Praise for the "Wendy Darling" series: A dark twist on a familiar tale that readers will have difficulty putting down." "School Library Journal"
"Oakes superbly crafts both a story with wings and a Neverland with teeth, a story that will tempt any reader into never growing up. Brianna Shrum, author of "Never and Never" and "How to Make Out"
"This twisted spinoff of a famous children's tale is filled with richly developed characters and fast-paced, eloquent writing. With "Seas," Oakes delivers a stunning sequel to her "Wendy Darling" series. Stuck on board a pirate ship with the infamous Captain Hook, Wendy must quickly learn to face her true nature, and choose what kind of heroine she will be: sappy or strong, as she is swept inexorably toward a showdown with a chilling and maniacal Peter Pan. Oakes does a marvelous job slowly chipping away at her characters exteriors to reveal what lies beneath, be it true heroism or malignant evil." Alane Adams, award-winning author of "The Legends of Orkney" series
"If the first "Wendy Darling" pulled me away from familiar adventures in Neverland, Book 2 has me sprinting away from them and I didn t know how badly I wanted that deviancy until it was too late. Oakes delicious plot twists and rich revelations leave you just the right amount of full, but they mostly leave you crying out for the final installment in this micro-epic where Wendy s authenticity is the unquestionable star. Oakes signature style of dark fantasy retellings is intoxicating, and the much awaited Captain Hook does not disappoint." Mason J. Torall, author of "The Dark Element"
Described in lush, lingering detail, Neverland is all that Peter Pan promises: vibrant, gorgeous, filled with magic and excitement. But it also harbors unexpected dangers . . . perhaps none greater than Peter himself. While she is initially intoxicated by his charisma, Wendy's practical good sense, stubborn loyalty, and newly liberated fire give her the courage to defy Peter . . . only to land, in a stunning cliffhanger, in even worse peril. Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid are riveting. "Kirkus Reviews"
We are all familiar with the story of Peter Pan, whether from J.M. Barries original 1911 novel or the many film versions it inspired. Oakes tale, told form Wendy s point of view, breathes new life into Peter s story and makes it her own. This Neverland is far more mesmerizing and dangerous than Barries, and I was pulled in by the lyrical writing. Every time I opened the cover, I felt completely transported into Wendy s world. The perilous call of the mermaids, Tinker Bell s violent obsession with Peter, sinister Captain Hook all compelling reasons to read "Wendy Darling." "Middle Shelf Magazine"
Past Praise and Awards for Colleen Oakes
Winner 2014 Next Generation Independent Book Awards Young Adult Award-Winning Finalist 2014 International Book Awards Fiction: Young Adult Most Cinematic Indie Books of 2014 "Kirkus Reviews" 2014 Best Indie Books of the Year "Kirkus Reviews" "Oakes continues to weave literary magic as she pulls you down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland like you've never read before. Experience the world anew as you learn how a young princess becomes the villainous Queen of Hearts." Chanda Hahn, "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author of the "Unfortunate Fairy Tale" series"show more