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Tiger Lily by Wende Dikec
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bookshelves: goodreads-first-to-read, own, ghosts, ya-paranormal, light-and-fluffy

I won a signed copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

3.5 / 5 Stars

First, I have to get this out of the way. When I saw this book on the list of giveaways, I had no clue its as a YA. For whatever reason, this cover doesn’t look YA for me. The cover is very dark and serious IMO, and the book is more light and comedic, though it does address some serious subjects. That said, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that it WAS in fact teen fiction, because that’s primarily what I read.

The basic premise of this story is a teen girl named Lily crashes her car and dies for a few minutes. Upon being resuscitated, she realizes she’s now plagued by their weird blobby things. They follow her everywhere and are super distracting. Soon after, with the help of Zoe, a psychic medium goth from her school, she realizes they’re ghosts that have come back with her from the Other Side. There’s another presence, that of a really hot teen boy named Nick. She’s sure he’s a ghost, but he claims he’s not dead. He doesn’t look like the other ghost blobs, so what is he? Things are just starting to get weird for her.

Lily was a tough character for me to warm up to. She’s very prissy and OCD. She hordes hand sanitizer like it’s going out of style and likes things prim and proper. The story starts out with her being stupid and crashing her car because she’s staring at the polish on her fingernails instead of watching the road. (It was a really terrible color on her, or so she claims.)

I did eventually warm up to Lily, by about 30% in I was kind of liking her. By the end I did really like her. So, that was kind of cool, going from not really caring about her to actually feeling strong emotions over what she’s going through.

Actually, I think the author did a really good job with all of the characters. At first they appear one way, but then as you get to know them, you realize that there are layers beneath them that make them the way they are. Lily is OCD and perfect because her baby sister died at 3 months old and her parents have never been able to move on, even after 9 years. Afraid to step on any toes, she overcompensates by trying to be perfect. Then there’s Zoe, the goth girl from school who can see the ghosts. Lily always thought she was a super weird freak, but she soon realizes that Zoe is not only super nice, but also sort of insecure. Her parents don’t really seem to care, so perhaps she dresses in the goth style in order to get attention.

Rating this book was really hard. It started off with me not being so keen on the book, we were thrown instantly into the action and I almost felt like I was missing something. Then as it went on, I warmed up to the characters and the plot. But then it would drag for a while and I didn’t feel that “I NEED TO READ” feeling after putting the book down until the very end. I did read the last 45% of the book (some 80 pages) over the course of about 2 hours just because A. I wanted to be done reading this book, and B. There was suddenly a lot of action and I HAD to know what would happen next. If there had been more of that during the beginning/middle of the book, this would have been a 4-5 star read.

In the end, I was left with warm and tingly feelings, so when forced to choose a solid star rating, I will round up to a 4.

(I really liked Nick. I want to read more books with guys like Nick.)

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Reading Progress

February 29, 2016 – Shelved
February 29, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 29, 2016 – Shelved as: goodreads-first-to-read
March 8, 2016 – Started Reading
March 8, 2016 –
page 21
10.5%
March 11, 2016 –
page 41
20.5% "Not feeling this book. It's not badly written, I think it's the pacing. Or the characters. I'm just not connecting."
March 12, 2016 –
page 52
26.0%
March 13, 2016 –
page 61
30.5% "I'm actually starting to like Lily and care what happens to her. Yay!"
March 14, 2016 –
page 83
41.5% "REALLY enjoying this book now! It's getting harder to put down!"
April 15, 2016 –
page 107
53.5%
April 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 18, 2016 –
page 198
99.0%
April 18, 2016 – Shelved as: own
April 18, 2016 – Shelved as: ghosts
April 18, 2016 – Shelved as: ya-paranormal
April 18, 2016 – Shelved as: light-and-fluffy

Comments (showing 1-4 of 4) (4 new)

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message 1: by Curly Carla (new)

Curly Carla Celebrity Readers Its always cool when the author can change your mind about a character.


Caroline Agreed! Especially for the better! HA!


message 3: by Alisha (new)

Alisha Webster I'm kinda interested about the whole Nick thing-might be enough for me to grab this one. Great review without any spoilers. I like that!


Caroline Alisha wrote: "I'm kinda interested about the whole Nick thing-might be enough for me to grab this one. Great review without any spoilers. I like that!"

I loooove Nick. This was definitely a different ghost story. It's a very light read, though there are some heavy topics addressed on the way. :)


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