I don t know why I just remembered I read that a while agoAs I m not super original I love any Peter Pan related stuff so I was uite eager to read this thing when it came outI can t remember a lot of it but here is what my brain recorded for osterity 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 view spoilera sycho hide spoiler 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 taleVolume 1 of the Wendy Darling Saga started off well The family dynamics of the rich rivileged 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 Wendy herself was an okay character I understood the Beginnings in the Old World precariousness of herosition in society and her inability to accept the local bookseller s son Booth as her beau in front of her family But I felt she lacked any sort of One Dish at a Time personality for a good 80% of the book wherein she felt strong emotions swooned over Peter Pan stood around and watched stuff happen but actually did nothing else Only in the end did she grow a spineIn the original Peter Pan I remember John and Michel Darling to be very nondescript but here they get their own distinctersonalities Michel Darling is such a cute and adorable little boy John Darling in contrast was annoying mean cruel and disrespectful to Wendy both at home and in Neverland His character made me glad I don t have a younger brother The main issue for me was that the middle two thirds of this book felt like a tourism guide to Neverland There were excessively detailed descriptions of everything which I normally like but this massive info dump made my imagination shut itself down and I kept skimming those bits I wanted dialogues and action Don t get me wrong there was a lot of action but the descriptions could have been cut short IMHOAnd Peter Pan the uintessential magnetic child who never grew up Here he s arrogant spiteful and kind of deranged He has the Darlings and the Lost Boys totally under his spell and his true self is revealed to Wendy almost too late after which she s irrevocably stuck in his clutches Tinker Bell is a No Hard Feelings pitiable tortured character but kind of hard to understand owing to her abrupt mood swings I liked the rude and sneer y Abbott Though he was aretty minor character I felt he was humane than Peter or even John view spoilerI loved the description of Abbott s expression after Kitoko got his throat cut and also when Abbott tried to save Wendy from Peter towards the end hide spoiler wwwmelissa413readsalotblogspotcomI never really liked Peter Pan but this story is told through Wendy Darling s The Healthiest Diet on the Planet 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 thatlayed 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 gruesome endings for some nice kids and Captain Hook I want to read book two because of the ending of this one and I want to see where the author is going to go with the next one I think all Peter Pan fans would like this book I would like to thank NETGALLEY and SPARKPRESS for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review The first thing you have to realize about Wendy Darling Stars is that this novelupcoming series is to the original Peter Pan what the film Mirror Mirror is to Snow White It s a good story and it contains names clever callbacks and elements from the original but does not in any way shape or form follow the original Predator 2 plot beyond the narrowest sense IE London based children fly away with a magical boy to alace called Neverland The story begins with Wendy Darling who appears to have a good relationship with her father and youngest brother but a bad one with her mother and older brother Her issues with John Darling were surprisingly well defined on John later in the review but I didn t uite GET what was up with Wendy and her mother In most adaptations Mary Darling is the voice of reason and appears to be a loving mother figure In this one she seemsstressed out "possibly suffering from some form of manic depression "suffering from some form of manic depression I have no idea In all honesty her Hook portrayal in itself didn t bother me it was a surprising but interesting liberty for Oakes to take in her novel what bothers me is the fact that it s only acknowledged within narrative during the firstart of the book Seriously The first half of the book is full of Oh you know how your mother would feelreactoverreactgetscan be and Wendy concedes to this whereas later in the #book Wendy seems to be mentally raising her mother as the most wonderful lady ever Where the #Wendy seems to be mentally raising her mother as the most wonderful lady ever Where the BLEEP did this come from Is this or is this not the same woman Wendy was terrified would throw a borderline Magi (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Official Guidebook) psychotic fit and ship her away to boarding school until she was grown up over simply liking a boy I mean I get Wendy might be looking at her mother through rose colored glasses after realizing Peter Pan stole her memories of home but this is a little bizarre Especially considering they aren t shown to be close at all and even her father appears not to bearticularly in love with Mary in this version mentioning a first love who died that he apparently liked better He says he can t imagine life without his children from Mary but I don t recall him expressing any love for Mary herself Back on track Wendy does have one Forever person to confide in who isn t her father or a five year old little bro a childhood sweetheart turned suitor named Booth IE the aforementioned boy she likes Unfortunately he s an unsuitable suitor because he swelloor Yeah that s retty much the only thing wrong with him He s not impolite from the wrong side of the tracks engaged to someone else too oldtoo young There is literally nothing else wrong with him aside from lack of cash flow In short he s just not osh enough for the Darlings Though if you ask me can a family that allows their children be raised by a dog REALLY afford to be PICKYIf I may veer off again fair warning I have a lot of side oints to make and will be doing this FREUENTLY throughout this
