Tiger Lily

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Title: Tiger Lily
Series: None
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance
Format:Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Published By: HarperCollins Canada, Harper Teen

I went into this book with high expectations, and I have to say that I was a little disappointed. In this version of Peter Pan we follow the story of Tiger Lily and Peter before Wendy arrives. They create a strong love connection yet she has family obligations, therefore Tiger Lily struggles with the needs of her family and the needs of her heart.
Jodi Lynn Anderson is an amazing writer, her writing is so poetic and lyrical that sometimes I forgot about the plot, and the fact that not much happens in the book. I feel like I wanted too much out of this book. I wanted a stronger love story, I wanted to feel the connection between Peter and Tiger Lily, but I felt a disconnect with both characters. Peters character is not meant to be very likeable, that part I thought was done well because that was his character in the original tale. But I didn't feel anything for Tiger Lily, which surprised me a lot. I wanted to like her stubborn nature and her need to keep everything inside, but at times i wanted to scream at her to say whats in her head.
The narrator of this novel was my favorite by far and that's because it was Tinker Bell. I found that by making Tink the narrator, Jodi allowed herself to delve into not only the two main characters but Tink as well. And as the story develops, we see the progression of her character and how she got the bad reputation she had in the movies and the book. But, what I loved the most about this adaptation was its inclusion of not only the Disney classic and the book, but also the movie Hook. I don't know if everyone will agree with me, but there are some sense at the end of the novel that scream Hook to me. Overall I gave this book a 3 out of 5 because although there were aspects about the book that I loved, there were also many parts that I didn't like as much. If you like Peter Pan and adaptations of the classic tale, then I do think this book will be enjoyable.

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  1. only 3 out of 5, i think i will read this another time, thanks for your honest review

  2. Thanks for the review, I've been meaning to read this book:)