Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson [Review]

Tiger Lily4 out of 5 Robots!

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: July 3, 2012
Hardcover: 292 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
While I was aware of this book's existence, I really had no desire to read it.  Straight romances aren't my preferred genre and nor do I usually gravitate towards Peter Pan re-imaginings.  But I was at the library poking around and came upon this book. So, I decided to give it a go. And did not turn out at all like I expected.  It's a love story and it's not.  Really, it is more about a first love, the end of the first love and how that first love changes you. 

I was expecting typical YA angst and dreamy longing.  But instead Anderson captures the those first love feelings so realistically and honestly.  I was impressed with the character development.  Anderson has a great way of imparting character traits, strengths and weakness with small details that give a lot of information. But since this was such a character driven story, it did move slow and carefully.  Not a lot happens per se, but it was darker than I expected.  Anderson touches on some very heavy topics: gender, religion, morality, rape.  Like the rest of the book, she handles each very thoughtfully. 

The last thing I wanted to mention was the narrator.  Tiger Lily is actually narrated by Tinkerbell.    Tinkerbell speaks in first person and gives some interesting insight into fairies.  Fairies are able to read people's thoughts and feelings and this is how she is able to tell Tiger Lily and Peter Pan's story.  So while it is told in first person, it also it kind of a third person narrative at the same time. I'm not sure everyone will enjoy this, but I appreciated the attempt to provide us with a different type of POV.

Overall, I was glad I gave this book a chance.  It was very different than I thought it was going to be and that turned out to be a good thing.  I'm not sure this book will satisfy everyone with it's unconventional narration and slow plotting.  But I do suggest giving it a chance!


  1. I'm so glad you liked this! It totally wasn't what I was expecting either - it was really marketed in all the wrong ways, I feel. I think even the blurb for the book was not great if I recall. I loved the character development and how insightful Anderson was and how well she really captures the emotions that come along with being a teen and first love, etc. Pacing very rarely bothers me, so I was lucky as I know that really put some people off. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Tink narrating someone else's story...I didn't love it, but I'm not really sure I disliked it either? Either way, it was an interesting choice!

    1. I remembered your review when I saw it at the library and thought I'd give it a go. :D



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