Welcome to our stop on the Forever Found Blog Tour. We've got another excerpt from this dark and twisted conclusion to Neverland Lost and a review. Check it out.
Thank you to Nazarea Andrews and Inkslinger for the ARC, and just a wonderful, wonderful fractured fairytale. I hope you all enjoy Gwen and Peter's very grown-up story as much as I did.
Happy reading! ~Shells
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.
She gives me a soft smile, and I shiver as her nails rake lightly over the skin on my neck. She leans up on her toes, and her lips meet mine, a gentle kiss full of promise that soothes the ragged edges of my temper. Reminds me that despite all the ways this can go wrong, I have her, and we’re together.
“Peter, why did you come find me? Was it just because of Tiny and the island?”
I stare at her, so close I can see the tiny specks of deep blue in the pale of her eyes, and I want to memorize that distorted galaxy.
She is a galaxy, an entire world that wraps around mine.
“Because I find lost things, and you were the one thing I couldn’t bear to lose. I needed you, enough that the changes that came with leaving the island were acceptable. The island and Tiny needed belief—that’s all they ever needed. But I only ever needed you.”
“Do you still?” she asks, a quizzical tilt to her head, and I pull her into me, the rail of the yacht a curving barrier that keeps us from spinning into oblivion.
“You are all I’ll ever need, Gwendy.”
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I was completely bespelled by the danger and mystery Peter represented in Girl Lost. Poor Gwen walking on the fringes of insanity. Being driven to madness by need and longing. The pain and confusion of not knowing whether to believe what your heart screams to you to be absolutely true. I ached and agonized alongside her. I wept and whispered wishes for her to see what I knew just had to be the truth. Peter had to real. He just HAD to be. A love that passionate and reckless, that evoked such tangible feeling- it couldn't be a fairytale. A nightmare. Or a lie. It dripped with hunger and greedy desire from the both of them. I was ready to jump into the pages and shake some sense into Gwen myself. I began to feel my own sanity slip with her disbelief. I was obsessed.
Throughout the tale I wished for Gwen's fantasies to be reality. She was clearly unbalanced, but was she truly insane? I never felt that. She awakened a need within myself to believe again as well. Peter was the love of her life and I needed them to reconcile. And unfortunately so did a dying Neverland and Belle.
Girl Lost was so darkly romantic. Violently passionate. Highly erotic. I was putty in Nazarea's clever hands. It was beautifully written and incredibly exciting. And I wanted more, more, MORE.
I was beyond thrilled to learn there would be more of the Boy and the Gwen. The story had not ended for me. Too many questions were left unanswered. Too much unresolved. And I wanted to hear from Peter. I needed to hear his side of things. To see beyond what Gwen could see or was told. Having Peter's POV was just what I craved. And Boy, did he deliver.
This very short but abundant sequel (and conclusion) had me immediately entranced and left me flying high. I really enjoy Nazarea's style. It's eloquent and colorful. Beautifully daring and perfectly twisted. There isn't much more I could have asked for but a wee more of the.. ahem, ravaging and lust in Girl Lost. And of course more of ALL of it.
You'll have to read for yourself to find out if Gwen learns again to believe, Belle survives, and Peter flies. This is the conclusion to Neverland Lost, but is it the end of Neverland? Take the leap of faith with me and see.
Quite honestly, I would love to see more from this storyline. My infatuation with Peter will never wane. And I adore this mature version oh, so much more. At least we have FOREVER FOUND. *I believe. I believe*
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.
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. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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