Book: Tyger Tyger
Authoress: Kersten Hamilton
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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.
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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