This is a story about many of the difficulties that young children may face — school friendships, stressed parents, reading the people around you and feeling it is up to you to keep things happy. I do have to say though that my ten year old daughter found it a little repetitive and said she could see where the story was going. I have to say that I could too. However, this might be reassuring for children who are going through some of the issues that Chloe faces.
I'll admit I did skip a few pages towards the end. A lovely story that I will probably try reading again another time. It is a Miranda Hart book after all. I'm a big fan of Miranda Hart, lol. Could probably say it was a bit childish for me. Jun 24, Marie the Librarian rated it really liked it. I really adored this book. I could hear Miranda Hart while reading it and I love the message about kids putting too much pressure and responsibility on themselves. Its so sad but also funny and heartwarming. Aug 07, Evelyn Romp rated it liked it Shelves: Wat een prachtige manier om aan kinderen uit te leggen wat een depressie is.
Vol fantasie, humor en Britishness, echt een lief, spannend, mooi verhaal. Dec 28, Jo Shaw rated it it was amazing. I think every parent and every school should read this book as it deals with childhood depression in a very meaningful and quirky way. A really really great book!
Nov 02, gem rated it liked it. An enjoyable and laugh out loud read. Jan 23, Luna rated it it was ok Shelves: It's not bad but there isn't anything that makes it stand out in anyway. The characters are flat, the story is pedestrian and the messing around with fonts is really annoying. Oct 29, Emily Moss rated it liked it. Some children could really relate to this idea and using their imagination to help overcome their worries. Jul 29, Miz rated it really liked it Shelves: Oh what a delight!
For many reasons this book hit all the right points for me and I am going to write an inscription in the front cover and leave it for my daughter and I to read together in about 6 years!! Apr 01, Jaynie. Hufflepuff rated it really liked it. However, it seems some of the darkness has followed poor Chloe here and before long she is having to defend magic land with her new friends from the horrible shadow bandits who are set to take over magic land for good!
With a good helping of hope, a dollop of courage and love and a sprinkling of imagination, anything is possible! I loved the illustrations throughout and the array of characters from the embarrassing head teacher to the magical Hoppy and Godfrey. The book deals with lots of things kids have to deal with like the bumps of friendships when growing up; living with arguing parents; learning the importance of talking about things instead of bottling things up; the trials of school life and how to deal with the feeling of being lost and sad in a world that you only want to make happy.
She deals with these subjects with kindness and sensitivity and a comforting feeling of fun, adventure and optimism throughout. This book is a delight to read and I hope there will be more to come! Sep 28, Leti Hawthorn rated it it was amazing. Read a proof copy from work. Reminded me of "Marianne Dreams" and I also felt that there must be aspects of Miranda's own childhood. Nov 22, Hazel Went rated it it was amazing. This was a good book following the story of a girl who, like so many, held things together with a smile; she felt she carried responsibility for keeping others happy, too.
When her world starts falling apart, she loses her smile and is taken on an adventure to reclaim it. The story was an excellent metaphor for those children and grown ups who do lose their smile, and contains a little magic along the way. I am rather fond of Miranda Hart's writing and have enjoyed her semi-autobiographical works both in book and televisual format.
I can understand why she would want to foray into the world of children's literature, because she's young at heart and likes to see things from a child's point of view. However, writing for children isn't easy and requires a certain technique, stance and nuances that appeal to children of all genders. I think this book is aimed at a narrow audience, i.
Hart tackles poignant issues that young girls can face: She also touches upon childhood innocence and how children find much joy in mundane things, e. What I do find insightful in this book is how Hart has subtly personified philosophical and psychological constructs. If they are not real, then how does that explain the existence of Trevor - her grandmother's love interest? In terms of writing quality, Hart has clearly poured her heart into this story and what it could do with is a bit more structure and read less like a stream-of-consciousness piece, unlike her other books.
