Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Tiger Lily






Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
Rating: 3 Cows






Goodreads Description:

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.


 

Tiger Lily is a story about Peter Pan and a girl he falls in love with before he meets Wendy.  Before you continue reading this review though, I’ll warn you: I’m treading in deep water here.  I know many people who have read this already, won’t like what I have to say.  All of the hype and love that surrounds this book is what urged me to read this.  I read countless book reviews from other bloggers on it, claiming this was one of their favorite YA books of the year.  For someone like me who devours any kind of fairy tale or fairy tale retellings, this seemed like the perfect story for me.  Needless to say after finishing it though, I can’t help but wonder: am I missing something?

Yes, Tiger Lily gave readers a side of Peter Pan’s story that was not seen in the movie, or the original fairy tale itself.  His time on the island isn’t all fun and games, and he has to work extremely hard to keep himself and the lost boys alive and out of danger.  Hunted by Captain Hook and his crew of pirates, the lost boys are forced to live underground in cramped corridors, only to emerge at night when they know the pirates will be sleeping.  I did enjoy learning more about Peter Pan, and I had more respect for his character after finishing the book.  Prior to reading this, I always thought Peter Pan was slightly immature and needed to do a bit of growing up (I know, that defeats the whole Neverland motto, but still).

As for Tiger Lily herself, I really didn’t care for her character in the book in the least bit.  I actually found her to be annoying at times!  She leads poor Peter Pan on, who develops a crush on her almost instantly.  Then, she returns to her tribe at the end of the day to be with Giant, her soon to be husband.  Despite knowing the marriage was forced on her and that she can’t stand Giant, I thought if Tiger Lily really wanted out of her tribe, she could have done so.  The lost boys already offered for her to move in with them, and it wasn’t that hard for her to run away from her tribe without them finding out (considering she did it every time she went to visit Peter Pan, and had to keep it a secret from Aunt Fire, Giant’s mom).

Another thing I didn’t really care for was the tribe itself.  All of the scenes in Tiger Lily that took place back at the tribe’s camping spot, I had a hard time getting through.  For me, these parts of the book were boring and I think what slowed me down immensely when reading this book.

One aspect of the book I did thoroughly enjoy though, was that it was told from Tinkerbell’s perspective.  Oddly enough, she is one of my LEAST favorite characters from the original Peter Pan fairy tale, simply because I always viewed her as grumpy and annoying!  Tiger Lily showed readers a side of Tink that I wasn’t expecting at all!  She was actually super caring and kind, always trying to help Tiger Lily even if the girl didn’t realize it.  I found my heart breaking for Tink on numerous occasions.  Being mute makes it difficult for her to interact with Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, even though they are the only ‘friends’ she has after leaving the rest of the faeries.  I really felt for Tink, especially when she developed feelings for Peter Pan who is one of few people to actually notice the fairy’s presence when she is around them.  Another reason I loved Peter Pan’s character so much; he actually acknowledges Tink from time to time.

I wanted to like this book, I really did.  And although I didn’t hate it, I didn’t enjoy it that much.  I’m not sure if it’s just the high expectations that ruined it for me, and I kept waiting for something huge to happen, or if it just isn’t that good in general.  I hate to think that it’s just me, because I know how much love this book has been receiving, but I just wasn’t that impressed.  I do plan on giving this a reread in the future though, to see if it has the same affect on me.  I’m hoping the hype just ruined it for me, and that I was expecting too much from it.  Maybe if I give it a few months and try it again, I might have better luck.  Has anyone else felt this way about Tiger Lily or am I alone? 

 
Emily

2 comments:

  1. You're not alone. I was so disappointed with this book. I read it because everyone seemed to love it and said what an emotional story it was. I mostly didn't like this book because I personally found the characters to be incredibly irritating, There was no one I liked, except maybe Tik Tok, and that was only really because of one quote he said:
    “Everyone will think I'm ugly."
    Tik Tok smiled. "That's true. But we are a small village. We have narrow tastes. There's no telling who else in the world would think you're beautiful.”
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't really enjoy this book. I hope you enjoy it more if you do end up re-reading it. Thanks for the honest review :)

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  2. Thank you Patty! i'm so glad i wasn't the only one! i did enjoy Tik Tok's character as well! he was very insightful and i enjoyed his character, although we didn't get to see him too much in the book! i would have loved to have seen more of them! i was so dissapointed though, because fairy tale retellings are my favorite, and i've been saving read this one for a while! everyone said it was amazing! oh well! to each their own i suppose! thanks for checking out my review!

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