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A lush, feminist re-imagining on what happened to Wendy after Neverland, for fans of Circe and The Mere Wife.

For those that lived there, Neverland was a children's paradise. No rules, no adults, only endless adventure and enchanted forests - all led by the charismatic boy who would never grow old.

But Wendy Darling grew up. She left Neverland an
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m addicted to Peter Pan universe! I think only this year I might have read more than five retellings about Peter- Wendy Darling and lost boy stories made me dream more about Neverland which ends with nightmares! I have to admit I always find myself dragged into the dark and morbid parts of the story!

After reading this book, I’m sure everyone change their minds about getting a golden ticket from Neverland because nothing as it’s portrayed at the previous books. It was bleaker, darker, scarier!
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2021
Wendy, Darling is a fabulous, dark reimagining of the Peter Pan story and particularly Wendy’s life after Neverland. The story is told primarily in two timelines. The first starts in 1917, Wendy has never forgotten Neverland unlike her brothers, but no one believes her and she’s committed to St.Bernadettes, an asylum where treatments are harsh and dehumanising. The other timeline is in 1931, Wendy is now a mother of a daughter and she senses that Peter has returned and is upstairs in her daughte ...more
☆Pelumi☆ (On major hiatus)
PLOT: 4.5

This feminist retelling of Peter pan is something i needed to read approximately 7 years ago, Thank you very much!
This was so so good, I can't even express it like wow! This was such an amazing read!! I knew it was going to be good but somehow the ending still blew my mind. This book is dark, scary and so wonderful!

To all those who like Peter pan, RIP because you can never see him the same way after reading this! As someone who
Dannii Elle
When Wendy Darling was a child she was taken from her bed at night and transferred to the wonderful world of Neverland, to live with Peter Pan and his Lost Boys. When she returned no-one believed her story. She became distrusted and feared and the only place for such a woman as her was behind bars. And so Wendy learned to keep her truths firmly locked inside of her.

Years passed in peace and relative happiness until, one night, Peter Pan returned. This time, he did not come to take his Wendy away
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a particularly hard book to review. My love for it is too great. I didn't want to tell anyone else about it because how could anyone ever love this book the way I do?

This book is so special, so very perfect, it's like A.C. Wise came down from the heavens and handed this book to me.

Wendy's never forgotten Neverland and never stopped missing Peter. She's adjusted to life, but he's still in the back of her mind.
But when he does finally come back, it's not her he takes, but her daughter Jan
May 16, 2021 rated it liked it
All children, except one, grow up. And it is that exceptional one that has become such a legendary emblem of defiant youth and invincible spirit of adventure. Or something much darker. Depends on your interpretation. A.C.Wise’s interpretation is definitely down the dark path, but this book isn’t so much about the ageless boy as it is about his once upon a time friend (or, as Wise casts her, victim) Wendy.
Wendy Darling did grow up. And didn’t have the easiest time of it. While her brothers promp
Ali Bunke
In this dark tale of what followed after we left Neverland, Wendy, Darling lifts the curtain of innocence. The story begins years later, Wendy is now a mother herself to a daughter, Jane. In shock, Wendy watches as Peter Pan returns to takes Jane away, mistaking her for Wendy.

Not only has Wendy grown up, but she has also survived! While her brothers, John and Michael, forgot Neverland, Wendy never did. Drawing on the strength she has gained in the years following her return she knows that she m
Estíbaliz Montero Iniesta

Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book (all opinions are my own).

Here we have a lush, dark and sometimes scary Peter Pan retelling. Because Neverland might not be exactly as Wendy remembers, and what happens when her old childhood adventure threatens her current adult life, her daughter?

I love seeing a retelling in which Wendy is an adult, because Peter Pan is ultimately a story about childhood, so what happens when you add an
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I should state up front that I disliked “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie. There were some good ideas within the story, but there was also a huge amount of racism and misogyny, which severely detracted from the story.
This book by A.C. Wise goes a long way to addressing things that were wrong with the original, plus also telling the story of a woman who’d lived through A LOT after returning from a magical world. At the book's open, we see Wendy married to a kind husband, Ned. They have a daughter, Jane,
Leanne Mullaney
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any thing to do with Peter Pan and I am there, so obviously when I saw Titan advertising this one as available for 'wish' on NetGalley I had to request it!!I am sooooo grateful my wish was granted .... Thank you so much!!

