Monday, January 31, 2011

Book Review ~ Tyger Tyger

Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars #1)
By Kersten Hamilton
Published By Clarion Books

Summary (Goodreads):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.

Kersten Hamilton is the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. When she's not writing, she hunts dinosaurs in the deserts and badlands outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she lives. This is her first novel for young adults. For more about Kersten, please visit

Dislikes/Likes: I enjoyed this book I felt it was fast paced and had enough going on to keep my attention. At the same time though I didn't feel any connection to the characters. I thought their journey/adventure in Mag Mell was a dark, creepy, entertaining read. It was a different twist on fairytale lore that I was not as familiar with.  I also didn't like the jumping forward in time just to spend the next couple of pages telling what happened in that missing time.  I would prefer to just stay in that time while it is happening and then jump forward afterwards.

Overall: I enjoyed Kersten Hamilton's take on a fairytale, it wasn't all light and sparkles, and while there was some romantic tension it didn't overwhelm the rest of the story.  It's a testament to the authors writing that even though I felt nothing for the characters I still enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more of her writing.

Rating: 3.5

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I've seen this book around but hadn't actually read much about it. I'm a sucker for anything Faerie, so I'm definitely gonna give this one a try!

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