Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: ARC provided by publisher for review
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Overview

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.


My Thoughts

I love fairy tales and I love re-tellings so this was an absolute must read for me. Not to mention I loved Peter Pan as a child. This book is about Tiger Lily, but is told in Tinkerbell's POV which was very interesting. We get to know people from how Tink see's them and what is going on that she knows about. I liked getting to be in her head. It was a great way to tell the story. This had a lot of darker moments to it, it is not the fluffy fairy tale you think of. It really gets into how the tribe is, how the lost boys really go about things, and what is going on with Captain Hook.

Tiger Lily is much different from the rest of the women in the tribe. People think her to be cursed. She has also been helping a human who came from a ship and the village fears that she has caught aging from him and they are afraid they may catch it too. She ends up stumbling upon Peter Pan and starts to get to know him and the lost boys. I love how the story unfolds. It's great to see how she starts to fall for him and can't resist going to him. She knows that she is set to marry one of the tribe members, but she wonders if she could really run away and be with Peter. She not only enjoys being with him, but she likes the other Lost Boys too. They are fun to be around. When a ship comes to find the human she has helped, things get a bit more complicated.

Peter is great to get to know. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he really does care about Tiger Lily. He seems a bit crazy at times, but I can see why he acts that way. He is always trying to keep the Lost Boys safe and he really does care about them all. He acts like nothing bothers him, but inside he is scared. He wants to be with Tiger Lily so much, but things keep getting in the way. When Wendy comes on the ship to find Phillip, the man Tiger Lily helped she somehow finds The Lost Boys. She is sweet and beautiful, and Tiger Lily has not been to see him in  a while when she had promised to. He starts to take a liking to Wendy and when she is going to leave, she wants him to go with her. He is torn and doesn't know what to do.

Tink is so awesome. I really loved seeing everything happen through her. She isn't sure if anyone is aware she is around, and she knows that she should go home, but she feels the need to stay with Tiger Lily. Then when they meet Peter Pan, she falls in love with him. You would think that she would be jealous of how close Tiger Lily and him become, but she is actually not. She is more envious than jealous. She of course is just a tiny fairy who can't talk to them, so she is happy to see them happy. She wants them be happy together and she does what she can to protect them. I loved her determination. She was a really great voice to this story. I am glad it was told from her perspective.

With everything that goes on, we have a lot of very tense situations, some sad ones, and some happy ones. The flow of the story was great. I really liked getting to know the different people in the tribe and seeing the things that were happening that we wouldn't had it been told by Tiger Lily. I think this was a very well written and creative re-telling of a story I have loved since I was a child. It wasn't perfect, but I still really enjoyed it. I recommend this to anyone who loves fairy tale re-tellings. 4 out of 5 stars.

If you are interested you can view the book trailer below:

19 comments:

  1. Great review!
    I absolutely LOVED this book! Jodi Lynn Anderson has created such a bittersweet and stunning story. I, too, really liked that the story was told from Tink's POV; she was such an intriguing character. And I must applaud Jodi for even making me like Wendy and totally get why Peter falls for her...even if Tiger Lily is still my gurl ;)

    :) Aeicha
    Word Spelunking

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    1. I agree with you about Wendy. At first I was like, "No way!! back off B@#*%!", but then I liked her too. This was such a great re-telling. :)

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  2. I'm so excited to get this book! I traded with a blogger and mine was mailed today (or will be) and I can,t wait to get it! I loved Peter Pan as a child too like... I'd watch the movie 2-3 times in a row! And Tinkerbell's POV sounds so cool! So happy you enjoyed it as a fellow PP fan! :D

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  3. Oh and it's the first time I see the trailer and isn't it pretty? I love the bold colors!! <3

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    1. I think you will really enjoy it!! I think the idea to tell it from Tink's POV was genius!! For real, it was so wonderful. I was a bit worried going into it because I had started hearing mixed things, but I was really hoping I would love it and I did!! I am pretty sure the trailer just came out. I happened to see it tweeted about so I added it to the post. Can't wait to hear what you think of the book!!

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  4. I love Peter Pan as well, so I'm very excited to see how things play out in this book. Yours is the second review I've come across and I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I love that the book is told in Tinkerbell's POV. I can't wait to see what her mindset is like.
    Great review, Amy. :)

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    1. Thanks Nick! I thought it was really cool that it was told by Tink. I didn't know that it was told in her POV when I initially got the book, but it was fantastic!! Brilliant really. You get to learn so much more of what is going on than you would if it was told from Tiger Lily's POV which I thought it would be when I read the synopsis.

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  5. I'm so glad you liked this book! I've wanted to read it (as you know) but lately I've seen a lot of mixed reviews, borderline on the negative side.

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    1. After I got my copy I was seeing a lot of negative reviews, but I still really enjoyed it. It's not supposed to be the Peter Pan story that everyone knows, I think that's where a lot of the negativity comes from, because it's different. That's kind of the point of re-tellings. Making them fresh and interesting, not re-writing the same story.

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  6. This book sounds really interesting but I wasn't exactly sure what it was about. Thanks for giving me a much better idea.

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    1. I think that people are really expecting it to be just like the Peter Pan they know and I think that's where a lot of the mixed reviews are coming from. I loved this and I thought it was done wonderfully.

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  7. Okay I have a problem with reading this story - it's obvious that Peter ends up with Wendy so this story must end sadly.

    I really hadn't heard much about this one so thanks.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. It does end sadly, but it's still a great book. And even though it is a kind of sad ending, there is happiness to it too. :)

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  8. That's SO awesome that this is told from Tinkerbell's point of view!! That makes me want to read this one so much more. I'm glad that you liked this one, Amy! I was kind of unsure if I should add it to my TBR or not, but I definitely am now. =) This book definitely seems good- I love how there are not only happy situations, but sad situations. And the fact that this is a Peter Pan retelling makes me very excited to read it!

    Fabulous review, Amy! =)

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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    1. Aww thanks hon! I hope you love it when you get a chance to read it!

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  9. I'm a dork b/c I didn't even know TL is about Peter Pan until a few days ago. I guess it would be better for readers to go in focusing more on Tiger Lily and the storytelling than for another Peter Pan story. I may give this a try at some point.
    Nice review, sweetie!

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    1. Haha, you're not a dork. I thought the story was great. It moves along nicely and it really let's you understand the relationships and what is happening.

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  10. Wow, this sounds so much more amazing than I thought it'd be. Excellent review! I'm even more excited to read Tiger Lily!

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    1. I am glad that I enjoyed it. I was a bit nervous about it, but turns out I didn't need to be.

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