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From the flap:

Teagen Wlytson thinks her best friend, Abby, is joking. But Abbey swears that she's psychic. And she's dreamed that horrifying creatures --goblins, shape shifters, shadows, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty -- are hunting her friend.

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 has survived alone on the streets since he was twelve, so he knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right.

The goblins are coming.

In a sea of dark and twisted fantasies that seem to dominate the shelves, TYGER, TYGER is a welcome reprieve. Not that it doesn’t have its moments of fantastic creepiness. Hamilton’s vivid descriptions of the cat-sidhe and other goblin-kind are enough to raise the hairs on your arms. But the lovely imagery of the magical Mag Mell and a cast of characters as sweet and uncomplicated as those of most Meg Cabot books spins the story into something less gritty and more fairytale. 

Teagan isn’t the typical sassy main character you see in many YA novels. She’s shy with a quiet strength that is sometimes overshadowed by the fun and entertaining best friend who has connections to the mob. Or the adorable love interest Finn – an Irish boy cursed with the second sight and the gift to battle the goblins. But the real star of the story comes in Tegan’s younger brother, Aiden. A quirky and sweet little guy with a love for what might be considered obscure musical taste to today’s generation.

As with most fantasies, world building is key and Hamilton delivers some beautiful reimagined, though at times excessive, Irish Folklore. The story starts off a little slow, dropping plenty of foreshadowing and hints until six chapters in, when the real action begins. As secrets unfold, it becomes obvious that  TYGER, TYGER is a detour from the expected hero saves the day storyline and you’ll find it hard to put down. This is a fantasy book for those looking for a softer side of the fantasy world.
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. Oh good. I can't wait to read this book! I'm going to host an interview with the author in August, but haven't read the book yet. I was nervous that I might not like it, but your review has put me at ease. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for this review. I had heard of Tyger Tyger, but hadn't read much into until now. I'll be adding it to my to be read pile.

  3. Great review, Amanda! That was the first time I'd read the synopsis as well, sounds really interesting.

  4. This is the first review I've read about this one. Glad you liked it. It's on my to read list, and I really like the cover. :) Thanks for the review!

  5. Great review! I just finished this one and enjoyed it too. Abby is quite the hoot, and I agree about Tea being a welcome and different main character.

  6. I read this and it didn't live up to my expectations. I gave it a 4, but it would be more of a 3.5.

  7. I loved this book. I reviewed it on my blog,

  8. Thank you for the wonderful review, Amanda! :) One thing I love about Teagan is that she has a different kind of strength than many girl protagonists today.

    I enjoy exploring what makes us strong, what makes us courageous, what makes us unique. What makes us heroic.

    For instance, I love the main character in Spirited Away. She is very strong, even though she never once kicks anyone's behind.

  9. I was glad for the opportunity, Kersten :) Cannot wait for the sequel!

  10. Wonderful review! I haven't heard much about this one besides the title (which I love). Now I'm looking forward to taking a look!

  11. Great review - looking forward to this one!

  12. This is the first time I've heard of this book, but I'm so glad I finally did! TYGER TYGER sounds amazing, and I really want to add it to my To Read pile now. Great review!


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Item Reviewed: TYGER TYGER Review Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Amanda Hannah