Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas. This tour is being hosted by xpresso tours.
Lost in the Never Woods
by Aiden Thomas
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: March 23rd 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
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.
Cemetery Boys was one of my favorite books for 2020, so I had pretty high hopes for Lost in the Never Woods. Sadly, I didn’t like it as much. But it was still a good book. My main issues with the book were in the first half. I loved the second half.
Wendy Darling and her brothers went missing years earlier. Wendy came back with no memories, but her brothers never did. Wendy was gone for six months. Since then, she’s been afraid of the woods. Lately Wendy has been drawing pictures with no knowledge of doing it. It’s always the same two things. One is a tree. The other is Peter Pan. Wendy’s mom used to tell stories about Peter Pan and now Wendy tells them to the kids at the hospital. She’s driving home one day and thinks she hits something dark. When she stops, she sees a boy in the road. When she got close, Wendy realized it looked just like the Peter Pan from her stories, but older. Wendy must be imagining things. But when the boy wakes up, he knows her name. Things get weird from there. Peter needs help finding his shadow. It’s draining him of his magic and he’s aging. Kids in town are going missing again, too. Peter reminds Wendy of some of the things from Neverland, but she also starts dreaming of her time there. Wendy wants to find her brothers, but she has to help Peter in order to do that. Peter isn’t always telling the truth about things and everything comes out at the end of the book.
As I mentioned above, my issues were with the first half of the book. I felt like not a lot was happening and it was very repetitive with Wendy thinking it can’t be Peter Pan. The story really starts to pick up about halfway through. There are some heavier parts, especially the grief from the loss of the boys. I liked the pacing of the second half and I liked the darker turn the book took later on.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for abduction, death, grief.
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