Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson Review

Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A lush, gorgeous retelling of Peter Pan, Tiger Lily is a sweet, sad story that is perfect for romance fans, as well as fans of fairy tale retellings.

Tiger Lily is a sort of unofficial prequel to Peter Pan, telling a version of what happened in Neverland before Wendy came along. It was a sweet, tender reimagining of the obscure character Tiger Lily, a young Native American woman who I had only seen in glimpses in the Disney movie.

What I enjoyed:
-the author's reinterpretation of Peter, Wendy, the Lost Boys, and all the other characters, especially Tinker Bell and Tiger Lily herself
-Tinker Bell's narration of the story, which made it more authentic to me
-The author's fill-in in the holes of the Disney movie
-Tik Tok
-Pine Sap
-the crows
-the way the natives interacted with one another, and the pirates
-The ending, bittersweet and beautiful

What I didn't enjoy:
-the depiction of the mermaids
-the depiction of most of the creatures in Neverland
-the length of the book, it was relatively small and I would've liked something more

I really enjoyed this novel, though it was somewhat flawed at points--I would recommend this to anyone who loves the timeless story of Peter Pan, as well as anyone who loves their fairy tales with a bright new spin on them.

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