Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Publication date: July 3rd, 2012
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.
“This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case.”
I was initially debating whether to give this book 5 stars or not, but heck, it deservs all the stars in the universe because this story wrecked my and broke my heart to pieces. I usually cry very easily with books, but it’s just a tear or two, nothing more, but with Tiger Lily?? I cried a waterfall.
This is one of those books that had stayed with me even after finishing it. I loved each single part of it, and I cannot think about it without getting emotional. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages, because not only it seemed like a very interesting and unique Peter Pan retelling, but also everyone seemed to really enjoy it. And now I get all the hype, now I get it.
“But I wanted to be a part of their dream too, even if I was only a flea riding on their tales. To run and run and never worry… that was what they wanted, and I wanted to go with them.”
This is one of the most original, beautifully written retellings I’ve ever read. Not only it was true to the original story, but also the author somehow created her own unique plot and made it entirely different, til the point where I was wondering how it was going to end (everyone seemed to agree it had a very sad ending). The characters were really complex but still very realistic, but they each had personalities or traits of the original fairytale.
And let me tell you I loved Tiger Lily with all my might! She was such an fastinating character. She was intelligent and badass, and tough she was very quiet, I could almost know what she was feeling. She had such a great character development throughout the story, and it was so easy to connect with her.
I also really enjoyed how the author portrayed Peter. I was scared, because in my mind I picture Peter Pan as a young, charming and quirky young boy, and I was pleasently surprised that those traits were in the story as well.
“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.”
And the romance was soo well done. You’ll probably know already that I have a weak spot for angsty and slow burning romance, and this novel had both of those. I laughed, I cried and I suffered, because though it was such a beautiful story, it was a tragic one as well.
The author was so clever telling the story from Tink’s POV, because not only I got much more information about each character from her and how she percieved them, but also I got to know how she was living that love story along them, and how despite her being so in love with Peter, wanted them to be together and support them til the ends of the world.
I honestly have no words right now. Even though a few days have passed already since I finished Tiger Lily, it still has such a deep place in my heart, because somehow it hit me in a way I didn’t expected, and I completely fell in love with it.
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