Do you ever accidentally stumble upon a book, and it’s cover just makes you go
I need to buy this, right now
For no other reason than it’s stunning and you feel the need to treat it as a work of art.
Well, that was my first opinion of the first book in this series – The Wendy. It really didn’t hurt that this was a Peter Pan reimaging, and if there is one thing that I love, it’s a Peter Pan retelling. So, I bought the book, and when I say it’s even prettier in person that on the computer, I’m not even lying. It’s stunning and it’s one of my favorite covers of all time.
When the world doesn’t want
you to be who you are,
you must become more yourself
than you knew you could be.
London. 1789. More than anything in the world, Wendy Darling wants to be the captain of a ship, but women aren’t allowed in the Royal Navy. When she learns the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.
But the secret service isn’t exactly what she hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isn’t as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isn’t blinded by her gender might be the worst friend anyone could ask for.
Anyone, that is, except Wendy Darling.
(You can check out my review here.)
This book got me out of a massive reading slump. Like, I couldn’t read anything, and hell, I couldn’t watch anything. I was 100% stuck. But then this book arrived, and I sat down to try and read it, and I inhaled it in one sitting. I legit sat down on the couch and then didn’t get up until I’d finished the book.
And I was blown away by how good it was. How reminiscent of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan it felt, but still felt like its own thing – brand new and unique. Familiar enough that it felt like coming home, but new enough that it adds to the lore surrounding Peter Pan.
The authors took a beloved story about a boy who never grew up and constantly goes on adventures and flipped it into this historical fiction fantasy, where the characters don’t really act like you think they will.
It’s a gorgeous book, inside and outside.
So, anyways, I read the book, fell in love and then went to social media to scream about how good this book was, and how much I loved it. I was sharing the cover at any chance I got – and then the authors reached out, and a few months later, I had an eARC of the second book – The Navigator.
Suddenly I’m thrust back into this world, I’m in love with Hook (because who in their right mind isn’t).
NOT EVERY ADVENTURE GOES AS PLANNED …
Wendy’s troubles are far from over. Hook wants her in irons, the crew wants to throw her overboard, and Pan’s magical compass is the only thing standing in their way. But Pan himself is nowhere to be found.
When a new everlost captain appears on the horizon, it will take everything Wendy has to survive.
And a tiny red dragon will set events in motion that could save or doom them all.
(You can check out my review here.)
This second installment was so damn good. But, oh my god, Hook! His growth in this book was so good and there were moments that I just wanted to push Wendy and him together, if for nothing but to comfort each other. I need them to at least kiss once. Please. I love their dynamic. His internal struggle/reluctance to admit to himself that Wendy is badass is The Best. He’s not outwardly hostile and Wendy knows that he trusts her to some extent, but his internal struggle (and definite attraction, let’s be real) is everything I want. It’s like a slow burn romance, with very little hint at any romance…does that make sense?
This book was just so good and with a reveal at the end that leaves you desperate for the next one.
Speaking of which…
I was on Goodreads, looking up this series to do this post and um, there’s a cover for book 3?
There is a price to changing one’s destiny…
The Tales of the Wendy series concludes in this stunning sequel to The Wendy and The Navigator. Old friends and new allies join forces for an epic adventure that spans not only oceans, but time itself.
There isn’t a full synopsis yet, or really much information at all, but omfg I am so excited.
Y’all this quickly, almost instantly became one of my favorite series. I highly, highly recommend checking it out. The story is amazing, the world incredibly and the characters so much fun. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. I’m such a sucker for Peter Pan and this is the perfect series to satisfy my love for the boy who never grew up and the girl who did.