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What happens when Tinker Bell is in love with both Peter Pan and Wendy? In this sparkling re-imagining of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds the reclusive Tinker Bell squatting at the Darling mansion in order to care for the graves of her two lost friends after a love triangle gone awry. As Hope wins the fairy’s trust, Tink tells her the truth ab What happens when Tinker Bell is in love with both Peter Pan and Wendy? In this sparkling re-imagining of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds the reclusive Tinker Bell squatting at the Darling mansion in order to care for the graves of her two lost friends after a love triangle gone awry. As Hope wins the fairy’s trust, Tink tells her the truth about Wendy and Peter—and her own role in their ultimate fate. Told in three alternating perspectives—past, present, and excerpts from a book called Neverland: A History written by Tink’s own fairy godmother—this queer adaptation is for anyone who has ever wondered if there might have been more to the story of Tinker Bell and the rest of the Peter Pan legend.


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What happens when Tinker Bell is in love with both Peter Pan and Wendy? In this sparkling re-imagining of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds the reclusive Tinker Bell squatting at the Darling mansion in order to care for the graves of her two lost friends after a love triangle gone awry. As Hope wins the fairy’s trust, Tink tells her the truth ab What happens when Tinker Bell is in love with both Peter Pan and Wendy? In this sparkling re-imagining of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy’s granddaughter Hope Darling finds the reclusive Tinker Bell squatting at the Darling mansion in order to care for the graves of her two lost friends after a love triangle gone awry. As Hope wins the fairy’s trust, Tink tells her the truth about Wendy and Peter—and her own role in their ultimate fate. Told in three alternating perspectives—past, present, and excerpts from a book called Neverland: A History written by Tink’s own fairy godmother—this queer adaptation is for anyone who has ever wondered if there might have been more to the story of Tinker Bell and the rest of the Peter Pan legend.

30 review for Tink and Wendy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Tink and Wendy in exchange for an honest review. Peter Pan isn't the only pan in Neverland (I've been sitting on that pun since first getting approved for this so someone please appreciate it). I was so excited to read a Peter Pan retelling where Tink and Wendy also fall in love and while I understand and appreciate the want to be lyrical and artsy in the narration, it didn't really work for me. Jacobson highlights the same few things in very simil Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Tink and Wendy in exchange for an honest review. Peter Pan isn't the only pan in Neverland (I've been sitting on that pun since first getting approved for this so someone please appreciate it). I was so excited to read a Peter Pan retelling where Tink and Wendy also fall in love and while I understand and appreciate the want to be lyrical and artsy in the narration, it didn't really work for me. Jacobson highlights the same few things in very similar ways over and over again and while I get that that can be for artful purposes to create some kind of motif, there were so many scenes where I felt sure I was reading the exact same sentence again for no reason that appeared only twice. I know all art doesn't need to follow set rules, but I think using the rule of threes or even pushing past that would have made it a lot more obvious that stuff like that was intentional because as is, it read as Jacobson accidentally repeating themselves. I also don't think as much Neverland Historian content was needed, particularly when it has to do with Tink herself. I quite liked the world building it provided on how Neverland itself works, but I don't think we needed that perspective or Grandmother Annabelle (I think that was her name but I could be wrong) since they mostly dragged the story and to me at least, I really didn't get their significance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Betts-Green

    I really did love this book. I want more Tink and Wendy adventures!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Misha

    I quite enjoyed this queer take on the Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell situation. It feels a bit rushed, though, and I wish it had been a longer story to expand on time passing and Peter changing. That said, I have never been a fan of Tinker Bell but chaotic bisexual squatter Tink punishing herself and pining is the most queer interpretation of Tinker Bell that I've seen and I really like it. I quite enjoyed this queer take on the Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell situation. It feels a bit rushed, though, and I wish it had been a longer story to expand on time passing and Peter changing. That said, I have never been a fan of Tinker Bell but chaotic bisexual squatter Tink punishing herself and pining is the most queer interpretation of Tinker Bell that I've seen and I really like it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Tremaine

