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.
Art + design – Oceana Garceau Photo – Trevillion Rating – 4/5
I love this cover because it’s simple and eye-catching. The contrast is beautiful and the title font is just the right balance of rough and smooth. I love how the cover model is placed in the top corner so it looks like the dress is a flower. It took me ages to realize that it’s actually a girl. I adore how she looks like she’s running and leaping – wild instead of just appearing to lie there with the dress fanned out.
Tiger Lily is a beautifully written tale of Neverland. Tinkerbell narrates the life of the fierce and mysterious Tiger Lily as her life is forever changed by Peter Pan and the lost boys, a shipwrecked Englander, and the arrival of Wendy and her brothers. This book is part fairytale retelling and part prequel, detailing Tiger Lily’s life in the village as an outcast and the way Neverland as a whole can be altered by one small act, decision, or meeting. I highly recommend Tiger Lily to anyone who likes Peter Pan.
- Tinkerbell – I have always thought that Tinkerbell (based on both Peter Pan and Disney’s version) is an annoying brat. I really dislike her and don’t understand why people like her. However, Tiger Lily gives Tinkerbell a fully fleshed-out personality and makes her so much easier to relate to. Although Tink serves as a narrator for Tiger Lily’s adventures, her own emotions are evident too. Her actions are given purpose and shown as Tink’s way of expressing her opinion on the events she observes but cannot alter. There’s also some backstory on Tinkerbell’s life and family.
- Tiger Lily – I love the idea of a whole book about Tiger Lily, because Peter Pan just frames all the characters in terms of who they are to Peter. In Tiger Lily, Peter is a big part of Tiger Lily’s life, but he’s not everything and he’s not the axis that her life turns on. Tiger Lily is a unique character who has an independent streak a mile wide. She’s not interested in the village’s traditional gender roles and she’s closest to the people who embrace who she truly is.
- Peter + the lost boys – Peter is just as much lost as the rest of the boys, if not more so than any of them. Peter may be the leader of the lost boys because he’s the most dangerous, but Peter has no clue what he’s doing. They’re all looking for something to make life feel right, to feel like they have a purpose – so they fight pirates. I adore how the lost boys take to Tiger Lily, how they take her in so readily.
- writing – The writing is seamless and beautiful. It’s clear that this is written by a gifted storyteller. Everything is woven together smoothly. this book manages to tell Tiger Lily’s story while also telling Peter’s story and Tink’s story and Hook and Smee’s stories and Tik Tok’s story. There’s a wealth of backstory given for each character, but it’s given in a way that ties in with Tiger Lily’s story.
- religion is evil – I’m not a big fan of religion being cast as a big bad villain. In this case, the Englander and his twisted religious ideals destroy Tiger Lily’s village from the inside. I understand that Neverland is an extremely self-contained place. Outside ideas will obviously have big impacts on the island. I just wish that the villain was clearly defined as the Englander twisting God’s words, so the blame didn’t fall on God.
- Wendy – I feel that Wendy is portrayed, a bit unfairly, as a snobby girly-girl. She gets excited about being able to show Peter things he’s never seen. Because Tiger Lily’s the opposite of girly, Wendy’s presence in Peter’s life is that much harder for her to figure out. Tiger Lily is already hurt by Peter’s association with Wendy, so she’s not exactly welcoming when they meet. I don’t think that the two girls had a chance to talk to each other enough to form opinions about each other, and they definitely didn’t form opinions based on anything besides Peter.
Maybe it would have been better to stay. But I saw the writing on the wall, even before Peter did. And I couldn’t watch it happen. I made a bunch of useless, angry gestures at them both before I left, but they didn’t bother to try to interpret them. I heard Wendy saying behind me that I was going off in a huff, and it made me sound small, and petty, and pointless. But the truth was, I was choosing. – pg. 245
There was a long moment between them that might have gone differently. Of all the times I saw the two of them together, this is the picture that is most stamped into my soul. It’s the two of them, jumbled up and broken apart into confused pieces, and not really understanding, themselves, what they were doing. – pg. 278
Acquired: bought (ebook)