REVIEW: LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS by AIDEN THOMAS

To read the synopsis on this book, click the following links to The StoryGraph or Goodreads.

Before I get into the actual review, let me tell you the story of how I picked this book up (since it is not at all along the lines of what I typically read). While in the library with my two little kids a few weeks ago, I got the wild idea to try to pick out a book for myself – this task can feel impossible for moms chasing multiple kids that get “bored” easily (my 5 year old) or walk away (my 1 year old). So I frantically did a search on Google for “YA horror books 2021”, because I wanted something a little scary, but not “keep me up at night” scary. While scrolling the lists and frantically searching the library catalog, I was able to snag a few off the shelves without reading the synopsis (because, again, kids) and ended up bringing it home.

Alas, this is how Lost in the Never Woods ended up in my hands (and ears, after I checked out the audiobook as well in case I didn’t have time to read the print), and the story of how I accidentally read a Peter Pan retelling/spinoff. What’s the difference in a retelling and a spinoff? I’m not sure, but here we are.

Without further adieu, here are 4 things I really enjoyed about this novel:

  1. The atmospheric writing! Loved the description of the woods, the scenery, and the overall spooky vibe of the book. It was entertaining without making me question every noise in my house in the midnight hours.
  2. The mystery of the book – our main character, Wendy, had a large period of time where she lost her memory, and we are just as in the dark about it as she is. I loved uncovering all of it with her.
  3. The ending had me super surprised and honestly wasn’t something I was even expecting to see resolved. Love that it took me by surprise.
  4. Peter Pan himself was just so delightful. I loved his character.

Here is one thing I felt could’ve been done better in the book (this is a mild spoiler so proceed with caution):

  1. The weird chemistry between Wendy and Peter. Were they friends? Did they want to be more? I was just super confused. I don’t know the full original Peter Pan story so I wasn’t sure what to think, but it felt a little “off” and forced.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story! 4 stars.

Content warnings:

Anxiety
Trauma/flashbacks
Blood
Death of a child
Murder
Gun violence
Kidnapping
Disappearance of a child & family members
Car accident (minor)

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