Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 by HarperTeen
Details: 292 pages, hardcover
Genre: Young Adult > Fairy Tale > Retelling
Source: Amazon Vine (thank you!)
Summary (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.

When it comes to Jodi's tale of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily's life, be prepared for nothing you've imagined before! Jodi takes a tale we're all pretty familiar with and turns it upside down. Because you see, in this tale, Tink plays a bigger role. Tiger Lily isn't some no name princess. Smee isn't Hook's complete minion and Peter isn't exactly the fearless Peter we know.

The story is told completely through Tinkerbell's perspective. The thing that made me mad in the beginning was that Tinkerbell had a heart. While she was a little jealous of Tiger Lily when it came to Peter she wasn't the stubborn, bratty, dipshit of a Tinkbell we know through Disney (also, how many people know that Disney didn't write Peter Pan? Just wondering). But she doesn't talk either, she can read emotions and she can read Tiger Lily's pretty well. Which is part of the reason why she stays with her. To keep her company (though Tink is never really sure Tiger Lily see's her) and to make sure she's safe.

Like any re-telling the beginning is pretty slow. I mean, really really slow. Tiger Lily's life isn't too eventful. The tribe she's in look at her weird and stay away from her because they think she can control the crows to kill people. She has two really close friends, a father figure who cares for her deeply and a really big heart. Too big of a heart sometimes if you ask me, for someone who's pretty much shunned from the tribe.

Tiger Lily learns a lot of things through out the book but she never really learns to say how she feels. Because of this she loses Peter to Wendy and the ending to that story is just completely and utterly heartbreaking. But Tiger Lily does find happiness after all the chaos and unfair-ness that goes out and she finds a friend in Tinkerbell.

Tiger Lily wasn't what I was expecting and the majority of the book was incredibly slow paced but it's a fantastic read and a glimpse of what could had been Tiger Lily's life. The unspoken bond between Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell is heart warming and the ending is enough to rip your heart out and piece back together.

"There are jellyfish in the water," Peter said to her. "Here." He pulled her down beside him. "They can't survive in any other kind of water, jut this lagoon. If they float too close to the surface, they die. They're here forever and nowhere else." He turned his big eyes to her solemnly. "They never can go see the ocean. It's tragic."


Who knew Peter cared so much about things? Might be a little foreshadowing too...


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