Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication: July 3rd 2012 by Harper Collins Children's Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: Owned

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.

-- My Rating --

5/5 Oscars: Loved it...

-- My Thoughts --

      I have been hearing so much about this book from the blogging world, and while I had the free time and the free choice of reading what I want, my mind automatically went to this book. I loved the story of Peter Pan (in the movie) so I couldn't wait to read Jodi Lynn's twist into it.
      Before Windy, there was Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily is not like the other girls in her tribe. She is fearless, brave, and boy-ish. She is not sure of what she wants in life. Until she meets Peter Pan and the lost boys. Peter Pan is dangerous, fearless, and as brave as she is. They fit, but don't fit at the same time. Life was never more complicated or more lovely for a fifteen-year-old girl with crow feathers in her hair.
     Tiger Lily was an exceptional book. Okay, that might sound like an over statement, but it is true. Jodi Lynn Anderson has created characters, so diverse, so vibrant, pulsing with life and energy. The story is told in the eyes of Tinker Bell, our beloved little fairy. I never thought I would love a story told from such a perspective that much. 
     I fell in love with Tinker Bell as she told the story. But she is not the only one I fell in love with. I fell in love with Tiger Lily, her bravery, her true love, her selfishness, and her imperfection. I fell in love with Peter Pan, Pine Sap, Moon Eye, Tik Tok, even Captain Hook (the villain, supposedly). There was not one character in this book that was not unique and real. They felt real. Not like a fantasy, but like they were standing right there in front of me.
     The plot is fast-paced, but God, it's amazing! The relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter is adorable. it felt so real, so heated, but also as childish as they were. I fell in love with them both. Though, I can't shake the feeling, I hated Windy. I hated that she was more beautiful, more perfect than Tiger Lily. 
     I loved, LOVED, Jodi Lynn A's writing. Lyrical and quote-worthy. Now, I know that all the reviews of this book were right. This is amazing, and it is a book that I will recommend to everyone forever and ever. It teaches you about life. Its unfairness. Its loveliness. It teaches you about the power of moving on, and letting go. It's beautiful.
There was a beast in there. But there was also a girl who was afraid of being a beast, and who wondered if other people had beasts in their hearts too. There was strength, and there was also just the determination to look strong. She guarded herself like a secret.
Standing there, hair pasted to her back, covered in sweat, blood on her shoulders where a freshly killed rabbit lay, arrows pointing above her head, she was a triumphant and fearsome sight. No one could have guessed the way her heart pounded.
You think you know that someone sees you one way, and barely at all, and then you realize that they see you in another. That was the night I realized Tiger Lily had seen—really seen—me all along



  1. I loved this book as well. It was one of my favorite reads of 2012. I also loved all the characters and Jodi Lynn Anderson's writing :)

    Kris @Imaginary Reads


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