My Book Reviews: Tiger Lily

Have you guys heard of Overdrive?  It’s kind of the best thing ever: free Kindle books available to borrow through your local library.  Each area has a different Overdrive database, and the one I use belongs to the Navy.  I was a little skeptical when I first set this up; there are only so many Naval biographies you can read before you become so smart that your brain grows too big for your body.  Or something.

Anyway, the NKO (Navy Knowledge Online) Overdrive database has normal books, too.  With really popular books, you sometimes suffer through a waiting list like a real library, but the free e-Book makes it all worth it.

My NKO account has recently started to recommend books to me based on my browsing history, which is enlightening: a lot of Stephen King and random fluff books.  When I saw Tiger Lily on the list, I was both embarrassed and interested.

Do you know people who wear shirts that say “Disney is life”, and collect Tinker Bell keychains?  I’m not one of those.  I love Disneyland as much as the next girl, but I keep my love at normal levels.  I was skeptical about this book because of this: would reading it categorize me as a super duper fan?

Tiger Lily  is a creative retelling of the children’s classic Peter Pan with a focus on the character Tiger Lily.  Tinker Bell narrates.

“He even listened to more than her sounds, because Tiger Lily was a girl of few words. He listened with his eyes, watched her facial expressions, judged body language, and therefore read Tiger Lily better than anyone else.”

Welcome to Neverland where the natives never age, the pirates are more drunk and pathetic than romantic, and the mermaids are vicious man-eaters.  We meet Tiger Lily and her adopted father Tik Tok, both of them feared and misunderstood by the rest of the village.  When an English ship is wrecked on their coast, the tribe votes not to rescue the lone survivor; they are terrified of catching the “aging disease” that causes foreigners to slowly die.  Tiger Lily is the only person willing to go against the authority of her tribe and nurse the sailor back to health.

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On one of her trips to tend to the sailor, she meets Peter Pan and his lost boys (lost because they were child slaves to Captain Hook, and he “lost” them when they escaped his service)  A complicated romance ensues.  Tiger Lily is stoic to a fault and Peter Pan is whimsical and noncommittal.  When a “Wendy-bird” lands on the island, all of their lives are shaken.

This book was probably YA fiction, but I enjoyed it all the same.  The plot followed the Disney movie just enough to be cute, but not over the top.  If you have time on your hands and like Disney at least a little bit, I’d recommend this book to you.  And if it’s available for free on Overdrive, it’s well worth the money.

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