Monday, June 21, 2010

Tyger Tyger - Kersten Hamilton

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.
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Title: Tyger Tyger
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
My Rating: 5/5

This book was in a word, brilliant. I loved the mythology incorporated into the story. I love how everything was entwined together. The worlds, the mythology, and the people. This story was definitely a joy to read. The story was captivating, and I was drawn in immediately. The depth of emotion felt for the characters was astounding. I can truly say that I was fully immersed in this book. The characters were very well done. They all had their own unique personalities, and you could definitely tell who was talking. Be it Finn, Aiden, or Teagan herself. The side characters were all memorable as well and I couldn't help but chuckle at some of their antics.
The world building was also magnificent. The thought, and attention to detail shows, and it is definitely worth a read, or two. I can't wait to find out what happens next. The plot was fast paced, though at the end of a chapter, we jump several months without warning. I think that that was meant so that certain aspects wouldn't take over the story and detract from the overall plot. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed this book, and I know I'll be re-reading it again.
All in all, this was an excellent book. It runs the gamut of emotions, and will definitely keep you enthralled. And yes, the goblins are coming.

Disclaimer: This book was obtained through netgalley, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending me this copy to review.


Anonymous said...

Oh I so enjoyed this one too! I can't wait to see what the next installment of the Goblin War, Forests of the Night brings...

Corrine said...

I can't wait either! I'm just sad that we have to wait for it. :) Thanks for commenting. :)

Kersten Hamilton said...

I'm writing as fast as I can! :)

Thank you for the great review Corrine!

Corrine said...

It's all good Kersten! :) I need to learn that patience *is* a virtue. ;) lol... Keep on writing, we don't mind! :)