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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

TYGER TYGER by Kersten Hamilton
Pub. Date: November 2010
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher

Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right. The goblins are coming.

TYGER TYGER begs for you to dive in and explore the wonders of Irish folklore flowing within the pages.

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew I was in for a great adventure filled with danger and goblins. I’ve not read too many books dealing with goblins but Kersten’s world building and Celtic mythology had me sold. I absolutely adore the fantasy genre and when it’s done right, I find myself wanting to immerse myself deeper into the world that was created. Kersten’s TYGER TYGER did that for me.

The characters in this book are well crafted. Teagan, the main protagonist is so level-headed for her age. While it doesn’t seem like she has a care in the world at the start of the book, things soon go awry when mysterious and self-assured Finn steps onto the scene. Talk about swoon worthy – he totally had me wrapped around his every word and movements. I wanted to know more about him. When Teagan finally realizes the imminent danger surrounding her loved ones, I had a hard time putting this book down. I enjoyed following along as Teagan and Finn teamed up to save her family from the evil goblins.

This book is a great start to the Goblin Wars Series. It’s fresh in a market saturated with werewolves and vampires. But ultimately it’s the world building and folklore that stands out in this book. Kersten’s imaginative writing is sure to grab readers who are looking for something different. I know I can’t wait to see what dangers the characters will be faced with in the next installment.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book, each time I read about it I want it more. Though it is already on my ever-expanding wish list!

    Fab review!

  2. Great review. I already wanted to read this. Now I really want to.

  3. I like the fact that it's a goblin world - and steeped in Celtic mythology, I cannot wait for this book! Thanks! :D

  4. I am so looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Thanks for the review. I've been looking forward to reading this book. It sounds awesome! Goblins! Can't wait to read it!

  6. Finally a book about something different. I can't recall reading much about goblins, so I'm looking forward to this one.

  7. Sounds fantastic. I will say I'm not thrilled with the cover of this book! I just don't think it's gonna draw my students in, but I think the story will!

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  9. I've been searching for something new and different in the YA paranormal world & this seems awesome. Thanks for the great review!


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