Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
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.
Since Peter Pan is my first love, it was inevitable for me not to jump on this book as soon as I saw it. Wendy has annoyed me since day one, and I always thought Peter would be better of with Tiger Lily if he wasn't going to be mine.
I thought this was a retelling of Peter Pan, and I haven't had much luck with retellings this year, so I was very afraid that I wouldn't like it. Yet, as soon as I started the book, I was so glad that I was misinformed! Tiger Lily is Peter's story before he met Wendy. Both Peter Pan and Tiger Lily live in Neverland just like they do in the original book. Peter with the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily with her own tribe. Our narrator Tinkerbell is in awe of Tiger Lily, so she follows her around all the time.
Anderson really takes us on an amazing journey in Peter Pan's magical world. All the characters you love in the original book, you'll find in this one as well. For example, you learn how Tick-Tock the crocodile started ticking! I was so very excited while reading the book, I can't even put it to words. I think I was grinning the entire time I was reading it. It's aimed at kids, but it'll be a blast for readers from all ages who've ever enjoyed Peter Pan's adventures.
I enjoyed that the story was as realistic as it was fictional. And I love-love-loved the fact that all this was done while staying true to the original. It was such an amazing experience to revisit Neverland like this.
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