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Excellent Young Adult Fantasy Novel

  • Oct 25, 2010
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Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book by Kersten Hamilton

PJVs QUICKIE POV: Tyger, Tyger is a richly, imaginative story that drew me in from the onset. Steeped in Irish lore and myth the story wrapped around me so deeply that I actually heard the Irish brogue as I read the words - which was so much fun. I love having a different accent in my head! Tyger, Tyger had all the makings for a wonderful YA that I love: A hint of romance, a dastardly evil plot bent to eradicate the heroine, strong well-established characters, rich back story and a tight plot. I also like my YA dark and this one fit the bill. Team all that up with a very unique storyline - I know you are thinking Irish + Faeries + Human Chick = like a million other YA novels, but this one was much different and you might learn something about Irish History along the way.

REVIEW: Goblin. Teagan Wyllston's thoughts on goblins were reserved only for when viewing her mother's paintings which were rich in Irish folklore and legend. Goblins aren't real. College is real, scholarships are real. Her friend Abby's crazy talk about dreams where goblins come out of paintings and attack is purely ludicrous. Yet, when her wayward "cousin" {in name only} Finn Mac Cumhaill is dragged to her house by a overzealous child protection service agent and begins telling her about the cat-sidhe goblins, Tea starts doubting her entire life. Even worse when she starts seeing glimmers of maggot-infested nasty creatures that enjoy squeezing the life out of innocent baby animals...goblins are real???

A brilliant story that now has me slavering to read book two. I couldn't really tell you anything that I found wrong with the story...crazy right? I'm completely engrossed in the story of The Mac Cumhail and Teagan and look forward to more.

RECOMMENDATIONS: I highly recommend this tale for Young Adult paranormal fans. If you read and liked stories such as Julie Kagawa's Iron Series or Marr's Wicked Lovely series you should really enjoy this one.

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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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Author: Kersten Hamilton
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Clarion Books
Date Published: November 15, 2010
ISBN: 0547330081
Format: Hardcover, 322 pages
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