Monday, July 14, 2014

Fangirl Reviews - Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Part 1

REPOSTED: I posted this a few months ago but never followed it up and now I'm re-posting it for this months Fangirls Spotlight!

Background info - I first read this book about a year and a half ago and ever since even if I just looked at the book all the feelings would come rushing back. This book makes you FEEL, hard! So many feelings! Love. Hate. Sadness, total and complete. Hope. Hate. Anger. More Anger. The need to kill Wendy Darling. Overwhelming sadness. Love. Hate. Anger. It's so sad and beautiful, and it makes you feel all the feelings. It really plays with your emotions and leaves you gasping for breath and not entirely sure whether you loved or hated it, whether you want to cry or scream. So, this is part one of my review/Fangirl obsession post. This is when it's been well over a year since I've read this book, scary right? All those strong emotions still raging through me anytime I think of the book. Part two will come sometime later this month after I have re-read the book, sound good?
Tiger Lily
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Release date: July 3rd 2013
Goodreads Link
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.

Review -
This book is heartbreaking, soul sucking, and completely, perfectly amazing. It takes your emotions, your guts, your heart and soul, and grabs them in a fist and squeezes and squeezes and squeezes and your left feeling sad and heartbroken and more than a little queasy. It's the best type of book, the kind that can make you feel a thousand things all at once and have you still feel those things just from the mere act of thinking about the book or the characters. It's a book that sticks with you forever, as if it were your first.

I love that the story is told from Tinker Bells' point of view, because-One she's Tinker Bell and Two it gives a unique feel and perspective to the story, and it's just really cool. Tinker Bell loves Peter Pan but she knows he'll never love her and she doesn't even think that he notices her, and then you have Tiger Lily who she also loves and Tinker Bell watches as they fall in love with each other but she sees the things that they don't see.

“It was like this sometimes, and I felt I should look away, but I couldn't. I wanted to be there, having my face touched, defeating a heart like Peter's, but the next best thing was seeing it for Tiger Lily.” 

“An unspoken rivalry threaded their relationship, in which Tiger Lily thought that if she could keep up with him, she could hold tighter to him. It didn't occur to her there was anything in which Peter would want her to fail. But sometimes, I could see that, even for him, she was too fast, too sure-footed, and didn't seem to need him quite enough.” 

I love Tiger Lily she's a great character. She's strong and lonely and scared but through that all she learns to love Peter even when you know he doesn't love her as much as she does him. She still finds happiness and she learns as she goes about life and love and herself. She's wild and crazy and I love her even if Peter doesn't.

- "Peter did not come that night, or the next day, and she stayed awake. She did not believe he could have really gone, because for her, to leave the person you loved was impossible. 

For three days, she kept on studying the horizon, even speaking to it, as if a ship that had already disappeared could hear her. "Choose me." 

And Peter did choose. But he chose something else.” -

In the end Peter's selfish and wants someone who needs him not who challenges him and that's the real tragedy, not that he leaves Tiger Lily and breaks her heart, but because in the end I never felt like he knew what real love was. And I feel like he regretted his decisions.

- “And always, I could see that, despite his weakness for her or because of it, he seemed uncatchable, as if he might slip away at any moment.” -

To me it seems like Peter didn't really know anything about love, had never truly felt it. Not with Tiger Lily, not with Tinker Bell, and not even with Wendy and I felt sorry for him almost more than I hated him. The thing that really gets me and that I think is so unfair about this story is that Peter gets the last word. Like you broke Tiger Lily's heart, ran off with a whore, abandoned Tinker Bell, you did all these things, and you get the last word! Blasphemy!
A year later the main thing that sticks with me is the love story, Tiger Lily and Peter Pan and the betrayal when Peter chose Wendy over Tiger Lily but there is another story going with Tik-Tock and Hook and all the other characters. My point being that it is so much more than a simple love story.

Overall thoughts -While it may come off as a fluffy love story it's so much more than that, it's dark and slightly twisted and beautiful and heartbreaking. It's about so much more than just the girl Peter Pan loved before Wendy. And I love it so very much.

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