Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tiger Lily Review

304 pages

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.

I LOVE Peter Pan so I've always been interested in seeing retellings of the classic tale. This story is told from Tinkerbell's point of view and it is made known that the Neverland in this book is a different place from what we're used to. This Neverland is a darker place where everything is steeped in both reality and the supernatural at the same time. The characters in this novel are more complex and through Tinkerbell's eyes we can see all the characters individual characteristics and come to understand them more. Tiger Lily is the main focus and we quickly see that she is a strong yet lonely person. I loved seeing Tiger Lily's strength of character and physicality despite the way she was treated by others in her tribe. Peter Pan is of a darker and wild nature but he still has his vulnerable side. The relationship between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan is one of passion and also full of heartbreak. Wendy is seen less as a likable character but its interesting to see the difference between her effect on Peter and Tiger Lily's. This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel that I would recommend for those who are interested in seeing a different perspective on Peter Pan and Neverland as a whole.


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