Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

RATING ★★★★★

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 by Jodi Lynn Anderson is published by Harper Teen
an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.

Get your copy at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million.

(*ARC received from Harper Collins. Thank you!)

Stories of love, fairies, mermaids, pirates and Lost Boys are what you'll find in Neverland as Tinker Bell narrates the life of Tiger Lily, a native to the magical world that Jodi Lynn Anderson has masterfully created in her book. 

Tiger Lily is the adoptive daughter of the tribe's shaman, Tick Tock, who lets her roam as free as her untamed spirit allows. You may think that being the daughter of a shaman would have its perks, but the village people believe that Tiger Lily is cursed, leaving her with very few friends. One day, Tiger Lily finds that she's wandered into the Forbidden area of Neverland, and before she has time to react, Peter Pan takes her prisoner. Of course Tiger Lily is well versed in being as wild as Peter and his Lost Boys, perhaps even more wild than they. After Tiger Lily takes down Peter Pan (Oh yes, she's feisty!), a new friendship is formed and soon enough, these two young creatures fall in love. But with the arrival of a doll-like English girl named Wendy and a sequence of events that no one foresees, things between the two wild love birds change and heartbroken Tiger Lily simply won't have it. 

Non-aging kids running free in the jungle, being chased by pirates and loved by fairies and mermaids is the sort of story that makes you want to be a kid again and stay that way forever. When I finished reading Ms. Anderson's rendition of her story of Neverland, I wanted to be whisked away to this enchanted place and see it with my own eyes. I thought about the story for days after I had read it, unable to pick up the pieces of my shattered little heart, and you'll understand why once you've had the opportunity to experience Anderson's world through Tinker Bell's words. 


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I write books about vaguely magical peach orchards, resorts in the afterlife, enigmatic island princesses beloved by Tinkerbell, and...civics! I was an awkward and strange child who kept lots of secrets. Now I live with a sweet Basenji dog named Peanut who loves to eat shoes, and a sweet husband who is good at all the things I'm bad at, like being organized and thinking things through. I've loved writing and reading about mythical and strange things since I 
can remember.

Happy Reading! 

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