Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 3rd 2012
Source: Purchased for my enjoyment - Kindle
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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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.

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.

Hey everyone!!! In case you missed it, ( Intro post)  I'm a new reviewer. I'm very excited to be here! I look forward to getting to know you all, and visit your blogs and I'm not gonna lie, a little nervous to be posting my first review here. :) 

Sometimes I will hear about a book, read the description and immediately discard it to the (not for me) pile. Then I will continue to hear all these wonderful things about it and decide maybe I should give it a chance. This is what happened with Tiger Lily and I actually liked it!

This shocked me. Why you ask? I freaking hate Peter Pan. When I was little, I remember my cousins always wanted to watch it. It was boring to me. Princess movies were more my thing, and I thought Peter Pan was a jerk. So I went into this afraid I might hate it. I was wrong though. Tiger Lily was everything I wasn’t expecting it to be. Peter was still a jerk though, so that didn’t change. lol

If the story of Peter Pan was real, I mean really real, this is how I think it would play out. No doubt. Everything down to him and the lost boys flying, the pirates being obsessed with him, and even Tinker Bell being a little witch. The explanations given for all of these things make complete sense to me now!

I fell in love with Tiger Lily. You are reading from Tinks point of view and it’s written out so cleverly. Tiger Lily is not perfect but there is much character growth. She learns lessons and realizes that every action has consequences. Not always good.

Some of the little things, like the tick tocking crocodile, I just loved how that came about. Anderson put such a realistic spin on this tale, but she kept key elements that needed to stay.

If you’re expecting Disney quality happiness, you will not find it here. Tiger Lily is sad, this story pulls at your heart strings, and I thought it was beautifully written. I adored this book and I’m so glad I took a chance on it.



About the author:

I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island
princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and...civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I'm bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I've loved writing and reading about mythical and strange things since I can remember.

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20 comments:

  1. I agree with you 100%. This was a book I had gone into thinking I wouldn't like very much at all but I ended up loving it so much! It was so bitter sweet - even know when I think about it, I feel tears rising! It was wonderfully written and did the original story justice, I believe (though I was very huge fan of it either). Great review!

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    1. my eyes were definitely drippy while reading this one. Thanks for stopping by. :o)

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  2. I have this one on audio. I have been meaning to get to it for a while. I love any kind of retelling so I think I will like this one. I agree on the entire Peter Pan thing though. Didn't like it either. I think maybe it was more a boy movie or something. Don't know. I am glad to see more about Tiger Lily though. great review.

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    1. exactly. I think it was definitely more a boy movie, at least to me because I was kinda High Maintenance drama queen as a child. If it wasn't about princesses, I wasn't having it. The only scene Iiked was the one with the mermaids. lol. thank you. :)

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  3. I have this one on audio, which I purchased after Jen told me how great it was. :) I'm so behind on my review schedule, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to fit in it. But I'm happy you loved it! And I have to agree with you... The princesses are WAY better! ;)

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    1. yes!!! they sure are! Smelly boys living in a hole, yuck. lol. :)

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  4. I didn't like this nearly as much as you, but that's probably because the opposite was true for me: I fully expected to love this story because I *am* such a fan of Peter Pan, but it was just so freaking sad. I know the story, but I guess for Tiger Lily's sake, I was hoping things might turn out differently. Oh, well. When I feel like a good cry, I know what book to turn to from now on. :)

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    1. It was way sadder than I expected. :o( Btw, thanks for adding the tags. I knew I was forgetting something. lol

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  5. Welcome, April! This is a great review. I've actually done exactly what you described and put this book to the side as 'not for me,' and I'm still not sure whether it is. But I've seen so much raving about this story and the beautiful language in it. I'm also not sure I want to embark on such a sad story. That's the main reason I've avoided it, if I'm being honest. But I love when I make a judgement about a book that is completely blown away when I read it, and I'm glad that was the case for you.

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  6. Hi April! You know, I really never had a big interest in this book until recently. I think the retelling part turned me off originally but I don't think I can let this one pass me by. Great review!

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  7. I'm so glad you liked this one! I've read almost only negative reviews until now, but most of the reviewers complained about the liberties the author took with the original story and that's not always something that bothers me. I loved Peter Pan as a kid (I listened to my audio tape over and over) and the spin of telling it from Tink's point of view and offering different explanations for some things really appeals to me! Thanks for letting me see the positive side of the book :)

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  8. I'm glad you liked it! My friend raves about it, so I finally broke down and ordered my copy from BD. I can't wait until it arrives. :) But I've been secretly in love with Peter Pan since I was, like, 8 or something. I have an aversion to growing up. ;)

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  9. I've been hearing such great things about this one, so ordered it a few weeks back! Great first review, no need to be nervous. :)

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  10. I'm glad you enjoyed this one....unfortunately I didn't really care too much finish it. *insert the gasps of the entire fandom* Haha. So I will leave my thoughts there since well I hate to dampen the happy spirit here. But I'm so glad you loved it. The idea is awesome. I love when authors decide to take such a well loved story and re-imagine it in clever ways like this!

    XOXO, Inky

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  11. I don't like Peter Pan either!! It's always been my least favorite of... you know, that genre of books/movies/plays. But I loved this book. You're so right about Tinks POV and how clever it is.

    Great review!
    - Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

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  12. I'm glad you took a chance on it. I haven't heard of this one and if I had I probably would have passed it over too, but some of the things you said make it sound appealing. Thanks!

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  13. I've seen this one around forever, but just haven't picked it up. I actually really like Peter Pan, too, so I'm not sure why not. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Great review!

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  14. I haven't seen this one but loving that cover. Glad it turned out to be a nice surprise for you!

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  15. Great review, April! And welcome.:)

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  16. I'm so glad you loved this one! I read it last year and it's one of my all time favourite books. I adore it. So beautifully written, and the characters were perfect. Great review!

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