Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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.
We all know the story Disney told us. But what of the Neverland Wendy never saw and the Tiger Lily she never knew? Anderson tells Tiger Lily’s story enchantingly, sometimes poetically, sometimes simply, but always beautifully.
She weaves a delightfully complex character in Tiger Lily. I admire Tiger Lily’s strength, silence, and bravery. I love that there are many sides to her, and to her story. She doesn’t have the luxury of easy choices, and sometimes she makes what seems like the wrong choice. But she is always Tiger Lily, and she is always brave.
I love every bit of this book, from the characters to the setting - which Anderson did a wonderful job of expanding, to the Sky Eaters’ tribe and Tink. Finally we have a Tinker Bell who is not smiles and faerie dust. She’s spiteful and mischievous as well as caring and smart. Jodi Lynn Anderson has outdone herself with Tiger Lily.
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