Sunday, July 1, 2012

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hardcover: 292 pages
Expected Publication: July 3rd 2012
ISBN: 0062003259 
ISBN13: 9780062003256
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Standalone
Received: ARC from Publisher
Challenges: 2012 Goodreads Challenge

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.
I really wanted to love this book more then I actually did. I am a big fan of retellings, and the fairy tale books & also the movies! So when I first heard about Tiger Lily, I was beyond excited! What I thought was going to be a spin of the classic Peter Pan story, was in fact not. 
While reading Tiger Lily I found that I was not enjoying this book as much as I hoped. There was good & then there was the bad. For me, the bad really made the story not as enjoyable as I would have hoped!
An interesting fact about Tiger Lily, is that although this book is about Tiger Lily, it is not TOLD by Tiger Lily. It is told by Tinker Bell. Non-speaking Tinker Bell. You know, because she cannot talk. 
At first I really thought that was a great concept! To read a story about someone else, told through the eyes of Tink. After the first chapter, this was not such a great factor anymore. I never got that connection with Tiger Lily. That connection we always want to have with the Main Character. Which I don't even know if you can call her that... is Tink the MC? I am not sure, I know I was learning about Tiger Lily & her life, and the people within her Tribe, but I never really got to know HER. Which was really something that is important to me when reading. Connecting with the characters, at least the main character. But with how the point of view was, I never experienced that one on one connection. 
I was also often confused with the point of view. Because it will change. From Tink's point of view, to the 3rd person point of view by Tink of Tiger Lily. That for me was just really confusing, and un-enjoyable! Tiger Lily was a very closed off character, although she was strong & very brave, she never really said how she felt. Tiger Lily was a very stubborn girl. She never really listened to what anyone told her. She was more of a free spirit. So then on day while running around she meets Peter Pan, and Tiger Lily falls in for Peter. 
Peter Pan, I really don't know what to say about him. Am I the only one who felt just utterly put off by him? Something about him. I just did not like. AT ALL. Peter was not Peter in this "retelling". The Peter I KNOW at least. There is not magic....!!! WHAT? Yes! None what so ever. Then there was this moment between Tiger Lily & Peter in this book, that threw me for a loop. Let's just say Peter is more like a 15 year old boy in this one. There is no Thimble kisses. *sigh*
Then there is something happening with the Pirates, they are growing older. Which I thought wasn't to happen in Neverland?
Besides the point of views, the writing in this book was really good. Jodi really can write, helping you to vividly picture Neverland, and the characters. I would have just liked to know them more from their own heads.
This story was sad. Very sad, and slow. The pacing of the story really drew the book out for me. I often found myself bored, and just wanted it to pick up a bit. Or at least have some other type of emotion in it besides this underlying sadness. Towards the end the story does in fact pick up in the pace, I just wish that would have happened more in the beginning. 
For me Tiger Lily wasn't as amazing as I would have hoped. But please do not let my opinions on Tiger Lily have you to not give it a shot. There were some really great parts about this book, but they did not outshine the problems that I had with the book, making this one for me not as enjoyable. The writing was very strong though, Jodi can write beautifully. I will be reading more of her work, and anything she plans in the future. Just because some parts of this books was just slightly confusing for me. The book it's self was written amazingly. Sorta calm & poetic. 

4 comments:

  1. That really stinks! The premise for Tiger Lily sounds awesome, I mean who doesn't love Peter Pan, right? But I'm really bummed that it doesn't live up to it. I have so many books to read, so I don't know if I'll ever get this one. I'll put in on my wish list anyway, so we'll see.


    -Ashley
    What's Your Story?

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  2. Aww, too bad you didn't like this one. I absolutely adored it. I'm a big Peter Pan fan, like you are, and I thought this one was a fascinating look into the mindset of Tiger Lily, Tinkerbell, and Peter. I will say that at first I didn't like that this is told in Tink's POV but by the end, I really came to love this one. It sucks that you didn't connect, but boy do I know that feeling. Hopefully you'll really love whatever you read next!

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  3. :( The summary makes it sound so promising. I haven't read very many retellings but I like the ones I have read so this sounded really interesting. I haven't read very many great things about this one. I am glad you were able to ind some good things about it but it is too bad to hear that the good didn't out way the bad. I think I will still give it shot since it does sound interesting I am just not so sure when I will get to it. Thanks for the great review :)

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  4. Gah!!! Dude! I am so dying to read this still! Then you drop the bomb that it's told by TINKER BELL??? I never liked her much... Sort of like Dorothy. Hmph. I'm still going to have to buy it! I've just got to! Lol

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