Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 3, 2012 by Harper Collins
Length: 292 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

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.”


Tiger Lily is a re-telling of Peter Pan, but Tinker Bell is the one narrating the story. It’s not really focused on the adventures of Peter & the lost boys; it’s about how Peter Pan and Tiger Lily, the Native American girl, falls in love with each other (more like puppy love). I haven’t watched the movie in a LONG time so at first I was so confused on who was telling the story and who was Tiger Lily. At first I thought Wendy Darling was narrating it and thought that Tiger Lily was a name for Tinker Bell cause I know some re-tellings change the MC’s name. LOL #fail. Honestly, the first 100 pages were really slow but MAN! The 2nd half of the book is SO good!

If you watch the movie, you’ll notice that Tinker Bell pouts and acts grouchy around Wendy Darling. There was a scene in here and why Tink pouts around Wendy totally makes sense in this book! She wasn’t grouchy at all in this book, I was shocked that she was so mellow and soft. Her character was so sad in this book. She witnesses everything that Peter and Tiger Lily goes through, and she’s ignored most of the time.
I also liked Tiger Lily’s character. I love how she changed throughout the book. At first.. you know.. she sneaks out, she refuses to follow the rules, she’s itching to see Peter Pan.. it’s like your 1st love, you’re dying to see that person and you’re like “you know what, screw the rules!” but she changed..
Peter Pan’s character in this book was really interesting! He wasn’t as adventurous as he was in the movie, but he’s so immature! He’s often undecided on what he wants to do, he changes his mind quickly, and tends to just “wing” things.
There are also other characters in this book like the Lost Boys, Wendy, and other characters from Tiger Lily’s village.

Overall I love how Jodi Anderson retold the story. It was very unique and there was A LOT of twist at the end of the book. The 2nd half was my favorite part because it had more action scenes. I really recommend this to everyone and the ending isn’t your usual ending. I really enjoyed reading it and would re-read it someday.

4 of 5

8 Responses to “Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson”

  1. 1 lipsyy November 21, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    I reeeeeeeeeeally want to read this now!!

  2. 3 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence November 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I love the sound of this retelling it sounds both sweet and magical 🙂 I need to read more fairy tale retellings! I’m glad to see it bring a fresh perspective to the peter pan story. Thanks for a great review Leigh!

  3. 4 Francoise November 24, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    I sort of want to read this because then the whole story of Peter Pan will make more sense. And I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like in Tinker Bell’s perspective, that could be interesting. Great review! A new book added to my TBR list.

  4. 6 ablightedone November 30, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Haha, if you didn’t remember the characters, I can see how the beginning would be pretty confusing! I’m glad you ended up liking it, though! Great review!

  1. 1 November Finds | Lipsyy Lost & Found Trackback on December 3, 2013 at 9:14 AM

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