Monday, July 2, 2012
Tiger Lily Review
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.
Okay I have to admit, I have never been much of a Peter Pan fan. I've never even seen the Disney adaptation of the film. The closest I ever got to seeing a Peter Pan tale was the movie Hook with Robin Williams. Pan was just never interesting enough for me. I was more of a Beauty and the Beast kinda gal. Then as I got older I got into romance and horror. So Peter Pan never crossed my mind much. Until now that is, when I was able to get my hands on an ARC of Tiger Lily, courtesy of HarperCollins via Twitter.
What caught my eye about Tiger Lily was the fact that it was a fairytale retelling and I love those. Sure I was familiar with the story of Peter Pan even though I never read it, but it being told in a new light. I just had to see what it was all about. I was mighty glad I did too, because I loved the story and it may have pushed me to want to finally read the original tale.
I really adored how Tinkerbell was the narrator and it made me want a fairy for some odd reason. Tink was loyal, spunky, and downright cute. It is then that we are introduced to Tiger Lily. Tink is intrigued with her and starts following her around everywhere. I honestly could not connect with her. Maybe that was the author's point but T.L was a hard person to like. Sure she was brave and independent and I liked that about her but I just could not connect with her on a personal level.
Pan and the lost boys were awesome times ten. They were fun, funny, and an all around amazing group of boys. There is nothing more than I can say because I wouldn't know how to explain, you just need to read the book to understand. Peter and Tiger Lily's relationship was, how can I say this...awkward? He was loving in his own way but I wish that she showed him a bit more affection. Maybe if she had, it wouldn't have ended the way it did.
But of course, what kind of book would that be if he ended up with Tiger Lily? Would that not change everything about the tale in the first place? (I will know soon enough when I read the original book)
The imagery and imagination put into Neverland was endearing. It would not necessarily be a place I would like to live in but it was beautiful all the same. Plus there are mermaids and pirates! If you are looking for a light hearted and fun read, Tiger Lily is for you. I laughed and I cried, yes I cried. It was bittersweet. Do not let that stop you from reading though, it is such a good story.
I highly recommend!!
Tiger Lily will be out tomorrow. Make sure to hit your local bookstore and buy the book:)
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