Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

January 1, 2014 Review 43 ★★★★½

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 292
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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 have put off this review for far too long because words are just not coming to me. TIGER LILY is a gorgeously written novel, bittersweet and a story with a moral. It easily made my list of favorites, and it is one that will haunt your thoughts like all the best books do.

When I was younger, I used to have VHS tapes of all the Disney movies and I have to say-Peter Pan was one that did not frequently get put into the VCR. Wendy always irked me and Peter seemed really annoying. Plus, I hated the ending. So when reviews started coming out for TIGER LILY I wasn’t all that excited but my love of retellings won over my initial hesitation.

“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win.”

 This one is a little slow to start out, but as soon as Pan is introduced, I was hooked. Plus, by that time, the reader is too invested into Tiger Lily and her life to put the book down. She is a character that is very easy to like because she doesn’t exactly fit in. However, the friends she does have are obviously friends for life.

Every character that crosses Tiger Lily’s path affects her and the story in some special way, no matter how little. The best part is that all the characters from the original Peter Pan are in TIGER LILY, but you get to know so much more about them. Like how Smee got mixed in with Hook-who isn’t exactly the ruthless bloodthirsty pirate we know.

“You have to be careful who you meet. You can’t unmeet them.”

The love story, the romance between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. Although the ending isn’t one we would wish for, it suits the tone of the novel to perfection, and is happy in its own way. You can tell their love is real: it is cute, and funny, and sometimes difficult-but always real.

The best part of this book, which I probably should have mentioned earlier, is that it is narrated by Tinkerbell. What would usually be the downfall of a book was the absolute best part. From Tink’s point of view, we find out so much more about the characters and their emotions, perhaps more than Tiger Lily herself would have told us. A sure winner.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.7

43 Responses to “Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson”

  1. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    Yes! I am so happy you loved it. I agree how it starts out slow, but it does pick up and that ending is just asdfghjkl; it was sad but a very beautiful ending. I think it’s cool too how it’s narrated by Tinkerbell. I was surprised that she wasn’t a brat or anything. She was the opposite of my expectation. I really wish there was a sequel to this book, but I think it’s better if it stays as a standalone.
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    • Alise

      Right? It’s so awesome to see Tinkerbell in a different light, she really did care for Tiger Lily and now we understand her actions towards Wendy. I agree-it would be great to see more of the world but it’s probably best for it to end as it did.

  2. Angel (Spare Reads)

    This sounds pretty awesome! I never really watched or read Peter Pan actually. Like you said, he kinda creeps me out and Wendy is not a very likable character in my opinion, but Tiger Lily seems to be someone I could love. I don’t know how much I would associate this Peter Pan with the Disney Peter Pan. I’m guessing it will probably just be a brand new character to me, but I hope I will enjoy it as much as you did :) Nice Review Alice!
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    • Alise

      You would be surprised at how much this story connects to the Disney version-it’s very well thought out :) I hope you will like this one too. Thanks

  3. Cait

    I want to read this so bad! My friend raves about it…and I’ve been tossing up buying it. I could wait until the library feels like buying it or…get it myself. It’s, like, a HUGE decision. XD Do you reckon it’s a good one to reread/own?
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    • Alise

      Ah, that’s a hard question! On one hand, the emotional value makes me want to buy it but on the other hand, nothing will be the same as the first time you read it. I would probably reread it so maybe? Haha

  4. Neysa Kristanti

    Awawa you finally reviewed THIS! I never like Peter Pan’s story too, but then this book happens, and ha, forget I ever said I didn’t like Peter Pan. And yep, definitely agree with you about their romance (Sooo heartbreaking yet so sweet) and how we got so much more than we got on Disney with the side characters (I especially loves Tik Tok here :D)

    And ooh the narration <3 <3 <3

    Amazing review, Alise!

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  5. Ashley

    I’ve seen this book everywhere recently but still haven’t picked it up myself yet, I love retellings but I am always worried that they wont live up to my expectations but considering everyone seems to be raving about this one I may just have to give it a try.

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  6. Thea Wilson

    I’ve been ‘umm’ing and ‘ahh’ing over this books for a while but thanks to this lovely review I’m going to go for it and buy it, thank you xx

  7. Andrea @ Bookish

    I have heard A LOT of good things about this book and I have had this on my list for the longest time. I really need to just hunker down and read it. I love that it’s narrated by Tink – I’m all about anything Tinkerbell :)
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    • Alise

      Then I think you will definitely enjoy this as we get to see more of her antics as well as a more serious side of her!

  8. Kezia

    I’m SO excited to read it, Alise! I looove retellings and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Peterpan retelling other than Tiger Lily. It’s good to know that there are no useless characters because it’s kinda pointless to introduce a character without any purpose at all — sort of wasting papers and ink? xD So many people have said amazing things about this one and AHHH I want to get my hands on a copy soon! Great review, Alise <3
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    • Alise

      Same! And that’s EXACTLY how I feel about useless characters too, I feel like sometimes they just take of space! It really is a great read :) Thanks!

  9. Brianna's Bookish Confessions

    Great review! I’m actually hoping to pick this up very soon! I absolutely LOVE the Disney movies and I’ve come to love re-tellings, so I’m beyond excited for this book! I’m glad you gave it such a high rating and loved it so much. It’s making me even more excited to pick it up!
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  10. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    I’ve been curious about this book, but have been very undecided on if I want to read it or not. The fairy tale isn’t one that I know all that well, so that’s also another reason why I haven’t checked it out. But I’ve been seeing some awesome things about this book so I’m still very curious about it. Great review!
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    • Alise

      Peter Pan wasn’t one of my favorites so I only knew the basics and can definitely say you will enjoy it even if you don’t know all that much :) Thanks!

  11. Nova Lee @ Out of Time

    I heard Epic Reads GUSHING about this book. Glad that you like it a lot. Um… I’d say I’ll read it, but with books starting to come out of my ears, I’ll have to put it off. It seems like a cool story and as a reluctant reader, I’ll say that I’ll give it a shot.

    Nice review, Alise! <33
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    • Alise

      Aha, I can definitely understand that! I’m glad it interests you and I hope you will read it sometime :)

  12. Sunny

    I NEED TO REREAD THIS. I thought it was alright, but now my thoughts on it are a blur, like I can’t even tell you what really happened. But those quotes. And now you say it’s heartbreaking and the relationship…yeah, I need to find time to reread this.

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