Book Review: Stars: Wendy Darling by Colleen Oakes

October 14, 2015 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Stars: Wendy Darling by Colleen OakesStars (Wendy Darling, #1) by Colleen Oakes
Series: Wendy Darling #1
Published by SparkPress on October 13th 2015
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Source: NetGalley
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From the Best-Selling Author of Queen of Hearts comes a dark and mesmerizing twist on the beloved Children's Classic, Peter Pan.
Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller’s son. But while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children’s nursery and—dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers—they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning, to Neverland, a intoxicating island of feral freedom.
As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy’s paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates 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 the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.


My thoughts

This cover totally captured my attention! How gorgeous is this?!! I love great covers!

Sadly, I have to admit that I have not read nor watched Peter Pan in ages. I was hoping this was going to make it to where while reading the book, I would have no bias. But, this book is so totally different that I could not help but have a bias.

What I liked:

I never really imagined Wendy as this person that is ready to set out on her own adventure. I’m not sure what age she is in the original, but in this she is 16, and ready to be married. She just happens to have a prospective fiance as well! Sadly, he is the son of a bookstore clerk and her father tells her that he and her mother will not look kindly on this union. They have worked too hard to work their way up out of the gutter to allow her to marry back into it. Although, personally I think owning a bookstore would be amazing, but that’s just me.

Fortunately, Booth has really impressed Wendy, and worked his way into her heart and visa versa!

Her mother and father are quite interesting people and I wish they were in this more. But sadly, the second Peter comes into their bedroom window, the kids are whisked away on the idea of adventure.

The weird:

Peter is the weird part. I don’t get him at all. He seems really devilish in this, and not in a fun way. His entire demeanor with Wendy threw me off. Really, I wound up not liking him at all.

The plot:

While Wendy is struggling against Peter’s wishes, she and her brothers are forgetting their lives back at home. You think kids would want to forget but the more they forgot the more I worried for them. John was also quite a jerk to Wendy and this threw me off as well as I remember (again from way back when) him being very loving towards Wendy. His hatred towards her is means for the plot, however, and added a bit more to the story line at the end.

In short: This was weird. I did not like Peter at all and Tink was really a pita. I want to go read the original just so I have a base to compare this with! It’s a good book though and I am curious what Wendy will do with Peter and her crazy brothers.

Rating Report
3 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
4 / 5
Personal enjoyment
2 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 3.4 / 5
The Author


About Colleen Oakes

Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling, blogging, decluttering or totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on the final Elly novel and another YA fantasy series.

You can visit her webpage at: or at her very lengthy and sometimes embarrassingly personal blog, Heart and Ink at:

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