I actually went into this one completely blind and had no clue what to expect ... I just saw it was a Peter Pan kinda story and that was that - Although I found myself surprised ... not sure why as like I say, I had no clue what it was exactly about ... I absolutely loved it an
Rebecca Crunden
She cannot, and will not, deny Neverland.

This is my first Peter Pan sequel (in book form, I've seen Hook, etc)! I've been looking forward to Darling, but I haven't read it yet, so Wendy, Darling is my first post-Pan read. I have seen a lot of cinematic retellings, though. Namely Disney's Peter Pan (1953), the adorable live action Peter Pan (2003), and Once Upon a Time (2011). [I'm *sure* there's a retelling I'm forgetting.]

So like, whilst I was expecting Peter to be along the lines of this:
Nerdy Werewolf
Jun 08, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I wanted very badly to be swept away by this story, but I made it about 40% and decided to set it aside for the moment.

I'm sure my expectations have something to do with this; I was hoping for something new. As it is, I've read Brom's The Child Thief and it kind of nailed the maybe-evil Peter Pan thing.

SO! This story read a lot like women's fiction in that we get lots of thoughts and feelings, but somehow, they didn't make me care more about what happened to these people? Once I realized that, I
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wendy, Darling takes us to a Neverland that has become coated in dread and unveils the darkness at the heart of Peter Pan. It's the horror-tinged feminist Peter Pan retelling I never knew I needed. A.C. Wise has taken a story where the women have remained in the background and brought them to the forefront, weaving the perspectives of Wendy, her daughter, and Tiger Lily in a brilliant re-imagining of a classic boy's club story. ...more
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick Look:

🆗 Peter Pan Adaptation
🆗 Feminist themes
🆗Mental Illness rep
👍 Dark/horror elements
🆗 Spooky twists
👍 Poly/queer ace rep

Wendy Darling is yet another dark adult Peter Pan retelling that centers around a Wendy who has spent years in an asylum and now is coping with her regular life. She is married with a daughter, and still longs for Neverland. One day Peter comes back to her, only to take her daughter Jane. The plot follows both Wendy and Jane as Wendy tries to save her daughter.

I'm startin
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First things first; this book deals PTSD, Abuse and Mental Illnesses. Thank you to NetGalley and Titan Books for the eARC in exchange for an honest review

What a ride! Wendy Darling is now grown up and married with a young daughter, Jane. We quickly learn that life after Neverland was not as straight forward for Wendy as it was for her younger brothers who quickly forgot about their adventures. As Jane is taken by Peter who has come to find 'his Wendy', the real Wendy knows she is the only one wh
The Bookish Life of Laura
Thank you so much to Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of this book!

DNF at 30%

Wendy, Darling follows Wendy as our main character after she has left Neverland and grown up in the very harsh realities of our world. Wendy still believes in the magic of Neverland, even after being committed to a mental institution, growing up, and having a daughter of her own. She believes Neverland is behind her, until one night Peter Pan, still the same child he was all those years ago, comes into her home
This is probably the best Peter Pan book I’ve read yet! It’s a very dark version of the classic story we all know and love, but it was so wonderfully reimagined. I loved it!

Wendy, Darling takes us on a journey through the past and present life of Wendy Darling. We discover through her the real life psychological aftermath and consequences of having a magical experience like Neverland as a child. Decades after Neverland, Peter Pan arrives for Wendy again only to find her now a re
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting sequel to the original Peter Pan story. Sadly, it didn't really impress me that much, although I did enjoy it!

I had to read Peter and Wendy for a class in Children's Literature last year, and what struck me the most about it was how... insidiously creepy it was. While Peter created all of these games for them to play, Wendy, a literal child, was treated as the mother to all of them, only due to her sex. Then there was the racism too, and the way that Peter Pan just ha
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Penguin Canada for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

I hadn’t seen this anywhere on #bookstagram and it’s normally not my thing but I’m glad I read it! This book is DARK and twisted, but a beautiful re-imagination/telling of what happens to Wendy when she returns from Neverland and grows up (Peter’s worst nightmare).

