Book Review: “Tiger Lily”

“Tiger Lily” by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


  • It was interesting to hear the story from Tink’s perspective. The whole “fairies don’t have language” thing was a bit weird though. How is she telling us then? We’re not fairies. I also liked that her “jealousy” was explained.
  • I’m not familiar with Peter Pan at all. I saw the Disney movie once as a kid and that’s about it so the whole story was a new world for me.
  • Though I’m not really familiar with the story I know the some of basics: Captain Hook doesn’t like Peter and the Lost Boys, Peter takes Wendy and her brothers to Neverland, and that’s about it.
  • I did appreciate that Tiger Lily and her tribe were the  large focus of the story. I’m pretty sure they’re passed over in the book and many of the retellings. I love when authors give some love to overlooked characters.
  • I just never clicked with Tiger Lily. I know she’s supposed to be cold and harsh but that doesn’t make me like her. I really couldn’t cheer for her (except when Wendy showed up because I really hated Wendy for some reason.)
  • I did like that the story was a bit darker. Smee a murderer? Hook an angry, sad old man? Tiger Lily being forced into marriage? Peter and the Lost Boys leaving Neverland behind? Those aren’t elements of the happier version of Peter Pan we know.
  • Oh man, the story was paced super slow. I guess the introduction of Wendy was the conflict? That didn’t happen until the last third of the book. I need action and excitement before that.

The bottom line? It was enjoyable enough but certainly not what I was hoping for.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: “Tiger Lily”

  1. 😦 I’m disappointed that you did’nt like it, cause you know I HAVE to read this for Project Fairy Tale (Im doing Peter Pan). I really don’t like slow paced books that much, I need action too!! Oh well I gotta do it cause its like the most popular Peter retelling right now!

  2. Great review, Alison! I really felt the same way. Ideally, I love a standoffish, cold-hearted protagonist, but not when the author can’t give me SOME way of connecting with her. I agree about the slow pacing and lack of conflict as well. Oh well!

    (p.s. I’m still in love with your snow. It’s the best.)

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