15 year old Tiger Lily, proud and fierce, wild and misunderstood, doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the 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, big-hearted but hard to reach, 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 the haunted, hunted, courageous boy who loves her. When - as a punishment for her rebellious ways - 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.
As a kid who loved the “Peter Pan” story, I think my favorite characters were Tinker Bell, Wendy, and of course, Tiger Lily. For Halloween, I was Tiger Lily. Our dolls were sometimes named Tiger Lily. She was brave, strong, and beautiful.
Telling the story from Tiger Lily’s perspective is very imaginative. The friendship and then love that grows between Peter and Tiger Lily captures the energy and restlessness of Peter’s personality. Tiger Lily’s character is close to how I imagined her, but the meanness, harshness, and weaknesses of some people in her village surprised me.
Anderson’s writing is enchanting. She describes afaerie’s heart as “small and hard, like tiny grains of sand.” Tiger Lily “stalked” rather than “walked”. She still had the“invincibility of a child”.
Probably because of my love for the original story, this version seemed rather dark and glum. Even a lesser character like Smee has a scary, twisted mind. Mermaids, rather than being catty and jealous, are dangerous. This really well-written, creative story intrigued me, but also disturbed me. Teens and young adults may enjoy reading about these troubled characters, but childhood fans like me may cringe at the presence of cruel realities (other than Hook) in Neverland.
Three and a Half Stars
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