Review of ‘The Wendy’ (Tales of the Wendy #1)

By Cynthia Bujnicki

The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown
Trash Dogs Media LLC
Image Credit: NetGalley

Wendy Darling wants nothing more than to be a captain of a ship for the Royal Navy. When she becomes part of a secret military organization seeking women, her dreams sleep closer. However, the threat is something she never thought of: magic. However, when the enemy is a charming boy who respects her, and her country is one that continues to diminish her worth, Wendy discovers that maybe not everything is as clear as can be.

Published by Trash Dogs Media LLC, The Wendy is a retelling of the classic Peter Pan by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown.

What a marvelous retelling of Peter Pan. The most extraordinary thing about this novel was the tone and voice of the novel. The third-person omniscient voice had such a beautiful tone, filled with nostalgia and warmth that it fills the reader with joy. It was so reminiscent of JM Barrie’s classic work and even captured some of the levity found in the movies. The tone works so well with the pacing of the novel to grab and captivate the reader. It is not a very fast-paced novel as it focuses on building up the new origins of Wendy Darling and the world she is in, so that tone is essential for the storytelling to keep the reader engaged.

As far as character development goes, Wendy was exceptional. The author was able to capture Barrie’s essence of Wendy, that mature seriousness as well as that love of adventure that makes her such a great character. Wendy faces many hurdles in this novel, and everything together pushes her. As a woman, her dreams seem unattainable, and yet nothing breaks her spirit. Oh, the cleverness of these authors to make Wendy oh so very clever, it makes her such a joy to read and follow on this adventure.

The way the authors also thought to bring in the other characters was quite ingenious. They fit into the story perfectly and balance each other out quite well. From Hook to John and Michael to Peter and Tinker Bell, these characters were developed so well and balance each other out wonderfully. There is such fun and powerful imagination that went into constructing and adapting these characters to this novel.

The Wendy is a steadily paced novel with such a wonderful atmosphere to it as well as great character dynamics. (★★★☆☆)

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Product Details:

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2018

Page count: 294pp

Age Range: 14 & Over

ISBN: 978-1-9461-3705-0

Publisher: Trash Dogs Media LLC

List Price:  $18.99


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