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. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. 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.
Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case…
With Tiger Lily, Jodi Lynn Anderson has created a story that is like nothing you or I have ever read before. The exquisite writing, the beautiful romance, and the tear-inducing ending all combine to make a tale that is as stunning as it is bold.
When lonely outcast Tiger Lily meets charismatic, elusive Peter Pan, they begin to bond instantly. Peter is like no one Tiger Lily has even known before, and the more time they spend together, the more she falls in love with him. But when Wendy Darling, an English settler who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives in Neverland, Tiger Lily must decide just how far she’ll go for love.
Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do.
One of the main highlights of Anderson’s story is her breathtaking prose. The writing is absolutely exquisite and gorgeous, and it captivates you from the first sentence until the last. She is a master storyteller, and she strings words together in a manner that I have never seen before.
Tiger Lily narrated through the perspective of Tinker Bell. While narrating from the perspective of an outside character is a risky choice, Anderson somehow manages to make it work flawlessly.
To love someone was not what she had expected. It was like falling from somewhere high up and breaking in half, and only one person having the secret to the puzzle of putting her back together.
The romance between Peter Pan and Tiger Lily is one of the most beautifully written romances I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Tiger Lily and Peter’s faults and strengths align perfectly together, and their chemistry is both fantastic, realistic and slowburn; and you evidently can’t help rooting for them as a couple.
If there is one book I can recommend that does not get quite as much hype as it deserves, it is evidently this flawless retelling, and I hope you are able to experience its power at one point or another.