- File Size: 544 KB
- Print Length: 200 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939590779
- Publisher: Inkspell Publishing (January 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018A6N548
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I highly recommend this book , well written kept me on wondering what's next. This author gave an amazing ending .
The most dynamic character is Lily Madison, the nervous perfectionist, who has spent most of her young life trying to hold the remainder of her family together following a tragic loss. For years she is scared of losing control and obsessively works to keep order and comfort in her little world until she meets Nick, the sort-of-dead Shadow Boy she falls for. He needs her help, but she really can’t do much as a “hothouse flower” where “everything in life is controlled and regulated and safe.” She eventually evolves into Tiger Lily, a strong young woman, when she realizes how courageous and powerful she actually is when she fights for her own heart, well-being, and life. I love that a measuring stick for her bravery and growth is developed through her relationship with hand sanitizer.
One of my favorite characters is Blobby, the fuzzy, bouncy “ghostly pet” that Dikec paints in a creative, animated fashion. I love the energy and love delivered by this sweet and spiritual character. Blobby reminds me of an adorable, Furby toy, come to life (from death)
Another favorite is the realistic creation of Zoe, Goth Girl. Zoe’s honesty and sarcasm evoked a lot of laughter for me. As a high school teacher, I have witnessed my share of Goth kids, the group of nonconformists costumed and pierced like rebels with a cause for angst. Like Zoe, beyond the harsh decorative exterior, I often discover that many of these kids are introverted geniuses filled with quiet compassion, talents, and deep connections to what others might not perceive. Instead of trying so hard to fit into high school’s norms, they invest time to find other passageways to enter and leave society, while still leaving a mark.
I love how each chapter starts with Chinese quotes and proverbs that interestingly foreshadow what’s to come. The inclusion of Chinese remedies, trinkets, and potions are well thought out and offer a cultural glimpse into Eastern philosophies. Lily is confused by the advice and wisdom of the nail salon characters, and she's not quite sure what to have faith in as she says, “I don’t know if I believe in any of that stuff. Karma. Fate. Destiny. Luck. Even love.” She is open enough to it all though to move her forward.
As a Christian reader, I don’t really believe in “that stuff” either, but I certainly love the consistent treatment of these concepts in the book. The plot is definitely enriched with the ideal of Karma and what goes around comes around. In the end, no matter what a religion calls it, I believe that being a decent person and doing good deeds is rewarded. This is whispered in Tiger Lily, which is not a preachy book but an accessible and entertaining one.
I love how Tiger Lily neatly comes full circle from the start of a deadly, distracting nail polish to one that is similarly pink yet newly appreciated by Lily’s more mature eyes.
In closing, I give this five stars and will recommend this book to my freshmen English students and our school librarian. Dikec did a stellar job at writing for a young adult audience in Tiger Lily and am looking forward to reading more of her work. Her voice is definitely original and her imagination is intriguing. Bravo!
Lily Madison’s disastrous nail day leads to a story that reminded so much of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas character. But, Tiger Lily is a story suitable for young readers with the Koontz suspense and character banter, and just enough of a touch of scary to make it fun.
Lily’s near-death experiences turns into a love story which no one could predict. I really loved the way the characters cared for each other, even developing a relationship with a supposed outsider (Zoe/Goth Girl), who both Lily and her friends find out is not all that different from them anyway. Even the ghosts in the story take on a personality. I fell in love with Nick, the main ghost. And, I found myself rooting for Lily and Nick to overcome all their hurdles to finally be together.
Good story telling is a gift, and this author’s debut novel is a sign of more good things to come. I can’t wait for more!
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