I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Title: Wendy Darling
Author: Colleen Oakes
Series: Volume One: Stars
Published: October 13, 2015 by SparksPress
Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.
As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from—and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her—have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.
I haven’t read a lot of retellings of Peter Pan-I’ve only seen the Disney movie as well as the musical on TV and so I was excited to pick this one up! Wow…what a DARK DARK DARK book!
We follow Wendy’s POV as she lives in London with Mr. and Mrs. Darling, Michael and John. Wendy is a romantic and soon falls in love with the bookshops son who is a lower class than her. John is mean-spirited and wants to only impress Mr. Darling and Michael is too young for anything. One night a boy shows up at their window asking if they want to fly away to a world called NeverLand. They all agree and go with Peter where they are welcomed with open arms to The Lost Boys and a world filled with magic, mermaids, and pirates. Peter is amazing and has stories to tell and is protective of Wendy around the other boys. She is separated from John and Michael-John gets promoted to one of Peters elite generals and Michael makes friends with other boys his age. Peter though is on the hunt to take down the infamous Captain Hook and he doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as he bests him in the end. Here is where Wendy starts questioning who exactly Peter Pan really is and who she really is.
Wendy is young and naive and her loyalty to her brothers is admirable and she tries her best to fit in a world of only boys. She does do silly things but it makes sense because she is so young and inexperience in the world. Peter though is dark! You don’t really see that side of him until the last half of the book but it’s shocking how dark he really gets. The writing is awesome and the descriptions of NeverLand are breathtaking. It feels like you are flying alongside Wendy and Peter. But be prepared for some psychological stuff, blood and gore and some dark material!
I would really recommend reading this if you are interested in a twisted dark story of Peter Pan where Wendy just might be the hero! But prepare yourself for a HUGE cliffhanger!!!