    Thank you to the publisher for providing an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book started kind of odd. I wasn’t a big fan for a little while but it definitely grew on me. I love the story of Peter Pan and retelling are something important to me, so I was very excited about this one. I didn’t realize until about 25% of the way in that this book was a little queer. I was delighted when I realized and I honestly loved it. There are a few inconsistencies in details, but they’ Thank you to the publisher for providing an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This book started kind of odd. I wasn’t a big fan for a little while but it definitely grew on me. I love the story of Peter Pan and retelling are something important to me, so I was very excited about this one. I didn’t realize until about 25% of the way in that this book was a little queer. I was delighted when I realized and I honestly loved it. There are a few inconsistencies in details, but they’re easily overlooked and they cause no plot holes. I am a little confused on time period, but it doesn’t take away from the story. I loved the characters. I loved that the chapters switched from past to present to excepts of the book of the history of Neverland. It was written well enough, with lots of interesting details. There were parts that made me gasp, parts that made me laugh, made me cry, made me want to throw my tablet away. Tinker Bell has never been my favorite character in the stories of Peter Pan, but I highly enjoyed bisexual-punk-devil-may-care-squatter Tink. Overall, I did very much enjoy this story. I’m not certain I’ll buy a finished copy, but I will at the very least reread the ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shari Suarez

    I love a good Peter Pan retelling. This one is a great one. It moves the Peter Pan story to modern times and puts a unique spin on it. Tink is in love with both Peter & Wendy. Peter is in love with Wendy and considers staying in the real world to be with her. Since Tink is Peter's guardian fairy she is forced to stay as well. I loved the insights into Neverland history and the updated version of Neverland that the author creates. I wish it was a bit longer because I felt that the ending was rushe I love a good Peter Pan retelling. This one is a great one. It moves the Peter Pan story to modern times and puts a unique spin on it. Tink is in love with both Peter & Wendy. Peter is in love with Wendy and considers staying in the real world to be with her. Since Tink is Peter's guardian fairy she is forced to stay as well. I loved the insights into Neverland history and the updated version of Neverland that the author creates. I wish it was a bit longer because I felt that the ending was rushed. I'm hoping that the author writes more in the Peter Pan world. I would definitely read it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    "But winter can never be spring. Some people are good, and some are bad... ...and all people get what they deserve. I never thought a 200 page retelling of Peter Pan would hurt me emotionally, yet here I am. This story is told from three different timelines - Then: When Peter and Tinker Bell first met Wendy Darling. Now: Tink is discovered living in the Darling's old house by Hope (Wendy and Peter's Granddaughter). And is forced to confront her pain and guilt regarding her past. Excerpts from Nev "But winter can never be spring. Some people are good, and some are bad... ...and all people get what they deserve. I never thought a 200 page retelling of Peter Pan would hurt me emotionally, yet here I am. This story is told from three different timelines - Then: When Peter and Tinker Bell first met Wendy Darling. Now: Tink is discovered living in the Darling's old house by Hope (Wendy and Peter's Granddaughter). And is forced to confront her pain and guilt regarding her past. Excerpts from Neverland: A History: Short excerpts that provide historical information about Neverland and Tink and Peter's relationship. It is an interesting retelling that tackles choices, consequences and learning to live with the aftermath. ~ARC received through LibraryThing Early Reviewers~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah R (BiblioBonorum)

    AHHHH thank you so much to Three Rooms Press for the ARC!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steph L

