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Lost in the Never Woods de Aiden Thomas
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Lost in the Never Woods (2021 original; edició 2020)

de Aiden Thomas

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Títol:Lost in the Never Woods
Autors:Aiden Thomas
Informació:New York : Swoon Reads, 2020.
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Etiquetes:to-read, fantasy, mystery, mystery-paranormal, mystery-young-adult

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Lost in the Never Woods de Aiden Thomas (2021)

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No agency for the protagonist. ( )
  DesertMoon | Oct 11, 2021 |
Do you ever just buy a book solely based on the cover? Well, I certainly do! That’s how I ended up with Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas. Of course, I was even more excited when I found out that it is a retelling of Peter Pan. I love fantasy books in general, but I especially adore retellings.

Thomas does a fantastic job of recreating the childhood bond between Wendy and Peter, which ultimately develops into a cute romance. I also enjoyed how Thomas made the central storyline about missing children, and more specifically, Wendy’s missing brothers. The mystery in addition to the fantasy aspects made the book hard to put down.

While I didn’t love the ending because I felt like it was left a little too open-ended, the rest of the book was riveting. I was constantly wondering about Wendy’s lost memories, which added more suspense to the novel.

But honestly, this novel was so much deeper than a suspense story or a cute romance. It had powerful messages about living with guilt and the importance of closure and family. It’s not exactly rare that I cry when reading a moving book, but all the same this book definitely brought a tear to my eye. So, if you’re looking for a book that has fun and fantastical aspects, but also has deeper meanings, then you can’t go wrong with Lost in the Never Woods! ( )
  TheBiasedBibliophile | Aug 16, 2021 |
Thomas' reimagining of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling brings such a sense of reality and danger into the childhood story, it's truly breathtaking. Almost from the moment I picked this book up, I felt as if I was holding my breath--I was entranced by the story and Thomas' dynamic take on the characters, while at the same time somewhat heartbroken for whatever might be coming, knowing that the characters' very identities and situations meant that any possible ending would be difficult for someone, on some level. Around two thirds of the way in, I found myself clutching the book with tears running down my face, though there was nothing so sad going on the page, and I had to make myself take a break--I wasn't ready to come to the end.

The odd thing about this book is that it almost demands too much of a reader in some ways--it asks that you open yourself back up to the wonder of the story of Peter Pan, and engage with a child's wonder, while at the same time seeing everything as an adult--with attendant adult realities and heartbreaks sitting in the wings, demanding attention. As such, there's a weight to this book that I haven't often encountered, and at times it felt almost unbearable, in the most powerful way possible.

Thomas is undoubtedly a talented storyteller, and I look forward to reading more of his works, powerful as this one was. Granted, I wish the editors had taken a heavier red pen in cutting out some adverbs/telling, but for the most part, I really enjoyed his writing and style--particularly once I was a few pages in and the story picked up. Especially since this one relied quite a bit on the original characters built into the Peter Pan story, I'm anxious to see what he'll do with characters that are 100% his own creation.

Meanwhile, I absolutely recommend this book. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Jul 5, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book, I got a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to review. Previous to reading this book I read Thomas’s “Cemetery Boys” and thought it was okay but not great.

Story (3/5): I wasn't a huge fan of this book and almost stopped reading it about 60% of the way through. Things just move really slow in this book and are very predictable. I am usually a huge fan of Peter Pan retellings, but this was just so slow and I had a lot of trouble relating to the characters here.

Most of this story isn’t really about magic but about Wendy learning to accept events in her past and move on. She is on the cusp of going to college and needs to start looking forward.

Characters (3/5): The story is told completely from Wendy’s perspective and I had trouble relating to her. She just kind of floats through her life, interacting very little with anyone until she is forced to. She is supposed to be entering college soon but felt more like she was in middle school or just starting high school; she just seems really immature at times. I didn’t even enjoy Peter all that much and I thought he would be my favorite. There is a supposed type of budding romance between the two that feels a bit off because Peter is used to being a young kid and generally acts a lot younger than his age.

Setting (3/5): I loved that there is a dark woods type of setting here The story takes place in a modern day small town setting. The mysterious woods are used as a backdrop for some of the more intense scenes (if you can call anything in here intense) but most of the book takes place at Wendy’s house or at the hospital she volunteers at.

Writing Style (3/5): Technically this is well written. I like the precise language Thomas uses but there are just such large portions where nothing much happens. I was hoping for something more mysterious and fast-paced. This is much more introspective and the reader spends a long time watching things unravel very slowly only to get to a “big” reveal that feels predictable and abrupt. I was left feeling like, ”I stuck with this book for so long for that??!!” To be fair I wasn’t a huge fan of “Cemetary Boys” either so Thomas’s story style just doesn’t seem to mesh well with my expectations. If you want to start reading Thomas, “Cemetery Boys” was definitely the better book.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this is a Peter Pan retelling I could have done without. The story just creeps along and the reveal was disappointing. I have read a bevy of Peter Pan retellings and this was among the weaker of them. This is the second Aiden Thomas book I have felt very mediocre about and don’t plan on continuing to read Thomas’s future books.

If you are looking for some good Peter Pan retellings I would recommend the following: “Peter and the Starcatchers” by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson (pre story trilogy to Peter Pan, middle grade reading level), “The Child Thief” by Brom (very dark and adult retelling but amazing!), “Neverland” by Joe Brusha (very dark and adult graphic novel retelling, beautiful illustration), “Alias Hook” by Lisa Jensen (wonderful Peter Pan tale from Hook’s perspective, a bit of time travel, really loved it), and “The Wendy Project” by Osborne and Fish (YA graphic novel, loved the illustration, neat blend of fantasy and reality),

I have also read a few Peter Pan retellings that have been very mediocre: “Wendy Darling” by Colleen Oakes (kind of follows the Disney version of Peter Pan, pretty boring and not that well written) and “Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook” by Chistine Henry (moves very slow and an anti-climatic reveal), “The Promised Neverland” by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu (YA manga series that is a blend of fantasy and horror, decent and I enjoyed the first few volumes I read).

Hopefully you find the above list of Peter Pan retellings helpful. I also have “Wendy, Darling” by A.C Wise on my plate to review soon...so keep your eyes out for that in the next month or so. ( )
  krau0098 | May 19, 2021 |
Promises to be a really good book with excellent narration. Lived up to it's promise. A completely new look at the saga of Peter Pan, very interesting.

When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can't remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.

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 the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road...

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods. ( )
  Gmomaj | Apr 29, 2021 |
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