Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Tiger Lily & Kill Me Softly

Tiger Lily
Jodi Lynn Anderson
July 3, 2012

15 year old Tiger Lily, proud and fierce, wild and misunderstood, doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the 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, big-hearted but hard to reach, 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 the haunted, hunted, courageous boy who loves her. 

When - as a punishment for her rebellious ways - 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.

From the New York Times bestselling author of PEACHES comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.

So my good friend Dani of Refracted Light Reviews brought this title to my attention after I wrote a piece based off Tiger Lily and Peter for a Figment theme. The idea of Tiger Lily being a better match for Peter Pan has always appealed to me. Not to completely blindside Wendy from the picture, but...Yeah, I root for the Native American princess this time.

After can a British girl sing with all the voices of the mountain and paint with all the colors of the wind? (Heh. Sorry. Couldn't resist.)

The only downfall for this novel to me - which has me eagerly anticipating and dreading it - is that I'm not sure that Tiger Lily will get a happy ending. *gasps* What if the author still has her shoved aside for Wendy in the end? Gah. Well, the only way to find out is to just go ahead and take the plunge, I guess.

Or lurk on GoodReads until someone braver reviews it.

Kill Me Softly
Sarah Cross
April 10, 2012

True love’s kiss just may prove deadly....

Mirabelle’s past is shrouded in secrecy, from her parents’ tragic deaths to her guardians’ half-truths about why she can’t return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to see the town, Mira runs away a week before her sixteenth birthday—and discovers a world she never could have imagined.

In Beau Rivage, nothing is what it seems—the strangely pale girl with a morbid interest in apples, the obnoxious playboy who’s a beast to everyone he meets, and the chivalrous guy who has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life, curses are awakened, and ancient stories are played out again and again.

But fairy tales aren’t pretty things, and they don’t always end in happily ever after. Mira has a role to play, a fairy-tale destiny to embrace or resist. As she struggles to take control of her fate, Mira is drawn into the lives of two brothers with fairy-tale curses of their own ... brothers who share a dark secret. And she’ll find that love, just like fairy tales, can have sharp edges and hidden thorns.

By now, you probably know of my weakness for fairy-tale retellings since fifth grade. The Sisters Grimm, Ella Enchanted (Prince Char + Ella 4Ever!), endless replays of any new Disney princess movie that comes out (assuming that they don't ruin it and totally make it in a prince-bolstering, wet-blanket-heroine tournament)...I think you get the idea.

The author curates a fairy tale blog on Tumblr that I compulsively check for inspiration and new ideas. With such unique images and depictions, I have faith that she'll carry this off wonderfully.

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. For more information on participating, please check out the host blog.


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