Wendy Darling #3

Reviewed by Melanie on July 18, 2017


I love fairy tale retellings and got excited when I saw “Wendy Darling.” I didn’t realize at the time that this was what appears to be the final book of the series, but I was about to pick up the storyline fairly quickly and didn’t feel lost after the first couple of chapters.

In the book, Wendy and her brothers are in for the fight of their lives, to defeat Peter Pan. The plot and setting of the book were wonderful. Neverland, almost torn to shreds by Peter’s fairy power and the dark shadow that lives within him, comes to life through beautiful imagery and thoughtful descriptions that bring the Disney movie, and the made up world of the author to life.

Of all the characters in this book, Hook is my favorite. While he’s typically written as a villain, I love that he only wants to keep Neverland together. Peter being the villain is a nice twist, but has definitely tainted the original story for me. Wendy, even though she is the heroine and main character, was my least favorite. She seemed indecisive and even reluctant to do what she knew needed to be done, at least until the very end.

The book overall was a nice read, but seemed very long even though there was not a lot of lull in the storyline. I found myself often bored and waiting for the next bit of excitement to move in. A hard earned three stars because I loved the ending, even if it was bittersweet the epilogue made it worth it.

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Wendy Darling #3
Colleen Oakes
Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales
July 18, 2017

Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage: the Shadow.

To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter's manipulative game, a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life. As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter's connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise, but if Wendy can't call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter's dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same. Wendy Darling: Shadow is the thrilling final installment in Colleen Oakes' Wendy Darling Trilogy."

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