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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 one night, 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 into Neverland, an intoxicating island of 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.
About the Author
Colleen Oakes is the author of the bestselling Queen of Hearts saga and the Elly in Bloom series. She received her BA in creative writing at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, and is currently signed under the BookSparks Imprint. A proud member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Oakes lives in Denver with her husband and son, where she reads, swims, and writes. You can follow her (very) personal blog at The Ranunculus Adventures, or through her website at www.colleenoakes.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of Peter Pan and other fairy tales, you MUST read this book.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings If you think you know the Peter Pan story, take a moment and pick up this interesting retake through the eyes of the Darling daughter, Wendy. The beginning feels similar as Peter approaches the Darling family and they are whisked away to Neverland, but that is only the beginning. I loved seeing this story through Wendy's eyes. I liked seeing her view over her brother John's as it is easy to see how John could be easily swept into Peter Pan's influence with the Lost Boys encouraging the antics. Wendy was definitely swept into Peter Pan's world, but it was interesting to see her see the truth.
This book started off very good in the beginning. We have Wendy Darling, living in early 1900's London with her brothers John and Michael and her loving busy parents and dog Nana. Wendy has a good life, but feels in competition for love for her father with John. She has a love interest in the bookkeeper's son Booth, but they can't be together because she's more established than Booth is. And just as she's about to sneak off to meet him, in swoops the magical, mysterious Peter Pan. With his dashing good looks, winning personality and ability to fly, he takes the Darling children on an enchanting quest to Neverland, the place where there's no rules, no parents, just fun and flying! Read the rest of my review on PoetryBooksYA: http://poemsbyayoungartist.blogspot.com/2015/11/bookreview-wendydarling-stars-by.html
Wendy Darling is the retold story of Peter Pan but with a darker twist to it. Wendy Darling is the oldest of three kids living in London when a young Peter Pan breaks into their nursery window to take them to Neverland. When they arrived on the tree island, none of the Lost Boys like that Wendy is there due to the fact that she is a girl but as time goes on, they all start to love her. Peter Pan has a dark side to him that starts to show after a raid on Captain Hook's Vault and it all leads to what is gonna come in the second book in the series. I'm not much for the tale of Peter Pan but this is completely different than what I read when I was growing up, a much darker tale at that. I loved how Colleen was able to retale this story in a whole new light that made Peter Pan to not be so nice and Wendy more willing to save herself and her brothers from him and Neverland. Thank You to Colleen Oakes for rewritten a fairy tale with a darker side and can't wait to see what is gonna happen in the next book! I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for a honest review.