Friday, November 2, 2012

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Title: Tiger Lily 
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson 
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Source: Local Library  

My Rating: fullfullhalfBlankBlank

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. (taken from
As a girl who grew up with Disney's tale of Peter Pan, I've always loved the boy who refused to grow up. He embodies so much of the magic and adventure that accompanied my childhood. So, when I saw that there was a romance novel with Peter as the main character, I had to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, the book fell short for me in several areas.

Surprisingly, the story is told from the faerie Tinkerbell's point of view, even though Tiger Lily is the main character. I tried to like Tiger Lily. I really did. However, I couldn't make myself. She was too odd, too antisocial and hard to relate to. A large part of the problem may have been that the story is told through Tink's perspective. It was difficult for me to bond with Tiger Lily when she felt so distant. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy reading about any of the characters besides Peter Pan, and even Peter could be a bit one-dimensional at times. 

This version of Neverland is much darker than I had anticipated  Disney definitely didn't prepare me for murderous pirates, killer mermaids, and a group of misfit boys that don't mind stringing up a pirate every once in a while. Even Peter himself is darker than a naive boy with a penchant for trouble. 

The romance was mediocre. Peter and Tiger Lily's relationship lacked passion and depth. While I was fascinated by the idea of their love, I didn't actually enjoy reading about it. They both seemed too young and closed off to develop a serious relationship. I found myself wanting more from both of them.

Despite these aspects of the story, I still couldn't help but love the idea of Peter Pan falling in love. It is for that reason that I didn't hate the book. I wanted so much to love it that I think I convinced myself it was a worthwhile read. If you, like me, are a lover of Peter, the Lost Boys, and Neverland, feel free to give Tiger Lily a shot. However, my recommendation comes with a warning: don't expect too much from the characters or the plot. Also, be prepared for a downer. There aren't any fairy tale endings here.

"Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we're only what we've done and what we are going to do."