[Book Review #64] Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Part of a Series: No. Standalone.

Release Date: July 3, 2012

Publisher: Harper Teen

No. of Pages: 292 pages

Price: None. My copy was sent to me by Ate Cath. She blogs over at To All The Books I’ve Read Before, and happens to post such wondeful bookish photos on her bookstagram account, @magicathreads. Check her accounts out! Also, thank you, Ate Cath, for sending me a copy of this fantastic book!

Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy, Dystopian, Adult, Adventure, War, Young Adult

Book Review:

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Choosing to read this book started out as an evaluation wherein I wasn’t completely sure if I wanted to continue reading it. I was actually reading a few chapters of other different contemporary books before I chose this one. I was torn between reading this, or Robin Benway’s Emmy & Oliver, or Gina Ciocca’s Last Year’s Mistake. But, since Peter Pan is one of my most favorite childhood stories, I chose to read and finish this one!

Tiger Lily was one Peter Pan character who always had my interests piqued. In the animated film, she didn’t have any dialogue, and yet, she played quite an important role. I always knew that there was something more to her than meets the eye. And now, through this book, I’m so glad to have been enlightened about her. Not only that, but we also see Neverland in a darker state.

I’ve always been fond of reading fairy tale re-tellings and this book is certainly in the major leagues, in my opinion, even if it didn’t actually aim to re-tell Peter Pan, but tell the story before the events of the films. We see more of what Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, the Pirates, and the tribe were before the arrival of Wendy and her brothers. Everything in Neverland had a dark side. And from that point, we see the character development take it’s steps towards the ending of the book, and the beginning of how the story really was in the films. Seeing that this book is a prequel, I didn’t mind witnessing minimal character improvements.

It was depressing to read about a main character that was gravely maltreated by everyone that surrounds her. Tiger Lily was greatly disrespected, if not disregarded, by her tribesmen. They shared different views about their life as a tribe and that drove them to strongly dislike our MC. But this didn’t really drag Tiger Lily down. Even if she found no refuge in her people, she still lived her life the way she wanted to. That, in my opinion, is a sign of being a strong and independent (young) woman, and for that alone, I loved our main character and it drove me to continue reading this book. Also, this gave the book a depressing tone, which I happen to love. This emanated raw emotion from me as a reader, which is a sign that I really enjoyed this book.

The romance between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan is something that I want to discuss in my review. The love that these two people shared is quite realistic and is one that can actually be recognized in real life. At first, there’s a note of unrequited love wherein Tiger Lily didn’t really feel for Peter the same way he did towards her. But, after Wendy came into the picture, we see just how desperate she got in order to fight for what she believes is true. Nowadays, we really don’t know nor value what we have in our lives until we lose them. And somehow, this made the story all the more depressing and believable for me.

“Tiger Lily is a novel that will shed some light on the character that seemed so still in the movies, but IS as spectacular as she is spontaneous in this wonderful work of literature by Jodi Lynn Anderson. It will make you feel raw emotions that you’ve never felt towards a common protagonist and is, in itself, a great read.”

RATING:

Characters – 4.50

Plot – 4.50

Writing Style – 4.50

Pacing – 4.00

Ending – 4.50

TOTAL – 4.4 / 4 Stars

Quotable Quotes:

“Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do.”

“She did not believe he could have really gone, because for her, to leave the person you loved was impossible.”

“You have to be careful who you meet. You can’t unmeet them.”

“It turned out that my curiosity did not outweigh my courage after all. Sometimes love means not being able to bear seeing the one you love the way they are, when they’re not what you hoped for.”

“And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn’t seem broken at all.”

“A faerie heart is different from a human heart. Human hearts are elastic. They have room for all sorts of passions, and they can break and heal and love again and again. Faerie hearts are evolutionarily less sophisticated. They are small and hard, like tiny grains of sand. Our hearts are too small to love more than one person in a lifetime.”

About The Author:

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Jodi Lynn grew up moving all over the world, but her childhood home is a lake town in northern New Jersey where she spent way too much time walking in the woods with her cat, watching the clouds, and making things up. She loved writing and reading about strange and mythical things since she can remember.

She began her career as a book editor in NYC before starting to write full-time in various nooks and crannies.  These days, she spends most of her time in Asheville, NC, where she lives with her husband, their melodramatic dog, and their young son. She studied British Literature at the University of Maryland and held an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College.

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9 thoughts on “[Book Review #64] Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    1. I actually was supposed to read Emmy and Oliver instead of this one, but when I remembered just how much I adored Peter Pan when I was a child, I had to reconsider. And it turned out to be a great read! Hope you could get to reading it soon! 🙂

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    1. I totally agree! That way, we get to see all sides of the story (so long as Tinkerbell sees it worthy to be told). But my heart broke for Tinkerbell. She fell in love with Peter, too, and there was nothing she could do about it. Sad. 😦

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      1. I know. Very sad. If you saw Hook (the early 90’s Robin Williams movie with Tink played by Julia Roberts), there were some hints that Tinkerbell loved Peter. So this retelling wasn’t surprising to me. Oh yeah, and the Disney version also shows this!

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