Review: WENDY DARLING by Colleen Oakes

Wendy Darling

Wendy Darling: Stars
(Wendy Darling #1)
by Colleen Oakes

From the Best-Selling Author of Queen of Hearts comes a dark and mesmerizing twist on the beloved Children’s Classic, Peter Pan.

synopsis11Wendy 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.



★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)

Wendy Darling has a secret. And her father and brother John are not pleased. Baby Michael wants to comfort her but he’s just a kid, he doesn’t know how. Her mom is oblivious to her feelings. How can she live through her secret, when everyone else are against it?

Wendy’s secret is Booth, the bookseller’s son. The two sees each other through weekly visits to the bookstore, through stolen moments. In this upperscale society in London, relationship between the poor and the rich is frowned upon. Tries as he might, Booth can never be accepted by Wendy’s family and that’s what really hurts her.

Should I even dare to hope that one day it will only be us on all the earth, and that we will be able to love each other freely and with abandon that will make the heavens shake… If the stars above saw what I felt for you, they would pour out their wonders…”

Just as she is ready to accept their fate, a new adventure arrives in their doorstep.. or rather through their windows. John, Michael and Wendy is visited by a boy who flies. Peter Pan. He takes them to the stars up above, beyond London, beyond mountains and oceans. He takes them to Neverland.

She hugged herself against the tree and then reached out with one leg, instantly pulling back when her balance shifted. Hesitating, she looked down the ground, so far below her, and then abck at the branch in front of her.
“Be brave,” she whispered to herself. “Be brave.”
That reminded her of someone… who?

You’d think you knew everything about Peter and Neverland and the Lost Boys, but in this book, you are in for a big shocking surprise. You’d think the Darling bunch would enjoy being away. You would be devastated when you learn the truth.

Peter pulled her closer, and as she neared his side, she could hear the confused grumbling of several boys.
“A girl?”
“This is unacceptable!”
Peter turned his brilliant eyes on the crowd, daring those voices to continue their dissent.
They didn’t.

You’ll get the dark side of the island, the menacing attitude of the Lost Boys, the selfish fairy Tinkerbell and the pure unadulterated version of a villain named Peter Pan. Prepare for a journey that will lead you to bewilderment, anxiety, selfishness, betrayal, disappointments.. and death.

Her ragged breaths were being chocked out of her as she struggled to free his hands from her throat.
“Peter… I… I can’t breathe!”
“Nor can I,” he whispered. “Not without you.”
His hands tightened. Stars exploded in her vision, just before she caved to the darkness…

Oh. My.. Gosh!

This had been one of the best Peter Pan retellings ever written. I am eerily chocking up, can’t catch my breath. I’ve never seen Peter anything like this. Somehow I preferred Captain Hook than Peter and the Lost Boys now more than ever. Tink got into my nerves and Wendy slowly crawls into my heart. Oh you poor girl. All you ever wanted was love and acceptance, but look what happened. Damnit, I can’t wait to read the next book. I wonder if Captain Hook would be a better pirate after all the things I’ve learned!

I’ve got a lot of feels. I loved the dark forces enveloping my senses while reading this story. I loved the world created by Colleen Oakes. I loved everything in this book. Now, I just wonder if I made the right decision to read this first before watching the new movie Pan. I might end up comparing the two. Clearly I’m having second thoughts now. Yay! Colleen Oakes, you’re one wicked storyteller!


Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging, decluttering or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Elly novel and another YA fantasy series.


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