    Rating: 3.5 What I liked Characters The characters in this novel were one highlight of the book for me. I love Peter Pan, and I’ve read the original book, seen the movies, and different adaptations, and seen a few different takes on the story. Taking a beloved story such as this, you need to think about how the characters will pay homage to the original, and still be fresh, so people will want to read what you have to say. Kelly Ann Jacobson does a great job of making the characters new and differe Rating: 3.5 What I liked Characters The characters in this novel were one highlight of the book for me. I love Peter Pan, and I’ve read the original book, seen the movies, and different adaptations, and seen a few different takes on the story. Taking a beloved story such as this, you need to think about how the characters will pay homage to the original, and still be fresh, so people will want to read what you have to say. Kelly Ann Jacobson does a great job of making the characters new and different, while still paying homage to the original intent. I enjoyed seeing the characters in our world, because it was as if I was seeing them in a new way, and they were more relatable. Plot The plot of this story, mostly, was good. I enjoyed the back and forth between our world and the world that was seen as Neverland. I also enjoyed the new story elements with Wendy’s granddaughter and having her as an element in the tale. This unique twist made the story one of the favorite parts of the novel. I also enjoyed seeing the characters we know and enjoy reading about in a new way because they were no longer in Neverland for the full story. Writing The writing in this story was good. I felt that Kelly Ann Jacobson wrote in a tone that matched the story well. The lighter scenes were funny, and they were written in a way that took the reader away from the serious elements of the story for a while. Going hand in hand with that, the more serious scenes were written in a way that made it seem like the reader was supposed to feel for these characters, and share in their experiences. What didn’t work for me Pace I am trying to be honest in this review because that’s what authors want to read, what you honestly think about the book. The pacing of this book was off for me. I don’t know if it was just me, but the elements of the fairy book, and the jumping from the past to the present, just didn’t work all that well for me. I feel like what could have made this better in a chapter or two in the now timeline, a chapter or two in the past, and then some of the fairy rules. The flow and pace of this book were just off for me. Romance I really like romances in books when done well. This romance was fine, and I enjoyed the LGBTQ+ elements, with Tink having a romance with both Peter and Wendy. I just believe that it did not explore this romance enough and that there was more potential for love stories over the course of the book. I left the boom just wanting more of the romance.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Tink and Wendy. Kelly Ann Jacobson. A moving reimagining of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, this novel is touted as a story for young adults, but I found it plenteous enough entertaining. (Though I arguably don’t always qualify as a adult.) In a goodly part, the satisfaction comes because Jacobson uses the three time frames in the novel—“Then,” “Now,” and “Excerpt from Neverland”—to build suspense and deepen characterization. The narration from “Then” and “Now” sections comes in third person, though Tink and Wendy. Kelly Ann Jacobson. A moving reimagining of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, this novel is touted as a story for young adults, but I found it plenteous enough entertaining. (Though I arguably don’t always qualify as a adult.) In a goodly part, the satisfaction comes because Jacobson uses the three time frames in the novel—“Then,” “Now,” and “Excerpt from Neverland”—to build suspense and deepen characterization. The narration from “Then” and “Now” sections comes in third person, though the focus lies with Tink, a.k.a. Tinker Bell. Tinker Bell has aged greatly in the “Now” sections, and she is something of a lush, enough that local liquor stores have posted her picture as “underage.” And in the “Then” sections, Tink is torn between unrequited love for both Wendy and Peter. Peter is presented as a boy who will never grow up, just as in the original. But in Jacobson’s telling, that is not a virtue, but a grave fault. Wendy is presented as a young girl strapped with parenting her two bothers, after her parents’ deaths. She is also torn between her infatuation and love for both Tink and Peter. Then comes a wonderful complication: In an early “Now” section, a young girl named Hope arrives at what Tink has considered her home for forty years. Hope claims that Wendy and an unnamed boy were her grandparents and not so nicely suggests that Tink leave the premises, which are her inheritance. Hope and Tink quickly come to odds. “Excuse me,” Tink says, but before you make yourself at home, Hope, I have a few questions for you—” “No, you don’t.” Hope’s voice is less kind now. “Yes, I do,” Tink insists. She is perfectly capable of serving that tone right back. This back and forth timeframe works to deepen characterization, and to fill the plot with intrigue and mystery. The last of the trio of viewpoints is told in first-person. This too, works marvelously, for the reader is given a someone, a something, to trust, a voice purportedly not prejudiced or invested. I highly recommend this novel—for adults and for YA readers; for straight, queer, or questioning. Love—whether misplaced, unrequited, maternal, or fulfilled—fills it with a moving and tasteful presence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Tink and Wendy is a retelling of the classic story of Peter Pan with a queer twist. When Hope Darling, Wendy's granddaughter, finds Tink in the old Darling mansion the story unfolds of a love triangle in which Tink was in love with both Peter and Wendy. This book was interesting. I liked the idea of exploring these well known characters and giving them more depth. The story is told in three parts...past, present, and the history of Neverland. I think the past and the present really helped flesh Tink and Wendy is a retelling of the classic story of Peter Pan with a queer twist. When Hope Darling, Wendy's granddaughter, finds Tink in the old Darling mansion the story unfolds of a love triangle in which Tink was in love with both Peter and Wendy. This book was interesting. I liked the idea of exploring these well known characters and giving them more depth. The story is told in three parts...past, present, and the history of Neverland. I think the past and the present really helped flesh out the story overall, but the history of Neverland was a bit confusing to read and dragged at certain points. Overall, I enjoyed the twist on this fairy tale, but it parts of it got a little muddled and wordy. I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to Edelweiss and Three Rooms Press for this ARC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim McGee

    An interesting spin on the classic Peter Pan from Tink's point of view. Tink was caught between love and jealousy of Peter's obsession with Wendy. This parallel world shows what happened when Peter and Tink went to the Darling house broke the rules and stayed. Not to give too much away but since Tink lives a long time without showing age it is easy for her to quietly keep an eye on the Darlings until she meets a young woman who makes everything change. This is a very clever take on growing up, l An interesting spin on the classic Peter Pan from Tink's point of view. Tink was caught between love and jealousy of Peter's obsession with Wendy. This parallel world shows what happened when Peter and Tink went to the Darling house broke the rules and stayed. Not to give too much away but since Tink lives a long time without showing age it is easy for her to quietly keep an eye on the Darlings until she meets a young woman who makes everything change. This is a very clever take on growing up, love, loss and family wherever you find it. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Minton

