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Peter Darling
Title : Peter Darling
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ISBN : 9781620049587
Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 164

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real anTen years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.


Peter Darling Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)

    I'm such an intense little Peter Pan nerd I only need to see the words "PETER PAN" and "RETELLING" and I am there like an overenthusiastic puppy ready to eat it. And this one was really cute and heartfelt and I liked it! It just suffered from being so short it didn't really have time to make the world/characters complex. So like I felt it barely scratched the surface of this fantastic premise WHICH MAKES ME SAD. And it was rushed. And it threw in so many action scenes that I couldn't really get [...]

  • Navessa

    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.This was so much FUN. Everything I want a retelling to be. It was true to the original in many ways, and yet different enough to fully stand on its own. In this installment, Peter is trans. At home in the real world, he is Wendy, surrounded by a family who doesn't understand him. It's no wonder then, when facing the prospect of growing up in a female body and being forced into marriage, that he instead flees to Neverland. The beginning of this book iswell, I didn't like Pe [...]

  • K.J. Charles

    Exceptionally good. A dead cert for my Best of 2017 list, and it's only February. A thoroughly intelligent, ingenious take on Peter Pan, with a premise that shifts from delightful to funny to profoundly moving. It deals with real and deep issues but never loses hope or joy; it's a very thought-provoking work about growing up and fantasy and loss and identity, and also *at the same time* a terrific romp with an absolutely charming love story and a perfect ending. It is also impeccably written and [...]

  • prag ✨

    This was clever, fast paced and intense - and I couldn't look away for a moment. I was hooked.Part of the reason I was attracted to this story was the drop-dead gorgeous cover - but I soon came to realise that the content is more beautiful than any cover can ever be. It's as perfect as Neverland can be.I'll get it out of the way first - I know nothing about Peter Pan (except for this song, which I love even more after this book), but that didn't hamper my experience at all. There was something s [...]

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    *3.5/5 starsThere is a lot to love here. This book offers a new look at Neverland. While there are a lot of familiar aspects that make it feel true to the original setting, Austin Chant also weaves in a lot of darker elements that help make the story feel older and more mature. All the magic of Neverland is there, but it also is allowed to feel like a place where there is more to fear than just pirates. The strongest element of this book was Peter as a character. I never thought I would see a tr [...]

  • Farith

    Me: I don't know, I've never been a Peter Pan fan as I grew up. Maybe I won't enjoFriend: It's LGBT.Me:

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    Clever.Clever is the best descriptor of this lovely little book. In the simplest terms, it's the story of a boy realizing he's no longer a boy.I think at one point or another everyone has had those moments in life wherein they'd like to be a kid again because adulting is a grind. The notion of escaping to a fantasyland where anything is possible - even flight! - where you're king of the kingdom and free to do whatever you please without those pesky responsibilities is an enticing one. Hell, I'd [...]

  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    BR on a whim with rin, without whom I'd have never survived ♡ who am I kidding we're both ded I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own: suicide attempt, misgenderingLet me get something out of my system first of all:WOWOkay, now that that’s out of the way: wow. I was completely blown away by this short book, which was a couple of firsts for me: mainly first trans story and first Peter Pan retelling. Actually, I [...]

  • Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)

    "Isa, hay un libro en el que Peter Pan y el Capitán Garfio se enamoran"."WHAAAAAAAAAAT?""Sí, te lo juro, se llama Peter Darling"."TENGO QUE LEERLO YA".Y así fue como llegué a este libro. Que encima lo leí en digital, cosa que nunca hago. Chicos, les juro que este es el retelling más extraño y más lindo que he leído. A pesar de que el libro original de Peter Pan me aburrió de una manera impensable, Peter Darling rompió todos mis prejuicios y me hizo amar a sus personajes. En Peter Darl [...]

  • Kaylin

    3.5 StarsOverview:“To die would be an awfully big—““Don’t start that again… surely you could have come up with something new to say after ten years.” For such a short little story, this still packs a punch. It’s both a Peter Pan retelling (in that there’s changes to the initial story) and a sequel, in the way it revolves around Peter's return to Neverland, ten years after leaving.I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review, thank you to the author and Less Than T [...]

