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.
3.5 stars, but we’ll just go with four because someone’s too lazy to make half star graphics just like Goodreads rating system. Anyhoooooooooo.
Audiobook rating: five crowns. The narrator was absolutely fantastic. I mean, she was SO SO SO Tink. If anyone else had done this narration, I don’t think it would have come out as organic as it did. I super recommend reading it via audiobook.
Okay, if you’re looking for a high flying, totally jam packed action book, click off this review right now. This is one of those books that is a slow simmer. It’s jam packed with lyrical, beautiful writing, amazing descriptions, in-depth characterization, and a full of the story and its characters that you thought you knew but totally reinvented in a tragic and dark way. I mean, I kind of sold it, though, didn’t I?
The truth is, there isn’t much of a plot to this story other than to look into the characters that you know from Neverland – whether you love or hate them – and look at the what could have been’s, what if’s, and maybe the backstory of Peter Pan. This story is narrated by Tink, but it tells the story of all of the characters but mostly the love story between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan.
The characterization was brilliant. I mean, it takes all the surface level backstories and character traits that we get in J. M. Barrie’s story and the Disney movie and takes it in a whole new way. Tinkerbell is flawless (although I kind of expected her to be a bit more angsty), Tiger Lily is amazingggggg, Pan is well done, and all of the other characters were realistically done. They fit with the parameters that Barrie and Disney gave us but Anderson takes them in new and mostly twisted directions. Tiger Lily was so strong and fierce and amazing. My person favorite characters that weren’t the main ones were Tick Tock, Pine Sap, and Moon Eyes. They were intriguing side characters, and every mention of things that happened in the original story was a delight.
As I said, there wasn’t much of a plot, and that did bug me at parts. The beginning parts are quite slow since you’re really just setting everything up. It’s one of those stories where the descriptions are lush and full of life that you enjoy reading them and don’t need the action as much. This is a true coming of age story, except in the insane world of Neverland. However, there were times that I was like,ugh, can we just hurry this along and give me a PLOT????? SOME ACTION? It does pick up in the last 3/4 of the book quite a bit, and I was so eager to get back to it.
It’s a small gripe, but I kind of wasn’t as pleased with how Wendy with included into the story. Like, I like the fact that she was in the story, which was super necessary since she plays such a huge part in the original story. However, I didn’t quite like Anderson’s way of putting her in because SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS it didn’t fit with the original story. Wendy comes in on a ship with her brothers that are never seen? It super threw me off that she just came on a random boat and was ingrained in without all the magic of the original one. It was okay, but I was sad it didn’t fit more with the original story. However, Wendy’s characterization was unique and it was still interesting. END OF SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS.
I never really got into the ship so much, but I did think it was well done. It was two young teens, naive and a bit foolish and reckless that fell in love. It was realistically and brilliantly done. Ugh, maybe I’m being King Triton again, lol. CAN’T I JUST BE A MERMAID – BUT NOT LIKE THE MERMAIDS IN THIS BOOK BECAUSE THEY WERE SKETCH.
Overall, this was a very very well done book. However, I just wanted a bit more action moments in between the gorgeous prose and writing. And I wasn’t super pleased how Wendy was brought in, but I think the other retelling aspects were fantastic – especially Tink’s voice. This was a pleasant read, and the audiobook was quite good. 3.5 crowns and a Jasmine rating!
What do you think? Do you prefer action packed books or beautiful prose ones? Are you a fan of Neverland and Peter Pan? Let’s discuss in the comments below!