It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Title: Lost in the Never Woods
By Aiden Thomas
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: March 23rd 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
I don’t even know where to start. I have, as you all may have read, been in a reading slump but this book pulled me out as if it were a lifeline. I absolutely adored Cemetery Boys. I preordered this book the moment its title dropped pretty much and I am also a HUGE fan of Peter Pan. This was going to be pretty much a win for me or a destroyer of my faith in fangirling (Jk). Luckily it wasn’t the latter!
Thomas’ writing style continues to impress me, it’s full of life and the ragged grief and sorrow that can be felt from the characters straight into your own heart. Wendy Darling is a girl in Astoria who has no idea what happened to her brothers and herself or why she was the only one they found. But now other children are going missing and the town looks to Wendy, wondering if there’s a connection, if she knows more than she’s said all these years.
Seriously this book had me extremely emotional. Wendy suffers from PTSD and some severe symptoms from it and the anxiety born from it.
Thomas also did such a beautiful job on Peter Pan himself, keeping faithful and modernizing the boy who never grew up. He is as mysterious and playful as ever but he also seems more real, which is part of the issue for Peter Pan in the book, but, I’ll save that for you all to explore.
Pacing was excellent, there was this creepiness that you could always feel should have been under the surface in the Barry’s tale and having it drawn out properly made this a fantastic read.
Beautiful and stunning, this novel is one of my favorite reads of 2021 and on my overall favorites shelf on GR now.
5/5 cups of coffee from me! Thanks so much to XpressoTours, Netgalley, and the publisher for an eARC of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour!
About the Author
Aiden Thomas is a New York Times Bestselling author with an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, Oregon. As a queer, trans Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, winning Jenga, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.
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