  • amy

    Peter Pan and James Hook fall in love. Now that is a concept I never knew I needed in my life. But oh god, I so did. © Let me start out by saying that I'm a sucker for good retellings, and this one was absolutely fantastic. I love the author's take on the original Peter Pan story (btw, is it bad that I enjoyed this more than J.M Barrie's Peter Pan? Because I never could finish that one) and honestly? I kind of prefer this version, I'm not gonna lie.Everything about this was very well thought ou [...]

  • Andrew

    *received from Netgalley*Ever since I was a young child, I have absolutely adored and loved Peter Pan. It was an amazing, adventurous story of a young boy who would never grow old and had fun. I wanted that. I wanted to be Peter.Not only that but as context, I'm a trans man.So as soon as I saw this story, a Peter Pan retelling where Peter is a trans man, I jumped at the chance to read it. I saw it on Netgalley and had to take a chance and request it. I'm so glad I was accepted and was able to re [...]

  • Ele

    *4.5 stars*Austin Chant. Remember the name. Judging from Peter Darling, he is meant for great, great things.I took a gamble picking up this book. I hate fantasy, and I don't read Paranormal in general. I was also a pretty cynical kid that hated fairy tales. Except one: Peter Pan! That was my escapism.Peter Darling is the brilliant retelling of Peter Pan. The author did an amazing job re-adapting the original story and using the classic characters of Peter Pan and Captain Hook to tell an entirely [...]

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    3 stars. So this was definitely GOOD, it just has a few flaws that bothered me. Peter Darling has the same problem for me as Every Heart A Doorway: it feels like the beginning and end of a five-star book. There's no middle; Peter's character arc goes from one place to another place in the blink of an eye. There's some development to the story and character arcs, but not nearly enough. Same with the romance. While it was absolutely sweet, these two did not get as much development as I'd hoped. Th [...]

  • CW (Read Think Ponder)

    Me after reading this: I BELIEVE IN FAIRIES.I BELIEVE IN LOVE.- I just I've never felt SO happy for characters before. Like, SIGH I AM SO CONTENT AND HAPPY IN LIFE sort of happy. I'm so happy. *sobs*- Perhaps one of the best retellings I've read -- not just of Peter Pan, but perhaps ever. Respects and retains the core elements of the original telling but gives it a fresh perspective and spin.- Amazing character development, beautifully explored and written. The characters were so developed.- I d [...]

  • Elsa Bravante

    Retelling de Peter Pan maravillosamente escrito, con una recreación muy buena de Neverland y unos personajes que de verdad crees que son los mismos salidos de la imaginación del autor del cuento original.A pesar de todo esto, ahora voy con algo impopular. Mientras creo que, como ya he comentado, está muy bien escrito, de verdad, muy bien, y consigue que Neverland sea un personaje más de lo bien ambientado que está, creo que las aventuras, y la lucha interior de Peter restan protagonismo a l [...]

  • Karen

    This is not the Peter Pan of my childhoodI have to admit I'm not sure quite what I was expecting when I went into this but after sniffing and poking at the book I finally decided I just needed to put on my big girl pants and find out.So what I was expectingwell, I'm still not sure. What I got was a retelling of a childhood story that to be quite honest was never really a favorite of mine. As a child I just never connected with PeterI don't really know why could be as simple as he was a boy and I [...]

  • Tess

    4.75 starsWhen a grown up Peter Pan returns to Neverland he finds that nothing is quite the same This was superb! As a new spin on Peter Pan, this was clever, emotional and romantic and had so many other layers to it. I don't want to go into spoiler territory by talking about the other layers, but I can say that the enemies to lovers romance had a nice slow burn to it, just the way I like it.Hook gave a low chuckle. "Your obsession is flattering, Pan. And I share it.""Obsession?""Is that not wh [...]

  • Shira Glassman

    Fair warning: Peter Pan and the idea of Captain Hook as a love interest are important enough to me that this review has turned into a post on a recipe blog–in other words, there’s going to be a preamble. If this is too much for you, skip to the words “imagine, therefore, my delight.” (Now imagine Hook saying these words. OK, bye.)Some years ago, fantasy erotica writer Tof Eklund and I discussed the thematic differences between the original J.M. Barrie Peter Pan and multiple movie version [...]

  • Eloise

    As soon as I saw that Peter Darling followed a transgender Peter Pan, 10 years after the story we all know, with a possible Pan/Hook romance, I was sold.And oh my goodness it went beyond expectations.I must say, at first I was a little confused as to who did what in this version of the story "ten years ago" but I realised that we're supposed to be confused. You find out as you go along, who Peter is and what he has been going through, trying to escape, trying to find. And it's so important.Pete [...]

