Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to survive. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love her.
But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her–now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn’t just destroy me–its killing Neverland.
I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.
Peter Pan has grown up and found the girl who left–but the stakes are higher than ever in this romantic conclusion to the story begun in Girl Lost.
I didn’t read Girl Lost, so I didn’t know what to expect other than it’s a modern retelling of Peter Pan and that was good enough for me. Told from Peter’s point of view, it definitely picks up where Girl Lost left off, but Nazarea Andrews does an excellent job of providing just enough backstory at just the right moment to make sure I didn’t get lost.
This grown up character is tough and broken. He’s trying to save Tinkerbelle (aka Tiny) who is threatened along with Pan’s island because Gwendy no longer believes. He needs Gwendy to believe again to save both, but she thinks her time on the island was all a figment of her messed up mind.
The plot is pretty straightforward. Peter needs to save Belle and the island, but he needs to convince Gwen to believe again. The fact that he’s lost her and doesn’t know how to live without her is the subplot that drives a fair amount of angst in the short 43 pages. It’s a darker tale than the Disney version, but has far more depth and raw emotion.
There was probably extensive world building done in Girl Lost that spills over into Forever Found. This is the one area where I felt like I had to play catch up and never quite got there. But assuming the world building was done in Girl Lost, I’d say the extension is into the sequel is complete. There are definitely rules and a world order that come into play that I’ll have to learn about when I read Book 1.
Peter is complex, damaged and sympathetic. I had less of a feel for Gwen, but I think that’s because Girl Lost is told from her point of view and therefore it’s assumed the reader understands her. The rest of the characters weren’t particularly deep in this novella, but again, this is Peter’s story and he’s really well done.
Top Five Things I Enjoyed About Girl Lost
1. Peter’s loyalty to Belle/Tiny. That kind of friendship is rare and beautiful.
2. Peter’s love of Gwen. The fact that he’d do anything for her is sweet and tells us a lot about his character.
3. The conflict. There’s a lot of it. Peter seems to be at odds with everyone, but it keeps the story moving at a clipped pace.
4. The ending. Won’t spoil it, but I didn’t see this bittersweet twist coming at all.
5. Gwen. She’s a free spirit, damage and all. I can’t wait to get to know her in Girl Lost.
I was never a fan of the story of Peter Pan until now. The author drew me in and made me care.
I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Forever Found
Series: Neverland Lost #2
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
About the Author
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 is the author of the University of Branton series, Neverland Found series and Edge of the Falls.
She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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