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 have to admit that when I first saw the cover of this book, I wasn't too sure about it, but after hearing so many fantastic things about it, I decided to give it a chance, and I have to say, I'm so very, very, very glad I did. Because Tyger Tyger is a fabulous, unique, and 100% addicting story and series opener that I just could not get enough of.
Soon after Tyger Tyger opens up Teagan is warn by her friend that goblins, evil, killing ones, are hunting Teagan. Thinking this is claim is nothing but a joke, Teagan quickly laughs this off and forgets about it, since her life is pretty much the definition of perfect. She has loving, attentive parents, an annoying but cute little brother, good grades and an even better internship, and a best friend who's a bit crazy yet has Teagan's back 100%. Though, soon enough, everything in Teagan's perfect world begins to crumble with the arrival of the swoon-worthy yet dangerous Finn Mac Cumhaill. Finn is different but in a way that intrigues Teagan...that is until he leaves with quite a mess in his wake and with Teagan seeing things, goblins, that just can't be real, can they? And what about Finn, who is he exactly, and will he end up saving the day in more ways than one? Only time can tell in this thoroughly thought-out paranormal drama.
Tyger Tyger was such a fantastic story and one of the main reasons that it was that way was because of four things and four things only: the charming characters, the intriguing, one-in-a-million type plot, and the world building that came with Kersten's fabulous writing.
The characters were one of the big parts I loved because of how unique and three dimensional they were. I loved the way Kersten brought them to life with her writing, and how she could bring about sympathy in me for even the most unsympathetic of characters. My favorite characters out of the mix were Teagon (because of the way she wouldn't give up the fight for her and her family's life for nothing), Finn (for basically the same reason as Teagon, plus he was swoon-worthy and had an accent...what's not to love about that?), and Abby (because she was an awesome side-kick and gave this mostly serious story a funny flare every now and then). Another part I loved about the characters was the spark of a romance Finn and Teagon shared, and what I liked even more about it was the way Kersten presented in such a way that she gave you enough that it didn't seem like she overdid it and made it overshadow over parts of the story in it's wake. Insead it left you eager for more Finn-and-Teagon scenes in future additions
The plot and world-building, as mentioned before, was also a high point of this novel, probably my favorite two things out of the story. I loved the way Kersten took the idea of goblins and another world and made it her own through interesting back-story and characteristics, as well as the way she presented the plot in a way that made Tyger Tyger one unputdownable story!! I simply can't wait for more additions in the Goblin Wars series, because they are going to be winners for sure.
In all, if you read one book this November, let it be Tyger Tyger, because this seriously one kick-butt paranormal book!
Tyger Tyger will be released November 15, 2010!
Source: Publisher. Thanks, HMH!