“Life is unfair, that’s what happens when you grow up.”

A.C. Wise does a wonderful job at painting a picture of the true darkness that is Neverland, with prose tha
Julia Onieva
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings
Okay I just finished this book and I’m crying. Such a beautiful and dark story!

Full review to come soon.
Berleen Kaur
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Wendy Darling, the girl who learnt to fly, who survived, who refused to be Afraid"

The Classic Peter Pan and the Lost Boys retold. Only Peter Pan is not just the boy who refuses to grow up but much more dark and malicious. This story is the darker version of what happens in neverland after Wendy leaves and returns home.

"This is what happens when you grow up!!"

Wendy when she was in Neverland first with her brothers (1902), wendy after she comes back and is sent to an asylum(because she struggles
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wendy, Darling is a dark re-imagining of Wendy's life after she returns from Neverland. The story is told over two timelines, in 1917 after Wendy returns, she is committed to a dehumanising asylum in an attempt to cure her of the fairy tales she believes in. In 1931, Wendy is now a wife to Ned and a mother to Jane, but one night Jane is stolen from her bed by Peter and whisked away to Neverland to become the 'new Wendy'. And so Wendy embarks on a mission back to Neverland to rescue her daughter, ...more
megan ✨
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 55%

I requested this on Netgalley on a whim, because I thought the premise seemed intriguing and a dark Peter Pan retelling sounded like something I would love.

I was really, really wrong.

Maybe I could have pushed through and finished this, but I know I wouldn’t have liked it, and at the point I stopped at, I was just skimming pages and hoping I would get to a part that actually captured my interest.

This bo
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but it completely captivated me from start to finish.

Wendy, Darling isn’t just another reimagining of Peter Pan. It’s the story after, the story of Wendy returning from Neverland and the impact it had on her life.
It wasn’t a fairytale, it was dark and twisted—a sinister side of Neverland and how it can all be so much darker than what we believed as kids reading Peter Pan for the first time.

One of the core features of Peter Pan is growing up and how Pet
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**thank you to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*** This dark, not retelling, but reimagined afterward of Peter Pan will tick all the boxes for fans of historical fantasy. Being told over 4 different perspectives - child Wendy in neverland, new adult Wendy in a mental institution, Wendy now, and Jane (Wendy’s daughter) now — makes for an interesting premise. Add to this the introduction of “real” monsters, the primary being Peter himself, you have a com ...more
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come but I must warn you tinker bell makes no appearances
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wendy, Darling
by Alison Campbell-Wise

If you love Peter Pan and anything to do with it, you’re really going to enjoy this book!

Wendy, Darling is a sequel to the fairytale we all know and love, but with a dark twist. When Peter goes looking for Wendy again, 27 years after she left Neverland, he finds her daughter, and takes her to be his mom. Wendy will have to go on a journey both physical and non in order to save her daughter and herself
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wendy is torn between the world not feeling black or white, neither good nor bad. All the suffering she has experienced since returning from Neverland is explained to us, alongside a heavy dose of reality for how women were treated at the time. By this point Emily is grown, yet she still has to bend to the will of the men around her.

It was fascinating to see her struggles with acceptance and seeing the past through rose coloured glasses. I was fighting with her in my mind to stop seeing things a
Lynn Williams
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 of 5 stars
My Five Word TL:DR Review. Very dark, no fairy dust

Wendy, Darling is definitely a dark retelling of the Peter Pan, Neverland, Lost Boys story. It shines a much more sinister light on the original story and examines themes of family, mental health and memory and the way it sometimes distorts truth into illusively perfect snapshots of the past that reach new heights of perfection as time moves forward.

As the story begins we meet Wendy, now a mo
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A.C. Wise's fiction has appeared in publications such as Uncanny, Shimmer, and, among other places. She had two collections published with Lethe Press, and a novella published by Broken Eye Books. Her debut novel, Wendy, Darling, is out from Titan Books n June 2021, and a new collection, The Ghost Sequences, is forthcoming from Undertow Books in October 2021. Her work has won the Sunburst ...more

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