Monday 31 May 2021

Book Review: Wendy, Darling by A. C. Wise (Fantasy)

Title: Wendy, Darling
Author: A. C. Wise
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 1 June 2021
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley 

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 and became a woman, a mother, a patient, and a survivor. Because Neverland isn't as perfect as she remembers. There's darkness at the heart of the island, and now Peter Pan has returned to claim a new Wendy for his lost boys...


Wendy, Darling is the retelling of Peter Pan I never knew I needed until I read it. A.C. Wise takes a very different stance than any other retellings of the story I have encountered so far. Neverland in this book is a dark and twisted place, and Peter a force of evil, rather than good. This is a retelling with a feminist stance, which shows the difficulties Wendy had upon returning from Neverland, and her (and later her daughter's) fight against being cast in the traditional female role. The book succeeded well in turning the original story on its head and offering a different interpretation of Neverland and its occupants. The action was well paced and the plot held my interest throughout. I would certainly read more from this author in the future. It's 4.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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