Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Genre:  YA Fantasy (fairytale retelling)

Description (taken 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.

Who doesn't love the story of Peter Pan?  I spent many years as a little girl hoping Peter would stop at my window.  And throughout all of the stories, we see Tiger Lily, but we never learn much about her, do we?  Well, this book describes the relationship between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily from the beginning to the end.  And being from Tink's point of view, it's an interesting read.

We meet Tiger Lily, a fearless outcast in her tribe.  She's just living the normal ways of life in Neverland until an Englander drifts ashore.  While saving him, she catches the eye of Peter Pan.  Peter Pan tends to have a childish view of everything; he's a little crazy and chaotic.  And yet, none of us can resist him.  Even Tiger Lily begins to swoon over him in her own way.

This is a super sweet retelling of Peter Pan.  It pulls pieces of the fairy tale we all know and mixes it with something new.  However I had one issue with it.  It was super slow, and there's not really a whole lot of action.  It's like watching the waves go back and forth on the beach: fun to watch but nothing eye-catching.  This book put me to sleep more than once despite the fact that it has a beautiful story.

I believe all Peter Pan fans should give this book a try.  But if you do the majority of your reading right before bedtime, I'd recommend ingesting caffeine before reading this.

1 comment:

  1. This one is definitely on my TBR list. I’m such a sucker for retellings of classic stories. Peter Pan is a favorite (and Lord of the Flies, and Pocahontas!)I know I’m going to love this one. Thanks for the review!


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