Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars BookFrom 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.

This book is a fun adventure full of faeries who chose to be evil and are called goblins. The main characters Teagan, Finn and Aiden are very likable. In fact, I just fell in love with Aiden the 6 year old boy. A lot of humor comes from his character and he is able to say things that make you laugh. Teagan, is also a very likable character and she uses her brain to get them out of trouble many times. So, Finn wasn't the only hero in this story and I loved that. Finn is also very aware of his responsibilities and always wants to do the right thing no matter what his circumstances are in his life. He falls for Teagan but doesn't want to break her heart. However, it doesn't stop him from helping her rescue her father in Meg Mell which has befallen an evil spell by an evil enemy. He is aware of the risk, but will risk it without asking anything from Teagan. Makes him a very loveable hero in this story.

I think my only big criticism in this book is a completely personal one. It had to do with St. Patrick, himself. He only makes a few mentions in this book, but I've never saw him as a hero. I've always had a soft spot for all the snakes he drove out of Ireland and I don't agree with forced conversion. Yes, for those that don't know... the snakes were not of the animal kind, but the human kind. He displaced people from their homes. I'm not saying he had an easy life or was evil, I just don't see him as a hero. So, you see, it is completely personal reasons and I hope the author and my Catholic friends forgive me of this transgress. It really didn't impact that much on my enjoyment as a whole in the book, but loud mouthed me just had to say something. ;)

I give this book 5 stars. I so recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a fun paranormal adventure book. Quite honestly the blurb above and the cover don't do justice to the book. It exceeded my expectations and I can't wait for the next installment (which I hope there is going to be one).

I'd like to thank the author, Kersten Hamilton for suggesting I read it, NetGalley, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity. No compensation was given for my review.


  1. Thank you for the awesome review, Melissa! I personally like St. Francis better than St. Patrick, but Francis just wouldn't cooperate by appearing in the stories of Mag Mell, or meeting with Caílte mac Rónáin, one of Fionn's men—who figures into book two, In the Forests of the Night.

    I love that you bring out the fact that Teagan is a hero in this story, too.

    :) Kersten

  2. @ Kersten, Thanks for stopping by! St. Francis might decide to make an appearance. You never know. He never was one to do as was told. ;) Probably why I liked him as well. :) Btw, go glad to hear there is a next book!

    @Alex So glad you enjoyed the book!

  3. Interesting take, Melissa. I'll have to keep a look out for St. Patrick once I do read this book. This lapsed Catholic absolves you of any transgressions :)

  4. @ Stephanie, actually St. Patrick is really more of a mention. St. Drogo is more present in the book. And thanks for the forgiveness. :)

  5. Great review! The reviews of this book are making me want to get to it sooner. :) I have seen so many people reviewing this book, that I thought to wait just a little bit to get to it. That way I will be the reminder... the angel on the shoulder whispering in others ears to remind them to purchase this book when it comes out in Nov. :) Thanks for the great review!

  6. Great review. I enjoyed this one too. I found you on the blog hop and saw the review as I was hopping by to say hello! I am following and can’t wait to read more from your blog. I have a Crescendo contest going on and here is my link for my Follow Friday

  7. I reviewed this book and loved it. I think I have been reviewing a bunch of "new" writers (like they haven't been writing constantly). Stop up and visit:Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust

  8. Kersten informed me of netgalley and from there I learned of this novel. In fact, it's one of the reason I am looking for an ereader right now. I really want to read ecopies that are available on netgalley!

    As for your review I like your description of Finn. And love that you mentioned Aiden. Having children of my own I can appreciate the funny things that kids say and even some rather intelligent things as well!=)

    Great review. As soon as I decide on an ereader I will definitely look this title up!

  9. This book sounds wonderful, I have to definitly read this one. Great review.


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