    Different tale on a classic

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ada

    Wonderful plot twists, really exciting and fast paced, very much enjoyed this. Many thanks to the author for writing such a fun book and I’d love to see more of these retellings ✨

  14. 5 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    This was a really sweet story. Peter Pan is intentionally underwritten and really just a wood character in the tale but I liked the rest!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    I was so excited to receive an early reviews copy of Tink and Wendy from LibraryThing. Overall I found it to be beautifully written and from start to finish had my emotions tightly in its grasp. I love a good retelling and this was such an interesting take on the Peter Pan story. Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a magical and heart wrenching tale about love, loss, and learning to live with grief.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Spent most of a Saturday reading the entirety of 'Tink and Wendy' and really enjoyed this re-telling of 'Peter Pan'. Full review to follow. Spent most of a Saturday reading the entirety of 'Tink and Wendy' and really enjoyed this re-telling of 'Peter Pan'. Full review to follow.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evren

    3.5/5 I didn’t expect this review to be as hard as it is to write but, in all honesty, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about some parts of this book. The concept for this book was really interesting to me. A book split between the past, the present, and sections from a history book written about Neverland. A queer adaptation of Peter Pan. I was so interested in this book. I was provided an eARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Tinker Bell is in love with Peter Pan. O 3.5/5 I didn’t expect this review to be as hard as it is to write but, in all honesty, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about some parts of this book. The concept for this book was really interesting to me. A book split between the past, the present, and sections from a history book written about Neverland. A queer adaptation of Peter Pan. I was so interested in this book. I was provided an eARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Tinker Bell is in love with Peter Pan. One day they leave Neverland and wind-up stumbling across the Darlings. Peter is immediately infatuated with Wendy and wants to stay. Years in the future Wendy’s granddaughter comes across Tink living on the Darling’s land and persuades her to tell the story of Wendy. Segments from Never: A History are used to provide additional information about Neverland, Tink, and Peter. I want to start my review with the parts of this book that I really enjoyed. I really, really liked how Tink bonded with Wendy. They bonded over being the mature ones in the group, but it was clear that there was something lingering between them even if neither was keen to put it into the world. It was cute and wholesome, though I do wish there had been more bonding. In that same vein, I really liked the interactions between Tink and Hope. Neither of them really wants to rehash their past but they do open up and talk to each other. It was nice and I really enjoyed that they seemed like family by the end of their conversations. Also, they had some of my favorite scenes from the book. The best thing about this book, to me, was the portrayal of Peter Pan. This wasn’t a kid who was perfect and wholesome. He was a bit of an annoying brat who was prone to jealous temper tantrums. Jacobson wrote Peter Pan exactly how a kid like Peter likely would have ended up. He was self-serving and sometimes malicious, he had to be the best at everything. It was perfect. I’m not a huge fan of the Neverland book sections. Some of them are interesting, but I found that I skimmed a few of them that weren’t able to hold my attention. I am now very invested in Captain Hook’s story and I kind of wanted him to have a happy ending. I really liked the backstory given to him. My least favorite part of this book is the ending. This is the part that really took me out of this story and left me trying to figure out my thoughts about this book. I don’t like how the ending with Peter was handled. I’m not positive why it bothered me so much, but I think I have it nailed down. Throughout the entire book I was unable to believe that Wendy was the love of Peter’s life. It always felt like attraction and infatuation, never honest love. I just would have liked it better if Peter had not gone back. This isn’t a bad book, but I’m not a huge fan of it. There were some typos that made it hard to focus sometimes and some descriptions seemed unnecessary or overly long. It had good points and bad points. I don’t think I’ll ever re-read it, but it’s cute and short if you really just want a queer Peter Pan adaptation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette S.

