What: Tyger, Tyger
When: October, 2010
How: For review
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.
This is one book that has to be on your TBR list. It's the perfect mix of Irish Mythology, adventure, mystery, a touch of darkness, and romance all mixed up into a pot and poured over this book. The beginning was a bit boring and I found myself procrastinating to read it but once Finn comes into the house, I was tearing through the pages.
Another reason I loved it was because it was so wildly different from other books I had read. This is a book that teens will love, but that people 14 and younger will also be able to read and enjoy. There is romance but it doesn't swallow the whole book. Kersten balanced the adventure and romance in a way that neither took other each other.
The level of world-building in this book is amazingly. She wove Irish legends, literacy stories, and Celtic myth in a way that I didn't find myself confused because I didn't know any of them. And reading this book, I had never heard of a lot of the legends that are mentioned. But I never once felt confused about any of the wonderful myths she included in the book.
Teagen is a strong and mature character on her own and with people as well. She's not perfect, she makes mistakes, but the way she handles them and handles herself is a show of strong and mature character.
And Finn. Finn was a refreshing change from the usual bad boy attitude from other boys. Sure he was confident and gorgeous, but he treats Teagen how all girls should be treated.He was someone who would keep his promises no matter what and protect what he felt needed protecting. He's kind and gallant and a strong addition to the Mac Cumhaill family ;)