Thank you to Swoon Reads for providing me with an e-ARC of Lost in the Never Woods in exchange for an honest review!
Synopsis: 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.
Lost in the Never Woods Review
Listen, I screeched when the e-mail offering me Lost in the Never Woods landed in my notifications. I had recently read the three chapter sampler & just knew that I needed this book in my life. Past Becca did not let me down; as soon as I finished reading the ARC, I pre-ordered a final copy (+ signed up for the pre-order incentives!)
Prior to reading Lost in the Never Woods, I was already a huge fan of Peter Pan — the concept of this character, along with its movie renditions, Kingdom Hearts appearances & collection of written re-tellings — all of it is golden. I did not think that Aiden Thomas’s characterization would make me love him even more, but here we are. He’s such a fun character with some of the best dialogue & his relationship with Wendy is chef’s kiss.
Speaking of Wendy Darling, Aiden gives us a protagonist that you can’t help but root for. A character we typically know as a little girl grows up in Lost in the Never Woods. We meet her as she’s preparing for her future, while also dealing with the loss of her brothers & trying to remember what happened when she disappeared. Aiden’s writing forced me to feel all of the emotions that Wendy had to deal with making me love this book on a deeper level.
Reading Lost in the Never Woods felt like an experience that I never wanted to leave. I loved being in this universe & getting to know both Peter Pan and Wendy. This retelling is definitely not as bright as the Disney cartoon; Aiden puts a few dark twists throughout the read which is perfect for those who love a bit of edge and horror-adjacent in our read.
Lost in the Never Woods is a book that I definitely recommend to those who love a bit of fantasy set in the real world, those who love fairytales & if you’re looking for a new ship to cry over.