Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: N/A
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale

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. {goodreads.com}



Tiger Lily was such a strong character.  She was so strong that it became a fault. Tiger Lily’s inability to understand human nature was both her strength and weakness.  She did not need anyone, but because of this extreme inner strength she was also not wholly available to anyone either, which led her to disappoint her father, her best friends and her love.

The Love Interest:

Peter Pan.  He is just as always described: an eternal boy, who does not comprehend the complexities of life.  Peter Pan is the embodiment of the island: fantasy and danger all wrapped in to one seemly safe package. His character was superbly  well written and I honestly cannot find a single character flaw, he was the right amount of innocence and danger to correctly represent the mythical Peter Pan.

Supporting Characters:

Tinkerbelle, is your typical representation of a faerie. She is seen, by humans as a quick light, but upon closer inspection is a small human like creature. I absolutely loved that Anderson gave great insight in to the hidden world of faeries (how they live, what they eat, etc.). Tinkerbelle starts off claiming Tiger Lily as her own, she is Tiger Lily’s protector and life companion.

TikTok is Tiger Lily’s adoptive father. He is her moral compass. When she starts to lose herself over Peter Pan, he is the one that shows her inner turmoil. He begins to shift. And until he changes Tiger Lily will not show her own strength.

Pine Sap is Tiger Lily’s companion. They both grow up as outcasts and learn to rely upon one another for guidance.

Moon Eye is another one of Tiger Lily’s young companions. She is delicate and beautiful, she is the quintessential antithesis of Tiger Lily.

Captain Hook. Is the anti-hero, however, not in the manner that the reader expects. Yes, he is a bad man, but Anderson exposes his humanity and how he came about at being such a nasty person.

The Lost Boys are exactly how they are classically portrayed: young men who have no guidence in life.


This story was absolutely smooth. I did not feel that there were any hiccups or gaps.

Anderson did a wonderful job in exposing Tiger Lily in all her vulnerable glory. Yes she is the strong, stoic person that is depicted in the Disney cartoon, but she is also a loving, and caring person, who has had to take care of herself her entire life, and just does not know how to connect with people.

The story honestly ended too soon for me, but not because it was lacking, but because I as the reader was desiring more information, and more story and more background. Maybe Anderson will take this opportunity and publish a story about Peter’s life, once he has “grown up.”


As mentioned above I was left wanting more. Which is perfect, because Anderson has hooked, lined and sinkered (?) me. I will now be checking out her previous writings.

The story ends with the readers having closure on all the characters, which is amazing, because you rarely get that from any one story, but as I said it left many avenues for the author to explore, which I hope she does.

Wrap Up:

Amazing story. Honestly please just go out and get it for yourself. You will not be disappointed.



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