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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily

**I received this book from Around the World ARC Tours for review**
Summary (from Goodreads):  Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

My Thoughts:  This book wasn't really what I was expecting it to be but it was still a really good book!  It was not a happy, light read but was actually pretty sad.  It was really a whole new side to Peter Pan.

I loved how it was told from Tinkerbell's point of view.  As a fairy, Tink can't speak but she can "read" people.  Tink likes Tiger Lily and hangs around her the most.  This way, we get told of Tiger Lily's life.

Tiger Lily is 15 and has not led an easy life.  She was abandoned as a child and found by the Shaman, Tic Tok.  Tic Tok keeps her as his own but the people in the village torment Tiger Lily.  After a couple of events involving crows, the villagers come to believe that Tiger Lily is cursed.  No one wants to be around Tiger Lily except for Pine Sap, another boy who is shunned due to his physical disabilities.  When Tiger Lily takes care of an Englander who was shipwrecked, the villagers become afraid that she has the "age" disease.  You see, no one ages in Neverland and they want to keep it that way.  

  While taking care of the Englander, Tiger Lily draws the attention of the pirates and Peter Pan.  The pirates, including Captain Hook, are looking for the Lost Boys and Peter Pan.  When Peter captures Tiger Lily, he is scary and dark.  He has some serious issues and is not the carefree boy in the Disney movie. 

I really enjoyed the relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan.  There was some serious chemistry there.  Tiger Lily is engaged to Giant (a villager), however, so there is that underlying problem for her.  She keeps it all a secret from Pan and she keeps her relationship with Pan a secret from all the villagers.  You are warned from the very beginning that there are no happy endings in Neverland though. 

Wendy was horrible!  She was selfish and mean and just ruined the whole thing.  She didn't care about anything and I just really didn't like her at all! 

The ending is horribly sad and will leave you in tears.  You will definitley remember this story though.  It will stick with you for a long time.  While it doesn't have a happy ending, it has a realistic ending and it is a very enjoyable story!


  1. Oh man! You have me near tears already!! This is on my review stack and I have to finish my book now, read another and THEN I can read this one!

    I am already expecting it to be far from the Disney tale. Was thinking of it like Gregory Maguire's books who totally change fairy tales for you, and not just Wizard of Oz! So I am prepared for THAT factor!

    Can't wait to read it though! Very nice review! I feel as if I am a little more prepared!

  2. I had absolutely no clue that this was a different retelling of Peter Pan! Now I'm *really* excited to read it. It makes me wonder if I'll change my opinions about Peter and Wendy.

  3. Aww I'm sorry you didn't like this one as much as you'd hoped. I was so excited to recieve a review copy. I haven't gotten to it yet but I hope to very soon. I'm gonna give this one a try and see what I think of it. Thanks for the honest review!