Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Hardcover, 292 pages
Expected publication: July 3rd, 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Amazon Vine
Description from 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.

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.

 Tiger Lily was a story that leaves an impression.  The story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan felt authentic to me along with all of the side characters that we know from the original story.  The setting felt right, the entire feeling of the story just rang true to the original.  It felt right to me.  And it really had a lot of beauty in it with this magical place with mermaids and fairies along with the lost boys and so much more.  

The story is told by Tinker Bell and it felt perfect to me.  She’s seeing it from the outside but yet not… because she can sort of read their minds, she knows more than just what is said aloud.  And she’s very attuned to what’s going on.  She’s invested in Tiger Lily and wants the best for her and once she meets Peter she falls for him.  Tinker Bell cannot speak and to everyone else she’s more like a bug than a person.  They really pay little to no attention to her and I found myself wishing they did pay her more attention.  Also, because Tinker Bell is telling us the story I didn’t feel a true connection to the characters like I would have liked.  However, I still felt that was sort of the right way to tell this story.  It just fit.  

This one moved along slowly for me.  The first half was kind of hard to get through and the second half never had any urgency to it for me.  I was wishing for more intensity and action and we just didn’t get it. It wasn’t boring exactly, just slower moving.

I think the issues I had are ones that not everyone is going to agree with.  I think it was a beautiful story and well wrote, but I just wanted more.  You know?  I wanted in the characters heads, I wanted more action and urgency and I wanted to sit on the edge of my seat as I frantically waited for them to be saved or whatever.  And that’s just not this story.  BUT at the same time, like I said before, this story was how it should be with the the authentic feel and the beauty.  So while I give this one 3.5 stars I still feel like it’s wrong of me.  Like it deserves more.  It’s totally just personal preference here, so don’t go by my rating, go by what you want from it and if you think it’s a story you’d like to read.  I most definitely do still recommend you pick this one up.  3.5/5 stars means I still really enjoyed it, it just wasn’t everything I expected.

 Disclosure:  I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. Oh, I wish this one had clicked for you! But i understand when you say you were looking for more of that certain something, it’s disappointing when you feel that way about a book. I loved this one. I think Peter Pan is my fave fairy tale, Indians and mermaids, and pirates and fairies, I love all of it. And every time one of these things was included in Tiger Lily I just grinned like crazy:) And I LOVED that it was narrated by Tinker Bell, that was icing on the cake! Sorry it didn’t score as well with you but I enjoyed your review!

  2. I know exactly what you mean with ‘having the feeling that you just want more’ It can really spoil a book for me. What a shame that you didn’t love this book so much. I still can’t wait to read it though 😀

  3. Really curious about this one. I’ve heard from many that the book isn’t what they expected. I’ll definitely check it out and I’m curious about this new MC.

  4. Great review. I’m glad you still enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t all that you wanted. I’ve never read the original Peter Pan, but I think Tiger Lily sounds really interesting and I like that Tinker Bell tells the story…that’s kind of interesting.


  5. Oh wow! I was really hoping this is going to be good, not a lot of Peter Pan inspired stories out there and Tiger Lily is a character I like better than Wendy. I hope the next book is better, the concept really sounds cool

  6. I totally know what you mean by wanting more…that happens to me every once in awhile too! Still, in spite of that, I have to say that I’m extremely interested in reading this book! I’ve always liked Tiger Lily as a character, and it should be cool to learn more about her!

  7. I am anxious to read this and see what I think. I love the idea of a Peter Pan story told through different eyes. I will come back and compare notes, soon!

  8. Great review! I am so anxious to read Tiger Lily, especially now that I’ve just found out that the story is told from Tink’s POV! I love me some Tink :-)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! <3

  9. Hmm… you would think that based on the title, the story would have been told my Tiger Lily’s POV. I think I would have preferred that. We are already so familiar with Tink and how Peter and the lost boys think of her. I would have been nice to hear the story from TL just because it would have been a new perspective.

    I don’t know if this is for me, the slow going effect probably would have turned me off, but it does sound enchanting.

  10. I really want to read Tiger Lily. I’ve never read any other fairytale retellings and I think this book would be the perfect starting point. I think it’s pretty cool that the story is told through Tinkerbell. It’s a very unique way to describe the events that take place. However, do you think it’d be as good or better if it had been told through Peter Pan or Tiger Lily instead?

  11. Sad to hear it was a bit slow but I didn’t know it was narrated by Tinker Bell! Now I have more of an urge to read it and I want to know what happens to Tiger Lily in the end! :)

  12. Nice review!

    I read this awhile back, maybe 1 or 2 weeks and I really enjoyed it! I get what you’re saying though and I would’ve loved for more too but I still found myself so invested in the story. My emotions being pulled this way and that way, and it was just moving…to the point of enjoyment!

    Even though you didn’t give it a perfect rating or whatever, I’m still glad you enjoyed it! I really enjoyed this one too! Although my review won’t be up til the 23rd, incase you were interested! 😉

  13. I’m sorry you didn’t love it, but I understand what you mean as others have said, that you wanted more. I’ve read several very anticipated books that left me feeling blank. There was a story, I read it, but there was no tension or urgency or need to read it.

    I still want to read this one. I was expecting more beautiful words than a great story. So, I’m forewarned about the story. Thanks for the great review!


  14. Wow I didn’t know it was told from Tinker Bell’s POV! I thought it was all about Tiger Lily and her side of the story. I always liked Tinker Bell so I’m sure I will have a lot of fun with this new twist even though you didn’t think it was that great. I guess I shall just have to see for myself.

    Thanks for the great review!

  15. I really like how you described this one – and how everything just fit together and felt right for the type of story that it was. I agree that it won’t be everyone’s favourite, but I think it’s so worth reading just because it’s different very haunting in its own way.

    Brenna from Esther’s Ever After

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