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Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Romance
Hardcover $17.99 (304 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Ebook $9.99

Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
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

Might be too strange for the targeted audience... (3 stars)

It's been at least two decades since I read Peter Pan and somehow that's always been overshadowed by film versions of it. That said I've always wanted to know more about Tiger Lily. I never particularly cared for Wendy—maybe it's an American thing?—which always made Tiger Lily the more interesting character for me. That someone had finally gone and decided to give their own account of happenings really excited me.

What I found particularly enjoyable and yet a likely problem for other readers is that the story is told from Tinker Bell's point of view. How she sees everything happening and reacts to the account is both enjoyable and at times a little confusing. But there's an organicness to it that in my opinion lets we readers be a fly on the wall (almost literally) as the tale of TIGER LILY is told. Just don't come in expecting the vixen-ish girl from Disney's version and you should be alright.

This version of Tiger Lily is strangely moody and I honestly found her very unlikable. It's like she couldn't care less about the tribe who has raised her. The attraction to Peter was equally off-putting. Something about it just felt... (I cannot believe I'm saying this...) pervy. I just don't know what other word quite fits. There's something just a little too worldly about the characters that's both fitting and disturbing at the same time. I'm not sure whether it will read that way to the teenaged audience or not but as an adult reader it kind of creeped me out.

A slew of storyline alterations explained just-so, the odd narrative, and the slight squicky-ness of the romance in this one would have me hesitant to suggest it outright. This is definitely one to read reviews on first to see if reviewers/bloggers with similar tastes to yours like it before you buy. I did like some aspects of it but by the end of the book I was really unhappy with the whole.

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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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