Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Why did you choose this book? I loved Peter Pan when I was young
When did you read this book? July 2012
Who should read this book? anyone who enjoys retellings of fairy tales
Source: library ebook
Here is a synopsis of Tiger Lily from Goodreads, where it rates 4.06 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.

My Review 

I loved pretty much everything about this book! If you read this blog regularly, you already know I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings. But you probably didn’t know that Peter Pan is my favorite. I loved watching Mary Martin as the boy promises he ‘won’t grow up’! And I loved Tiger Lily. So I couldn’t resist this book when I saw it available on my library’s web site. It did not disappoint!

Everything I remember about Peter Pan is in there; Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and even the ticking crocodile! But there is so much more. The author did a wonderful job of taking the basic elements of the orignal story and weaving them into a new story.

Tinkerbell is a curious, or as her mother would say, nosy, fairy who develops an attachment for Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily is a young woman who has been adopted and raised by her tribe's shaman. She is strong, smart and independent! The tribe is fearful of Peter Pan and his lost boys and have an uneasy alliance with the pirates. But Tiger Lily develops a friendship with Peter. Her tribal custom dictate that her mate will be chosen for her, and she feels very loyal to her tribe and her father, the shaman. But she also grows closer and closer to Peter.

Without giving anything away, I can tell you that this book is a great read, even for those who would not normally pick up a fairy tale. It could also make a very good book club selection, leading to discussions of choosing the happiness of the community and family or choosing happiness for yourself, of losing your first love and how you deal with it, etc. The only thing I did not like was the end, but I didn’t didn’t dislike it enough to lower my rating. And I really can’t complain about it. It would not have been the same book with a different ending, and the author DID warn me in the beginning of the story with this paragraph.

“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case. “

My Rating:  ★★★★★  5 Stars

Here is the book trailer.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely want to read this one! I loved Peter Pan too!