|| Book Review || Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas ||
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: March 23rd 2021
I had such high hopes for this one, I really did.
I haven’t yet read Cemetery Boys but many of my friends have and it comes highly recommended however this book really stood out to me as I haven’t really seen many Peter Pan retellings and it just sounded so good and I thought coming from such a highly recommended author that it was going to be amazing.
After reading this I was left feeling like it was a bit middle of the road really. It wasn’t exactly bad but it wasn’t very good either.
As a retelling it had some interesting parts and I do think it had a solid enough start and a pretty satisfying ending but everything in the middle was just… meh?
So basically in this book we have 18 year old Wendy Darling… 5 years ago she and her brothers went missing in the woods by their house and only Wendy returned 6 months later with no memories of where she had been or what happened to her. John and Michael never returned, leaving her family broken.
Wendy tries to move on with her life but is constantly tormented by thoughts of her brothers and also Peter Pan. She can’t understand why she keeps drawing the boy from her stories and a mysterious tree… it makes no sense and seems to happen without conscious thought.
Suddenly children start disappearing again in similar circumstances to Wendy and her brothers and for some reason everyone starts looking at her for answers but Wendy has no idea until the boy she has been drawing suddenly becomes real.
Peter Pan appears in the road after Wendy’s car is hit by a weird black mass. Peter begs Wendy to help him find his shadow and sew it back on like she did before. Wendy doesn’t remember ever doing that and finds it all very hard to believe.
The story then follows Peter and Wendy as she works to restore her memories of those 6 missing months and find Peter’s shadow who is the villain of this story.
It is well written, atmospheric and all very dark and gloomy but overall it is really, really slow and just a slog to get through. The relationships and friendships are boring and feel quite forced and there is very little magic to speak of and it all just feels really dull.
There was no point in the story where I felt particularly absorbed or connected and I was never excited to pick it up to see what would happen next. It was interesting enough to keep me reading but not exciting.
As I said it wasn’t bad but it just wasn’t good and I think it is one that I will forget about pretty easily. I am still keen to read Cemetery Boys as I do really like this author’s style, this book just didn’t really do it for me.
Just because I didn’t like it though doesn’t mean that you won’t so if you like a slow burn retelling that is well written and atmospheric then this could be your next favourite book!