There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Kersten Hamilton’s young adult debut, Tyger Tyger. When I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure if I would like it because the goblin aspect didn’t really appeal to me. Then I kept reading rave reviews and my interest began to grow and Tyger Tyger was added to my GoodReads “want-to-read” list. After Ms. Hamilton emailed Schuler Books, I was forwarded the email, exchanged a few with her and was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of Tyger Tyger.
Kersten Hamilton has written one of the most enthralling books I have read and the magic of Tyger Tyger lies in the Celtic mythology. It’s clear that Ms. Hamilton put a tremendous amount of research and care into creating this story and molding the mythology in her own unique and beautiful way. Additionally, Ms. Hamilton’s writing proves to be just as magical. Her descriptions vividly paint the world she has created and the characters and creatures come alive, which in turn makes the story itself come to life.
The characters in Tyger Tyger are all very distinct and have their own unique personalities. No two character are alike and I must applaud Ms. Hamilton for this. Teagan is a wonderful main character and has such a big heart. Her brother, Aiden, is innocent and surprisingly comical at times and adds an extra dose of innocence to the story. The character that most people have enjoyed is Finn, and I must agree with them. Finn is exactly what a hero should be: resourceful, witty, a little arrogant, and, most importantly, loyal.
Overall, there is only one thing I didn’t care for about the novel. Teagan’s best friend, Abby, seems to make a shift in her personality in the second half of the book. She’s more skeptical than she first appears and her change felt a little unbelievable. But besides this, nothing bothered me enough to dislike the book.
Tyger Tyger is an incredible novel that will familiarize readers with Celtic mythology and capture readers with its magical story, colorful characters, and vivid details. I am truly grateful I was able to read this early and I feel foolish for not having taken in interest in it sooner. If you’re doubtful like me about reading Tyger Tyger, don’t be. You’ll regret not reading it. 🙂
(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)
Check out my interview with Kersten Hamilton!