes tiring, but they're always my favorite! x) And oh-em-gee. Peter Pan retelling?? I need to get this book ASAP! x)

    Lovely review, Vivi! <3 So glad that you enjoyed this book very much! :)

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  11. I haven't heard of this book before but I'm really interested to read it after your review! The cover looks really interesting and I LOVE STORIES about Peter Pan re-tellings! ;) I definitely need to add this book to my TBR!

    Awesome review, Vivian! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Oh I didn't know this one but like the cover and the idea. Who couldn't? Peter Pan is a nice story and I would like to learn more about it.

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  13. Vivian, we are like a book twin. Your taste is so similar to mine, it's almost scary. I recently checked this one out, because it sounds good (and I love Peter Pan) and now I see your review popping up :D I'm in love with Egypt, so the Egyptian twist is something I'd definitely enjoy :D

    Thanks for the wonderful review ^^

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    1. O_O I swear, Mel, I had no idea you were looking into this one as well XD Haha, you're very welcome!

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  14. Great review! I have not heard of this one before but it sounds interesting. I adore reading retellings and Peter Pan is just awesome so I will totally be looking into this one. Thanks for sharing!!

    SeeitORreadit


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  15. This story sounds really interesting and I am glad that you enjoyed it. 5 days to finish it though?? I would have gotten bored lol.

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