Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Audio Review of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Synopsis: "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."

My Review: I have to say I don't remember reading Peter Pan as a kid or really even much of the movie so I think that really helped me not have any specific expectations. I listened to the audio version of this book and thought I would regret it as soon as I heard the narrator's high pitched almost whiny voice, but upon listening to it further and understanding that the book is written from Tinker Bell's point of view it seemed to fit. Now that I have finished it I am definitely glad I listened to it because if it had been a print version I am not sure I would have finished. Not a whole lot seems to happen and the pacing is very slow. Since it is told by Tinker Bell you are getting a lot of parts of the story second and sometimes third hand which really detaches you from the characters and storyline. I did find Tiger Lily to be a very interesting character and this portrayal of her really captured me since she seems to be such an introvert and observer. This was an interesting book but unless you are really into the subject matter of Peter Pan and elements of his story I am not sure I would recommend it.
My Rating: It was an interesting take but a little flat and oddly narrated.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.

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