Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Urban fantasy
Publication Date: 11.15.2010
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.

I had my doubts about how much I would like this book, but I ended up loving it! From page one, I felt like I was taken on an adventure. Seriously. I tore through this book, needing to know what would happen next, but not wanting it to end. I was enthralled. The pacing was perfect, the plot refreshingly original; all I needed was about 20 more chapters, and I would have been the happiest reader alive. :)

I enjoyed the way the author chose to open the book in the first chapter. It introduced Tea, the protagonist, in a unique way and showcased a lot of her personality, without giving a whole bunch of paragraphs of description. Along those same lines, the characterization rocked. It was full of family members and friends who are so eccentric, you love them; the younger brother who's quirks become endearing, the best friend who has mob connections, the long-lost cousin with an unknown past...they are all exciting, and very different than your average characters.

One thing I didn't like, however, is when the best friend blatantly rejects the idea of mythical creatures existing that she, herself, had warned Tea about. I thought it was very out of character, especially since I was expecting a big "told you so" moment, or at least some recollection of her own adamant warning.

Other than that, Tyger Tyger flows well. There was never a point where I felt like it was lacking in speed or excitement. The story wraps up most loose ends when it's finished, but it does leave off with a devastating tantalizing little cliff-hanger. I seem to remember the word 'no' coming from my mouth a few times, as I flipped the last page back and forth, trying to make the book tell me more. Kersten Hamilton did a great job weaving myth, history, and modern life together, to create a story that both frustrates and captivates...in a good way.

Oh, and the guy? This one does not disappoint. Who doesn't love a guy with an Irish brogue, and a nice upper-cut?

Needless to say, I am hooked on this series, and will be waiting anxiously for the next book. I highly suggest you read this book. Stat!

Read this if:
...you love adventure, you want to visit another world, and you don't mind traveling with a bunch of eccentrics to get there.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!* 

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{I don't have an exact count, but there were a couple of bad words. Each time, though, the person who said them was chided for using bad language.}

Tyger Tyger isn't just an adventure for teenagers. Readers of older, or slightly younger age would enjoy Tyger Tyger, as well. If you want a good idea of an appropriate age range for younger readers, then think of this book as just slightly edgier/scarier than the Fablehaven series.


  1. I LOVED this one too! I'm like a Tyger Tyger cheerleader. I loved Finn. Something about him really got me. When they first met, how he swayed. *swoon*

  2. Yes, yes! I agree! I'm becoming quite obsessed with it, and may need to become a cheerleader myself. :)

    And before I get carried away with how much I loved Finn's character, let me just say: Oh my gosh! The first time they met was so sweet, and definitely something special.

  3. I've been very curious about this book. I'm really glad you liked it, it was a great review!

  4. Thanks, Katie! I hope you read it. It's become onr of my favorites!

  5. I loved Tyger Tyger-it was fresh and different but still had great adventure and romance.
    I didn't get to meet you at the blogger social-so I'm saying hello!


  6. Thanks for stopping in to say hi! I'm glad you liked Tyger Tyger. I thought is was so good!


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