Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

            I picked this up because I knew it would satisfy my hunger for a good bit of fantasy-esque teen fiction. (Yes, every now and then this hunger becomes too strong and gorging is so good).
            So I embarked on this with all the expectation of trashy teen fantasy romance fun. However what I found was a beautiful, lyrical love story that is full of soul and emotion.
The novel starts and you learn that a certain faerie who is later named as ‘Tinkerbell’ narrates our story (first sign of teen fiction addiction satisfied). As the story unfolds, ‘Tink’ introduces us to a solitary and introverted Tiger Lily, who is seen as a bit weird by the other members of the clan. Anderson does a superb job fleshing out characters you can really feel for – Tiger Lily’s meeting and subsequent relationship with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys is honest and believable and Wendy’s entrance into the story is brilliant. I just loved the epic feel that Anderson manages to weave into this story that at its base is about three people. I really enjoyed this take on the story, and I was not disappointed for one moment as I read this story. I loved the sense of place, the fully-rounded characters and the subtle story that was so evocative and moving.

Tiger Blurby:

            “Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the feather in her hair…
            This is a love story unlike any you’ve ever heard…
            Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings…until she meets Peter pan in the forbidding woods of Neverland. Immediately, she falls under his spell – holding him like a secret in her heart.
            Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Reckless and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. She will risk everything – her family, her future – to be with him.
            But Tiger Lily soon discovers that the most dangerous enemy can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.”

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