I was so excited when Trash Dog Media reached out to ask if I wanted to read and review a copy of Wendy, knowing that I already had enjoyed The Intuitives by the same authors! Before I go too much further, I just wanted to say that I received this book in exchange for an honest review and all thoughts are my own.
This is a re-imagining of how life would be if Peter Pan were to visit Wendy’s time as England’s enemy and Wendy was an orphan who dreamed of going off on adventures on a ship in a world where women were not taken very seriously.
Wendy is no young child but a woman of eighteen who joins the military in the hopes of having adventures and hopefully getting a chance to get out of the area. Michael and John are grown men in the military who just happen to have Wendy in their ranks, though none of them are related to each other, and are stationed off the coast of Dover with a platoon of men and a Newfoundland fondly named Nana who is Wendy’s very loyal companion. When Wendy makes contact with some of the mysterious beings called the everlost, she is shocked to find that they can’t be harmed by military fire and their leader Peter seems to be fascinated by Wendy. After miraculously healing one of her companions, she sends a report to the superior officer who just happens to be Captain Hook!
This was an interesting take on the classic Peter Pan that involves adventure, magic, a stubborn heroine, friends in unlikely places in a world where Captain Hook is a superior officer in the military and Wendy is a diviner for the military who just happens to catch his eye in a not so flattering way after making contact with the everlost (the magical bloodsuckers) who are led by Peter Pan and are believed to take children and suck blood from unsuspecting innocents.
Wendy soon finds herself stuck at Hook’s estate where she has been ordered to stay in order for Hook to “keep an eye on her” while an investigation of her report is looked into and she makes friends with the staff there including Poppy the dog, Mrs. Medcalf the cook, Colin who is Mrs. Medcalf’s cook and learning the ways of a groundskeeper and Monsieur Dumas.
She soon realizes that Hook will not let her go back to her post very easily so she proceeds to so some rather crazy things in the hopes that he will get fed up and send her back to Dover. Alas things don’t go as planned and Peter shows up shortly after she arrives because he’s still curious about the red haired girl, can’t seem to help himself and soon forms an unlikely friendship with said red haired girl.
Soon Wendy realizes that things are not always what they seem and that Peter may not be as much of the enemy as she has been led to believe. She finds herself drawn to this mysterious man who commands a band of unruly kids, has a temperamental little companion called Tink, seems to hate Hook with a passion and takes her to visit a flying ship!
When she finds a way to hopefully finally be free of Hook and back to her post, Wendy soon realizes that Hook has some sinister things planned and races to hopefully save Peter with the help of a dear friend and his crew from being destroyed by Hook.
I loved seeing Wendy in a different light where she didn’t have an easy childhood but she didn’t let that stop her from dreaming big, reading as much as she could get her hands on and not letting being a woman in the 1800’s stop her from going after adventure.
If you enjoy retellings of the classic Peter Pan with a strong heroine and a healthy dose of magic, you will enjoy this book. It was such a pleasure to get a chance to read this book, I’m so very glad that it’s the first book in a series and looking forward to reading more books about Wendy’s adventures soon!
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