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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hi everyone! I've finally had some time to read and get back to blogging! I've missed y'all! The first book I picked up recently was Jodi Lynn Anderson's Tiger Lily. I'm always up for a good fairy tale retelling, and I hadn't read a Peter Pan one, so I dove into this one!
Here's the 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.

What I Liked: 1) Peter Pan is one of my all-time favorite stories, so I was very excited to see how this author took on Peter's backstory. At least, his pre-Wendy story. I haven't read the original Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. I'm mostly familiar with the Disney version (is this blasphemous for a bibliophile?) so I'm not sure how prominent a role Tiger Lily played in the original. But for me, it seems that Miss Anderson took a rather flat and pretty unknown character and made her alive and dynamic. I felt like you got to know Tiger Lily very well, even with her habitual silence. She wasn't a talker, and definitely wasn't an emotional character, but she was still likeable. 2) Surprise! It isn't told from the perspective of Tiger Lily. Or Peter Pan. Instead our lively and spirited narrator is one Tinkerbell. That was definitely a pleasant surprise, because it gave me a new idea about who Tink was and what her role was in Neverland. 3) This wasn't meant to be a funny book, but there were some parts, especially parts that dispute the "Disney Peter Pan" story that are very funny. Many of these parts involve Captain Hook and the Pirates. 4) I enjoyed the flow of the plot. It was very easy to follow, and with a narrator like Tinkerbell, who is the main observer and never involves herself in the story, it made everything fit together very nicely.

What I Didn't Like: Tiger Lily wasn't a very emotional character. I think she had emotions, but she didn't know how to interpret them, and (this was the only bad part about Tinkerbell being the narrator) she couldn't really explain them to herself or the audience. It made for a little emotional disconnect between myself and the book. The biggest emotional connection I had was childhood memories of these characters. That was really the only problem I had with the book. But I like to feel emotionally connected, so...

Overall Thoughts: I loved the new perspective to the classic Peter Pan story, and there were several things that surprised me, which is always good. There was some great humor which broke up what was really a dramatic (not overdramatic) story. And I loved that it was narrated by Tinkerbell. The emotional disconnect was a little hard for me to overcome, but when all was said and done, I was happy with it when I was finished. My

Rating: 3.5 shots


  1. I've heard many good things about this one and I also like how you make it sound. Thanks for sharing your review and making me want to buy a copy right now. :D

    Fictional Distraction

  2. I really enjoyed this book too! I thought that it was really cool that it was told by Tink. I liked getting to know the characters through her eyes. Great review!!

  3. Too bad you were disconnected from Tiger Lily! I really loved her and I think this is probably one of my favorite books of the whole year. Great review!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration


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