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Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

themosquitoqueer's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

mysticwiki's review

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4.0

*4.5, also Generally Spoiler Free review with probably *some* bias because Peter Pan was one of my favorite stories as a child (just trying to get some of the thoughts in my head out).

I was extremely excited for this book since its pre-order days. And after enjoying Cemetery Boys, I jumped on the pre-order for this as well because honestly, I'm just really looking forward to what else Aiden Thomas has to offer us. While I knew the basic premise, I wasn't prepared for how easily attached to everything I would get!

Let's talk about the unreliable narrator trope/theme in English Literature. It's something I've been learning about since my high school days, but made its appearance over and over again during my time as an English literature major. I've been seeing a few reviews here and there by other folks about Wendy not necessarily being an enjoyable character or narrator and her being bothersome. And honestly? I get it. Unreliable narrators and characters who don't have clear intentions or motivation can sometimes really get in the way of the actual story, but I might be in the minority here in liking her as a main character because of how flawed she is. I absolutely love unreliable narrators because it makes you question almost every intention and reasoning behind specific things in the literature.

Wendy is an unreliable narrator because her trauma has ultimately made her forget and clouded her judgement. And quite frankly with everything that happened with her and her brothers when they went missing in the woods, I don't blame her at all. Maybe my other bias for liking this story so much is because of how I also deal with my own anxieties and trauma (I'm working on it, don't worry), so Wendy became such a relatable character for me. The book's bittersweet ending still has me reeling, but it's a complete story now and I don't think there needs to be more added. The characters and their experiences exist within a bubble and I think I'll definitely be re-reading this soon. I'm glad I liked this book. I try so hard not to compare other books by the same author to each other in terms of success, but I do hope this one gets some more, if not almost the same, recognition as Cemetery Boys did.

blackcatreading's review against another edition

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5.0

5/5

TW: Desaparición de niñxs, trauma, violencia, acoso, alcoholismo, asesinato y trastorno de ansiedad.

"-¿Podría quedarme contigo?
-Podrías quedarte conmigo-repitió." (P. 392).

Esta historia es un retelling más oscuro de Peter Pan. Aunque cuando leí el clásico original lo encontré bastante oscuro. Pero de la mano de Aiden Thomas, supe desde un inicio que no me decepcionaría.

La historia rápidamente se vuelve un thriller de misterio. Wendy es una buena representación de la culpa del superviviente, y me dio mucha pena leer cuánto sufría por ello, y también como esto definía sus relaciones, su vida y su percepción de sí misma.

Además, fue emocionante ver como esta historia retrata el trauma y el duelo de una manera realista, pero también lleno de magia.

Lo único que lamenté fue que Jordan no tuviera más protagonismo.

Aunque también debo admitir que me costó al principio aceptar la tranquilidad con que Wendy se tomó a Peter y la relación de ellos en un inicio. Honestamente, nunca hubiera confiado en Peter de la manera en que ella lo hizo cuando él era un simple desconocido (según ella). Si yo hubiera sido Wendy, lo primero que pensaría es que él era el secuestrador y que todos mis recuerdos están distorsionados por la inocencia de la niñez.

[SPOILER] También me pareció poco creíble la tranquila reacción de Wendy cuando aceptó que Peter era Peter Pan.

Comentario aparte uno: lamentablemente sentí que no estaba bien hecha la redacción de la traducción o edición del libro. Faltaron varios conectores y habían varios errores de tipeo.

Comentario aparte dos: debería estar prohibido hacer un villano secuestrador de niños y describirlo tan guapo. O tal vez yo fui la rara que encontró guapa la descripción. Acepto críticas con este punto en la reseña jaja.

En resumen, el libro realmente me absorbió y me atrevería a decir que supera al clásico original en el que está basado. Con una cuota precisa de oscuridad que te mantiene tensx, el autor logra también mantener la magia e inocencia de la niñez, mezclando los sueños con las pesadillas, y el amor adolescente, en una historia que te deja un vacío en el pecho cuando la terminas. Mi personaje favorito fue Peter (quien es retratado de una manera mucho más amable que en el cuento original), y creo que el conflicto que este personaje representa (la pérdida de la niñez) lo lleva a la vida de una forma dulce y nostálgica. También me gustó mucho lo bien representado que está la pérdida, el daño que esta produce en las familias y la comunidad, el trastorno del sobreviviente y de ansiedad, y en general los distintos aspectos psicológicos relacionados a la desaparición de un ser cercanx y queridx. Con cada libro que leo de este autor se vuelve más y más en uno de mis favoritos.

booloney's review

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dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

This was a fun twist on a story I love by an author I love! 

historyoftape's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

I struggled to get into this book after having super high expectations for the premise. I'm glad I ended up picking it up again, because the story started picking up a bit just after where I'd stopped. I really enjoyed how it set up my initial suspicions, then made me question them over & over again by
giving what seemed to be clearcut answers that contradicted them, only to have them confirmed in the end

Sometimes I felt the book leaned too much into previous characterizations of Wendy and Peter, but the further on it went the more I could feel the characters becoming the author's own. The ending came about
a little contrived, the fact that all of a sudden she could just decide that now was a good time to remember what happened, but then again, she did just get information that changed what she thought she might remember so I'm not quite sure about how to feel about that
Everything after that point was well thought out, the twist was great, the ending truly bittersweet. And the epilogue was just open enough for me to start spinning my own possibilities.
also, kind of a cool parallel how as a pediatrician Wendy will be helping kids on this side of the afterlife, and Peter will take care of the ones she might not be able to save... A comfort?

One thing I found slightly unrealistic though was that none of the kids spilled the beans on Peter Pan.
The lie of there being a different kidnapper leaves them with a heap of trauma they can't really talk about-at least to their parents. I mean sure, being consistently scared by a shadow to feed it seems hard to explain, but man is that different from mere confinement.

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caseycorp's review

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challenging dark emotional mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

story_thief's review

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3.0

Recommend for fans of [b:Story Thieves Complete Collection: Story Thieves; The Stolen Chapters; Secret Origins; Pick the Plot; Worlds Apart|35297689|Story Thieves Complete Collection Story Thieves; The Stolen Chapters; Secret Origins; Pick the Plot; Worlds Apart|James Riley|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1507457381l/35297689._SX50_.jpg|56664429] who grew up.

polkadotgirl's review

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2.0

2.5/ 5 stars:

I wanted to love this book so much but it wasn't for me. It read very young and the characters and plot didn't compel me at all.

ysary's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

Great original retelling of Peter Pan. 

thecharnelraven's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional inspiring mysterious
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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