23 August 2010

Tyger Tyger | Review

Authoress: Kersten Hamilton
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 320
Scheduled release date: November 15, 2010
Goodreads: Tyger Tyger
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Folklore

My summary: Everything was perfect until a long lost orphan hottie appears in their lives. Now Teagan and her little brother are seeing things. What follows is an action-packed race for answers and safety.
My say: Run, don't walk, to Tyger Tyger. Yes it is THAT good! It has mythology, folklore, an ancient curse, attraction, and a fairytalesque quest. I could not put it down. It swiftly captured me and held me hostage. My only regret was that it had to end. I can not wait for the next book.
Plot: Fresh
Characters: Earnest
Story: Beguiling

My star rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Despite some slightly choppy dialogue in the beginning, I fell in love with this story and all the little intricacies. I need more and I need a signed hardcover.

My recommendation: If you enjoyed The Puzzle Ring, you must try the edgier Tyger Tyger.

My cautionary note: This one ends well but leaves the ending open and ready for another takeoff. Keep that in mind.

My cover thoughts: The sirenic cover is pretty dead-on.

My favorite thing: Kersten blends faith and folklore brilliantly and effortlessly. Rarely, if ever, have I read a book capable of that. It should honestly appeal to people of faith and non-faith.

My favorite line: "When I meet someone who says they're not "much for books," I can guarantee that they haven't met the right book yet."

My love-the-love: The moment Finn and Teagan actually look at each other for the first time is STILL in my mind. But Kersten doesn't rush things. She lets the reader feel their pull and their doubts. Finn and Tea are still coming to terms with their magnetic and almost electric attraction and affection when the novel ends.

My kiddie-o-meter: While there is no sex, there is plenty of goblin violence, a couple of minor curse words, and some downright scary critters. Making this one best suited for tweens and/or teens that don't jump at shadows.

My notes: Want to see Kersten's playlist for her characters? Visit Lost for Words. This is the song she picked for Finn and Teagan. Knowing what I know of them now, I can tell you it is pretty darn accurate.


My final say: It was so nice to spend some time with characters who have a strong sense of family. You just don't see enough of that these days, ya know?

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42 comments :

  1. Thanks for your enthusiastic review! I am reading this book right now and like it a lot. I'm learning a lot about Gaelic lore. Very interesting!

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  2. Wow! Really?? Okay, I'm totally putting this one on my wishlist now.

    Awesome review, Juju! :)

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  3. This kind of book is always my favorite! Put this on my wishlist!! Thanks for sharing.

    Hey, this is my latest review. Check it out!
    http://coffeecrackers.blogspot.com/2010/08/choice-by-nicholas-sparks.html

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  4. Well crap I so enjoyed the puzzle ring. Need to pick this one up!

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  5. Fabulous review! I’ll definitely check this one out.

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  6. I'll put it on my "to read" list.

    http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

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  7. Need more and need signed hardcover? Wicked! I read on the galley but i think i need a finished copy of this. Fab review Juju!

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  8. Okay, I was already going to read this, but I'm even more excited now. Great recommendation!

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  9. have a feeling that my little sis would LOVE this one! i'm suggesting it to her now! also, i got my package in the mail....thanks ma'am! i can't wait to read the adventures of a teenage psychic! xoxo

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  10. that good eh? I might have to pick this up

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  11. JuJu, great review. I have this waiting to be read, I am glad it is worth the wait. thanks for the great review.

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  12. This is a great review,I didn't feel compelled to read it until I read your review. I'm going to have to add this one to my TBR list. Thanks!

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  13. Oh, I wonder if this will get a UK release. I'm sure many of my students would love it as they loved The Puzzle Ring.

    PS. I deserve a telling off for being a terrible commentator. I've been trying to write this summer and avoid things that encourage me to procrasinate.

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  14. I've been wanting to read this one for months!! After your review, I want to read it even more!

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  15. Sounds great! Thanks for the awesome review. Maybe I should try it. Saw it at net galley too. ;)

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  16. I've been wondering about this one because I've been seeing it everywhere. Great review!

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  17. Nice review! I like your favorite line. I will definitely have to get this one when it comes out.

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  18. Chalk this up to another positive review for this title....the more I hear about it, the more I hedge over to my wish list and reach to write it down....
    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Wow, sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it.

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  20. I loved The Puzzle Ring and am highly looking forward to reading this one! Great review Juju! :D

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  21. Fantastic review! I've been curious about this book for a while, now. It's not something that I'd choose on my own, but with all these rave reviews I can't ignore it!

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  22. I just finished this one as well and really enjoyed it:) I love the way you set up your reviews, it's nice and to the point!

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  23. Thanks Juju. I will keep an eye out for this one :)

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  24. As always, your reviews are wonderful! Your reviews always make me want to pick up the book ASAP. I absolutely love the cover for this one. The song is totally cool by the way. Thanks so much for your review, Juju! =)

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  25. I'm getting more and more intrigued by this book the more reviews I see of it. I'm definitely going to have to give it a try, especially after your mention of family. It just seems like there isn't a whole lot of that recently and so it would be nice to have a fresh take on things. Fab review! ;o)

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  26. Yeah, you don't see a strong sense of family in much of anything these days. :(

    Great review and quote/fave line! I'll have to remember that one.

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  27. Thanks for the review! I sort of want to read this book now.

    I have an award for you on my blog here.

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  28. awesome review!! glad to hear this one is excellent :)

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  29. Yes, yes, yes!! So happy you loved this book too...it's one of my faves of the year, Loved the characters, loved the story, loved that the romance wasn't rushed...and I want a signed copy too! MUST have this one in my library =)

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  30. I haven't read The Puzzle Ring yet, but it's on my wishlist. Now I only have to add Tyger, Tyger!

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  31. I'm reading Tyger, Tyger now and really looking forward to finishing it. Great review!

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  32. *sigh* I so need to get my hands on this book...

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  33. I've seen this one popping up recently, glad to know it's a good read. Plus, I love books where covers actually have meaning in the story!

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  34. I've been curious about this one since you first mentioned it on your blog. So glad that it is 5 stars! I have to read this.

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  35. i'm looking forward to reading my copy after your review. i like the family element you mention.

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  36. Hi, Juju! Thank you so much for the awesome review. I love your format: short, sweet, and to the point.

    I hope you'll be spending more time with Tea and Finn soon...so, I'd better get back to writing.

    :)

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  37. Wanttttttt!!! Great review!!!

    Jess :)
    http://sheknownasjess.blogspot.com/

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  38. GREAT review! You put it all perfectly. I agree with you about the first time the met. It was awesome! *sigh* I loved this book so much!

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  39. All: Thank you so much for all your comments :)

    Kersten: Me too! I need more Finn and Tea :) Thanks for stopping by!

    Vamp: Amen! I get sick of rushed romances sometimes ;)

    JessicaBookLover: Right? It's a sad truth so I relish books that have it. :)

    1stdaughter: Yeah! :)

    Jenny: Why thank you :)

    Becky: They sure would/will :D

    Teresa: Yah :) I feel so honored.

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