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READ TYGER, TYGER FREE THIS WEEK!

30 Oct

Hello friends! If you’ve been following me long enough you’ll probably know that one of my all-time favorite book series is the Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton! These books have everything in them that you could ever want. Seriously. Great characters, an awesome love interest, quests, adventure, amazing settings, Irish legends . . .  Gah, I don’t think I can gush about it enough! But do you want to hear what’s even better about it now?!

TYGER, TYGER the first book in the series is free as an ebook this week! It’s the Book of the Week at Apple so you can download it for free here! Or get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Seriously, you should read this anytime at any price because it’s worth it . . . but for free? Snap this one up while you have the chance!

Still not sure? Check out my review of Tyger, Tyger and the next two books in the trilogy: In the Forests of the Night and
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears.

Book Three of the Goblin Wars by Kersten Hamilton Cover Reveal!

31 Aug

I absolutely LOVE this series. Starting with the first book, Tyger Tyger, then the second, In the Forests of the Night, and now book three! It won’t be released until February 2013, but at least now we have a gorgeous cover to tide us over.

 

I absolutely love it! No surprise there, because every book so far has looked beautiful. And I’m loving the title, too, even if there’s a long wait. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this since I finished the second book!

If you’re not already addicted to this series, watch the book trailer for Tyger, Tyger !

In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

2 Dec

In the Forests of the Night

Author: Kersten Hamilton

Book 2 in the Goblin Wars Series
Book 1: Tyger Tyger

Pages [hardcover]: 288

Favorite Characters: Finn & Abby

Summary:

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

Review:

I didn’t think it’d be possible to fall in love with this cast of characters again, after I finished Tyger Tyger back in April. I was so, so happy to see that I was wrong. In the Forests of the Night  is a better sequel than I could have ever imaged it would be! Packed with scenes that’ll make you laugh so hard you’ll cry, then gasp and [possibly, if you have a good enough imagination] give you nightmares.

Those goblins and creatures certainly can’t be romanticized. These are villains that have impact. On Tea’s life, definitely, but on the reader as well. Sure, I have no idea how to pronounce half [or all] of the goblins and such, but that makes them no less memorable. Only a little harder to rave about to my friends.

While I greatly support the whole Finn/Teagan connection, I love how she keeps her head about it, and keeps her own goals in mind. Everything that makes her her is what made me like her as a character in the first place-her love for animals, how she puts others before herself. And she’s not about to give up her future for some boy. Not even the Mac Cumhaill. And he respects that. Which is even better. Some of the greatest parts were when Finn was talking with her father.

Once I picked up this book, I literally couldn’t stop. I’d try to find a place to leave off for the night, but just reading to the next page turned into the next chapter, turned into two chapters . . . You see where I’m going with this? It was that addictive. I really recommend this series to . . . Well, everyone. I never thought I’d like books about goblins. But this series is one of my favorites!

WONDERFULLY BRILLIANT. 5/5 stars

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

4 Apr

Tyger Tyger

Author:
Kersten Hamilton

Pages [hardcover]: 322

Goblin Wars #1

Memorable Quote: “Isn’t the Almighty always saying something, girl? Speaking through everything created, whispering in your hopes and dreams. Urging you to get on with business?”

Favorite Characters: Finn & Aiden

Summary:

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.

Review:

I wish that I could write every character’s name down as my favorite. Kersten Hamilton is fantastic at creating diverse personalities and implementing them throughout the book, adding hilarity as well as a sense of realism to a plot filled with goblins, curses, and chaos.

I wasn’t sure if I’d ever like a book with goblins in it, but I know that I love books that take old legends and twist them into a modern plot. I’ve never heard much about Irish tales, and Ms. Hamilton explains in the author’s note that she’s changed much to fit in with the story, but I adore when things of legend are taken in a realistic way.

I actually started to read this quite some time ago, liked it but couldn’t get into it, and then started re-reading it two days ago. I was so captivated, I couldn’t put it down! I think it was just my earlier mindset that prevented me from enjoying this novel. Tyger Tyger had me immediately flipping the pages to see what would happen next!

Most YA books contain some ounce of romance, and this book is no different on that account. But what I especially liked was that nothing was rushed. Teagan has her own goals in life and doesn’t want a relationship to stand in her way, and Finn won’t pressure her into having something more between them. It was a pleasure to read about two wonderfully defined characters both caring for each other and at the same time thinking for themselves.

Though at times there were so many different characters in a scene my head could barely retain all of them, Tyger Tyger is one of the better fantasy books I’ve read lately. I’m glad to see that there will be a sequel In the Forest of the Night, set to come out in October. Much too long of a wait! I’ll be counting the days. I give this novel 5/5 stars and recommend it for any YA or fantasy fan, or anyone who’d love to read about goblins and folklore.

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