REVIEW: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

tiger lilly coverIn the forbidden woods of Neverland, fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily falls under Peter Pan’s spell. Peter’s unlike anyone she’s ever met and soon she will risk everything – her family, her friends, her future – to be with him. With enemies threatening to tear them a part and Tiger Lily’s responsibilities to her family, Tiger Lily discovers that the most dangerous enemies can live inside a loyal and loving heart.

Tiger Lily is told from Tinker Bell’s point of view which is interesting as while you can often see what the characters are thinking and feeling, because reading people’s thoughts is something faeries can do, there’s still this distance between the reader and the characters so you don’t always feel that connected to the characters.

The world of Neverland and how people don’t really age is interesting and it’s a blend of kind of historical America and fantasy world. There’s people who definitely appear to be white colonialists, who come to Tiger Lily’s home and teach them all about God and try to change what the people do and believe.

The elements from the traditional Peter Pan story are all still there, though they each have their own interpretation. There’s still the Pirates led by Hook, though he’s a very different man, and the mermaids who are pretty scary. Wendy Darling makes an appearance too and in Tiger Lily you can really see why Tinker Bell doesn’t like her that much and you can see it’s not just petty jealousy over Peter.

Tiger Lily is an interesting retelling of Peter Pan focusing on an often forgotten character. It can be a slow read as you don’t feel that connected to the characters and because of how the book is written. Plus as it is a character driven book so not a lot actually happens till towards the end of the book but as you have this distance from the characters it can be a hard story to get into. 2/5.

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