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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Review: Tyger, Tyger

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars BookTitle: 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+


The Know-it-all said...

The Know-it-all has awarded you the 'One Lovely Blog' Award! Details here: http://theknow-it-all.blogspot.com/2010/09/yay-award-one-lovely-blog-award.html Congrats! ~The Know-it-all

Kersten Hamilton said...

Thank you for the fantastic review, Emily! Your favorite elements from fantasy and adventure books are my favorites, too! Funny how that works out....


LLM said...

I loved this book too! I am suggesting it to all my friends. I can't wait until Nov. 15. And I have to say that Finn is my new favorite 'book guy'.

Missie said...

Your enthusiasm over this books is contagious! I've heard many great things about the story and I can't wait to read it!

Thanks for the review and non spoiler! LOL

Emily said...

@The Know It All- thank you so much! I'm glad you like my blog!

@Kersten- You're very welcome, the book definitely earned it! :D

@LLM- It's way too hard for me to pick only one favorite book guy but Finn definitely makes the list somewhere.

@Missie- You're very welcome, I hope you like the book! :D

Cleverly Inked said...

It looks really good.

Tina said...

I wondered about this one.....I saw it on Netgalley and almost got it...speaking of net galley I just finished Taken by Desire..a little nasty romance I think you would like, no werewolves but a few scoundrals

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