Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Review

Posted 6 July, 2012 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 11 Comments

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: ReviewTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by HarperCollins on July 3, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Girls & Women, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 304
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: HarperCollins

I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

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.

Emily

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11 Responses to “Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Review”

  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! 😉

  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.

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

  3. 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 (:

  4. 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