Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review for Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily is a stand alone fantasy novel written by Jodi Lynn Anderson. 

i have never read anything on Peter Pan before this book. and the only movie i have seen Peter related was Hook with Robin Williams. so i came into this book ignorant of the mythology behind Neverland and its occupants. with this book it doesn't matter if you even know who Peter Pan and Tinker Bell are, you will sink into this novel and be interested in each character that you're introduced to.

Tiger Lily is about Peter Pan's doomed love to Tiger Lily, a wild child from a nearby clan who is betrothed to another. the voice of the narrator is Tinker Bell, which i thought was brilliant. since she can sense other people's thoughts and feeling, you get to know what the other character's are thinking without getting only one side of the story. she was my favorite character next to Tiger Lily. their relationship was both surprising and strong. one cared for the other whether they admitted it or not.

Tiger Lily, the character, is the reason this book is now on my favorites shelf. she is such a strong female role model for young readers. she stands for what she believes in even when it doesn't always work out in her favor. but she makes mistakes too. they were genuine mistakes that people usually make when they're young and i loved her all the more for it. it made her character real; it helped you realize that this amazon was still only 15 and hadn't lived much despite her not aging.

Peter Pan is kind of an asshole but i thought that was a great way to portray how teenage boys act when they're in love. teen love rarely lasts, as it's shown with Peter and Tiger. i was glad when SPOILER Tiger Lily married Pine Sap and learned to love him in her own unique way SPOILER it's a great message to young female readers that first love isn't the last love you'll ever have. you can still move on with your life even if Peter Pan decides that Wendy Darling is where it's at and jumps ship :)


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review of Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Tilt is a young adult novel written by Ellen Hopkins. It is the companion to the adult novel titled Triangles.

every time i read Ellen Hopkins' books, i feel my heart reach out to each of her characters only to have it broken by their troubles. but by the end of each book i find a little ray of hope that they will get through their obstacles and come out stronger. this has never been more prevalent than in this novel.

Tilt is about three teens who are dealing with life as best they can. Mikayla has the kind of love her parents lack until personal mistakes threaten to take everything away from her. Shane is dealing with first love and a family loss in all the wrong ways. Harley is a good girl who isn't sure how far she'll go to be a different person. and i am trying to not tear my hair out while reading this book. Hopkins' always writes in a way that makes me uncomfortable. it's a car crash that i can't look away from. i feel sympathy for these characters while wanting to punch them in the face for all the stupid decisions they're making. Harley was the worst. she was the one who let herself be victimized the most. and yet i related to her out of all the characters. her story just spoke to me. she was the most annoying but the most human.

i love the poetry in this book. as always i read it easily and found different ways to read each "chapter" and found hidden meanings through the characters' voices. i especially enjoyed the black pages after each character's chapter told in a side character's point of view. Alex, Shane's boyfriend, was the best to me. i really got both sides of their relationship and it really had me rooting for them. i wasn't aware that this book was a companion to Triangles. now i'm all the more excited to read it.