Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger, Tyger
by Kersten Hamilton
ISBN-13: 9-780547-330082
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
Rating: 4.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really, really liked it

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.

Tyger, Tyger is an engaging and promising start to a new series. You’ll be easily swept away with Teagan, her brother Aiden, and Finn on their adventure to Mag Mell and the fight against the goblins and Sídhe.

Teagan and her family have always been completely oridinary – until they’re not. With the arrival of “cousin” Finn (in name only), Teagan’s eyes are opened to an entirely new world – one where goblins, Sídhe and Irish legends are all too real. As Teagan, Aiden and Finn race against time to retrieve something precious from the goblins, secrets never even imagined are revealed, and Teagan begins to realize that Finn means more to her than she ever wants to admit.

Characterization was wonderful, I was able to really lose myself in Teagan’s voice and family. Teagan is a smart, capable, caring and adventurous girl who, even though her whole life is changing, manages to keep her head in tough situations and look after her family. Aiden, her younger brother, is precocious and creepily smart for his age. Although intelligent, Aiden’s character is kept believably within his age. Finn is the hot, mysterious love interest, and he plays the part well. The romance in the book is kept to a slow, almost non-existant, pace and is background to the adventure. There is enough there to keep the romance readers happy but doesn’t distract from the main storyline at all.

The writing really drew me in to Teagan’s world. Kersten Hamilton has managed to put a unique and intriguing spin on Irish mythology and I loved it. I had a hard time keeping it all straight (who was descended from who and what there ancestors had done, exactly) but the lore was rich, and sprinkled throughout the novel so that the reader isn’t bombarded with a ton of knowledge all at once. Everything flowed seamlessly together, with the action scenes paced very well (and they are total attention grabbers). The main plot was wrapped up nicely, but enough questions were left unanswered that the sequel will by much-anticipated.

Tyger, Tyger is a heartpounding adventure that will leave you searching for goblins out of the corner of your eye, and anxiously waiting for more.

Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt at NetGalley for providing me the eGalley of Tyger, Tyger for review.