Tyger TygerWow, this book literally left me breathless. First of all, the cover is fantastic. Very vivid and colorful.
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.
Teagan is such a likable character. She's funny and it's natural, not forced in any way. She is also very realistic and doesn't believe she is super human. She knows her flaws and her limits but she's brave enough to surpass them. I found myself really realating to her.
Finn is so amazing, too. It's so weird having a character enter, leave, and then enter again totally different but Finn is just very three dimensional and has a million sides to him.
I absolutely LOVED Teagan's little brother, he is funny and very intelligent--many a times I thought he was actually older than he was.
Abby and the rest of the secondary characters felt like a family. Kersten did the character development wonderfully and vividly.
The plot and the premise, oh and the mythology is wonderful. I didn't expect a debut book like this be so rich and so well-researched. I applaud Kersten for that.
I do wish that the final 'battle' would have been more of a battle and I think the characters got off easy. But it sets the tone for the future books perfectly.
In one sentence:
"A striking book that you won't see it coming."
Overall Feeling: 5
Average: 4.6 stars