Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Challenges: 2012 YA/MG Fantasy Challenge
Rating: 3 stars
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.
Peter Pan is a tale that I have always loved. With its magic and light-heartedness it has always captivated me. I have been waiting for another retelling of Peter Pan to cross my path and I was so excited when this one did. While it didn’t live up to all my expectations for it, I still enjoyed Tiger Lily and the unique point of view it offered on the classic everyone loves.
First off, Tiger Lily is told from Tinkerbell’s point of view. HOW COOL IS THAT? I absolutely loved getting inside Tink’s head, as she is the character who never speaks. I thought this was a brilliant choice on Jodi Lynn Anderson‘s part, as Tink is the character too who cannot speak to the characters in the book as well.
The story was really intriguing. I loved hearing more about Tiger Lily‘s past. It was a really touching story. My one issue was the book was so slow. Because of the slow pace, the story really dragged. There were high points where the story started to get more involved but it would always plateau back down.
I was not as into the book and some of the characters also fell flat for me, as did certain key plot points. I wanted there to be more behind some of the characters and for certain plot points to be explored more. Overall, I liked everything that went on, I just wanted more.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson was a good story. It didn’t reach the potential I thought it had and was slower, but it is still worth a read. With its clever insight into Tinkerbell’s mind and Tiger Lily’s past, Tiger Lily is a book for fans of Peter Pan.
Just a note, for anyone else looking for another awesome Peter Pan retelling, Never After by Dan Elconin is brilliant!
This review is cross-posted from YA Books Central.