I finished Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson for an Around the World ARC Tour on Thursday.
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.
I am Disney girl and so any story that is being retold that has anything to do with Disney is something that I jump on. So when I read that Tiger Lily was the retelling of Peter Pan but from Tiger Lily's perspective, I jumped on board!
Unfortunately, it's not what I expected. The whole book seemed to have an underlying sadness to it. Even the love story was sad. I was expecting there to be this great love story that we never got to hear about in the Disney version. And while there was a love story, I don't really think it was all that great.
Tiger Lily never really drew me in--I never really liked her. I wanted her to have some redeeming qualities, but she didn't really to me. Peter Pan was okay. But I really liked reading about the Lost Boys. I think we got to know them much better in this book than we do in the movie. Some of them were so cute!
And while I knew what the ending was going to be, it made me sad (theme for the whole book). Maybe I'd like a book told from Wendy's point of view better. Oh well, I'm still glad that I read it!
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Tiger Lily will be released on July 3, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 38
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 33
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 35
2012 Standalone Reading Challenge: 9
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for
an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.