Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton [Review]

Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1) 3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Series: Goblin Wars #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: November 15, 2010
Hardcover: 308 pages
Publisher:Clarion Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I like what Tyger, Tyger set out to do.  I find retellings of myths or fairytales kind of fascinating, even when they don't work for me.  Kersten Hamilton takes on Celtic myths and reimagines them in a present day setting.  I was intrigued by it because I am a big fan of Celtic mythology.  But I am finding more and more than a lot of these "faery"/"fae" type stories are hard to impress me.  Now, I know that is a total personal preference and I'm not even sure what I don't like about them.  But I find a lot of them to feel forced and tend to have stiff characters.  Not all are like that, of course, but in general I find myself more frustrated with this genre more so than others.

Even with my misgivings, I really wanted to like Tyger Tyger.  And as it turns out, I didn't dislike it.  But it definitely was not without faults either.  The biggest problem was in the characters.  I really did not get much of a feel of Teagan's personality even though it she is the narrator. So, it was hard to understand her relationship with Finn.  She is immediately attracted to him, but I didn't buy into their relationship much.  I found Teagan's friend Abby to have the most "personality", but it also seemed like such a caricature.  I couldn't understand her constant malapropisms.  It was hard to take her seriously as a character.

The other part that held me back was the vast amount of exposition.  I know, there is a lot to understand about fairyland, but most of the book is taken up with someone educating Teagan about it.  I would have like to see more action and more discovery on Teagan's part.  Let us discover the fairy realm with her instead of lecturing us both about it. 

Overall, I thought it was a decent story and I did like Hamilton's twist on Celtic mythology.  If you like books in this genre, then I think you will like this one too.  There is enough there to keep interested readers interested. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Tyger Tyger
2. In the Forests of the Night
3. When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

1 comment :

  1. This sounds a little bit like The Hollow Kingdom trilogy (which I LOVED)...but a little too much insta-love and lack of character development for me to be interested which is a shame :-/



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