Girl Lost by Nazarea Andrews…Blog Tour Stop & Review

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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 review:

Girl Lost, from what I understand, is a modern-day take on Peter Pan. Now, I will totally admit that I have never actually read Peter Pan and haven’t seen the movie since I was a kid…which left me feeling a bit lacking after finishing this book. However, I still really enjoyed it and was kept interested from start to finish.

Gwen Barrie has been trying to come to terms with the horrific event that took her parents’ lives and left her adrift at sea for weeks…alone. They say the memories she has of the Boy and some island are complete fabrications of her mind. A coping mechanism to deal with the emotional trauma. It’s what lead her into the mental institution.  But Gwen can’t help but feel it was all very real. And now that she’s out of the institution and starting college, she is faced with the grown up version of her “imagined” Boy and the fear that maybe she really wasn’t insane after all. Maybe he was real and maybe he had come back for her. Of course, her brother, aunt, and psychiatrist disagree with her which means she should keep her distance from this possible manifestation of her imaginiary long-lost Boy. Easier said than done. Especially when he won’t take no for an answer and is beyond insistent that they become friends….which will most likely lead to more. And that’s what terrifies Gwen the most.

As I said earlier, I probably would have had more of a connection with Girl Lost if I had read Peter Pan but it was an interesting and suspense filled read nonetheless! Gwen pulled at my heartstrings from the very beginning and I wanted some sort of healing for her at the end. She was in this constant state of limbo in between the world of sanity and insanity. I felt awful that she was questioning her sanity at every turn. I was also fascinated with Peter and his remarkable likeness to the Boy she remembered from all those years ago. I was kept on the edge of my seat from the very start and was enthralled with Gwen’s tale. I won’t give too much else away because I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys!

All in all, Girl Lost was an interesting and fascinating read with plenty of twists and turns. Thank you, Nazarea, for another fabulous read!



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About the author:

Nazarea 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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