Saturday, May 3, 2014

Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews Blog Tour + Review

Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Publisher: A&A Literary
Publication Date: May 1, 2014

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.


Review: Honestly, I was not sure how to feel about this book when I first read the synopsis. I was never a big fan of Peter Pan myself growing up. I did like Hook, but that was a pretty different thing, I think. Perhaps that was why I wanted to give this one a try. I really, really do want to like Peter Pan, and I thought that I might end up liking a retelling more than I liked the original story. Luckily for me, I was right about that. 

This book was a fun read, and one that I wanted to continue with and not put down (unfortunately I could not do that as I had to take breaks to work and everything, how lame!), but I was always eager to pick it back up and to figure out what was going on with Gwendolyn. I was interested from the beginning, wanting to know why everyone (including herself) seemed to think that she was crazy, that she had spent a lot of her past seeing things and making up stories that apparently could never be true. 

From the beginning it was difficult not to like Peter as well, though it was clear that he had secrets of his own. Perhaps that was what I liked so much about them and their romance; they both has issues and were both trying to figure each other out. I think that always adds interest to a love story; no one wants the characters to be laid out in the open without any issues or barriers to break through. Overall, I do think that it was a very well done retelling, and I enjoyed that the story was in modern times and with college-aged characters. I would definitely recommend the book to others.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

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.
You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Nazarea Andrews is agented, and all inquiries about rights should be directed to Michelle Johsnon of Inklings Literary.


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