Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

7514925Title: Tiger Lily

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Publication Date: July 3, 2012

Synopsis 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.

This story is narrated by the ionic fairy, Tinkerbell, as she follows the lives of Tiger Lily, Peter Pan, and others. As a fairy, Tinkerbell cannot speak. She can only observe and listen to the emotion of others, while she goes unnoticed and ignored by most. With Tinkerbell as a narrator, this story felt like it was told by a first and third person point of view. I adored the way this story was narrated and it gave this book a rare and special touch.

Tiger Lily is one of the most extraordinary characters I have ever come across. Adopted by the tribe’s shaman, Tik Tok, at a very young age, she was raised different than the other girls in her tribe. Tiger Lily enjoys hunting and exploring, while other girls enjoy sewing and cooking. Tiger Lily is shy, quiet, and has trouble expressing her feelings towards others. But she is also brave and few things scare her.

One day, Tiger Lily meets Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. Peter is unlike anyone she has ever met before. Tiger Lily can be herself with him and she is treated as an equal in their misfit of a family. Even though she never tells Peter, Tiger Lily quickly falls in love with him and the Lost Boys.

This book will hit you hard in the feels. If you are looking a Peter Pan retelling from the Disney version, look somewhere else. Although I loved this book as much I did, there is little happiness in this story. The first page of this book gives a warning that this book does not have a happy ending, but I was not fully prepared for the flood of emotions I would experience while reading this story. There are surprises I didn’t see coming and things that I hoped wouldn’t happen, but did. There is also a particular death that ripped my heart into shreds. This book is an emotional roller coaster. However, this book is one of the best emotional roller coasters I have ever been on. Tiger Lily is so wonderful; it is on my reread list, just so I can enjoy/cry over it all over again.

5 out of 5 stars


 

Meet The Author

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Jodi Lynn Anderson write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and…civics! She was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now she lives with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things she’s bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. She loves writing and reading about mythical and strange things since she can remember.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

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