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Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book (Goblin Wars (Quality)) Kindle Edition
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By my sixth birthday, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a writer. I was fascinated by the sound of words, the sweep of story. I wanted to make word magic and tuck it inside the covers of a book.
A writer needs a very tough skin. And she needs something to write about.
Fortunately, my parents were quite eccentric. My childhood can only be described as 'exciting.'
I tracked caribou and arctic wolves across my family's homestead in Alaska, caught tiny tree frogs in the swamps and rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, and chased dust devils and rattlesnakes across the high desert of New Mexico.
Against all odds, I survived my many misadventures. I was not electrocuted or drowned. Most of the bullets missed, and the incidents with bears, snakes, wolves, and angry moose were not fatal.
Before I settled down to have children I worked as a ranch hand, a wood cutter, a lumberjack, a census taker, a wrangler for wilderness guides, and an archeological surveyor.
I am the author of several picture books and many middle grade novels. Tyger Tyger, book one of the Goblin Wars series, is my first novel for young adults.
Top Customer Reviews
In spite of all the quirky people around her, Tea does her best to live a normal life and stay on track with her ambitious career goals. Part of that plan is to refuse to get involved with boys, because they're nothing but a waste of time. But when handsome, charming Finn Mac Cumhaill is delivered to her family's doorstep by a social worker, in spite of herself, Tea is intensely attracted to him. Finn is part of the Irish Traveler family Tea's mother belonged to, but Tea's mother hasn't seen any of them in years. Finn has been living on the streets since he was twelve, for almost six years, and would still be there now if he hadn't broken his arm and come to the attention of the authorities when he went to the hospital.
As unsettling as Tea finds the sizzlingly mutual attraction between her and Finn, this is only the beginning of the problems that Finn brings into her life.Read more ›
If you are in the mood for a light-adventure romp with a twist of Celtic lore then I think you'd enjoy "Tyger, Tyger". It's a light, fast read that I found hard to put down. It was well crafted and engaging, although at one point the author nearly lost my confidence when one of the secondary characters (Abby) unexpectedly balked at the existence of creatures she herself had introduced. (That's just my opinion of course)
The story is about a family living in Chicago that hasn't much idea of it's genetic history; which is where the Celtic lore comes in. And while the story focuses on 16-year-old Tea, I found almost all the other characters more interesting. There's the mysterious Finn, who's quick with his fists and who has a lovely Irish brogue; and Abby, the best friend with the mob family connections. And Aidan, Tea's little brother who is more than a little fey, as well as the long-lost grandmother.
Now while the marketing people say this book is for Young Adults, I see very little that would make it inappropriate for Middle Graders. There's maybe two instances of very mild 'bad' language, but the users are immediately put down and chided for it. And there is not graphic violence nor 'Adult Situations'.
Hamilton does not shy away from the spiritual implications on either end of the spectrum. I know that could make some people uncomfortable, but it is written as fantasy, in which you will see characters that resemble reality but aren't fully real. Although Kersten Hamilton is a christian, she longs for this book to go out mainstream and minister by way of storytelling, or a parable-like approach to our world. Too often we are afraid to mention the power of darkness, so as not to cause fear, disturb anyone. But as followers of Jesus Christ we strip Him of His power when we don't acknowledge what we are battling in His name.
On an entertainment can-I-put-it-down level, I tore through it, in a day or so. And then I was mad. Why? Because I hated for it to end and now I 'get' to wait a year to read the next and I don't want to (read that in a VERY whinny voice)!! I want to keep reading in that world,to know what happens to Tea and Finn. I am thinking about it while in the garden, while washing dishes long, LONG after the last page was turned.Read more ›
I really think the characters and their relationships was what made this book so great for me. I loved that Teagan was such a put together young lady. Very focused on her future and goals. It was great to see a happy functional family, which is something I've been missing a lot lately in the YA genre. This is a kid who actually likes her little brother instead of thinking of him as a constant pest, and enjoys spending time with her parents. I think one of my favorite parts was when the family would work out the schedule after dinner where one of them reads out loud to the others while they cleaned up the kitchen. It may be something I pick up with my family!
The rest of the cast was great as well. Tea's best friend Abby was a in-your-face, loyal to the very end, kind of girl. She was a lot of fun. Finn MacCumhaill was a super hot Irish boy (accent and all, YUM) who was strong and passionate and quite the gentlemen. Aiden, Teagan's little brother, was a smart and funny little boy. I'm really glad that he was included in the whole book and taken on the adventure too, instead of just left behind like in most stories. This was really great for me since my little brother is my best friend, and I definitely wouldn't have left him behind with some random sitter!!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really fun book! The characters are quite lovable and I fairly enjoyed reading the story. The plot is really adventurous and imaginative.Published 1 month ago by Fae Willow
When the Mac Cumhaill, a gorgeous young man who has been living on the streets, walks into Teagan's home her life is changed forever. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. J. Stevens
I love reading reimagined fairy tales and was delighted to find Tyger Tyger because it is grounded in a fairy tale world that I am unfamiliar with. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Silmarwen
Teagan Wylltson’s whole life, she and her little brother Aidan have been regaled with the folk talks that their Irish Traveler mother spins. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Molly the Librarian
4.6, but I'll round up to five stars. Most YA novels have their strengths and their hiccups (heck, novels in general), and I tend to judge them by how many times they hiccuped so... Read morePublished 18 months ago by akme
Except for the recurring (OCD) theme of "I am not worthy - he cannot respect me" on every third page -- its a fairly decent novel.Published 20 months ago by CJF
Fun read. Loved the characters and different worlds. Well developed settings and she placed the reader into the scenes. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Barbara Jameson
I love reading the stories of my people. I loved this book. It seems like we often have moved away from the stories of our childhoods and this one brought me back. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alfred D. Wallace
I absolutely loved this book with wonderful characters that were easily distinguished from each other, each one with their own style of speaking. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lelia Rose Foreman
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