TYGER TYGER by Kersten Hamilton (Clarion, September 6, 2011)
(and I think my review was only sent to the publication I was reviewing for at the time, so I'm reposting it here...)
Tyger Tyger is the first in what is hoped to be a series of books set in the enchanting worlds of humans and goblins. An unexpected house guest at Teagan Wylltson’s home sets off the spark for what becomes a chain of events that change the very world around her. As Teagan’s world comes crashing down, she has to fight for herself, her family, and her heart.
Hamilton brings readers fully into the world of goblins, showing the beauty layered with evil so old and deep it is rooted in the nature of both the human world and the goblin world. Ashes from an unexpected death allow for the portal between the two worlds to be opened, and in this moment, nothing will ever be the same. The main character Teagan is lead into the goblin world to save her father, but in doing so, her life and that of her younger brother Aiden are threatened. Their biggest hope for survival seems to be in the legend of The Mac Cumhaill who is embodied in the teenager Finn Mac Cumhaill who makes no secret of the fact that he would like to take his relationship with Teagan to the next level. What really sets Tyger Tyger apart from other young adult fantasy novels is the beautiful world building Hamilton creates and the uniqueness of the goblins as the fantasy creatures.
Tyger Tyger is highly recommended for kids and teens ages twelve and up interested in stories of mythology, adventure, and paranormal romance. Because of the magical beliefs of the Irish mythology, it will also appeal to adults interested in seeing these legendary stories used in a more modern setting.
Source of book: From publisher by request
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.