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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.
This is your next read. Or it should be anyway. Nazarea Andrews has taken a much loved classic and made it her own, in this modern day retelling of the boy who never grew up.
Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan and Wendy, and when I heard that this author was going to be basing a book on it, I was full of intrigue. And do you know what?
I loved it even more than I thought I would.
I could not put this book down! At. All. My Kindle was permanently attached to my hand from beginning to end whilst reading GIRL LOST, and when it was over, there was a fair bit of pouting because I really didn’t want it to end.
And even though I’ve seen multiple versions of this story over the years on film, I was hooked on this book, and constantly wondering how the author would pull off the magical element that the story is known for, and I loved that it was something hinted at, rather than shown, for the majority of the book.
There are a few loose ends to this story, that I’m hoping will be tied up nicely as the story continues in a novella from Peter’s POV later this year.
Nazarea Andrews has a great mind for storytelling, and I definitely plan on reading more by her in the future.
GIRL LOST is a truly fantastic read.
“I’m a greedy thief. Don’t you know I would only ever want forever?”
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*
As a writer, I go into each book knowing that it will present unique and unusual difficulties. And I can never predict what that will be. Girl Lost was no different.
The book was progressing nicely. I actually remember telling one of my friends how easy it was. And then it came time for their first kiss.
And Peter? He completely shut down. I was blocked for daaays. It was ridiculous. I sat around wondering what the hell was going on.
Eventually, I got through it and moved forward in the book. And the next time things got a little hot, things stopped dead in the tracks.
And I figured it out. This was the hardest part of the book. I was treating Peter like a typical guy. And he’s not. He’s an eternal child. THE boy who never grew up. And to take that person and try to put them into a situation that is….not childish…well. It was incredibly difficult.
It was frustrating especially because sexy times are usually my favorite easiest part to write.
Fortunately, Peter and Gwendy got through it. And I really think you’ll like it!! Please drop me a line @NazareaAndrews and let me know what you think!
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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Nazarea Andrews is agented, and all inquiries about rights should be directed to Michelle Johsnon of Inklings Literary.