Vol 3: Shadow
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Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage—the Shadow. To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter’s manipulative game—a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life. As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter’s connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise—but if Wendy can’t call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter’s dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same. Wendy Darling: Shadow is the thrilling final installment in Colleen Oakes’s Wendy Darling Trilogy.
I am so captivated by this book. It was so interesting seeing the dark side of Nederland, the "true" story of Neverland and Peter Pan. Oakes wrote a beautiful story that was vibrant and almost tangible. I could see everything and kept thinking that it would make a great movie.
I will say that it's a bit jarring if you've not read its predecessors. There was so much that I felt out of the loop on, despite Oakes' efforts otherwise. I felt like I really needed to go back and read the first two books to fully understand the intricacies of the story. My other point of contention is a small one, but I thought Oakes overplayed the stars aspect when it came to describing the fairies. I mean, it's like stars came out of their every orifice and I simply didn't need to be told that over and over again.
I read on another review that this one was better than the first two, which makes me sad because I was hooked from the word "go", but I plan on reading the others and then passing judgment. In any case, this book is a must read. I caution you, though, if you don't want your Disney image of Peter Pan soiled, then stay away. If you've actually read J.M. Barrie's <i>Peter Pan</i>, then this won't be too shocking; it actually falls in line with his character. I thought Oakes' use of Wendy as the POV character, her depiction of Neverland's seedy underbelly, and her deconstruction of the titular character to be brilliant and am a bit jealous that I didn't think of it first.