Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tiger Lily Review

Title:  Tiger Lily
Author:  Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published July 3rd 2012 by Harper Collins Children's Books

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.
This story is told from the viewpoint of Tinker Bell.  She meets Tiger Lily and finds her intriguing because Tiger Lily isn't like the other girls in her tribe of the Sky Eaters.  She hunts secretly and doesn't stay clean.  Tik Tok the tribal shaman, found Tiger Lily in the forest under a flower.  He named her for that flower and adopted her as his own.  Tik Tok is different than other tribesmen.  He likes to grow his hair long and wear dresses.  So, he understands and accepts Tiger Lily's differences. 

Tinker Bell begins spending more time in Tiger Lily's village eventually moving her things there.  She doesn't even know if Tiger Lily sees her because fairies are rarely seen by humans as anything more than annoying bugs.  However, Tinker Bell feels a connection to the brave girl, and even begins to feel protective of her.  She follows Tiger Lily around and observes her life, reading her thoughts.  Tiger Lily has few friends other than Tik Tok; among them are Pine Sap, a scrawny boy who always gets picked on, and Moon Eye, a fragile girl with a kind heart.  Despite her friends, Tiger Lily is more a loner than anything else. 

When an Englander is shipwrecked on the island of Neverland, Tiger Lily takes it upon herself to rescue him.  The other Sky Eaters fear the Englander's aging disease because Neverlanders do not age past a certain point.  Each person's stopping age is different, but they do not grow old like the outside world does.  Tiger Lily, however, takes care of the man herself.  During her trips into the forbidden forest to doctor the Englander, Tiger Lily eventually runs into Peter Pan.  Peter is the leader of the lost boys, a group Tiger Lily has been warned to stay away from.  However, from their first meeting, Tiger Lily finds herself falling for Peter, who is not at all like the stories she's heard.

Tinker Bell finds herself loving Peter as well, but her loyalty to Tiger Lily dissolves any jealousy she may have towards her.  Peter is everything wonderful and free that Tiger Lily has ever wanted.  So, when Tiger Lily is told she must marry Giant, who is a large and terrible man from her tribe, she decides to leave with Peter. 

As with all love stories, though, circumstances occur that pose obstacles to Tiger Lily and Peter's being together.  From murderous pirates to the arrival of Wendy Darling, Tiger Lily must face mulitple challenges to try to be with the enigmatic and lovable Peter Pan.  Whether she will succeed or not remains to be seen within the pages of Jodi Lynn Anderson's beautifully written novel, Tiger Lily.  You'll never look at the story of Peter Pan the same way again.

*reviewed by Casie, YA @ Cpl. J. R. Searcy Memorial Library

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