Another Pan Review

Thursday, September 30, 2010



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 Resident Advisor named Peter reveals that their actions have unleashed a terrible consequence: the underworld and all its evil is now seeping into Marlowe.

Taken from GoodReads.

Another Pan follows the story of Wendy Darling, a bright, charismatic teen and her younger brother, a boy genius named John. The two attend the ritzy Marlowe School in New York, but they're the poorest of the students, as their father is simply the professor of ancient civilizations. Wendy dates her way up the social ladder, but both she and John seem to find their lives at the posh school lacking. When they happen upon the mysterious BOOK OF GATES, Wendy and John, along with the attractive new advisor Peter, find themselves spinning into the world of Peter Pan.

Another Pan is the second book in the "Another" series by authors Daniel and Dina Nayeri. Blending the age-old tale of Peter Pan with a mix of Egyptian curses, long-lost secrets, and the mysteries surrounding the mysterious and attractive RA, Peter, Another Pan is alive with detail and intrigue. The all-too-familiar Lost Boys come into play as well, ready and willing to do the childish and youth-seeking Peter's bidding. An interesting twist on the classic tale for you - when Peter would get upset, the Lost Boys would combine their happy thoughts and text them to Peter, giving him extended happiness and comfort.

Another Pan is a very character-driven novel, but it's perfectly balanced with a fast-paced plot and strong descriptiveness that lets you delve into the deep mysteries of Egyptian curses and the world of Pan. I loved that the Wendy Darling of Another Pan wasn't a meek little ninny...she had spine, and backbone, and plenty of personality. Her brother, John, however, annoyed the
shit
heck out of me with his obnoxious remarks and sullen demeanor. Frankly, he was my least favourite character. The real strength of the story, however, lies in the beautiful interpretation of the relationship between Wendy and Peter. She might just be his true happiness.

I give Another Pan a solid 4 out of 5, simply because the beginning was, again, a bit slow for my liking. That said, I would recommend this to YA fans, those who love the classic tale of Peter Pan, and for fans of mystery. This book releases on October 26, 2010, though I'm pretty sure it's already for sale on amazon. If you would like, follow the link to read my review of the first book in the series, Another Faust.


I received this advanced reader's copy free of charge from the publisher, Candlewick Press, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

22 comments:

  1. A bit slow but pulls through, sounds like a winner. This is like 5 down on my list

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  2. I think, hm, that I'd like to try it, or the Faust one. I like new takes on old things. Nice review!

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  3. Interesting! Excellent review :) I'll have to keep this one in mind!

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  4. I have been curious about this one, I really should pick it up.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  5. Looks like a really good book! Thanks for the great review!

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  6. I don't know if I am going to read this one. I have heard of the first book and that one got a lot of mixed reviews. :) Great review!

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  8. I've been waiting for this one forever!!! I'm glad you liked it, I've read some bad reviews!

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  9. Great review.
    I'm obsessed by modernized fairy tales :)

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  10. This one sounds so good! I can't wait to read it!

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  11. I need 2 read the 1st one. Heard so many good things one it.

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  12. Ha! John always annoyed the snot out of me in the Disney version too. Thanks for reviewing this! I'm looking forward to reading it as Peter Pan is one of my all time favorite tales.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate all your comments. Have a great weekend.

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  14. I never read Another Faust, but I have to say that this sounds really interesting and good. Peter Pan will always have a special place in my heart, so I think I'll have to pick this one up.

    Thanks for the review!

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  15. I have been wanting to read this since I firs saw a summary of it and the cover. As a kid my favorite show was Mary Martin's Peter Pan, so this sounds right up my alley. I am so glad you like it and that it is character driven which is always my favorite type of book. Great review.

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  16. This sounds like a good book! I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

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  17. Sounds like a fun read and I really like the cover. Great review :)

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  18. I'll have to check these books out. Thanks!

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  19. Looks good, havent read another faust but maybe i´ll try it, nice review ;)

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  20. I just read Beastly which was my first modern day fairy tale and I really enjoyed it. I think I'd like this one too!

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  21. Glad to hear that Wendy has a backbone! This one sounds great, definitely like a fun retelling. Great review :D

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