9 May 2014

Girl Lost ARC Review and Tour

Girl Lost
by Nazarea Andrews

What they say: 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.

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Author Spotlight: 

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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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say (review): I'm always a bit sceptical of modern reworks/retellings because unless they're done really well they can almost spoil the original. In Girl Lost Nazarea Andrews takes on the task of retelling Peter Pan by giving it a modern YA/NA twist. 

Girl Lost is definitely more edgy than the original and the characters have been 'aged up'. The main character is 19-year-old Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Barrie. Gwen has spent the last few years in a mental institution trying to recover from the horrific circumstances surrounding her parents deaths.  

Before the book begins Gwen suffered a psychotic break and as a result she has delusions of an island and a character she refers to as 'The Boy'. The clever part of the story is how Nazarea mixes the present, past and Gwen's delusions to the point where she's not sure what is real and whether these delusions are a mental breakdown or memories. The reader is also left pondering Gwen's sanity!

Now at Uni, Gwen struggles to maintain her sanity and absolve the past. I loved seeing the modern representations reworked from J.M. Barries original. The frat house idea is brilliant and I loved how possessive, yet naive her Peter is. 

There are some sexy scenes so I would say this one isn't for younger readers but these scenes didn't seem out of place in this slightly sinister retelling. I was both intrigued and annoyed by Peter's mysteriousness because I wanted him to open up to Gwen. 

Without spoiling anything I will say the ending of the book is very open so I wouldn't be surprised if there is a sequel. That being said, I was happy with the ending, as I often prefer leaving things to the imagination.

4 Stars in my Sky!


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