The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz

Title: The Pirate Code
Author: Heidi Schulz
Series: Hook's Revenge #2
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Source: BEA & eARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review (thanks Disney-Hyperion!!)

Summary from Goodreads:
Fresh off a fearsome encounter with the Neverland crocodile, Jocelyn Hook decides the most practical plan is to hunt down her father's famous fortune. After all, she'll need the gold to fund her adventuring in the future. (And luckily, Hook left her the map.)

But the map proves to be a bit harder to crack than Jocelyn had hoped, and she's convinced that the horrible Peter Pan might be the only one with the answers. Of course, he doesn't really feel like helping her, so Jocelyn takes the only reasonable course of action left to her: she kidnaps his mother. Evie, though, is absolutely thrilled to be taken prisoner, so Jocelyn's daring ploy doesn't have quite the effect she'd planned for.

Along with the problem of her all-too-willing captive, Jocelyn must also contend with Captain Krueger, whose general policy is that no deed is too dastardly when it comes to stealing Hook's treasure. And with the ever-shifting Whens of the Neverland working against her as well, Jocelyn, Evie, Roger, and the rest of the Hook's Revenge crew have their work cut out for them.

In this rambunctious showdown between characters new and old, Jocelyn puts her own brand of pirating to the test in a quest to save her future and those she loves.


Reading Hook’s Revenge might have been the best decision I ever made. At the time, I didn’t really give Middle Grade a chance but I saw some friends sharing quotes from the book on Goodreads and it sounded so much like a ME book that I found a copy and started reading it almost immediately. And OMG it was one of the most entertaining books I have EVER read. Naturally, the sequel was then at the top of my 2015 most wanted list. And I am happy to report that it was every bit as enjoyable as the first book. In fact, I might have even enjoyed it more, if that is possible.

For starters, the narration is simply genius. It’s told in 2nd person by an absolute grump of a man who is both hilarious and unpredictable. It’s so good that I’m not just IN LOVE with this series but I’m OBSESSED with it. Just start reading and you’ll immediately see what I mean and I promise you that you won’t want to put the book down again. It is a delight.

Jocelyn wants nothing more than to be a pirate and go on adventures just like her dear old dad (although in a slightly less fear-inducing way). In Hook’s Revenge, she traveled to Neverland to defeat the crocodile who claimed her father’s life. Now, with that nasty business taken care of, she’s on the hunt for her father’s famed treasure trove. But her journey is fraught with obstacles - the infuriating Peter Pan and his lost boys who are anything but helpful, a couple face offs with the terrifying Captain Krueger, and the unexpected (but not unwelcome) arrival of her Mother from a different When - and more. Not to mention, Jocelyn is still trying to figure out how to be a good Captain at the ripe age of 12. And her crew is made up of the poorest excuses for pirates. They are 100% endearing but 100% dysfunctional. And yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. I loved the dynamic between all of the characters in this story.

I love the unique perspective on Neverland and all of the characters we’ve grown familiar with through other stories. I loved the adventure of it all with its unlimited possibilities. It’s fun, cute, charming, hilarious, exciting and more. This is easily one of my favorite series and a must read!

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