Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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.

I've always loved fairy tales, and I've always loved adaptations on those fairy tales. I have Cinder at home right now and Scarlet is coming soon, I've watched a ton of those movies where they do a Grimm version of a fairy tale and Once Upon A Time is the only show I will shut down my life to watch. I would have to give this book like a 2.75 out of 5 stars. Not only was I intrigued by the idea of another Peter Pan story (I loved Forever Neverland) and even better, it was about Tiger Lily whom I've always like more than Wendy. Once chapter in you figure out that the book is narrated by Tinker Bell and I was hooked (I love her cranky nature).

I must say that it was hard to connect with Tiger Lily, she was such an internal creature and although Tinker Bell could almost read the thoughts of human and kept us in the loop on the thoughts of Tiger Lily, it was still hard to connect with Tiger Lily as a character. The emotion just wasn't there. I will say that I did feel for her during the moment when the Lost Boys were trying to decide if she was ugly or pretty, when Peter wasn't sure if she was a boy or a girl, and (BABY SPOILER) and when Wendy showed up they boys clearly approved of her delicate girl nature over Tiger Lily's rough one. I've been that girl and it sucks sometimes. However I'm not sure if I felt all of that compasion because the character made me feel it, or because I'm a suck for that kind of thing.

Anyway, what I loved the most about this story was Peter Pan. He's a child, but he's the man in charge, he longs for adventure, but he's tired of his mundane life. He'd do anything to protect is Lost Boys, but also longs for new companionship. I just about shed a tear for Peter during a few select spots in this book, the poor kid.

All in all, not the greatest book in my opinion, I just didn't feel as much for Tiger Lily as I wanted to, I had such high hopes, but I still enjoyed the book, I can think of a few kids who'd enjoy reading it.


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