Saturday, August 18, 2012

{Review} Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release Date: July 3
by, Harper Collins Children's Books
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
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. {Goodreads}

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  One, Woah! Look at that cover you guys! And it's even prettier in person! Let's just say I really really like seeing this on on my shelf! ;D Now..Let me just say: I wanted to fall in love with this book. Like crazy-head-over-hills-I-need-it-in-order-to-breath love so many did. But sadly I can not say I did. I loved it but not as much as I hoped I would. Problem one: my expectations were way to high. And not just because of all of the hype this book was getting. I have an undying love for Disney's Peter Pan. I absolutely love Peter Pan! He is like my favorite childhood story and movie. 

  Not seeing the problem? Here it is: I fell more in love (from childhood love for the story to young-adult fictional boy obsession...ya that's right. I have a crush on Peter Pan. haha) Laugh all you want! But this is why....Julie Kagawa! Funny how she always finds her way into my posts hah? ;) Anyways, she re-invented Puck. In her Iron Fey series she described the reason for the fae's immortality because of the stories. As long as stories are still being told about them, they live! So Grimalkin is also known as the cat from Alice in Wonderland and many more talking cats stories. Wolfe is the Big Bad Wolf and many other terrible wolf stories. Puck is the infamous Puck from A Midsummer's Nights Dream AND!!! I believe, Peter Pan. It fits 100%! Peter Pan and Puck both share these traits: the red hair (duh!!), the lack of being able to take much seriously, the constant need to be childlike, the need to pull pranks and keep into mischief, the devilish grin that screams trouble!! Think real hard and you will see the similarities and possibly share the same thoughts!

  Anyways, because I loved Puck SO MUCH and decided that he was also Peter Pan...I had a high expectation for Peter in this book. An expectation for him to be Puck-like. And because of that...I didn't like the book as much. I know, it is my fault. Nothing to do with the writer or the book at all. Just me and my thoughts that failed the book. This is a re-telling and things are changed. And a lot of the original story was changed. The ending! OMG! Ya, so not how I remembered Disney's movie going!!! I got choked up. So sad!! :( 

  Now, Puck let-down aside, this book was amazing! Jodi did a wonderful job re-telling a price-less classic. And one of my most favorite things: Tink's POV. I will be honest, it took me awhile to get into the swing of it. But, I have problems with third person POV's. I really don't like them. You don't get the character's full thoughts or emotions. Sure, you get a glimpse. But it's not the same. It's not that characters personal emotions it's a take on it. But I grew to like Tink's version. There was many things I loved about this book. MANY! 

  I am officially #TeamTigerLily! After this book...I hate Wendy! HATE!!! I know, strong word but strong word needed! She..grrrr! Even though Tiger Lily bugged me at times because of her lack to show emotions and her too strong headedness, I came to peace with that's just who she was. And Peter still loved her for it. Again, different Peter but I still loved him too! And Pine Sap! Dudes! I loved him! From the very beginning. Yes I did. EEP! And I love how Jodi tied in stuff from the original story too but gave them a perfect twist. Like the ticking crocodile, and the boat ride with Hook and Tiger Lily. And then Smee! I loved the take on Smee! AND!!! The lost boys!!! <3

  Tiger Lily is a an exotic and beautiful re-telling of the love story we all failed to know. A heart warming (and breaking) story that left me breathless at the end. It's true. The last chapter I failed to breath. It was devastating!! I easily fell in love with Tiger Lily and Peter's love story. Their love was so innocent and touching! I found myself lost in the pages of this book at times One moment I was on page 22 and then before I know it I was on 220! Even though I didn't get my Puck-Peter, this book was great! I highly recommend it. 

4 of 5 wonderful stars!!

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Have a great day!! :)


  1. Oh, how I love Peter Pan. He is very crush worthy. I have to disagree on the third person point though, because sometimes it is very personal if written the right way. But this is definitely something I want to pick up! Great review.

    1. Right!!? Yes, that is very true. That is why, in this book, I didn't mind the third POV. It was well written...therefore I enjoyed it. :) But...normally, I don't get the connection. Thank you!! :)

  2. I've seen lots of great reviews for this one. Thanks for yours! Glad to have found your blog :)

    1. Well it is a great book! Definitely recommend it! Thanks for stopping by! :)


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