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Lost in the Never Woods

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  68 reviews
When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempt
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 23rd 2021 by Swoon Reads
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May 16, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
These 2021 cover reveals are killing me!!!

More purple for my bookshelves. Honestly, I am overwhelmed.

Do we live in the best time for book covers, or what!?

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 19, 2020 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult

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Astoria, Oregon?!! My brother lived there when he was in the Coast Guard—a beautiful, charming little coastal town with steeeep roads and where the iconic Goonies and The Kindergarten Cop were filmed!! I already feel connected! And was already had at “Never Wood”
— Massiel
Aiden: [breathes]

♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jul 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss
The author who gave the world Cemetery Boys A N D my forever love for Peter Pan retellings???

Jun 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
I hope there is hook in this as well, because this author has hella skills and i need peter pan retellings like i need to breathe.
Erin Phillips
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so, this book. This book, y'all. Normally I like to write a review almost immediately after reading the material, but I couldn't do that with this novel. The ending left me feeling all kinds of ways, and I needed time to process. Have you ever finished a really good book, and just had this heavy, sad, almost nostalgic feeling settle in your chest, right under your sternum? If you have, then you know exactly how I felt when I put this book down.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas, is, o
Em J.
Jan 05, 2021 marked it as to-read
Thank you to Netgalley for a free excerpt in exchange for an honest review

I've heard a lot about the author's previous book, Cemetery Boys. It wasn't until I finished this one that I found out both books were by the same author, but now I need to read Cemetery Boys!

My absolute favorite thing about this excerpt was the originality of the plot. You don't get to see it all in the first three chapters, but it's a dark Peter-Pan retelling. Like most retellings, I was afraid this would either be too c
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

CWs: Explorations of familial loss, grief, and trauma; some descriptions of anxiety/anxiety attacks, compulsion, and alcoholism (in parents); allusions to night terrors and insomnia; instances of kidnapping; some descriptions of injury and violence

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Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much, NetGalley, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Swoon Reads, for the chance to read and review one of my most anticipated read of 2021.

Cemetery Boys was my first read in 2020 and now Lost in the Never Woods started the year with me and I couldn't be happier.
I love Aiden Thomas' imagination and writing style and since Cemetery Boys was one of my favourite book ever, I was over the moon when I got the chance to read Lost in the Never Woods. I'm a huge fan of Peter Pan, so t
♡ gillian
Jun 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
I am here for that cover.
May 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: new-releases
You cannot tell me this is isn't a Peter Pan retelling even if you think otherwise. I am excited. ...more
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipating
Gina Adams
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this early!

I'm bummed. I hate to compare an authors' books to each other, but I really can't believe this is the follow-up to Cemetery Boys. The characters in Cemetery Boys were so fleshed out and believable, the story was well-paced, the ending flowed well.. The stark contrast between this, Thomas' sophomore novel, and his debut, is really surprising.

It's a Peter Pan retelling, which has definitely been done before, but it's always fu
Katelyn | whatiskatelynreading
** I received an advanced reading copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

Lost in the Never Woods is a darker take on the Peter Pan story we all know and love, but with a mysterious atmosphere and a Wendy Darling who is trying to piece together what happened to her in the woods... It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circum
Autumn Byrd
I will always throw my money at Aiden Thomas's books!

Jan 15, 2021 marked it as unreleased
Aiden Thomas? I'M READY. HAND ME THIS BOOK. ...more
Phoenix (Books with Wings)
At this point, just like--give me all the Aiden Thomas books.
I read Cemetery Boys two days ago (finished it in one sitting) and--AAAAAAAAAAAH
I cannot WAIT to read this one, and the cover, too! Perfection.
Nora Grace ♌️
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
**4/5 stars**
eARC provided by the publisher

You would think after spending 10 months writing an extensive scholarly research project on Cemetery Boys and other queer Latinx YA fantasy, that would be enough to hold me over for a while. But no—I needed Lost in the Never Woods as soon as Thomas announced it. And now, having read their second YAF stand-alone, I can confidently say that Aiden Thomas is well on their way to being a cherished YA author for years to come. The stories they have to tell, t
Maria F.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
A modern and much darker Peter Pan retelling where Wendy is all grown up and Peter is in search of his shadow- however, things are not quite what they seem
Kids are starting to disappear in the town where Wendy lives- Wendy herself (along with her brothers Michael and John) had also disappeared but Wendy was found alone in the woods without any recollection or thought of where she was or where her brothers are
Five years later, a strange boy with auburn hair and starlike eyes seeks her help- claim
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, retellings
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Rey Noble
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review contains slight thematic spoilers, please move forward with caution! :)

LOST IN THE NEVER WOODS, not unlike Aiden's debut CEMETERY BOYS, is the book I wished I would have had as a child. While the stories are incredibly different, handling different topics, LOST is the book that I wish I had had when I was growing up and growing around the grief I had from losing a parent. While this story is about Wendy and her missing brother's, I have never seen a character hold their grief and wor
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I want you to live, Wendy, not just endure.”

There’s something about the combination of Aiden Thomas’s way with words and the nostalgia that comes from a retelling/sequel to a childhood favorite that just makes you feel... like you’re existing in both the past and the present, like you’re both a child again yet still an adult, all at once.

When Lost in the Never Woods was announced, I immediately added it to every “TBR” list I had. I couldn’t wait to read what Aiden had to say about this chilli
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-digital
Thank you to Fierce Reads and Netgalley for this ARC!

I was excited to dive into this new Aiden Thomas book after reading Cemetery Boys earlier this year.

While a wildly different story than Thomas's debut, it maintained an immersive writing style that I flew through equally as fast. This dark Peter Pan retelling had me feeling like I was right there in the Never Woods with Wendy and Peter the whole time.

In Lost in the Never Woods, Wendy and Peter navigate the darkness of the real world as oppose
Theo Adelberg
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never been able to put into words why Peter Pan stories held such an important part of my heart for most of my life, but after reading this book, I can finally really put into thoughts why. This book was so spectacular in so many ways and had a profound impact on me. From the amazing characterization, the haunting and breathtaking descriptions, the themes on grief and mental health and family, the adventure and mystery, this book is everything I could have wished for and more. If you have a ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This spooky retelling of Peter Pan had me biting off my fingernails and peering for faces in shadows! I’ve read a lot of retellings, but this one really turned the original on its head. Aiden Thomas is 2/2 in my book (Cemetery Boys was also spectacular) and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Taylor Sanders
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best Peter Pan retelling I have ever read.

I will be buying every copy of this book imaginable when it comes out.

Aiden does a great job of creating a new Peter Pan story with everything about Peter I loved. I loved the lore and my heart aches for both Peter and Wendy throughout.
Dec 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
As a part of the Fierce Reads Winter 2021 Sampler, I read the first three chapters AND HOLY HELL I CAN'T WAIT TO OWN THIS BOOK. I love a Peter Pan retelling, especially one that seems like it's gonna take a darker route!! ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a bumbling bag of emotions after this book😭 but in a GOOD WAY I PROMISE
Dec 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Astoria is so freaking gorgeous! One of my favorite places to be and honestly miss it. Can't wait to read this to be back in those PNW vibes <3 ...more
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Aiden Thomas is a New York Times Bestselling author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, Oregon. As a queer, trans, Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for ...more

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