Book Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Fairytale Retelling,
Source: Own Kindle E-Book
♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪
Lost Boy by Ruth B --Could there be any other song than this one…maybe so, because there is no mention of Tiger Lily in this song, but it's got the right feel (Sadly, I think it's because of the slowness of the song).
♫Then one night, as I closed my eyes,
I saw a shadow flying high
He came to me with the sweetest smile
Told me he wanted to talk for awhile
He said, "Peter Pan. That's what they call me.
I promise that you'll never be lonely."
And ever since that day...♫
The Feels: 2/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 3/5 Cliffhanger: No
Will I read more from this Author? Probably not.
This book suffers from too many words…the prose; while sometimes seriously beautiful…it ultimately just slows me down when reading, because I can't comprehend things being written without thinking about it for a beat. An example of this beautiful writing is this paragraph…
At dusk in Neverland, as with anywhere else, all the colors begin to fade one by one before night comes. The last color to disappear is green, and in those moments between dusk and darkness, it stands out brightly for lack of all the other colors, and almost glows.
There is no denying it, it reads sort of like poetry or almost like Shakespeare, I never could really get into that either. For me, personally it just ruins the plot and even the characters too. Ultimately, the book as a whole suffers…but if this is your kind of writing than it could easily be a 5 star read for you.
⇝Sex Factor⇜ While elements of are hinted at…there is no actual sexual acts.
I have been meaning to read that book for quite some time. I love the idea of Peter Pan, the boy who never wanted to grow up as I never wanted either. Sadly, this isn't how things work...
Tiger Lily is a magical tale. It's a love story above all. About your first love and how it defines you. And it is a retelling. Sort of. You've got Neverland, the pirates, the lost boys, the tribe and Peter Pan of course. But you read about them and they feel very real... I was in Neverland. Why? Because of the very clever way the story is narrated. Tinkerbell tells us the story as it unforlds. Tink is a fairy - a mute fairy. As you read you are Tink. The silent observer of the story. The one that cannot interfere, as all the characters in the end will do as they please.
Tink is obsessed with Tiger Lily, the native girl that befriends Peter Pan. She narrates one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read about. It's a love spark that slowly ignites in the hearts of our characters and in you, the reader.
This is the best retelling I have read. A five star read. A gorgeous written tale about love:
Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. It doesn't happen twice. [..] I like to think that nothing's final, and that everyone get to be together even when it looks like they don't, that it all works out even when all the evidence seems to say something else, that you and I are always young in the woods, and that I'll see you sometime again, even if it's not with any kind of eyes I know of or understand.
Bravo Jody Lynn Anderson for writting something so beautiful and captivating. If you like retellings and fairy tales, I highly recommend this!
Loved this book. I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago and this is my first chance to sit and write about it. The characters and story were great, it kept me interested the entire time. It was a really nice new take on the Peter Pan story. My favorite part is that it is told in first person by Tinkerbell whose unique view of what was happening made the story all the more interesting. I was left, maybe, a bit dissatisfied by the ending, but I'm not sure, part of me loved it and thought it was perfect and part of me didn't. All in all a nice, quick, sweet read that reminds you of what first love (and first heartbreak) are all about.
You think Captain Hook is sexy? Peter Pan or any of his lost boys all grown up would make a great hero?
I have always felt Tiger Lily is the best princess of all.
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My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy!
1. Neverland by Anna Katmore
Although Angelina McFarland loves reading fairytales, she never dreamed of falling right into one herself. But that’s exactly what happens when she slips on her balcony and a flying Peter Pan catches her mid-fall.
Ending up in Neverland where no one seems to age and laws of nature are out of control, Angel has no idea how to get home. Worse, the ruthless Captain Hook captures her and keeps her trapped on his ship, the Jolly Roger, where she gets caught between the lines of a timeless battle. But the more time Angel spends with the captain, the more she sees beneath his ruthless façade. The feelings she’s growing for him are as intense as shocking, and soon she can’t stop thinking about how soft his lips felt on hers when he kissed her under the stars. But Angel and a pirate? That’ll never work. Or can it?
As Angel desperately tries to find a way to return to her real life, she discovers a train ticket to London in her pocket. It won’t be any help in getting off the island, but as her memory fades away the longer she stays, this is all she has left to remind her of her former life and why she can’t give up trying.
Or is staying in Neverland forever the better choice after all?
2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Tiger Lily. When fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan deep in the forbidden woods of Neverland, the two form a bond that's impossible to break, but also impossible to hold on to. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. However, when Wendy Darling, a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not, arrives on the island, Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.
