“Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars #1)” by Kersten Hamilton
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Irish mythology is a new thing for me. I knew nothing about it so it was fascinating to read about Hamilton’s take on it. Her story was rich and full of description. Since it was all new to me, I found it a bit difficult to get through at times. There were many new words for me to learn and attempt to pronounce. While I found the story fascinating, I didn’t fully love the story.
I really liked Tea. I loved that she was ambitious. She liked her job working with animals and she was really good at it. She had her eye on the prize of going to school and didn’t want anything to distract her. I particularly liked that her skills became useful on their journey.
It was good to see strong family and friend ties in the book. Abby doesn’t totally disappear when a potential love interest shows up. I could definitely see her playing a bigger part in the books to come. Aiden tags along on the journey but he ends up actually being an asset to Tea and Finn.
The bottom line? Fun but I didn’t totally love it.