THE LOST KIDS, by Sara Saedi, Viking/Penguin Random House

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Just a few weeks ago, Wylie Dalton was living on a magical island where nobody ages past seventeen, and in love with Phinn, the island’s leader. Now, her home is a creaky old boat where she’s joined a ragtag group of cast-offs from the island, all dead-set on getting revenge on Phinn for betraying them. But when the Lost Kids invade Minor Island, they’re shocked to find it totally deserted, except for one survivor who reveals the shocking news: adults have discovered the island.

BOOK ONE:

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Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales. Then she met a real-life Peter Pan. When Wylie encounters Phinn – confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome – at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.
Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities – permanently.
But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover that something is being kept from her and her brothers. Someone on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.
Love NEVER EVER? Take a trip to Minor Island for island recipes, playlists and more.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Due out in April, 2018.

Staying a seventeen year old forever… acne, hormonal, trying to fit in, not happy about your body issues, uncomfortable in your own skin, crushes, hates… hmmm. No thanks!

lol So the story continues and I was hoping for more than what was in the first book of the series and the author didn’t disappoint.  This is such a clever retelling of the Peter Pan story, geared toward older teens rather than kids and even Netherland is not your typical setting for children, but more for outcasts of the older persuasion.

I loved the premise.  It hooked me in right away and when the second book arrived, I devoured it.  The covers are so beautiful.

The story itself is laid out nicely, with the plot moving forward keeping plenty of twists and turns to hold the reader’s attention.  Each plot element transitions from one  to the other smoothly and the book moves along at a steady pace with the tension mounting to a great huge moment.

All the characters are unique and fun, including diverse; with the main character continuing to grow and develop.  She’s likable and relatable and often catches you off guard with her decision making. Thrilling, fast-paced and edgy, different from the fairy tale “Peter Pan” in many ways.  This story is more about the characters than the setting and consequences to bad choices when they catch up to you.

I gave this book:

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