It Takes Two Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 in Feature, It Takes Two, January, Review | Comments Off on It Takes Two Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn AndersonTiger Lily

by: Jodi Lynn Anderson

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.

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 Before we start the review of this lovely book, I am going to inform you that this is part of It Takes Two – in case you missed that from the title.  It Takes Two is a new feature hosted by myself and the wonderfully personable Alexa from Alexa Loves Books.  You will be getting both our takes on the same two books!  

Before I begin my review, I would like you to know that I don’t read fairytales, nor re-tellings.  I went into this to expand my reading horizons, and that seems to be what I did.  Ok, onward and up!  At the end of the review you will see the February genre selection along with the books we’ll be reading!  We have provided a linky for you all to get involved, if you so choose.

So, We’re In Neverland, & Then..

 And then, lots happens.  Apparently, the last few books I have read are going to torture me by being endlessly slow for near 100 pages.  This book did that to me.  Jamie, from The Perpetual Page Turner warned in her review that this happened for her too.  But, I powered through, and BOY am I glad I did!  This story is told from Tinkerbell’s point of view.  [This is a re-telling of Peter Pan!] Tinkerbell is the narrator, and a wonderful one at that.  Tink takes us on the adventures of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan.  Along the way we meet a few trouble-makers [such as Hook!] who do not like Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.  This makes for a few issues, to say the least.  Tiger Lily’s father, Tick-Tock was so wonderful and animated and we see his undying love for his daughter, despite her ways and attire.  Especially because Tick Tock himself is a very odd fellow!  We also get to encounter Pine Sap who is a confidante of Tiger Lily, and we see the role he plays in this story.  There are many more characters that contribute to the story.  However, the one I would have loved to see more of is Hook.  I just like the bad ones, what can I say!  And if Jodi wants to come out with a story about Hook, I will be RIGHT THERE buying/reading that!

Okay, moving on.  This is a story about love.  Love from all different perspectives and angles and all different people being in love.  But it boils down to, all love is important love.  No matter past or present.  I think that is what I took from this story.

So Quotable:

Tiger Lily Quote

Was It A Happily Ever After For You?

Well.  To be honest, I was nervous I was going to hate this.  Like I started with, I don’t do fairy-tales.  Its just not in my nature.  But I am SO GLAD that Alexa chose this one, because by the end I was practically in tears [a few times over…don’t laugh!] And I was hanging on every word I read.  I couldn’t wait to finish the book, because I wanted to see what the ending was going to be.  And, GUYS.  The ending is so the best part.  This tale is a magnificent story of hardship and growing up, and learning to accept people for who they are.  That’s truly what it is.  And really, that’s what fairy-tales are supposed to teach us.  I learned from this book that there is yet ANOTHER genre out there that I was missing out on.

I do think everyone should give this one a chance.  I would not have if it weren’t for this feature, and I would have been missing out on a great story with wonderful narration and beautiful writing.  Tiger Lily had mixed reviews, I have seen it be on the best & worst lists this past year.  I am going to put it on a pedestal for quite some time now.  That is, until I read a re-telling that I enjoy as much!



For February, Alexa and I will be reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  If you want to read with us, and review with us, just fill out this simple form to let us know you’re interested!  At the third week of February, we will provide a linky.



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