On a different point, which I have seen appear in other reviews for this book, do I think it's fair that celebrities writing fiction get more press? I don't think it is about who writes the book as much as whether the book will sell. Does the book - and the story within it - have commercial value? Often, it is assumed that books will sell because of "celebrity authors". But then, there are countless writers who went on to become celebrities because of their books; because the stories they tell, sell.
Oct 21, RachyLou rated it it was ok. First of all, permit me a quick foray into the raging debate about celebrity children's authors and their books. As an aspiring author myself, I know that I am going to have to fight to get my book read by the right people assuming I EVER manage to finish it, of course! So, yes, it does seem unfair that in the meantime, people who are already household names can waltz into publishers with no more than a mediocre idea and receive a la First of all, permit me a quick foray into the raging debate about celebrity children's authors and their books.
This book is obviously meant for young adult readers, and perhaps that is why I didn't appreciate the writing; but I believe we are doing a disservice to younger readers if we don't offer a complete story line, mature writing style and a book that is not filled with errors. I really enjoyed this series! It kept me want to come back for more. The characters were easy to like, and relatable. It kept me wondering what turn it would take next.. I mean come on how many bad things in a row can happen to one person!!?! The only thing I didn't like about the series a as that I felt that the author rushed the ending.
It was already a trilogy, why not end it with a little more meat I normally would never write a bad review over a book I don't like, but I feel compelled to do so. I can't even finish the first book let alone the series. There is no depth to any of the characters, I don't like any of them. Well maybe the fake grandparents, because at my might stopping point Macy has only come into contact with them twice. The writing of this book feels more like a child wrote it. The constant repeating of sentences and words just got too annoying for me. Nothing has got me to the point where I'm at 'oh my gosh, I just can't put this book down'.
There's no suspense, no thrills to keep you waiting, and Alex and Zoey are beyond getting on my nerves. Page one, the mom is pretty much oblivious to her children and husband, next couple of pages, she is all upset and distraught over Macy 'running away'. She went from a zero mom, to sounding like she was mom of the year without any build up to her character at all.
Same thing with the dad, he holes himself up in his office writing a blog which is good, he's providing for his family, that he is oblivious too. I'm sorry, I just could not like this book - I tired really hard, but at this point, I cannot finish it. This book was very well written and a great read! Reading Macy's journey from beginning to end was heartbreaking and terrifying at the same time. I did have some issues with some of the filler in the book.
There are some things I feel could have been left out of the book towards the end that would not have effected the story in any way. I wont go into details as not to give anything away. It does touch on every parents nightmare of their child being kidnapped by a madman and I like how the author shows the parents perspective while telling the story from Macy's perspective at the same time.
That is just my experience as a mother of 3 girls and also working in a school, that normally does not happen. All in all I also feel this could have been one book and not broken up into a trilogy, could have gotten away with maybe 2 parts if the author felt it was too long for one book. I wish she would have took a little more time with the ending also it seemed almost like a let down, again I don't want to give anything away All in all I do recommend this book as it is hard to put down and is a very good book. I enjoyed reading the Gone trilogy. It made me think about how people must feel when they are victims of abduction.
I would liked to give it 5 stars but, there were plenty grammatical errors, the entire trilogy was a period of about 5 or 6 months, at times dragging things out. Yet when she got home, the time frame runs like a wildfire. I felt the last few chapters were rushed, which disappointed me. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Twists and turns throughout. Published 20 hours ago. Published 9 days ago. Published 11 days ago. Published 14 days ago.
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No Return Gone Saga Standalone. She has no memorise of her time being there. The formatting could have been better and in some places it could have done with a bit more explanation but all in all a good tale. May 07, Bradie rated it it was ok. Apr 25, Susan rated it liked it. Decent storyline if a bit predictable and juvenile at times, several typos in the book and formatting errors which is kind of annoying. Jul 18, Ananyamir rated it it was amazing. Why did it end on such a cliff hanger. Jul 12, Alice Wilson rated it liked it. Good thing this is a series or I don't think I could cope: I love Chanda Hahn so much, but i would say that if you have a high reading level, this book is a super quick read.
