Friday, July 6, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Review

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Tiger Lily
by: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily has always been different. Adopted as an infant by the village shaman, Tik Tok, she is a skilled hunter, and pretty rough around the edges. When an Englishman is stranded on the island after a shipwreck, she helps to nurse him back to health, and things begin to change. She meets Peter Pan, a bold and reckless boy who leads his band of lost boys (saved from the slavery of Captain Hook). Tiger Lily is charmed by his semi-arrogant yet very vulnerable manner, though she doesn't believe in happy endings and no that it can't end well.

Tiger Lily was such a different experience from many of the books that I've read this year. It is narrated from the point of view of Tinker Bell. This point of view lent itself to interesting observations about both Peter and Tiger Lily's character and their feelings, since fairies can read feelings, but they can't speak. Tinker Bell is a narrator that is mostly in the background interpreting the scene, but does make a few important appearances. So, though the book was written in first person, it felt like it was written in third person. Very cool.

Though the pace of Tiger Lily is slow, there really is a lot in the book that I wasn't expecting, and each word was so very carefully placed. Issues like gender identity, abuse, loneliness, and growing up are all included. Hook doesn't make very many appearances, but there are enough glimpses of his character to make you feel a little bit squirmy when he does come around.

Fans of Peter Pan will really enjoy this new take on the girl that loved Peter Pan before Wendy ever came along. There's also a very sweet romance that I think you'll enjoy as well.

    

11 comments:

  1. I was impressed with how Anderson wrote in and dealt with the issues of identity. I really liked TL and Im glad you did too! ;)

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    1. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, but I was really impressed with how well she handled it.

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  2. I really liked how different this was, and I liked how everything worked so well, like Tinkerbell perspective, the writing style, etc. It was cool.

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    1. Yes, Tinkerbell's perspective was definitely the cool part about it. I think that it needed to be an outsider looking in.

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  3. Interesting about the point of view! I've been seeing a lot of posts about this book, I will definitely check it out.

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    1. It was really cool! I hope you do read it.

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  4. I love Peter Pan, so I am excited to read this one. I'm glad you liked it. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  5. I've been seeing this everywhere. Thanks for the review, the story sounds interesting.

    ~Shane
    new follower

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  6. The thing I love about your reviews are that they're short, but they still give enough information. This is embarrassing but I've never watched Peter Pan....... but I think I'll be reading this book anyways (:

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  7. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I just picked a copy up from my library and I'm really excited to read this. I remember watching Peter Pan when I was little but I truly had no idea about Tiger Lily! I feel like a Peter Pan fan fraud now. hahaha

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  8. The POV sounds great! :) And I can't wait to get started in this one. Thanks for the great review :D

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