3. Second Star to the Right by Mary Alice Kruesi
Faye O'Neill has learned the hard way that marrying Prince Charming only happens in story books, and now she's got her feet firmly planted on the ground. A fresh start in London has Faye creating a safe, secure life for herself and her two children, even if it's a life with no surprises...until she meets Jack Graham, that is. Jack charms Faye's kids and seems determined to woo--and win--the ravishing yet reluctant single mom.
Jack recognizes in Faye a heart that yearns for adventure and a chance to trust once more in fairy tales. He believes in a world where anything is possible, and where broken hearts can be healed with just one kiss. But can his tenderness restore Faye's faith in herself, and carry her away to a place where love is the sweetest magic of all?
4. Wendy by Selena Kitt
Peter finds his Wendy while looking for a rare book on “shadow” in the library. After hearing Wendy’s tale of woe, he invites her and her two little brothers, Michael and John, to come live at his house in south Florida—a place he calls Neverland.
But although a large cross-dressing blonde named Tink, who lives with Peter and his band, The Lost Boys, isn’t too happy about Wendy’s arrival, it’s Peter’s nemesis, James Hook, who proves to be the new couple’s greatest challenge.
5. A Pirate's Dream by Marie Hall
Nimue, daughter of Hook, is desperate to prove to her parents that she’s just as brave and as much of a pirate as they are. So when she serendipitously spies the hidden isle, she knows what she must do. A fearsome creature know as the Sea Hag is reputed to be hiding thirteen soul orbs within its sands and rumor has it any pirate brave enough to trespass there and snatch one up will be able to harness the power of the hag as his or her own. And that’s just what Nimue aims to do. But, as is often her lot in life, things go horribly awry.
Sircco, King of the Sea, has no time for leggers. Those vile creatures in the Above also known as humans, and pirates are the worst of the lot. But when a feminine cry reaches his ears, his curiosity gets to him and against his better judgment finds himself offering the hag a trade for the wild, little legger with eyes of blue and hair the deepest color of his seas.
Human and merfolk do not fall in love with each other. It is simply impossible. But in Kingdom, there is no such thing as the impossible, merely obstacles a certain fairy godmother can easily overcome with a little fairy magic and some help from a few friends in very high places…
6. Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
s. Sir Griffin Barry is one of the most feared pirates on the high seas, piloting the Flying Poppy, a ship he named after the wife whom he fondly (if vaguely) remembers, since they were together only a matter of hours.
What happens when a pirate decides to come home to his wife…if she is his wife, given that the marriage was never consummated? And what happens when that pirate strolls through his front door and is met by…
Well, that's a surprise!
7. Hook, Wine & Tinker by Mardi Ballou
Gwyn's landed in a once-in-a-lifetime fantasy.
Donning the costumes of Peter Pan characters, Gwyn and boyfriend Peter go to a Halloween party—where Tink meets a very seductive Captain Hook. Gwyn gets up close and personal with A-list bachelor billionaire Dominic and his cabinet full of the type of toys Tinkerbell never dreamed of, but that Gwyn can't wait to try for just one night of exotic pleasure. Then she'll go back to her "real life".
But Dominic wants more—and Captain Hook doesn't hesitate to compete with Peter. In the end, Gwyn must choose—the pirate or the lost boy.
8. Death in Neverland by Heather C. Myers
n the Neverland, people don't grow up. Because they're dead.
Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights.
Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one none knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren't happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides - the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he's known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he's the slippery Nicholas Grey.
The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he's shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren't all bad the way gentleman aren't all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.
9. Rise of the Lost Prince by London Saint James
They fight to protect those who would never welcome them into the human world...
Petúr always knew he and his brothers-in-arms were different. Something more. Something not human. Yet, he never expected to find out the truth of their origins, nor fall for a human woman whose father was set to destroy Neverland.
Ever since she was a child, Wyndi dreamed of an angel with eyes of the purest gold, although she never really believed such a man existed until she met the hauntingly beautiful Petúr of the lost boys.
With a prophecy to fulfill, a woman to protect, a portal to find, and evil darklings out for blood, will Petúr be strong enough to rise up and claim what’s rightfully his, or lose everything to a long-time nemesis, Grapple the Dark?
10. Forever Found by Nazarea Andrews
Losing Gwen was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to survive. I’ve never loved anyone the way I love her.
But finding her was never about that. And now that I have found her–now that she knows the truth about me and the Island, I have to trust her to believe. Because her leaving me didn’t just destroy me–its killing Neverland.
I need her to love me. But we all need her to believe again.
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