Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Release Date: Nov 15th, 2010 by Clarion Books
Details: Hardcover, 322 pages
Series: Book #1 in the Goblin Wars series
Source: Netgalley & Author (Thank you Netgalley & Kersten!)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Summary (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. 

o0.| My Thoughts |.0o

Tyger Tyger has a very special place in my heart. It was the first book an author ever asked me to review and it was around the time I signed up for Netgalley. I remember asking Kersten if she had any physical copies and she said she didn't at the time but once she did, she would be happy to send me one. Months go by and I almost totally forgot about it until it appeared at my door. I wasn't expecting an author to be interested in me or my blog, especially since I was still very new, but it did make me feel very special!

I didn't know what to expect with this one... goblins? Was I interested in goblins? I was thinking of the "goblins" in Final Fantasy XI, particularly the one named Flix Blix from the Rank 5 mission that I grew fond of. Except these goblins were nothing like Flix Blix and really had no intention on saving the human race (or whatever good deed it was Flix was doing, I don't remember but it was tragic and sad). Sorry, totally went off into game player mode there lol.

I LOVE this book, this is one of the top five books I've read this year. I finished it in 24 hours. I've never finished a book that fast. Tyger Tyger is a very addicting read. I'm not familiar with Irish mythology but after reading this, I wouldn't mind reading more of it! The world that Kersten created sounded both beautiful and dangerous. The journey that Tea took in that world gripped me. I wanted to know more about her mom, about her mom's promise, about what was really going on. And the crazy part for me was that I never saw any of this coming! I'm having such a hard time putting this review into words (especially since it's been awhile since I finished reading it), but I really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was that I wasn't really sure what was going on with Tea and Finn, if there was suppose to be romance there, I didn't really sense it. Not that I minded, the adventure and action in the book satisfied me enough! And my favorite scene in the book would have to be the scene with her dad telling stories and what the crow said about it. It was a bit creepy but intriguing. I also liked all the songs that Aiden would sing!

o0.| Favorite Line |.0o

"You could steal food," Aiden said. "Like Aladdin - 'Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat...;"
-Pg 141 (ARC copy)

*Thank you Netgalley, Kersten Hamilton and Clarion Books!


  1. I'm going to have to grab this one next week. I've been waiting ages to read it...I did get it on Netgalley, but I never got around to reading it since I never broke down and bought an e-reader! :( Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  2. I was lucky enough to win a pre-ordered copy of Tyger Tyger, so I'll be able to read it soon too! :D Can't wait. I'm so glad this one sat so highly with you. Just makes me that much more giddy to crack open that gorgeous cover!

  3. This was my first review request as well!

  4. I loved this book too, and was so glad that Kersten introduced me to NetGalley! What a wondrous thing. Great review, by the way...and great favorite line! *grin*