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Review: Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews

Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews
New Adult, Fairytale Retelling
Ebook $2.99 (342 pages, A&A LITERARY)
Northern was supposed to be a fresh start—a place where people didn’t know who I was or how I had spent years in and out of mental institutes. People didn't know about my parents death or the island no one heard of. But when Peter sits next to me in lit class, I can’t stop the memories, and I don’t want to. He looks too much like the boy from the island, and despite my best intentions, coaxes my secrets from me.
He’s gorgeous, irresistible, a little mad, and completely lost—we are a pair of broken cogs in a world neither of us truly fits into. He is somehow gentle and fierce, heartbreaking in his devotion and savage in his defense.
When Belle, his best friend, shows up, pale and lovely and sick, Peter pulls away from me, a startling withdrawal. It’s a relationship that scares and confuses me. She is at times warm and friendly, and other times is violent and unpredictable.
Peter says that he wants me, but refuses to let himself get close. And there are secrets, surrounding both of us, that border on nightmares. As the memories close in, as Belle gets sicker and more violent, I’m torn between what is true and what I believe, and what this magical boy knows about my mysterious past.
Author Site: website

Angsty and strange, couldn't get past the squickies (3 stars)

Even though I finished GIRL LOST about a week ago I've got to admit I'm still having a tough time chewing on this one. I was pretty stoked to see a Peter Pan retelling from Wendy's perspective but ultimately I'm still really squicked out... you can make Peter Pan into a 'man' but I know I won't be the only reader who was disturbed by the sex scenes.

If I could get over being creeped out by the detailed sex scenes with a character that I, personally, can never quite see as old enough for such things I would probably have liked it considerably. It's a strange and atmospheric new adult read, riddled with angst and Andrews has a writing style that's sure to take her far in the genre.

Gwendy is a hard to like character but somehow even I was lured into giving a hoot whether she was able to hang onto her sanity. The retelling is certainly an odd take and just when I was starting to get into it and think I might give it a higher rating it abruptly ended. I have no idea what Andrews intended with such an ending because it wasn't so much a cliff hanger as a full stop. It fit the story's own mysteriousness to be sure but might leave some readers scrunching up there faces in puzzlement.

Notes: ARC received via author.

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