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.