{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Girl Lost
Title: Girl Lost
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Date of Publication: 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.

*Suitable for 17+. A romantic contemporary retelling of the boy who never grew up.

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Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Kelly of InkSlinger PR and Nazarea for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I immediately signed up for this tour because PETER PAN RETELLING. Retellings have always been a hit or miss with me but this would be the first time I'll read one of Peter Pan. Guys, Peter Pan. Can you feel my giddiness? I don't know about you but Pan has always been a childhood fairytale crush because when you're a kid, who doesn't want to be Wendy? Or at least wish he'll take you to Neverland? So with all my excitement for this novel came the expectations I can't shed. And I am more than glad that GIRL LOST didn't disappoint me.

Ask Nina, Charlie and Sab, and they'll tell you that I've been pimping and spazzing about GIRL LOST all the time I was reading it. First, the set-up was obviously well thought of. Gwen was diagnosed crazy, plagued with memories of an island that doesn't exist, memories of a boy. She's grasping on her sanity with all her might, to be able to function and be normal. But then the grown-up version of the boy from the island shows up on her first day at Northern, and the memories rush back to her. I read the blurb of the novel but it didn't really register to me as I was just delighted that it's inspired by Peter Pan. But right off the bat, when I started this novel, I was in awe of how Nazarea took Peter Pan and melded it into a contemporary new adult romance that is both engaging and intriguing. I thought since I know how Wendy's story rolls, I wouldn't be as invested as I was. But I was so wrong. The parallelisms of the tale to the novel were amazing and great. I kept on wondering how Nazarea will spin this tale off and each time, I ended up awed and begging for more.

If this novel weren't a Peter Pan retelling, I think I would have hated Peter. He was a stalker and was very possessive of Gwen - two things I really don't like in guys. It's so caveman-y. But since this is Peter and I am unapologetically biased and I understand why he's like that, I loved it. I love the mischief in his eyes, the smirk, the clumsiness, the hesitance, everything. He was exotic and enigmatic and you just can't get enough. Even though I ached for Lane, the other guy, all throughout, I know that Peter's the one I'm shipping with Gwen.

Gwen is surrounded by a family that loves her so much and her relationship with her brother Micah was so sweet. Micah worries over her and protects her, even if he's tired of it. Family love is just like that. No matter how deep you go off the end, how much you unravel, they'll still love you and care for you. Gwen's family in Northern - her roommate Orchid and her boyfriend James - were also such big help to her. James, you all know who James is, and he's so fun to read. Charmingly sexy, dangerous and always drunk, that James. His concern for Gwen was so endearing and his love for Orchid, sigh. They accepted Gwen even how "crazy" she is, even though she wouldn't share anything about herself.

As for the romance between Peter and Gwen, it was like drugs. There were highs and there were lows and you're just with Gwen all the time. You wonder, along with her, why Peter isn't around then experience whiplash when he arrives but then leaves again. It's kind of unhealthy but unhealthy romances are the most delicious romances, am I right? Plus, this is a new adult novel so beware that some scenes are steamy and definitely not for young readers. They were sexy but not too graphic, which I appreciated very much because I don't want having dirty thoughts from now on when I encounter anything Peter Pan. Haha!

I think this could be one of the shortest reviews I've written since I can't talk much about the plot and I want you to read about all the parallelisms by yourself. So let's just get to that ending. I was at 98% and it felt like so much hasn't been resolved so I was a bit scared that this is going to be a series. And when I reached the end, I couldn't believe it. That was it??? Then I calmed down and realized that it was for the best. It could have a sequel but I think it's for the best that it's a bit open-ended. Now that I've been thinking about it, it's a fit ending for the story. And I applaud Nazarea all the more for writing it this way.

All in all, I highly recommend this to new adult readers who love retellings. It's obvious it's inspired by Peter Pan but it is also different enough that you are still fascinated and interested in how the story will go. I will definitely read more from Nazarea Andrews.

About Nazarea Andrews

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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4 comments:

  1. Awesome cover. Glad to see you enjoyed it! Great review, girlie!! :)

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    1. I like the cover too. And Lisa, you spoil me with your compliments. Thank you! <3

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  2. Great review! This sounds like a very interesting book!

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    1. Thanks! And it is. You should totally check it out. :)

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