I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes
Published by Sparkpress on October 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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.
“Wendy Darling” by Colleen Oakes is the first book I have read by Oakes. This may just seem like another Peter Pan retelling but I assure you that it is not. Wendy is 16 and she is in love with a teenage boy named Booth. If Wendy’s parents were to find out that she is having a secret relationship with Booth, then they would send her off to boarding school. So when Wendy’s parents go to a ball, she is preparing to sneak out and go see booth when a magical flying boy appears.
The flying boy, named Peter Pan, wants to take Wendy and the other Darling children to Neverland. When they all arrive in Netherland, it takes a bit of time but eventually the Lost Boys accept Wendy’s two brothers but not Wendy. They are very suspicious of her since she is a girl. Wendy’s brothers even end up turning on her. Everyone seems to dislike Wendy, especially Tink. Wendy eventually just wants to go home but Peter won’t let her.
“Wendy Darling” is a very dark side to the fairy tale of “Peter Pan.” This is definitely a change to the tale that we all know. I do like that the author shows a deeper side to the story. I think this puts a lot of depth to the traditional characters that I really enjoyed. As most of my readers know, I do really enjoy retellings and I feel like Oakes did this one justice. The world building is fantastic. I think Netherland will draw readers in but they too will see beyond the magic. The characters were great. I feel like Oakes did a really good job with the story.