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BOOK REVIEW Wendy Darling: Stars

Recently, I did a review for Colleen Oakes' new novel WENDY DARLING: STARS. It's the first in her new YA series about the adventures of Wendy and Peter Pan. The novel centers around 16-year-old Wendy Darling and her brothers, the spiteful John and innocent Michael, as they venture off to Neverland.

Each of the Darling children is looking to escape something. Wendy has lost her chance at love in a society where she is restricted by rank and rules. John, having never fit in with most boys, is looking for a new family to fit in. And Michael looks to become one of the bigger boys so that he may roam free and wild.

But you can't run away forever.




This book gives a refreshing take on the characters of Wendy and Peter Pan. I was entranced from the first to the last page. Wendy is a strong "girl" but so much more than just a girl. She is smart, kind, and determined. Wendy is a well-rounded character that reaches out to everyone she meets. She is definitely the mothering figure. Her heart is pure. That is why it's so hard to see her being taken advantage of or being put down. By the end of the story, I was in tears and cheering, "You go, Wendy!"

Like Wendy, I was taken in by Peter's charms and lust for adventure. The character of Peter Pan has an intoxicating effect on everyone he meets. He is like a drug, once you've had a taste of his approval, you want more. Then, you see the truth of it all. Peter Pan was an ageless youth, who killed pirates and never considered the consequences of his actions. Your heart breaks at the mistrust of it all.

I would recommend Wendy Darling to anyone who loves strong characters, adventure, romance, and thrills. It will tickle your heart then leave you anxious for more.

When Wendy Darling: Seas comes out, which side will you be on, Pan or Hook?

WENDY DARLING: STARS is available in stores now and for digital download!

I have done two other reviews for Oakes' other YA series QUEEN OF HEARTS, which was recently optioned for a movie deal (yay!). Book one, THE CROWN, I received free from Amazon Prime. Book two, THE WONDER, I also received free, but from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I'd like to start out by saying that I paid for my copy of WENDY DARLING. There was an opportunity to get an ARC on Netgalley, but I was denied (boo). Not that it mattered because I'd already preordered my kindle ebook. I just had to wait the extra three weeks!

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