Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted November 8, 2015 by Madiha Rehmath in Book Reviews / 10 Comments

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn AndersonTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books on July 3rd 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 292
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed

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.

What a wonderful story. 

Tiger Lily was something fierce; it packed in tons of emotional trauma, and even more methodical cuts to the hearts, with its dialogue, diction, effortless wonder.

The setting was beautiful


Reading about Neverland in Tiger Lily was like reliving the entire classic of Disney’s Peter Pan, except this had a much more sober tinge to it, a more explained and detailed scenario of the beautiful island. In Tiger Lily, it is simply a lost island which ships from England come across by chance, or never at all. It is wilderness and poise, respect and love, a bundle of nostalgic experiences that touched me deeply. I loved each and every aspect of the island.

Tiger Lily was an amazing character


Okay, so Tiger Lily is possibly one of the best characters out there. Smart, witty, bold. I did have a small problem connecting with her, because she was so stoic and unconcerned about everything, but that didn’t necessarily mean I didn’t respect her, because if there is any character out there who deserves my respect, Tiger Lily would be at the very top.

The romance was another aspect of the book that I absolutely loved. It was awkward, yes, but it was also extremely raw, and while I did get the feeling that it was a bit childish, Peter and Tiger Lily’s bond, I guess it must have simply stemmed from me viewing Peter as a young boy. The Sky People were new to the story, and a welcome addition at that. Tik Tok was also one of my most favorite characters, and View Spoiler »

Peter himself was an enigma. His character was on I knew I would love even before I started reading about him. I guess that throughout my childhood, I’ve always got a soft corner for him, and reading Tiger Lily only strengthened my love for him. There were a lot of small twists and turns, but in the end I believe Anderson made it all work.

Tinker Bell was an absolute doll


I loved Tink! From the beginning, when she introduces us to Neverland, throughout the entire story – how she’s always shadowing Tiger Lily, and how close and protective she is of her, and how her loyalty is not transferred to Peter, but divided. I especially loved Tink during the scenes when Wendy Darling arrived in Neverland. I was always very neutral with Wendy in the Disney movies and cartoons, but reading about her from Tink’s point of view made me absolutely hate her. She looked like someone who was sticking their nose where it didn’t belong, a dainty, delicate, English version of Regina George, even. While this story was not about her, I definitely valued Tink’s part in it,  and her little crush on Peter was also very adorable.

I do think that Anderson could have done a lot more with the myth – I don’t know, maybe incorporated Hook and the crocodile even more – and given Peter’s character arc and history a little more attention, but hey, it was an enjoyable read, and definitely a I-will-punch-your-feels book. A must read for all Pan lovers, as well as tragic love stories.



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10 Responses to “Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson”

  1. This is one of my favorite books of all-time, so I am so glad you liked it as much as I did! The writing is just incredible and the setting is so vivid and well imagined. And, of course, Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell are just phenomenal characters. (Not so much Wendy though. 😉 ) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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    • The setting, I think, was a very strong and vivid element, but I guess for me it was the writing that finally won my heart 😛 Haha, yes, Wendy was a character I wished would just mind her own business, you know? Tinkerbell was my favorite, though – haha, thanks Zo! <3

  2. Isn’t it interesting how this version almost took the characters from the original and switched them? I loved this protective Tink and mysterious Tiger Lily. This is one of my favorites so I am glad you liked it too :)

    • Exactly – all the characters were very warped from the original, and that was something I found astounding and interesting, and yes, TINKERBELL was a WONDERFUL element and I think Anderson incorporated her very well into the storyline.

    • You’re right, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to finally read this! I guess all the hype could set your expectations really high, so my advice would be to ignore it and go into the book as blind as possible – that’s what I did and as you can see, it’s definitely worked in my favor :)

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