Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Date read: July 23 to 27, 2012

Pages: 292

Rating: D.N.F = Did not finish

Book description: 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.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… .

After reading that I was desperate to get my hands on Tiger Lily. I remember seeing Tiger Lily in Peter Pan and I wanted to know more about her, so seeing this book and reading ‘before Peter met Wendy’ was like a dream come true. Unfortunately, after I read up to page 100 I no longer wanted to know more about Tiger Lily. 

This wasn’t horribly written, God no; her writing was simply beautiful and fantastic. What really grinds my gears is the fact that people age in Neverland – age. Peter Pan cannot fly, the Lost Boys are the same age as Peter instead of those cute little boys we have seen in the film, and Reginald Smee is a murderer. Remember good ol’ Smee? The small old man with a kind and gentle face but sadly is a pirate working for Captain Hook? 

Oui? Well, the Smee in this book is dark; twisted. He’s also in love with Tiger Lily. I don’t know why this sets me off, I shouldn’t be since this story is with a dark twist – and I usually enjoy fairy tales with a dark twist.

The story starts off with this:
Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the 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.

What a wonderful kick off! I thought I was going to be in for a special treat. Not only that, butTinker Bell is narrating! That feisty little fairy whom we all love. Anyway, Tiger Lily was taken in by Tik Tok at the age of 5. While growing up, she becomes lonely due to the fact that people think she’s cursed. Tiger Lily is a girl of few words. She’s strong, fast, and a great hunter; boys see this as a threat so they don’t want anything to do with her. Her only friends are Pine Sap and Moon Eye.

Her life becomes worse when she turns 15: she is forced to marry the big oaf, Giant, who mistreats her, and Aunt Fire – Giant’s mother – abuses her over the smallest things. She loses the Englander she had saved and the Sky Eaters look at her with haughty eyes. Instead of taking part in the “activities” the Sky Eaters put together, Tiger Lily explores the forest of Neverland, there, she meets Peter Pan. 

I am extremely disappointed in how Pan was portrayed. He wasn’t that funny, witty, boyish, charming boy we all love. He was serious, lonely, and rather dull. I had to stop reading this; the reason why I didn’t give Tiger Lily one star or didn’t skim the rest is because I probably might finish this later on in life. Just not right now.