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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily book review

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: Fantasy
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that’s impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Peter Pan is my all-time favorite. Whenever I find a retelling of it, I pick it up and read it without question. Of course, there are some retellings that I enjoy more than others.

This one, I’m sad to admit, didn’t keep my interest very well.

I finished the whole book hoping it would get better, but it never did for me.

Tinkerbell is the narrator as she observes Peter Pan and the Lost Boys as well as Tiger Lily and her tribe. So it was written in first person through Tinkerbell, but because she could read emotions and such, she knew what everyone was feeling and sometimes thinking. In other words, it was written in third person with the use of first person.

Are you confused, yet?

It was a pretty clever way to tell the story, I’ll admit. But it was confusing and just didn’t work for me. I think it should have been written in third person and that’s it.

The reason Tinkerbell was the narrator was because she had a crush on Peter Pan and watched as he and Tiger Lily grew feelings for each other. Even the summary states that the story is, more a less, a love triangle. Yet, I felt as though the love story was completely overshadowed.

Yes, Tinkerbell had a crush on Peter Pan and she couldn’t have him because she’s a fairy and he barely knew she existed, but the summary definitely makes the novel sound better than it is.

Hook was supposedly the bad guy, but he was only mentioned in two chapters. I just felt as though there was no real plot.

Aside from the POV, the novel was written nicely.

I also liked the twist of Tik Tok. Instead of an alligator, he was Tiger Lily’s father who loved time and made clocks.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Actually, I never get sad. It’s a waste of time, don’t you think?” –Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

22 thoughts on “Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

  1. It is such a shame you didn’t enjoy this retelling of Peter Pan as it sounds super interesting! You mentioned that you pick up a lot of Peter Pan retelling so I wondered if you had any recommendations of ones that are great as I was thinking of picking this up but now I’m not so sure! 😀

    1. If you think you would enjoy this book, then by all means give it a try! It wasn’t my cup of coffee, but I’m sure many others have enjoyed it. 🙂
      A Peter Pan retelling that I read fairly recently was called Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum. I really enjoyed that one.

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