Peter Pan

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.

REVIEW: Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey

lost boi elenasquareeyesPan’s best boi Tootles narrates the story of the Neverland squat home, how the lost bois have created a home and their own version of a family and how the arrival of Wendi changes everything. The lost bois are loyal to Pan and refuse to join Hook and the leather Pirates, as they battle and learn they all refuse to grow up but sometimes things don’t always work out how they planned.

Lost Boi is a retelling of the Peter Pan story but it’s filed with a different sort of magic. It’s full of sex and drug references so it’s definitely not for younger readers but it somehow makes these things seem otherworldly and dangerous yet appealing. The writing is strangely beautiful sometimes as it shows the world of Neverland through a child’s eyes, a world which is in fact pretty grim and dangerous suddenly seems appealing when Tootles talks about it.

As the reader you get thrown into the world that the lost bois are living and it’s sometimes a bit hard to figure out what’s going on and how these characters that you know like Tinkerbell are really so different and how they fit in this version of the tale. Tootles does his best to describe what’s happening in Neverland but it’s almost like it has a different language and it takes a while for you to grasp what is really happening like with the “battles” between the lost bois and the pirates. (more…)