Title: Tyger Tyger
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Page Count: 320 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books
Genre: young adult, fantasy, adventure
Copy for review obtained via netgalley.com in anticipation of an honest review
50 words or less: Teagan Wylltson appears to have it all: a college dream, a great job, a super best friend. When her "cousin" Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives compliments of social services, Teagan is drawn into a magical world that previously only existed in her craziest imagination.
Folks, take out your calendars, because you all have a standing appointment on November 15th. That's the day, according to Amazon, that Tyger Tyger is released, and you aren't going to want to miss out on this one.
Tyger Tyger takes a bunch of my favorite elements from fantasy and adventure stories and whirls them up into something entirely new and delicious. Tasty mythological background? Check. A dash of romance? Check. Creepy creatures and a fantastic setting? Check. Family drama? Check. The perfect set up for a second book? Check.
The story is full of twists and turns and just when you think you've got everything figured out, a whole new layer comes out and everything you thought was just a little bit off. Finn is brave and loyal and honest true and all kinds of Boy Scoutly things, and Teagan is a remarkably relatable heroine- she's worried about all kinds of typical things, and then all the drama of the mythological world gets thrown in the mix. Plus the sparks fly between her and Finn (who's not actually her cousin and no that's not a spoiler) and she has those things to muddle through as well.
And her best friend? Hilarious.
Sigh, there's so much I want to say about this book and can't because I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone, but this is definitely one of my favorite YA novels of 2010 so far and I'm excited to read what other people think about it.
Overall Grade: A+
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