Friday, August 3, 2012
Review: Tiger Lily
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre YA Fantasy
Recommended by Um, I forgot. Sorry. :(
First sentence Let me tell you something straight off.
Seen from the eyes of Tinker Bell is the classic tale of Peter Pan that takes on a whole new light as we learn more about Tiger Lily and Peter before Wendy came to Neverland.
What it has going for it
Well, I was absolutely ecstatic to read this one. I'd seen raving reviews and read the first sample chapters. Yep, I was all ready to thoroughly enjoy this one. I loved that it was narrated by Tinker Bell. I've always liked her and it was fun to see things from her perspective. Be warned, this is not the happy Disney version of Peter Pan...though there were a little too many similarities for my taste. This one was sad and dealt with some pretty serious subjects but it was beautifully written and it allows you to sort of slowly meander through the story.
Yeah, yeah, blame it on my high expectations but I really don't think that's what it was this time. My biggest problem with this one was it's mostly about Tiger Lily and I just didn't like her. Why would I? She was so closed off and cold. And why? Because she was bullied as a child? I just couldn't find any sympathy for her. Sorry. The "romance" between Peter and Tiger Lily wasn't much of a romance. Just because the author tells me they'er in love doesn't mean I believe it. I also thought there were far too many elements in the story that had no point...at least that I could see. Like, why was Phillip even in the story? What was the point of that? Did I miss something? I really hate reading books where I feel like I missed something. Peter Pan acted like a ten year old and he was supposed to be 16??? Oh, and I HATED the way everyone treated Tink! What the heck?! I get that that was the way that world treated fairies...I guess. But was there supposed to be some sort of symbolism with her treatment or were the characters just jerks? Maybe the author was trying to create something teens could relate to by having a character no one ever listens to. Cause every teen feels that way. *rolls eyes*
Well, as much as I didn't get the relationship between Peter and Tiger Lily, I enjoyed when Peter spontaneously kissed her neck. It was unique enough to be romantic.
Yea or Nay?
I don't know! I'll let you decide. I wouldn't recommend it, but that's me.