Should’ve Stayed Longer in Fairyland

Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

First Look:

Nothing innovative about this cover, but nothing objectionable, either.  Looks like a world-hopping fantasy: is a world-hopping fantasy.

Jacket Copy:

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.

Sequel?

Yep!  #2 is already out, and #3 is shortly on its way. (Of COURSE it’s a trilogy.)

Worth Reading?

That’s a good question.  I loved some things about it, and really didn’t like others.

Notable Things:

Traditional Gender Roles.  This may be unfair, because the rest of the book wasn’t so bad, but very near the beginning, Legos and video games are identified as belonging exclusively to boys, and it just rubbed me the wrong way.

Unlikely Friendship.  In some cases, this would be an awesome thing (see above), but when a narrator-described smartypants is best friends (with no extenuating circumstances) with someone who is a caricature of a ditz–so flighty and flat-out stupid as to be annoying to even read about, disbelief is my reaction.  And don’t get me started on her cousins, the Ninja Turtles.

Scary fae!  I always love to read a story where the fairies, goblins, etc., are not sweet Disney fairies, but more dangerous, like the original tales.

Speaking of old fairy tales, the way things work once they cross over to the goblin’s land are just how they should be, just like Gaiman’s poem (above).  This was my favorite portion of the book.

Elaboration:

As I said, I didn’t dislike everything about it, but I’m not sure that I liked enough of it to keep on with the series.  There was too much that was clumsy and illogical about the “human world” portion of the book for the “goblin world” portion to excuse.  And (highlight for spoiler): her mother’s death was glossed over WAYYYYY to easily.  I guess through writing this blog post I talked myself mostly into the “not worth reading” camp on this one.

Disclosure:

Borrowed.

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