by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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Publication Date: July 3rd 2012
Genre: Fantasy | Fairy Tale | Retelling
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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.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up. (Goodreads)
Most of the characters in the story are ones we’ve meet before; Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Hook, Smee and even Tinker Bell. The story is actually told from Tinker Bell’s point of view. But the character that really stole the story would be the main character, Tiger Lily. Wow, she reminded me of a buffed-up Katniss, in a way. She was an outcast in more ways than one, and it was unfortunate that most of the people in her village avoided her. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her throughout the story, I just wanted to grab her and give her a great big hug. (Not that she would appreciate that at all.) But we get to watch her grow from a person that doesn’t really know how to care or show feeling, to a person that learns what love is. It was interesting to read her story.
Peter was a bit different than the ‘Disney version’ of Peter Pan that I have known for so long. He loved to have fun, was at times selfish and conceited, and was also a bit broken. He cared for the Lost Boys like they were family, and did whatever he had to do to keep them safe, even at times doing things that were very unpleasant. With no memories of his life before, all he had ever known was Neverland. But he longed for so much more. It seemed that there were so many different sides to this Peter, and it was interesting to read all the differences to what I was used to.
Some of the secondary characters were really great as well. I LOVED Tinker Bell, what a great character. The only thing that annoyed me was that NO ONE paid attention to her, when they really should have. Another interesting character was Pine Sap, who was Tiger Lily’s best friend. I do believe that I am half in love with him after reading this novel. The villains in the novel were well written as well; although Hook didn’t seem quite as determined as I expected him to be, and Smee was a bit terrifying.
Much like The Vanishing Season, I really enjoyed the writing style for the book. The writing was, at times, almost lyrical, and I really love when that happens. The storyline was highly addictive, and it drove me crazy that I had to keep sitting the book down. I finally finished the last half of the book all in one sitting, and I wasn’t disappointed at all.
(Just a side note—I’ve been a big fan of the TV show Once Upon a Time for a while now, so of course I pictured some of the characters in the novel to look just like the characters in the show. LOL!)
Overall; I am so glad that I finally got to read this book. It was worth the wait, but I’m kind of kicking myself for not having read it sooner.