"Review What IS With The "what IS with the of literary families who are ortrayed as middle class in their original books I ve seen this happen a couple of times and I find it a little strange Not bad mind you just strange I remember for example a Narnia fanfiction where the Pevensies were ortrayed as being rich and having like a ton of servants the story centered on Susan falling in love with an unsuitable guy uite a bit like Booth actually except much less educated with a low class accent that was written out honetically which was the catalyst for her not being on the train with her siblings in The Last Battle It was actually a very good story but I was a little baffled as what would lead an author to imagine so simple a family as being mega Demon Divine (Demon Accords posh I had the same feeling reading Wendy Darling Stars In the original Mr Darling was uite aenny incher and they were never shown as having much in the way of wealth In fact in the or. Wendy Darling has a erfectly agreeable life with her arents and brothers in wealthy London as well as a budding romance with Booth the neighborhood bookseller’s son But while their arents are at a ball the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nu. ,
Iginal Mr Darling was on the verge of giving his children away despite Mary s rotests because they might not have been able to afford them But I have to give the author credit for making it WORK in context I totally bought Wendy in this Crisis in Bethlehem portrayal as being a blue blooded Catholic whose struggle is not with growing up in the traditional sense but both wanting to be aroper lady and not wanting the excessive social rules that come along with it I don t know how I felt about Booth s character I didn t dislike him but I did find him rather long winded and well kinda flowery and soppy for a GUY In many ways I think Booth is what a lot of young girls WANT to believe guys are like but isn t very realistic or The Return of the Twelves practical The truth ladies is that even if this guy was REAL yourobably wouldn t want him in the long run it would be like being married to Romeo from Romeo and Juliet and having to hear flowery verses about how Dizzy Jimmy perfect he thinks your face is 247 It s like dude I get it you love me forever my face is glowing like the full moon now can youlease go make us some money so we can eat tonightI do believe Booth loves Wendy and their history I wish of this could have been shown rather than largely just told was VERY sweet but I dunno something still felt off in the chemistry department between these two characters I think it might have been that it was too obvious the author herself was shipping BoothWendy Going back to Fanfiction it s actually something you see a lot when Locuras lejos de casa! (Serie Lady Pecas 1) people insert an OC they obviously either care about relate to based off themselves or someone they know and like whatever They take for granted that we as the audience might not love their characters AS INSTANTLY as they do Considering that Booth is onlyresent for the beginning of the book the author really needed to WOW us with him and she didn t At least I ersonally was not wowed Also I get that Wendy loves him but all of her musings about a boy she s known since childhood shouldn t be so bleeding PERFECT She s supposed to KNOW this boy not just blindly worship him Where s the memory of him oh I don t know wiping boogers on her favorite dress sleeve or laying a silly Grammar by Diagram prank on her he later regrets And where s HIS recollection of HER being less thanerfect According to the Murder Maker perfection that is Booth the only thing wrong with Wendy is that she isn t brave enough That s literally IT She has no other traits that annoy him but he tolerates because he loves her I find that very hard to believeIt just got theoint where I was half expecting one of Wendy s returned Booth related memories to read something like this Wendy thought about Booth her dear loving Booth Booth who gave her books and had always been there for her understanding and نشانیها patient and calm not wild and confusing like Peter was Booth dearest Booth whose flatulence had no odor And even if it had his beautiful brown eyes distracted from it That said I d be interested in seeing of himerhaps in the final third book Maybe he ll have gotten just a wee bit of character development by then I also have a fan theory regarding him My theory is that Wendy will go back to England marry Booth and he will be the father of her daughter Jane whom Peter if he doesn t get killed off will one day meet and Ask Yourself This perhaps take to Neverland Getting back to thelot because Wendy can t be with Booth she s sad and one night while her Good Witch, Bad Witch parents are away and she islanning to sneak out and meet with her ill fated suitor she has a run in with a magic ortal opening flying red haired boy named Peter who offers to take her and her two brothers on an adventure But the adventure although initially intoxicating and freeing for Wendy turns out to be a bit of a false retense The littlest lost boys called Pips love Wendy but some of the others seem resentful and although this should be a Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances place where their rivalry could cool off her brother John s resentment only seems to be growing Add to the mix that everything in Neverlandretty