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Monday, November 15, 2010

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Publisher: Clarion Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (320 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Aloe

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.

Have you ever had the feeling that you saw something from the corner of your eye but when you look, there’s nothing there? In this book, the creatures are there – and they’re dangerous!

They look like any average American family: Mom, Dad, a girl and a boy. Dad is really into books. Mom paints gorgeous pictures of magical places that disturb some people. Teagan goes to high school and plans on being a veterinarian. Aiden is a young boy who loves to sing and is afraid of Elvis Impersonators. Their life is orderly and everyone is happy.

Life is suddenly disrupted when a social worker comes to visit and informs them they are the only family members she’s managed to locate for a young “feral” man who lives on the streets. His name is Finn and he’s their nephew and if he hadn’t broken his arm, they’d probably never have known about him about him at all. Mom has no hesitation about accepting him into the family. Teagan isn’t so sure. She has a scholarship lined up and no boys in her life and she doesn’t particularly want a new boy cousin.

Finn moves in and life changes abruptly. Suddenly Teagan and her brother are seeing things from the corners of their eyes that ARE there. And they’re not pleasant or nice things either.

The major theme of this book is Celtic mythology, which generally had more dark characters than those of sweetness and light. The children are the main characters in this story and they are brave and strong, even if frightened. They know they have no choice, so they move forward and do what they have to do to save their father. There are various mythological creatures, the park holds a magical world, and some of the characters in Chicago are a bit weird, too.

Goblins, sprites, angels, and even more creatures abound in this book. The action is fast paced and will make your heart race in some of the fight/flight scenes. And Finn and Teagan have a romantic interest between them that neither wants, but neither can let it go.

This was a very good read. I enjoyed all the mythical creatures and how each person has some talent they can use to help overcome the bad situations. It reads fast and words flow well. The ending paragraphs in the book are excellent and tell me that this is just the first book in a series. I’ll be watching for the sequel when it comes out!