Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Synopsis: 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
It seems that the theme of first loves is all the rage these days. Tiger Lily tells the story of her romance with Peter Pan in the perspective of Tinker Bell. Sometimes I get iffy about authors using a well-known story and making it their own; just because that means they’re playing into another author/creator’s work and would have to reach that person’s standards no matter what. In my opinion, Jodi Lynn Anderson reached and exceeded these expectations.
Fair warning, the characters in this book will remind of you of the timeless characters you’ve already known in the original story of Peter Pan. But they will not be the same characters. Sometimes the author provides us with scenes that alludes to some of the famous moments in the original story (sadly I can’t reveal anything more without giving spoilers), which makes it not only exciting to read but also helps create a more convincing setting. Other times, the author deviates a bit from the original story. Now, I didn’t mind this that much considering the deviations still flowed well with the plot. But it is the main reason why I didn’t give this book five stars, there’s a reason why the story of Peter Pan is timeless and some of the events that strayed from this original story made it less so.
I’ve mentioned before that I prefer books that are fast-paced; and Tiger Lily was anything but. In fact, there was even a part of me that wanted to stop reading in the first few chapters just because I started to get a bit bored. But I am so so so glad that I continued reading. The writing is beautiful, every scene is as fresh as a painting in my head. The down side to all these descriptions is that I sometimes got lost in them; not lost in a good way, lost in a “my mind went on autopilot when I read that part so now I have to reread the whole thing again” kind of way.
The characters are so incredibly human, even the ones that aren’t. In this book you won’t get an obvious battle between good an evil; instead you’ll find characters that try to look to the good in them, and in others, to battle their inner demons. The romance is simple at first and then becomes so much more complicated. They’re 15, thrown into love for the first time, and they’re naive about it which made me smile and feel sad for them all at once.
My absolute favourite thing about this book is that addresses a lot of heavy topics without making it too sombre and lecture-like. Also, although Tiger Lily and Peter Pan’s romance is the main focus of the novel, we also get glimpses of the struggles of the other characters which made the read a lot more interesting.
I recommend this book to all those who enjoy YA and romance. And even if you don’t typically read romance, like me, it’s still worth giving this book a shot. With the fantastic writing and beautifully written characters, there should definitely be a spot on your bookshelf for this wonderful read.
Rating: 4.5 / 5