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Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

>>Sunday, July 25, 2010

Title: Tyger Tyger
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Pages: 322
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: C+

Note: I received this book for free in e-book format from NetGalley.

From Goodreads:
Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--a...more 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 started off kind of slow for me. There was a lot of character development but I felt the plot wasn't made clear until well into the story. Some don't mind this but I thought it was a bit hard for me to get into it as much as I could have. After the main plot shows itself I thought the story became really good; there was action, magic, and a real sense of anticipation for the characters to succeed in their quest.

I thought a strong point for this novel was the take on Irish folklore, history and culture. There was a lot learned from these and I thought it very original and refreshing. The main character, Teagan, was also refreshing. She's a teen-aged girl that's not boy crazy and with a lot of other goals in her life.

After the book really became good through the middle to the end, I thought the ending of the book was quite abrupt and left me a little mystified as to why it ended that way. Obviously this is the first in a series but I felt the ending could have tied a couple things up more tightly while still leaving a feeling of anticipation for the next installment.

Overall it was a decent read and I'm sure fans of Wicked Lovely or The Iron King will like this. C+

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