Goblin Wars #1
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Source: Contest Win
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (November 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.
There was so much hype surrounding this book when it released. I was wary of reading it because after all of the amazing things I had heard, I did not want to be disappointed in it. When I started reading the book though, I quickly fell in love with the characters and the way the author created this world of goblins and other supernatural creatures.
While I was not a big fan of book as a whole, there were parts of the book that I did enjoy. I enjoyed the witty dialogue and the character of Teagan. She felt real and I loved her friendship with Abby. Plus, what is better than a sexy guy like Finn and his amazing accent. He was the bad boy that every girl bats their eyelashes at. I loved the family too! They were written wonderfully and complimented each other nicely. Each one had their own personality and I fell in love with Teagan’s younger brother, Aiden.
After Finn arrives to live with the family though, it seemed like the book got off track. I liked the history and the idea the author had, but when she put it into words to finish the book it felt out of sync. I can’t quite put my finger on where it actually started to fall apart, but it just seemed to lose my interest and that spark that it had at the beginning.
If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, and you like reading about it in the young adult setting, then give Tyger Tyger a chance. You still might like it and you might actually enjoy it better than I did.
Okay book, but it left me wanting more! 3 STARS
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