Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Title: Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1)
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Publisher: Clarion Books
Pub. Date: 11.15.2010
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Keywords: Mythology, Goblins, Love, Ireland, Family
Pages: 322
Description (from 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.

TYGER TYGER has renewed my love affair with all things Irish. The mythology, the culture, the boys… Kersten Hamilton’s first Goblin Wars novel showcases all three.

I loved the mythology incorporated into this novel. One of the reasons I often find YA fantasy lacking, is that the world building leaves something to be desired. When utilizing mythology, the world is already built, yet their are so many different ways to interpret and things to explore. I appreciate a world built from scratch, but, when done right, using a preconceived world and characters can be just as compelling. I think Hamilton did this successfully.

At the novel’s start, I wasn’t sure I’d connect with Teagan. In fact, I don’t really think I connected with some parts of her personality at all – I didn’t really enjoy the passages where she is working with animals at her internship – but I did like her character overall. She is relatively level-headed and definitely driven, yet she was willing to believe in this fantastical world of myth and legend. Also encouraging, I actually thought she was a great match for the romantic lead… which is important when I really like the guy!

I can easily identify Finn as my favorite character. He’s Irish, he’s a hero, he’s in love. I can’t think of anything that would have made him more appealing.

I can’t wait to read Hamilton’s next Goblin Wars installment! I wouldn’t mind rereading TYGER TYGER and I might even seek out the original stories that inspired Hamilton.


24 thoughts on “Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

  1. This sounds like a great book. I have never heard of Kersten Halmilton before I read your review. This novel sounds really good the sort of book I like. I love YA and fantsy books. I would love to read this book will have to check it out. Thanks for the review πŸ™‚

  2. Awesome review. I haven't really read many books with irish-lore so it will be a new experience all together. And goblins seem even more enjoyable because they can be nasty and nice all in one. Can't wait to read this!

  3. Thanks for the review! I've been interested in this book but now I'll definitely pick it up πŸ™‚ I love mythology so it sounds right up my alley.

  4. Thank you for the review! I heard many good things about the book and I've alerady put it on my TBR list. I'm gonna try my luck and enter the contest πŸ™‚

  5. I love it when authors incorporate mythology into their tales! I haven't read much Irish mythology, so I probably wouldn't make many connections, but this book sounds like a winner and it is now on my to-read list.

  6. I love books that incorporate mythology to the story. And with so many paranormal beings in YA novels these days, I think goblins are kind of neglected. Tyger Tyger brings something fresh to the genre

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