Genre(s): YA Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Age Level: Young Adult
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Publisher: Swoon Reads
4.5 out of 5 stars
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. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Deciding to read this book
Most of the reviews I’ve seen for this book leaned towards the negative side so I was very hesitant to get into it. Hailey in Bookland is a BookTuber I watch a lot since we have very similar taste in books and she DNF’d it at 40%! I was about to take iit off my TBR. Ultimately I still decided to read it because I loved the summary of the book so much and didn’t want to let it go. It sounded like this book was completely up my alley! (& the gorgeous cover of course)!
Where is the plot going?
I loved this book and how it made me want to keep reading and following the story. A bit of mystery and a lot of fantasy, this book was intriguing the entire way. As a curious reader, I’m always making guessing as to how a book might end and the plot twists that might be included. In this book, I saw so many different possibilities for the ending of this one – it was not something that I was able to predict and was mostly satisfied with the way this one ended.
Why the ending was mostly satisfying
The only thing I would say is that the ending and “win” against the bad guy (Peter Pan’s shadow) seemed a little too “easy” in my opinion. Throughout the book, the shadow kept on getting stronger and stronger until one night, Peter tried battling it himself and ended up really hurt. It seemed so hard and impossible to overcome the shadow but suddenly it just kind of happened. It wasn’t super anticlimactic but I guess I would’ve enjoyed a little bit more struggle.
This book was one of those books that actually got me excited for reading. I was excited to always get to come back to it and even caught myself reading in weird places (haha). I also loved how Aiden Thomas weaved elements from the familiar Peter Pan story we all know into this contemporary, urban fantasy. Overall, if you love magic, pixie dust, and have a love for the story of Peter Pan, this book is the one for you!
Have you read this book yet? Is it on your TBR? Let me know what you think about it and whether or not it’s something you see yourself reading!