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(Wendy Darling #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,580 ratings  ·  366 reviews
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 booksellers son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling childrens nursery anddazzled by this flying boy with god-like powersthey follow him out of the window and ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by SparkPress
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Colleen Oakes I would say that this book is best geared towards YA readers, probably 12 years of age and above. The book does have quite a bit of violence, some…moreI would say that this book is best geared towards YA readers, probably 12 years of age and above. The book does have quite a bit of violence, some scenes involving light sexuality and lust, and dark psychological nuance.(less)
Rachael Nope, this is actually the first book in a trilogy!

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Colleen Oakes
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
If Queen of Hearts is the book that spoke of my rage at infertility, Wendy Darling is the book that speaks to my joy at finally getting to be a parent(while still being dark and twisty). I hope you enjoy.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I never really liked Peter Pan, but this story is told through Wendy Darling's point of view and I like that, it makes the book different.

I liked the love she had for Booth and I would have liked to see how that played out, maybe in later books.

I still don't like Peter, I just can't help it. He is so nice to Wendy at first of course, but then he turns mean when she can't really love him.

I also love Tink, that is a given.

This book has love in it, some
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SparkPress (a BookSparks imprint) and NetGalley.)

"Life is for the living, Wendy. And I plan on living a very, very long time."

This book wasnt awful, but it didnt hold my attention well at all.

Wendy was an okay character, and she came across how I would expect Wendy to come across, there wasnt anything extra there though, and I didnt really care very much for her.

The storyline in this didnt really

I love re-tellings and this one seemed to be fun and frivolous (I mean, look at the cover!) But underneath that bright, shiny and colourful exterior lies a dark and twisty tale.

Volume 1 of the Wendy Darling Saga started off well. The family dynamics of the rich, privileged Darlings was interesting, with the smothering mother, Mary Darling and the soft-spoken, loving father, George Darling, both of whom kept their children in rein owing to the oppressive social expectations of 1911 London.

Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Most people probably know the Peter Pan story whether or not they have read the book. He is such a famous figure and there are a couple of movies out there. I read the book in my teens so my memory of the book is, well not that good, but I have seen movies so I think I know the story quite well.

I must admit that the cover was one of the reasons for that made me request the book that and it seemed to be a much darker story. I was a bit wary about it being YA since I really don't like reading YA
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
Wendy Darling took me by surprise. I had a hard time rating this book because it felt somewhere between three and four stars. It was quite good but it took me a while to start getting into the book and really liking it. It actually wasn't until the last couple of chapters that I really started getting invested with the story and Wendy.

I've read and seen lots of retellings around Peter Pan and Neverland. Most retellings don't really portrait her as a nice person so that's one way this book makes
Abby-Rose Margarida Sparrow
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Cynthia Corral
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Im going to have to give up on reading YA novels. I just dont relate to them, but having read Eleanor & Park and The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset, I know its possible!! I truly dont understand the reviewers that love this book, especially those from adult women, but then again, I never understood all the love for the Twilight series either.

I like the concept of the book, with Peter being a darker character, and more logical danger in the story. However this Peter Pan is not just darker, he is
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
I don't know why I just remembered I read that a while ago.
As I'm not super original, I love any Peter Pan-related stuff, so I was quite eager to read this thing when it came out.
I can't remember a lot of it, but here is what my brain recorded for posterity :
- It's typical YA, not in its best meaning
- Wendy's doomed to be annoying forever, no matter which retelling you will read
- Peter Pan is a hot 17 year old (if my memory is correct, and maybe it's not)
- Peter Pan is an alpha douche and also
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
I received the third Wendy Darling as an ARC but wanted to read the entire series before expressing any opinions. I'm so glad I did.

I knew of Oakes and her Alice in Wonderland take-love it! But Wendy Darling ranks even higher in my estimation.

We learn that there is more to Miss Wendy than merely being the big sister to John and Michael. She's old enough to find young love, first with a good boy, then with the best bad boy around-the never to grow up Peter Pan. The lad certainly has a
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 to be accurate...I think...

How do I feel about this book? Well, for starters, it must be stated that I am a complete sucker for anything Peter Pan related. It's my most beloved Disney film, and I shipped Wendy and Peter before I even knew what shipping was. I also liked the version of the darker Peter/Wendy story that Once Upon A Time gave us (even though that show is garbage, in my opinion) and I feel like that's the angle Oakes was shooting for here. As such, I was completely enamored with
Rachel Patrick
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review (and others) can be seen in all its properly formatted glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.

4.5 stars (to the right)!

I have a hard time resisting Peter Pan retellings. (And yet, I still haven't read the original story. Dishonor on my cow.) When I saw Wendy Darling: Stars on Goodreads one day, I immediately went into a tizzy because the title obviously meant the story had something to do with Peter Pan, and how did I not already know about it? It very quickly became a book I
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I got copy of this book to review through NetGalley. Previous to this book I had read The Child Thief by Brom and Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen, both were Peter Pan retellings that I really enjoyed. This book was okay, but pretty slow and predictable. Also a quick caution this book is the start to a new series and doesnt resolve anything.

Wendy Darling is living a perfectly respectable life in London, her only issue being her budding romance with Booth which her mother doesnt approve of. Then Peter
May͛a [semi-hiatus]
I have never been more grateful to have finished a book.

