Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by HarperCollins on July 3rd, 2012
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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.
Tiger Lily was absolutely everything I was hoping for, and more. Anderson perfectly captured the spirit of one of my favourite tales, and at the same time, managed to create something completely imaginative and new. With characters that came alive off the pages, a plot that left me breathless and an ending that captured a piece of my heart forever, Tiger Lily is the Peter Pan retelling I never knew I always wanted.
The reason Tiger Lily was so successful was because Anderson managed to capture Tiger Lily, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in a way that was both exhilarating and tragic. A little frantic, slightly scatterbrained, and a lot afraid, Peter as the fearless leader was pure perfection. Constantly walking the line between being absolutely terrified of failing and needing to have everyone believe in his infallibility, Peter was the best at playing pretend: pretending he wasn’t afraid, pretending he knew what he was doing, and pretending that Tiger Lily’s inability to confide in him or praise his successes didn’t hurt his feelings. As for the Lost Boys, I think Anderson described them the best: [Read more…]