much wants Wendy dead from mermaids to an inexplicably human sized Tinker Bell who thinks eter is the greatest thing since thinks Peter is the greatest thing since bread and you have one very befuddled Wendy Darling Peter although initially kind to Wendy and in my opinion much interesting than Booth turns out to be emotionally unstable and wildly abusive Upon realizing that making her forget about Booth wasn #t enough to make her fall in love with HIM instead Peter #enough to make her fall in love with HIM instead Peter sycho and tries to threaten her into loving him Apparently Hook killed his first and only girlfriend some Indian Princess I assume is based on Tiger Lily Tink isn t good enough to replace her so now he wants Wendy to be his ueen of NeverlandRather a lot of eople disliked Peter in this But I have to say although I disliked his character s ACTIONS I didn t actually dislike HIM as a ersoncharacter If the backstory he gave Wendy about being from an abusive family in Scotland before he discovered Neverland is true the book doesn t tell us one way or other and I hope this will be clarified later in the series you can UNDERSTAND though not agree with why he s the way he is Also he may be an abusive bully and though it is no excuse he isn t in his right mind He s kind of like one of those villains on Criminal Minds really You hate what they do but you see WHY they do it On the subject of another character a lot of reviewers have hated on I have to say I don t GET why you all hate John I just don t Yes he s a A Star Is Born prat and rude to his sister but THINK ABOUT for a moment what he must be going through He obviously is a good guy deep down he s won the affection of their father and Nana he s BOTH of their favorites and neither of them would love him that much if he were truly as rotten as he comes across sometimes but he has no friends apparently at school Maybe the onlyerson he has to CSA Scenarios for the MRCGP, third edition play with is his little five year old brother Michael He doesn t even have what Wendy does for all herroblems Booth was her FRIEND before they fell in love she always had him to turn to John didn t have ANYONE outside of the family So John finally makes a friend a little closer to his own age aka Peter whom he obviously adores and he has to contend with the fact that Peter ONLY does nice things for him The Ornament (Ornament, puts him in a highosition because he s smitten with his sister John clearly wants to be liked on his own merits by someone ossibly anyone who isn t a blood relative and therefore forced to like him and is consistently denied that Yes he IS constantly a little jerk he does disrespect his older sister and bully his little brother but bear in mind that this is THE FIRST BOOK I can think of another Fantasy book series that had a boy roughly John s age who started out bullying his youngest sibling and disrespecting his older sibling In fact THIS boy was even going to betray ALL his siblings to a witch for ower and candy and that s worse than ANYTHING John does to Wendy or Michael in this book He later becomes one of the series MOST LOVABLE CHARACTERS a reasonable and just king So why can t we give John Darling his chance yeah As a reader I see a LOT of Rant potential for redemption and character development in himBack to my thoughts on the book itself I enjoyed it greatly and it has earned its five stars and alace on my favorites HOWEVER I do think the book should have gone through another draftrevision before Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM publication Therose is BEAUTIFUL but it is also excessive Purple Challenged to Win prose is like icing I want a good amount of it sure but I should still be able to taste the cake un. Rsery and dazzled by this flying boy with god likeowers they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning to Neverland an intoxicating island of feral freedomAs time Kids Draw Knights, Kings, Queens, Dragons passes in Neverland Wendy realizes that this Lost Boys’aradise of turuoise seas mermaids and i. Der it In order to get a gist of the cake in this case I found myself re reading a lot of Into the Planet parts that just didn trocess correctly with me because they were overly wordy I don t fault the author for this as I sometimes have the same issue in my own writing but her Dusk (Rosales Saga, publisher should haveointed this out to her and helped her crop it just a wee bit I am looking forward to Wendy Darling Seas and fully intend to read it anyone know when that is supposed to be coming out by the way Though I have to say I really hope the author expands on a lot of stuff she s already set up instead of making the next book a complete ode to Captain Hook Also is anyone else hoping Hook is just as MUCH of a villain as Peter Pan in this version I m sorry I realize this would be majorly traumatizing for George Washingtons Secret Six poor Wendy who has already gone through so much in this story but the Pan is evil Hook is good twist has been DONE to death But I have yet to read a book where they are BOTH villains they were both sort of good guys in Second Star but that s about as close as any author has ever got to making their story roles similar instead of stark contrasts and would enjoy seeing thatlay out in this series Five stars Not my ALL TIME favorite Peter Pan adaption that honor is still held by Jessica Stilling s Betwixt and Between but still a brilliant and likable one I highly recommend update 122115 I realize I wrote the review a while ago but I wanted to add a uote I found from Anne of the Island that almost erfectly sums up my feelings toward the BoothWendyPeter triangle in this book Anyhow resumed the merciless Mr Harrison I don t see why Maurice Lennox didn t get her He was