I had a hard time giving this book a rating, and it's a lot coming from a huge fan of the original story. I've been looking forward to reading this for a long time, only to have it disappoint me (understatement, I'm telling you)

What are the pros of this book? It had a very strong prologue. That's all I can think of.

I feel like I'm betraying my roots by saying this, but I couldn't bring myself to like any characters, not even the originals.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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All children, except one, grow up. That child, the adolescent waif who rides the back of the wind has inspired countless storytellers with his exploits among the stars, author Colleen Oakes among them. Her latest release, Wendy Darling, is a darker, more mature, re-telling of Barrie's timeless masterpiece and while I liked the idea, I admit the execution left me rather disappointed.

I wish I could say otherwise, but my
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a retelling of Peter Pan with some twists to the plot. In this version Peter has a much darker side to him. He is possessive, aggressive, and violent. He is in the mindset that if he can't have Wendy no one can. He is pretty much forcing Wendy to stay in Neverland. John is also different, he has a bitter, jealous side to him that makes him very resentful towards Wendy. Neverland has a scarier side to it, making you lose your memories of your former life. All the Darling children struggle ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, Wendy Darling: Stars by Colleen Oakes may seem to be another re-telling of Peter Pan, but from Wendy's POV. Colleen does justice to this much beloved children's classic, giving it a darker spin that had me reading straight through because I couldn't stop. J.M. Barrie would be proud. Wendy Darling doesn't read like a typical YA. This feels like literature, much like it was written in the early 20th century. Colleen's writing grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go, leaving the ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I love retellings of all kinds so when I saw this one on Netgalley, I was immediately curious! It took a little bit to get into this one, but the ending was very exciting and I enjoyed this book.

Wendy Darling is in love with the bookseller's son, Booth, but she can't be with him. Booth isn't of her class and it's forbidden.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

Wendy was an okay character, but I didn't love her.

This wasn't a bad read, but it couldn't hold my interest very well unfortunately. I felt bored quite a few times, and it started to drag for me. I think I would have preferred to just watch the movie again.

Overall, Not awful, but I won't be reading book two.

CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book published on October 13th 2015!

Fairytales retellings with a twist will always have a small, special place in my heart. It is perhaps why I was immediately intrigued when I heard about Wendy Darling: Stars. Another reason: personally speaking, the idea of Neverland never appealed to me - a place where no one aged seemed like something too good to be true, and even as a young child I perceived this as
A Storied Soul
Wendy Darling has always adhered to her parents' and society's rules and expectations for a sixteen-year-old girl in Victorian England--except when it comes to her secret love for the local bookshop owner's son, Booth. When Wendy's father finds out about her relationship with Booth, he forbids her to see the boy again. On this night, a chance to escape her constraints flies through the Darling children's bedroom window, and his name is Peter Pan. Mesmerized by this magical boy, Wendy and her ...more
Annie K.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Before (July 3, 2018):
I just played Wendy in a musical production of Peter Pan, so I am SO hooked! (Also, I am now obsessively looking for other Peter Pan retelling.) :)

Also, is it weird that I have just spent, like, the last few minutes STARING at this cover? I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I need this ASAP.

Right after (literally, like, two minutes after finishing):
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for accepting my request of this book.
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
Read my full review on my blog.
Wendy is a young girl of the early 1900's feeling the immense pressure placed upon her for her high social standing. She's currently torn between vying for the attention of her father, maintaining a loving relationship with her two younger brothers, and having to grow up and mature into a young lady worthy of courting a proper gentleman. She also happens to be finding herself
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-favourites
I'm so glad I read this instead of waiting and shelving it onto my tbr. This was an amazing retelling, adding enough of a twist without completely changing or copying the original. World building was extremely well written. I can really envision Neverland and it's how I would picture it based on a mashup of all the versions I've read/watched. Such a great beginning book for a series. I love the story of Peter Pan and reading from Wendy's perspective was really refreshing.

Of course I love Peter
Nicole Pramik
Confession time: Peter Pan was never a favorite of mine in any of its various incarnations. I've read the novel and it's fine, but something about it just never clicked with me. The same holds true for the Disney adaptation, too. For some reason, the idea of a man-child who rules over an island of misfit boys, never grows up, and invites children to come with him to this secret hiding place always struck me as a bit sinister. Naturally, a tale like this is just asking to be given a dark twist, ...more
Kamryn Koble
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'll be the first to admit that I still have an unhealthy obsession with Peter Pan carried on from childhood. And I still snatch any book about him without question if I see it on a shelf, particularly any about Wendy. You can imagine my glee when I saw this book, and I'm sad that I'm so disappointed now.

Here's the short rundown:
Characters: 2/5
Plot: 2.5/5
Descriptions: 2/5
True-to-source: 2/5
Entertainment value: 2.5/5
Emotional appeal: 1/5

It features teenage romance, forbidden love, plenty of
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆

Leaning over her kneeling form, he drew a heart in the sand with his fingers that stretched all the way around her. Wendy, trapped in Peter's heart.

This retelling of the classic children's story is absolutely phenomenal! Aging up the characters and exploring the darker nuances present in the original with a ample dosage of clever rewriting, the author crafts a thrilling tale with wonderful, complex characters.

Wendy, aged
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Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Black Coats, Queen of Hearts Series, and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling or immersing herself in nerdy pop culture.

She currently at work on her third YA fairytale series, a YA thriller

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