Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tyger Tyger

Title: Tyger Tyger
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Count: 320
Why I read it: review copy from Netgalley
Grade: A
Publication Date: November 15, 2010

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.

My review:
I was kind of surprised just how much I loved this book. The author has a great writing style, and I enjoyed every setting and every bit of the story. When I thought it was going to be about a girl who worked at a zoo, I was interested in that. When I thought it was going to be about a girl whose male cousin comes to live with them, I was interested in that. But then the story took off to unexpected places, and I loved every minute of it.

What's kind of weird is that even though this story doesn't take place in Ireland at all, it made me love Ireland even more than I already did. It made me want to look up the stories and legends. And it really made me want to visit Ireland.

The characters were wonderful--I loved Teagan, who was such a realistic, strong character. The supporting characters, the world building, and the mythology in Tyger Tyger were all excellent, and I would highly recommend putting this book on your wishlist. I can't wait for more in the series!


Faye said...

Great review! this seems like my type of book. I kindof reminds me of Pans Labyrinth

Julie (ASmAcc) said...

You've made my list again! I'd love to give this one a try. :)