I was excited to be able to read Wendy Darling—I love Colleen Oakes’ Queen of Hearts series and I am impatiently waiting for book three. After reading Wendy Darling, I am not sure how I feel about the book. I didn’t love it or hate it; I definitely have mixed feelings about it. If you love Peter Pan then you will most likely love this story but keep in mind this is a much darker re-telling of the classic story written by J.M. Barrie.
Wendy Darling is a story about the three Darling children, Wendy, John, and Michael. It focuses on their journey to Neverland with Peter Pan. In this version, Peter is a dictator in charge of hundreds of lost boys and wanting to go to war with Captain Hook. Peter isn’t the fun loving boy you will remember from the Disney movie–he is so much darker and more controlling, and doesn’t hesitate to kill or take what he wants, including Wendy. Tink is of course still a fairy but she is a tad bit darker in this version as well, which I didn’t have a problem with, since it fits with the story and her history. I did want to know more about Captain Hook since I always like and prefer the villains in these types of stories, and the readers weren’t given a whole lot in this story about him, except what Peter wanted us to know. I have a feeling Captain Hook will have a bigger part to play in book two, especially if Oakes does what others have done with the retellings.
Throughout the story I wanted to slap Wendy and John. Wendy continuously had her head in the clouds, pun intended. And John was just downright mean and evil. I get the sibling rivalry but his meanness went beyond that in my opinion. Michael was still the sweet little five year old who just wanted to fit in and be loved.
Wendy Darling will not disappoint anyone looking for a retelling of Peter Pan and those who don’t mind a darker version. If you are looking for a book that is similar to the Disney movie, then you are going to want to skip this one. This was a fast read once I got into it but that did take a while. I am mixed on picking up book two but I am curious about Captain Hook. Most of the characters are easily forgettable and hard to relate to–I was unable to connect to any of them.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
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