Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy

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.


And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn’t seem broken at all.

Oh, Peter. 😦

I could have been stronger. I wasn’t enough to keep something so important.

Oh, Tiger Lily. 😦

I’ve been eyeing the gorgeous book cover since it was released. And I when finished reading, I was not surprised that the story inside was far more gorgeous than the cover let on. I marveled at the exquisite story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. It was bittersweet. It got me despaired and near tears. It led me to believe that,

Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. It doesn’t happen twice.

*eyes brimming with tears*

Anderson wrote so beautifully. While reading, I felt haunted and tortured. I was simply enchanted. But hey, this is not a happy story. So yeah, I am not deluded.

Peter‘s character is stunning. I’d never expected he will be depicted like that. So good. =) Tiger Lily‘s is the same. and how I love her.

“Maybe I just love some of you. Maybe not enough.” Tiger Lily blinked at him, and she didn’t understand how anyone could only love a part. Her greedy heart didn’t work out that way.

Tiger Lily is a quick read. I became attached to Neverland, Pine Sap, Moon Eye, the Lost Boys. even Smee

Forget the fairy tale. Anderson’s version might just be the real thing. And as much as the ending broke, broke my heart, I wouldn’t want it in any other way. *sniffs*

Having someone who is constant isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, in can be rare.

10 thoughts on “Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

  1. Goodness I loved this one! Peter Pan is one of my favorite stories from growing up so I had some trouble moving past the childhood book to this one filled with more adult themes. But it was a good trouble – if that makes sense! Glad you loved this one so much! And I’m loving all the quotes; Tiger Lily had SO many beautiful lines!

    • Ooh, yes I loved this book! I had no trouble separating Peter Pan the mischievous from Peter Pan the Lost Boy (here). and it was really good trouble! so many quotable quotes from this one. 🙂 thank you!

  2. Yes yes yes yes! I’m so glad you loved it! Those are the perfect lines to include. Gosh, the writing was just so beautiful. My heart was totally melting while reading this book. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Every time I read someone’s reviews, it just makes me want to read it all over again 🙂

  3. I was interested in this book ever since I found out this is about Peter Pan (or kind of, since it’s narrated by Tiger Lily 🙂 ). I love the 2003 movie, I’ve seen it at least 15 times and it’s one of my favourite childhood movies (I always cry in the end, just can’t help it). Do you think I will like this book as well?

    • hello! it might take some getting used to, because Tiger Lily’s story is not a fairy tale here. and the narrator here is not Tiger Lily. 🙂 Try it, perhaps it will make you cry again, for different reasons this time. no happy ending, though. depends on how you take it. thanks!

  4. Not Tiger Lily? Guess I had to read it badly somewhere or something 🙂
    And no happy ending? That’s very unusual. But it definitely looks interesting, I have to read it (hopefully soon). Thanks! 🙂

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