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Beautiful and Unique Version of the Timeless Tale,
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"Tiger Lily" was an amazing re-imagining of Peter Pan featuring Tiger Lily as the focus point. However Tiger Lily oddly enough isn't the narrator. That job belongs to our favorite mute fairy Tinker Bell. I was a little worried about how effective that would be but I ended up really liking this unusual choice. I will caution that occasionally the view point does some to switch around and can be confusing. The author probably could have cleaned this up a little more for readers but I still believe that Tink as narrating Tiger Lily's story really set the tone for this novel.
I have never been the biggest fan of Peter Pan and maybe that actually helped me to enjoy this version so much. We are introduced to Tink who is entranced by the lovely Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily lives with her tribe, the adopted daughter of shaman/medicine man Tick Tock. The tribe has an uneasy peace pact with the pirates led by infamous Captain Hook and they are terrified of the mysterious Lost Boys who live further in the woods. Of course Tiger Lily eventually meets those Lost Boys and falls for Peter Pan.
The time Tiger Lily spends with Peter and the Lost Boys is one of the book's highlights. These boys are so special and so lonely and vulnerable and I loved seeing Tiger Lily's friendship's impact on them. The other strength of the book is the way all the relationships are portrayed. Tick Tock is one of the most layered characters I have read of recently. What happens with him and Tiger Lily is positively heartbreaking. In actuality the story as a whole is quite sad. We are warned from the beginning that and the relationship between Peter and Tiger Lily wouldn't have a happy ending. That said, I really was pleased with the ending. The author took this overdone tale and turned it around into something very different from what we have ever read before.
Another point I want to make is how positively beautiful this author's writing is. The story is always very clear and easy to read but the story is almost lyrical at times. I was completely drawn into this story almost from the very beginning pages. It held my interest through to the final page. I would be very happy to see this author write more fairy tale retellings.