What a twist on Barrie's classic!! Love where she took these beloved characters Dec 01, Olivia W. This book was an incredible twist on the original Peter Pan story. Any fan of books with danger, wit, humor and little romance will truly enjoy it! Sorry, not the ending i was hoping for Not an ending I would have thought. Disappointed, wanting more to satisfy all the questions building up.
Just wished for more. Perfect read for every lost boy and girl It's no secret that everything Peter Pan is a weakness of mine and this author nailed it. Wendy, Peter, Tink, and even Nana make an appearance. But read at your own risk, once you go to Neverland, you may not want to leave. Overall, this was good. Once I got into the story a bit, I found it interesting, but I almost stopped reading it because the first part just didn't flow.
I love most of the other books Chanda Hahn has written, but this one struggled to get off the ground no pun intended. Hopefully the next in the series will feel more inspired and less like she's trying to meet a deadline. An interesting twist on the Peter Pan tale, in fact more a whole new entirely different story featuring characters with the same names.
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It was really clever and I liked the characters, the plot was fast paced and I eagerly await the next instalment. Dec 02, Kristy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This has been out for two days and I already finished it. I haven't been this engrossed in a story since Harry Potter. Like, I feel lost now Okay, where do I even start? For one, this was phenomenal, the entire story arch for this was so original, so incredible. Barrie created bloomed like flowers throughout the story, like finding a treat within the pages while remaining incredibly unique.
Usually I hate sappy love stories, but I'll mak Two days. Usually I hate sappy love stories, but I'll make an exception for Peter. The boy who wears his heart on his sleeve, who was so overcome by finding his Wendy bird again that his sugary sweet affection and proclamations of love were heart-pounding and swoon -worthy rather than gag inducing. My only complaint is this isn't longer! I have read other books by Chandra Hahn, but I have to say she surpassed all her other material with Lost Girl. I could not stop reading it!
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Fast paced, easy to follow story line, and interesting characters that you care for because she makes you feel what they feel. Can't wait to read book 2. Feb 04, Emily rated it really liked it. Where Neverland is a research facility, experimenting on children. Not amazing writing, but very fresh take. Feb 25, Becky - Pug and Books rated it liked it Shelves: Lost Girl by Chanda Hahn Star rating: Wendy doesn't remember her time at Neverland and the experiments that were done to her and other children.
Seven years after escaping, she's plagued by shadows that only she can see. When she meets Peter and his lost boys, she begins to learn about the past she's forgotten. This retelling of Peter Pan was very creative. Making the lost children part of an experimental program was a cool direction. Giving the lost children X-men type powers, and making the Pirates some sort of soldier mercenaries. The shadow monster aspect sort of confuses me, I'm still not sure exactly what that's about and why some shadows help Wendy. I liked how Tink was in this novel, she was probably my favorite character and really reminded me of the book.
I wasn't very fond of Wendy or Peter though. They didn't remind me very much of the originals. Peter is not mischievous really and Wendy is just Wendy is one of my favorite characters in the original but I couldn't really get into her in this book and her being the main character made it difficult to overlook that. I wish the Pirates were better fleshed out, they have potential but they lack being anything more than menacing guys with guns. There's zero interaction between Peter and Hook which is sort of, the main part of the Peter Pan story?
I liked it in the beginning but towards the end it started getting more confusing and not really working for me.
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I don't understand "paning" at all, so can all these kids just die and come back? I don't really get it? It's not explained well at all. Also I am very confused about Jax, who was he? Was he a traitor or not? It's not clear at all. The end is a huge cliffhanger and practically nothing is resolved by the end. The way it ends I'm kind of left feeling like, what was the point in any of this story?
Wendy will not remember any of what happened in this book so why bother? I don't know if I want to read the sequel or not at this point. I'm not sure if I'm overly critical as Peter Pan is one of my favorite books or what but ere were some points I liked this book.
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It's not unenjoyable, I just had too many parts I wasn't fond of. Mar 23, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am absolutely in love with Chanda Hahn's books. The Unfortunate Fairy Tale series was amazing, and I read all of them in a week.