THE WRONG KIND OF HERO.
“Girls can’t be in the navy! Girls take care of babies! You’re so stupid, you don’t know anything!”
London. 1783. Wendy Darling is an orphan, living in an overcrowded almshouse, ridiculed for believing in a future she can never have. More than anything in the world, she wants to be the captain of a ship. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?
By 1789, she’s sixteen, old enough to be sold into service—as a dressmaker or a servant. When she learns that the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.
But the secret service isn’t exactly what she had hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isn’t as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isn’t blinded by her gender... might be her nation’s greatest enemy.
PRAISE FOR THE WENDY:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Barrie would be proud... The Wendy is pure magic!!"
~ Teacher of YA Book Blog
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "From page one right up to the end, The Wendy held me enthralled."
~ Readers' Favorite
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "A stunning story! I'm still pinching myself to make sure it's real!"
~ Goodreads Top Reviewer Ashley Daviau
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "In a world that is full of misogyny, Wendy Darling is a total bad-ass."
~ Author Errin Krystal
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "A sweet blend of timeless characters and new ideas; dramatic tension and a steady touch of humor."
~ Reviewer Rae of Teachers Love Books
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "If you're looking for a perfect escape ... please, PLEASE treat yourself and pick up this book! I guarantee you won't be disappointed."
~ Kim, Children's Librarian, for By Hook or By Book
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "I'm so grateful I found this book. It completely captivated me. I read it in less than 24 hours, and it was a joy every step of the way. ... I can already tell this is going to become one of my new favorite series."
~ Author T.A. Hernandez
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My dear reader, if you ever run into this amazing book DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT HESITATE TO GET IT OR READ IT."
~ Angela Basilio, Goodreads Reviewer
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "As an avid lover of Peter Pan and all things involved in his beautiful world, it is exceedingly rare that I find adaptations that irrevocably rearrange my feelings for it. At the risk of stating something potentially blasphemous ... The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown surpasses them all."
~ S. Pasciuti, From Me to You Book Blog
About the Author
She and co-author Steven Brown are known together as Dragon Authors, writing science fiction and fantasy novels for teens and adults. You can find them at DragonAuthors.com.
Steven spent his childhood reading anything he could get his hands on, sharing his favorite stories with his younger brothers and then acting them out, especially if this required sword fighting on horseback. When they ran out of books, he wrote his own, including his brothers as the main characters by sketching original illustrations on magazine clippings.
He and co-author Erin Michelle Sky are known together as Dragon Authors, writing science fiction and fantasy novels for teens and adults. You can find them at DragonAuthors.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was looking for a light-hearted mystery I could read in one day. This book hit the spot and I enjoyed it.
This was an amazing tale remade from an old classic. I have to say that I love this version much more then the original Peter pan stories and honestly can't wait to see how it continues. The excitement and joy that is conved keeps you turning with eery page, and the need feels like it comes too soon. It will leave you wanting to see how the adventure ends and if it will be a happy or bloody ending.
From the year of 1902 when Peter Pan first appeared in literature to the year we find ourselves in now, the tale of the boy who would never grow up has been told in more ways than I could count. As an avid lover of Peter Pan and all things involved in his beautiful world, it is exceedingly rare that I find adaptations that irrevocably rearrange my feelings for it. At the risk of stating something potentially blasphemous, I have come to the conclusion that The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown, surpasses them all. I was excited to read The Wendy from the moment it fell under my radar a mere nine days ago. Quickly, I decided it was the one book from 2018 that I knew I needed to read. I've read numerous retellings relating in one way or another to Peter and the characters surrounding him. I have fallen in love with reiteration after reiteration from the time I was four years old, devouring all I could about the realm of Neverland and the boy, Peter, who managed to inspire in me a feeling little else has. I've critiqued and judged and enjoyed and recommended. The Wendy, by far, is my favorite and it is all due to Wendy, herself. Our heroine begins her story, a young girl of ten, with a dream. In a world where women are looked down upon and shoved into the cookie cutter expectations of their gender by men who could not possibly even begin to understand the sheer strength and character a woman has, Wendy perseveres. The degree of respect Wendy both earns and demands as she develops throughout the novel is truly inspiring. She shows strength, wit, determination, and fight that never once leaves her. At every turn she takes her society's preconceived opinion of her and turns it on its head. There is no question in my mind to the fact that Wendy outshines every other character in this novel. And the best thing about this is that the other characters are exceptional. They are weaved into the story with the perfect mix of originality and similarity, paying homage to Barrie's story in the best way possible. The introduction of each character is done brilliantly, from the perfectly captured persona of Peter himself to the endearingly villainous James Hook and even further to John, Michael, and Nana whom were all so perfect I wasn't even aware that I needed to read their characters this way until I did. They all felt real and full of depth, even and especially those who weren't a part of the original tale. And it is here I must admit my love for Olaudah Equiano (or Gustavo's Vassa) and implore everyone to read the Acknowledgements once they've reached the end of this chapter in Wendy Darling's tale. Not only is it enlightening, but it is heart warming and quite respectable on the part of the authors. I was thoroughly pleased and excited about it. Beneath all of these beautifully developed and amazing characters is a plot more engaging than most. Anyone who knows the tale of Peter Pan would expect that they know where the story is headed at one point or another and I am pleased to report that Sky and Brown keep us on our toes in the most exciting of ways. Wendy thrives in the events of her story, making decisions most unexpected and impressive. I wouldn't have had it any other way. So, now that I have thoroughly expressed my adoration for what is sure to be the best novel I read all year, my end advice is that everyone immediately go procure a copy for themselves. Believe me, The Wendy is well worth the read.
This was better than the original, Thanks.
The beginning was great, especially the introduction of Pan. However, I would have liked some more originality rather than sticking right by the story that we already know. Personally, I thought Pan was a little too childish to be considered a love interest. The style of story telling, while different, was overall good. It didn't create a chasm between the readers and the characters as sometimes happens. The wings were very appreciated. Most notable, was that I had some moments when I was making exclamations out loud, as I sincerely enjoyed the book. The main reason I didn't give this book was the last third or so of the book. Things were supposed to be at a climax but it still felt slow. The ending was good, but I wanted a bit more deviation from the tale we already know.