Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tiger Lily

Written by: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by: Orchard
Pages: 301
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

This is a love story unlike any you've ever heard...
Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings...until she meets Peter Pan in the forbidding woods of Neverland. Immediately, she falls under his spell - holding him like a secret in her heart.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Reckless and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. She will risk everything - her family, her future - to be with him.
But Tiger Lily soon discovers that the most dangerous enemy can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

My Rating: 5/5

I have been wanting to read this book for so long! It was always just staring at me on my Amazon wishlist wanting me to pick it. Because, come on! just look at the cover. But as soon as I  read the synopsis, I was committed and added it straight to my shopping cart. Which was why I was so happy that this book did not let me down and it lived up to the really high expectations that I had put upon it.
After realising that the books perspective is with Tinkerbell I fell in love with it a little bit more. How could you not?! It's Tinkerbell! But it wasn't only this that drew me into the book. It was also the writing style of Jodi Lynn Anderson. It is so descriptive, unique and heartbreakingly touching that it helps you get a really clear idea of Tiger Lily's personality as well as the place and world of Neverland. It allows you to create a definitive picture in your mind of what you are reading and helps you to get lost in the pages. 
You fall in love with all of the characters through it so much that you can be conflicted and confused on whether you should be angry, sad or happy with one over the other. But it is the characters of Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell that I felt and connected with more. Tiger Lily with her strength and confidence yet struggles to fit in and feel loved in her tribe. And Tinkerbell with her constant protectiveness and loyalty that she gives to the people that mostly ignore her. 
Not one could of guessed the way her heart pounded. "I've saved the Englander," she said. Everyone scattered. 
Throughout the book you are kept being reminded that you are reading from Tinkerbell's perspective, which is a such cute and sensitive touch by Anderson, with phrases that are have a childlike naivety but also with an adult like protectiveness and wisdom that is so contrasting it adds huge depth to Tinkerbell as a character. So much so, I couldn't help but get a little angry when she was ignored and swatted away. Especially when she was trying to help! But ultimately it allows the readers to view it from a unique outsiders perspective rather than the normal feeling as though it is happening to you. Giving the advantage of getting a clearer understanding and insight of the characters.
To love someone was not what she expected. It was like falling from somewhere high up and breaking in half, and only one person having the secret puzzle of putting her together.
But it wasn't just Tinkerbell that made this book special, it was subtle and stunning ways in which Anderson weaved in dark and slightly disturbing scenes that made you just gasp out loud with the surprise. As well as effectively weaving in the parts of the original storyline and mixing it with her original story. Creating a beautiful and endearing contrast and giving a whole new take on the beloved Peter Pan story. 
I for one know that I will never be able to watch Peter Pan without looking at the relationships and characters in a new light. As well as feeling an undeniable urge to buy every Jodi Lynn Anderson book. 
It is just that she was fifteen once for the first time, and Peter walked across her heart, and left his footprints here.
Overall this story constantly makes you feel happy and sad all at the same time. It stays with you long after you have read it and enchants you with the amazing characters of Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell. I recommended this book with all the levels of amazingness that it needs and encourage that you won't be disappointed.

Tiger Lily