LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS BY AIDEN THOMAS
Genre: Retellings, Mystery
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Rating: 3.87 stars (Goodreads)
Summary: 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.
It took me a while a understand how to feel about this book. I can understand why Cemetery Boys was picked to be the first published by the author, since if this one was the first book i read by Aiden i don’t know if i would keep reading books by them.
This is the story of Peter Pan, but a different one, and i gotta say that i read Peter Pan previously this year so i could understand what was going on with this story. I adored the idea of Peter Pan before i read the original book, and i LOVED the story it told when i read it, but i lost a little of the magic because of this book.
Peter Pan isn’t supposed to grow up, which happens to him in this book because his shadow escaped from him and became evil. (I don’t think that’s a spoiler). In this book Wendy, an 18 y/o girl who lost her brothers at the age of 12 meets again Peter although she has no memories of him, only the stories her mother used to tell her and her brothers of him.
The story is pretty simple, children start getting lost in the woods, and Peter appears and tells Wendy she has to help him. He never forgot her, which changes all the dinamics of Peter Pan for me and it feels kind of wrong.
Please don’t get me wrong, i did enjoy reading the book, i just, Peter Pan it’s the nostalgic idea of him not rememebering to come back, or not realizing he is taking with him a different person, because he has the memory of a child and sometimes he forgets things that happen.
Since Peter was growing up i didn’t know how to feel about the story, it felt somewhat wrong.
I know the story of Peter Pan is somehow sad, and it is supposed to be because we all grow up, but he stays a little boy, it’s like the little prince, a sad story with a great idea behind.
But i’m not here to talk about the original story, am i?
So the mystery is somewhat obvious, the shadow is kidnapping children, and Wendy needs to help Peter stop it.
Something a person told me about the books Aiden writes is that there is a story happening but somehow a lot of little things that makes no sense while waiting for the big finale like, why would they stop to eat ice-cream when something like that is happening? Why wouldn’t they just face the shadow as soon as possible? Why did the days have to pass by without them doing anything?
I feel like the story dragged a little at times, to make a full book.
Still, it is an entertaining book, but not more than that.
I didn’t feel the magic of Peter Pan in it.
Overall i give it 3.5 stars, i was more impressed by Cemetery Boys than this one.
What about you? Have you read the book? What was your impression of it? Leave your comment down below!