Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Retelling, YA Mystery Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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!