Monday, May 5, 2014

Girl Lost, by Nazarea Andrews

Girl Lost

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.

My rating & review: 3 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book for honest review:

Girl Lost is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. It provided me with a couple hours' entertainment. This book starts out sweet and innocent (more along the lines of a young adult or teen book) but then the more mature content (course language, violence, descriptive sex) starts ... this is definitely a new adult story! It's a twist on the tale of Peter Pan and Wendy, young adult style in a college setting with twisted characters. It's entertaining with sexy passages. The romance/love story aspect of it was nice. The flashbacks were cool!

I read it over the course of 3 days (it took me 6.5 hours) and was curious as to how the story was going to end.  It took me a couple chapters (the 30% mark) before I got invested in the story. Remember, this is a retelling of Peter Pan: expect a certain amount of unrealism in a realistic world. Most of the characters' reactions are over the top but I chalked it up to the fact that Gwen has mental issues and, as for all the other characters,  I assumed they were all from Never Never Land, making them all a little coo-coo in our contemporary world. Some characters could have been integrated into the classic story a bit more (I was certain one of the characters was Captain Hook and that he would end up being a villain of sorts... but he wasn't). I would have liked a little bit more to the ending. What happens to Gwen? What is her reaction and the consequences to her reaction? What happens to Peter? What happens to Belle? What happens to the company? The end is left to the reader's imagination.

This is a stand alone book.

My rating criteria:
Did I finish the book? Yes.
Did I read it in one sitting or had difficulty putting it down? No.
Will I be reading it again? Probably not.
Was I entertained? Yes.
Were there any unsurmountable issues that I couldn't get over? No.
Did I skip or skim over any sections? No.
Was I overcome with emotion? No.
Does it have romance? Yes.
General rating: 3 stars = it was an okay book!

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 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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