  • Vee S

    This book is not only an delightful read but a brilliant, deep take on gender, self-truth, and what it means to truly be vulnerable with someone. I loved it so much, in ways that I wasn't even expecting-- which is saying something, as I know and adore Austin and his work, and knew that I would love the book a lot. It spoke so deeply to me about the ways that we protect ourselves, wrap ourselves inside fantasies, and how those fantasies aren't always total lies but are also not the truth and how [...]

  • Amy Cousins

    THIS BOOK.Is amazing. Is magic. It's about the loyalty of fairies and adventure, the dangers of rage and forgetting, swirling frock coats and fabulous boots, and the seductive lure of imagining yourself as the hero, even as you figure out that you might be the bad guy. It's funny, and heartbreaking, and always, always full of hope, with a HEA that made my heart happy."That's the trick of growing up. Nothing stays the same." Hook sounded oddly sympathetic. "You see the faults in everything. Inclu [...]

  • rin (lorenzo)

    spontaneous BR with Silvia, i hope you're alive ♥why is it so hard to review a book if you liked the hell out of iti've read plenty of Peter Pan retellings and this one is hands down one of the best. if i wasn't BRing it, i would probably combust because of f e e l s and emoshuns. if you can get your hands on it you need to do it like right now this retelling Peter Pan is a trans-masculine character (most importantly, this is a #ownvoices book), who was born Wendy Darling, and who wasn't accep [...]

  • Romie

    I don't really know what to think of this book .See, I really liked Austin Chant's Coffee Boy, I learned soooo much while reading this book and I'll forever be thankful for all this knowledge.But I don't know why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the last one. I don't think it's because I'm not a huge fan of Peter Pan - the book - but probably because I was expecting SO much more.I think my main problem was Peter. I wasn't his biggest fan tbh and he thought killing some pirates was okay [...]

  • Meret Punk

    3.5 stars (:This book wasnt what I expected when I first started it, and not in a bad way :DPeter Pan has always been a favourite of mine :DI really liked this book!It was so originalBut I dont know why Im not giving it a higher rating :(

  • Avis

    "That's the trick of growing up. Nothing stays the same." Hook sounded oddly sympathetic. "You see the faults in everything. Including yourself.”Peter Darling is one of those books that proves that 3 stars do not necessarily mean a bad book- it just means that the book was, unfortunately, not as good as I thought it would be. Damn me and my too high expectations. Peter Darling follows Peter Pan and his return to Neverland. He left Neverland to go back to his normal, mundane world but realized [...]

  • Karen Wellsbury

    When I read the blurb for this I can't remember the last time I was so excited for a book.I can't imagine I am unusual in Peter Pan being part of my life since I can remember stories, and Peter Darling is both a retelling and a continuation of the original. The feeling of the place of Neverland is strong, as is the character of Peter, he is a blood thirsty and daring boy, loving the fights with the pirates, Hook in particular, but what happens when he has to question that ? Wendy being Peter was [...]

  • Jennymort ~The Dark Lord, House of Slytheread~

    Damnit Praga.I need this book like I need another frickin book on my TBR.Which means I don't need a new damn book, but I'm gonna get it anyways when I'm able to get my frickin hands on it. I just can't help myself. I know I have no chill damnit.#sorrynotsorry

  • Chris, the Dalek King

    You all probably know the story of Peter Pan, boy who never wanted to grow up. But I bet you never heard his tale told quite like this. The basics are the same, flying boy, fighting pirates, the ever helpful Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys–but what if all is not as it seems? What if Peter is more than expected? What if Hook is as well? What happens if Peter were to return to Neverland, all grown up, but still as determined to be everything that is Youth and Fun? Can Neverland be the same…can Pe [...]

  • Adam

    4.25 starsI don't recall Disney's Peter Pan being this sad. Or this bloody.This book takes the classic fairy-tale and turns it on its head. It was brilliantly done.In this version, Peter is a trans man. Facing rejection from society and his family, Neverland is his salvation. But in a way, it's also a prison.For Peter, Neverland doesn't just mean being able to be who he really is - it also means a constant war against his archenemy, Captain Hook. When Peter returns to Neverland a grown man, he d [...]