Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Source: Paperback purchased via Amazon
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
5 out of 5 stars
I had heard vague things about this book over the last couple of years, but it wasn’t until early this year that it was finally on my radar. I didn’t know anything about it until right before I purchased it. My cousin is a huge fan of Peter Pan, or Tinkerbell in particular, and she told me this was one of those books she was dying to read. It was at this point I finally read the summary and realized I needed this book in my life.
The first thing I noticed when it arrived in the mail is the cover. The cover is absolutely beautiful. It’s bright and dark at the same time, not unlike the story itself.
Tiger Lily is a retelling/prequel to the story of Peter Pan and Wendy. The story focuses on the first girl Peter Pan loved, Tiger Lily, as told by a tiny little faerie named Tinkerbell. The story features lots of familiar faces like the Lost boys, Captain Hook, Smee, and the mermaids. The interesting thing about this book is how different these characters are from what you remember. They’ve got more depth and the’re more complex.
Tiger Lily is such an interesting character. She’s an outcast. She is constantly bullied and teased. She doesn’t really fit in with anyone in her tribe, except for her best friends Pine Sap and Moon Eye. She is rebellious, fast, strong, brave, things girls in her tribe are not meant to be. She does not look much like a girl, nor does she care. Despite all of this, she tries so hard to be good and do the things she is supposed to do. Until the day she meets Peter Pan.
This version of Peter Pan is very different than the Disney version. He is tough and fearless, at least that’s what he wants you to think. Underneath his tough exterior he is a boy who is as lonely as the intriguing, Tiger Lily. Is it any wonder they were drawn to each other. Their relationship was genuine and real, it wasn’t sappy or too quick, it was beautiful, until of course it wasn’t anymore.
The ending was sad, but I found it beautiful. Bittersweet is probably the perfect word for the ending. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, but in a sense it ended exactly how it should have.
It did surprise me that this story wasn’t told from Tiger Lily’s point of view, but Tinkerbell’s. She was the perfect narrator for this book. She was just far enough out of the story that she was able to correctly portray so many different characters and so many different situations. I loved seeing this story through her eyes.
If you read my previous post, you’ll remember the first line of this book,
“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win.“
it’s one of the best openings to a book I have ever read. It’s the kind of opening that makes you know, you’re going to love it. I absolutely loved this book and I think you will too. It has something for everyone, a little romance, a little action, and it’s just such a good story.
Happy Monday and I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did.