REVIEW: Love, Tink by Elle Strauss *Spoiler Alert*

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

DSC04347Title: Love, Tink
Author: Elle Strauss
Year of Publication: 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Length: I actually don’t know. Since I read this on my Kindle and pages aren’t numbered I am not sure. What boggles me more is that the author in the actual summary says that this book is around 57 pages, Amazon guesses 45, and Goodreads says 35. So.. somewhere between 35-57 pages.
First Line: “Things changed in Neverland when the Lost Boys arrived.”

Summary: Enchanted meets Peter Pan in LOVE, TINK

This is a 12k novelette (approx 57pg)– the first of six episodes.

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?

Review: Maybe I am, for once, too old for a book. After finishing the first ‘episode’ of this series it is clear that this series is geared toward children in upper elementary school or lower middle school. But then again, there are plenty of elementary school geared books that I do enjoy as an adult. I am just unsure.

The writing style is very simple. Sentences are short, ideas are straightforward. Tink constantly yells “Blink!” like she has toerrettes. The author uses ‘blink’ as a word to mean curses. Something that bothers me is that the first sentence is written in past tense, while the rest of Love, Tink is in present tense.

Characters are not well developed. We jump into this story with the reader being made to to accept that Tink is madly in love with Peter since the moment she met him, Hook is simply just a bad guy, and Peter is a fifteen year old boy who desperately wants to go home (WHAT!!!???). All of the faeries are interchangeable; I honestly couldn’t tell a single one of them apart.

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Nor is the story fleshed out. Things happen for no apparent reason. Why did the Queen of the Faeries leave her husband? What is the green tornado and how did it bring the Lost Boys and the Pirates to Neverland? Why is Tinker instantly in love with Peter? Stuff just happens without so much as an explanation, and the reader is supposes to believed it without a bat of eye.

I love fairy tale retellings and retellings in general. I find that for a successful retelling you need to keep the essential story the same. I have watched mice, dogs, and hot British men versions of Sherlock and all were perfect. But the American show Elementary messed up the formula by trying to tweak with the plot (a buddy-cop show with Watson as a disgraced doctor and Sherlock has friends?). Love, Tink is in the Elementary category. Peter is not a fifteen year old boy who craves to get back home; he’s the eternal lost boy. Hook is more than an evil man who keeps faeries as slaves. Tinkerbell is more than a clumsy faerie who shouts ‘blink’.

Worst part: That it wasn’t fleshed out.

Best part: That the author tried to make a Peter Pan retelling. I do love my fairytale retellings, I must say.

Grade: F

Recommend For: If you are a fan of the classic Peter Pan, like retellings and want to be adventurous. Probably wouldn’t help if you were a young girl.

Other Books by This Author: Clockwise and Seaweed

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