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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted by Caitie F on June 12, 2013

Title: Tiger LilyTiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Hardcover: 304 pages
Pub Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: +++++

Summary from publisher:

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.


I am not a fan of fairies, but I do love Peter Pan and read so many wonderful reviews of this book that I had to give it a try. I am so glad I did. If you prefer paperback books, this title comes out in paperback on July 2!

The storytelling of Tiger Lily was risky, but it ended up working really well. The story was the story of Tiger Lily, but it was from Tinkerbell’s view so it was non-traditional. It made me actually like Tinkerbell because it gave her a personality and a side of the story that makes you look at the classic in a whole new way.

Going into the book, you know it doesn’t have a happy ending, but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment because the journey was wonderful and the characters were deep and rich. My favorite character had to be Tik Tok, Tiger Lily’s adopted guardian. He was a joy to read and his transformation was heart-breaking, but as a reader I got so invested that I still loved to read it.

This book wasn’t just about Peter and Tiger Lily, it was also about the destructive power of a man and  of a society. It was a very powerful, tragic, but still very beautiful book.

If you are a fan of Peter Pan, or just like fairy tales, you should read this book. The characters have depth you don’t get in the original story, the writing is superb, and it is a beautiful take on this well-known story. The paperback version of this book would make it a good summer read.


One Response to “Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson”

  1. I’m not a fan of fairy tales but do like that this is told from Wendy’s perspective.

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