Monday, August 20, 2012

Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton


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. 


I'm nowhere near as Irish as the Wylltsons, but I loved the mythology of Tyger, Tyger. It created a unique framework for the story. The way some characters occasionally spoke in Gaelic made it all the better, even though some of the words looked like complete nonsense. The story felt quite dark, but that was also true to the nature of the myths its exploring.

I loved the characters. Next to Abby, Aidan, and Finn, all outrageously unique characters, Teagan felt like a normal teenager next to the others, but that made her unforgettable as well. The romance between Teagan and Finn felt predictable, though fairly solid, until the end where she doesn't even want to talk about it.

There is some sensuality and cussing in these books which, while not enough to make me uncomfortable, ensured that I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under 17-18. Tyger, Tyger is an excellent novel with cool characters. I can't wait for the rest in the series!

Rating: five out of five stars

2 responses:

Kat Heckenbach said...

I LOVE Tyger, Tyger :). Excellent read!

Mary Ruth Pursselley said...

I liked this book too, though I'll admit Teagan's resistance to and reluctance in her relationship with Finn was extremely annoying to me. But I'd like to read the rest of the series too.


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