Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 292
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Rating: 2.5 Owls


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.


Oh, Tiger Lily. You make me so confused about everything in the world.

-The premise. I mean really. The story of Peter Pan and Tiger Lily told from Tinker Bell's point of view? How could it get any better -- or any more original?
-The writing. Seriously. Jodi Lynn Anderson, whatever you did to learn how to write like that, I wanna know. Her writing is lyrical, beautiful, and so refreshing. If I had to compare it to someone else's, I'd have to say it reminds me of Lauren Oliver's prose.
-The characters. Anderson's characterization is brilliant. I loved them all.

-The plot (if there was such a thing!). Usually, slow or nonexistent-plot books make me DNF. With Tiger Lily, however, I was able to hold on and read to the end, even if I did skim a bit. (And by a bit I mean a lot.)

So, to make this a review compliment sandwich, I'm going to end with something awesome: the cover. I mean OMG HOW ARE YOU NOT DISPLAYING IT ON YOUR WALL OR SOMETHING. I totalaly wish you could order prints of it.


Anna @ Literary Exploration said...

I'm sad you didn't enjoy this one more!! I really loved it, and I just fell in love with everything about it. I do agree, Jodi's writing is so elegant and beautiful. At least you managed to finish it!

Anna @ Literary Exploration

Hayden said...

You know, I am too. I just can't manage slow books; I've never been able to. That was my problem with The Night Circus, too. But her writing is really amazing.

Joie said...

If her writing is comparable to Lauren Oliver's then I'll definitely have to check it out!

Hayden said...

I definitely recommend giving this one a go, but be wary if you can't handle slow books.


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