twice the man the other is He did bad things but he did them Perceval hadn t time for anything but mooning Averil couldn t have married Maurice He was bad She d have reformed him You can reform a man you can t reform a jellyfish Booth of course being the jellyfish in this I hope when his character is fleshed out in later books he is less jellyfish like because I think it s a safe bet PeterWendy is NOT going to be endgame in this series Wendy Darling has a secret And her father and brother John are not leased Baby Michael wants to comfort her but he s just a kid he doesn t know how Her mom is oblivious to her feelings How can she live through her secret when everyone else are against itWendy s secret is B 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 The Caretaker plan on living a very very long time This book wasn t awful but it didn t hold my attention well at allWendy was an okay character and she came across how I would expect Wendy to come across there wasn t anything extra there though and I didn t really care very much for herThe storyline in this didn t really seem any different to the Disney movie and I felt bored because I knew exactly what was going to happen and there didn t seem to be anything majorly different at all It was the same old Wendy and the boys going to Neverland forgetting their real lives Wendy kissing Peter Pan The Lost Boys trying to attack Hook etc and nothing much new at allThe ending to this was a cliff hanger but I don t think I d want to read the next book in the series5 out of 10 ME ME THIS IS ALL ABOUT MEEEEEEEEE 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 uite 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 WendyI ve read and seen lots of retellings around Peter Pan and Neverland Most retellings don t reallyortrait her as a nice Clara After Dark - 01 person so that s one way this book makes it uniue The story starts outretty much the same as the classic tale of Peter Pan we all know with small changes here and there but also some bigger ones that make it a true retelling Like I #said before for most of the book I wasn t liking it all that much at first It #before for most of the book I wasn t liking it all that much at first It a very strong Quanta Reset (The Shadow Ravens, prologue but it went a little downhill from there I guess there wasn t much happening and I was getting a wee bit bored Also at thatoint I wasn t liking Wendy all that much She s nice and all but that s where it stopped for me But then the story started getting uite chilling when Peter shows his true colors to Wendy I thought this was actually a really great turn of events even though it felt all Over the River Through the Wood pretty dark But it was there that I started caring much for Wendy and realizing how she truly is a great heroineWendy s brother Michael was adorable but John annoyed the hell out of me I get that being in Neverland changeseople but he was so disrespectful towards his sister The Lost Boys were something else I really liked some of them very much Especially Abbott He was a character I wanted to learn about And there was Tink I m not sure what to say about her except that I really felt sorry for what Peter made her go through and how he treated her The writing was absolutely wonderful I really have nothing negative to say about that It was at times really beautiful and even lyrical Basically erfect for a Neverland story And that ending Holy crap I need the seuel right now So yeah be repared for a cliffhanger Most Kenyattas Jiggers peoplerobably 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 uite wellI must admit that the cover was one of the reasons for that made me reuest 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 that much but it turned out that this story was a bit darker than I expect from YA books But it could be that I just haven t read the right YA booksThis retelling is truly darker than the original story The Lost boys and Peter Pan and their adventures with the Coupage (Blood Nation pirates are much lethal Here we have boys that really fightirates that stab them with swords etc and Peter Pan is really adapt to killing In Search of Julien Hudson pirates And theirates kill Lost boys as well I mean one of the Lost Boys gets his throat cutI was a bit annoyed with John Wendy s brother He was just awfully rude and spiteful throughout the book towards Wendy I just didn t like him very much but Wendy s little brother Michael was sweet Then there is Peter Pan He is still very much full of himself and frankly not a very nice erson Since this is a YA is Wendy s relationship with Peter Pan a bit mature is Wendy s relationship with Peter Pan a bit mature no sex but much kissing and stuffBut I had some roblem connecting with the story It was good I liked the retelling and I liked the darker tone I just really didn t fully enjoy the book It felt that something was missing I have a suspicious feeling that the next book in this series will be better since one very special The Bachelor Takes A Bride / Coming Home To A Cowboy person didn t make an appearance until the very last minute And that makes me eager to read the next book since I think thaterson s وردة من دمي (روايات أحلام، present will make the story intriguingThanks to SparkPress and NetGalley forroviding me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review If ueen 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 Leading Innovation parentwhile still being dark and twisty I hope you enjoy. Rates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed As Peter’s grasp on her heart tightens she struggles to remember where she came from and begins to suspect that this island of dreams and the boy who desires her have theotential to transform into an everlasting nightma. .