Lost Girl by Chanda Hahn is the first Kindle ebook I’ve ever bought based on Amazon’s Recommended For You emails, so I went into this book with no expectations. While I didn’t quite enjoy this book as much as I hoped, I found it to be a rather unique Peter Pan retelling.
What I Liked:
Lost Girl easily started out as a five-star read for me. The backstory Hahn writes about Neverland and how it was actually a place where kids were genetically altered in secret had me intrigued from page one. Unfortunately, my interest faded once the modern-day chapters began, which I’ll explain in a second.
Unique While Similar to the Original Peter Pan
If you enjoy both the original Peter Pan and sci-fi/fantasy, you’re in for a treat. Hahn merges the original tale with Ghostbusters-like paranormal and sci-fi elements, creating something all her own.
What I Didn’t Like:
While I enjoyed the characters when they were kids at Neverland, the transition to their teen years felt drastically different in terms of character depth and narrative tone. In all honesty, the characters as kids seem more mature than how they are portrayed as teens. The characters’ actions, especially our main character, Wendy’s, are often nonsensical and lead to more trouble that could have been avoided if they thought things through.
I also found the characters difficult to relate to, as no one really has any defining motivations, fears, or misbeliefs that make readers connect with them and want to follow their journey. In my opinion, the book is more plot-driven than character-driven, as I could not spot any character arcs.
I thought I had just missed a few things while reading, but after looking at other Goodreads reviews, I’m not the only one who found the plot confusing. On more than one occasion, I thought the characters were in one room, but seconds later they’re outside with no transition. The “shadows” didn’t make sense to me either. By the end of the book, I still can’t tell whether they are good or evil, though this may be explained in more detail in book two.
Though I’m curious about the experiments and what all happened at Neverland, I probably will not read book two. I may change my mind in the future though.
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What is your favorite Peter Pan retelling? I have also read Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson in the past and rated it slightly higher, but did not enjoy how it frames Christianity in a negative light. I may try to reread it in the future and share an updated review here.
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