    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of "Tink and Wendy" in exchange for an honest review. This was an interesting retelling of the story of the relationship between Peter Pan, Tink and Wendy. The writing of this novel was beautiful and very lyrical. It added to the Neverland narrative and helped the reader visualize the story in a very artful way that I very much enjoyed. While I enjoyed the idea of this story I wasn't sure how well the three narratives worked in the story with the Pas Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of "Tink and Wendy" in exchange for an honest review. This was an interesting retelling of the story of the relationship between Peter Pan, Tink and Wendy. The writing of this novel was beautiful and very lyrical. It added to the Neverland narrative and helped the reader visualize the story in a very artful way that I very much enjoyed. While I enjoyed the idea of this story I wasn't sure how well the three narratives worked in the story with the Past, Present, and the blurbs from the Neverland book. I didn't think those blurbs were necessary at all and didn't help progress the story. I found myself skipping through them early on. It might have worked better as small blurbs at the start of a chapter as opposed to a whole chapter dedicated to it. I would have preferred to have more of the book take place in the present with only brief flashbacks to the past. With the flashbacks, I didn't enjoy them and felt like it lacked depth which ultimately lead to the story dragging.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Overby

    ⭐️⭐️ 2/5 Stars 📝 Dual Timeline- Queer YA Let me start by saying that I LOVED the concept behind this book. Tink being in love with both Wendy & Peter and including Wendy & Peter’s granddaughter Hope into the story. Pure gold! Unfortunately the execution of it feel short for me. I found that the storyline had some plot holes and that certain timelines didn’t make sense. This book was written in the Past, Present, and from excerpts from a from a book on Neverland; I found the exempts to be pointless ⭐️⭐️ 2/5 Stars 📝 Dual Timeline- Queer YA Let me start by saying that I LOVED the concept behind this book. Tink being in love with both Wendy & Peter and including Wendy & Peter’s granddaughter Hope into the story. Pure gold! Unfortunately the execution of it feel short for me. I found that the storyline had some plot holes and that certain timelines didn’t make sense. This book was written in the Past, Present, and from excerpts from a from a book on Neverland; I found the exempts to be pointless to the overall story. While I felt like both relationships and the overall story fell flat, I was really disappointed that more attention wasn’t given to Tink & Wendy since that was part of the new concept of the retelling. While this was a really short book as far as page numbers go, it took me a while to get through it. It was just too surface level that nothing really caught my attention or sucked me into the story. *𝖳𝗁𝖺𝗇𝗄 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝗍𝗈 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗎𝖻𝗅𝗂𝗌𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗀𝗂𝖿𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗆𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝖠𝖱𝖢*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    This gorgeously written story is definitely one worth checking out if you’re a fan of Peter Pan and/or sapphic romance. I’m definitely more of the latter than the former, but this book is good even if you’re not keen on Peter Pan because it reinvents it. This one takes place in a more modern era and has two distinct timelines, plus a third reoccurring segment on the history of Neverland. The good: again, the writing. It was lyrical and emotional without being purple; it flowed beautifully. I rea This gorgeously written story is definitely one worth checking out if you’re a fan of Peter Pan and/or sapphic romance. I’m definitely more of the latter than the former, but this book is good even if you’re not keen on Peter Pan because it reinvents it. This one takes place in a more modern era and has two distinct timelines, plus a third reoccurring segment on the history of Neverland. The good: again, the writing. It was lyrical and emotional without being purple; it flowed beautifully. I really cared for the characters - Wendy and Tink especially - and thought the various descriptions were gorgeous. The meh: Peter Pan was a brat, which is fine, but I had difficulty buying his love for Wendy. The pacing in this book wasn’t great; I’ve never been a fan of dual timelines and those plus the history segments threw off a lot of tension. Wish this had been more linear. Overall, this was fun and a quick read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharla

    I don't know how much this added to the Peter Pan canon, but I did appreciate the representation of Tink as more than a twinkling light. And I did like the intermittent history excerpts. I think those more than anything expanded the universe and made me wonder about the larger world that makes Neverland run. (view spoiler)[ And I can't hate that ending. I was legitimately and pleasantly surprised! (hide spoiler)] I don't know how much this added to the Peter Pan canon, but I did appreciate the representation of Tink as more than a twinkling light. And I did like the intermittent history excerpts. I think those more than anything expanded the universe and made me wonder about the larger world that makes Neverland run. (view spoiler)[ And I can't hate that ending. I was legitimately and pleasantly surprised! (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Echo

    Look!! Another queer Peter Pan retelling!!!!!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    2.5 stars. RTC. Thanks to Edelweiss and Three Rooms Press for the eARC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Persephone

    LISTEN this prolly should be five stars but it kind of destroyed my childhood vision of peter pan even more than any other dark peter pan retelling and i just can't deal with that rn sooooooo but also it's kinda gay so there's that :))) LISTEN this prolly should be five stars but it kind of destroyed my childhood vision of peter pan even more than any other dark peter pan retelling and i just can't deal with that rn sooooooo but also it's kinda gay so there's that :)))

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nae

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Sanders

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elonna

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