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Tiger Lily

In YA Book Reviews on January 28, 2015 at 6:49 am

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by Jodi Lynn Anderson

YA Fantasy/©2012/292 Pages/Recommended for 7th Grade+

Publisher’s Synopsis (Amazon)

In this stunning re-imagining of J. M. Barrie’s beloved classic Peter Pan, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that’s impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

Told from the perspective of tiny, fairy-sized Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily is the breathtaking story of budding romance, letting go and the pains of growing up.

My Thoughts:

I never really cared for the story of Peter Pan, but I LOVED this story of Tiger Lily as narrated by Tinkerbell. All the elements of Neverland are in the story – Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, the pirates, mermaids, and fairies – but all told from the very unique perspective of Tinkerbell, who could read minds and make some amazing observations. At the heart of this retelling is the story of first love. It is beautifully written, full of memorable characters and scenes that you will think about long after you have finished the book. This is definitely a darker and more complex version than the original story and screen adaptations, but it adds considerable depth and complexity to the original story. Well worth the read!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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