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review 2017-05-25 02:01
A Great Adventure!
Tyger Tyger - Kersten Hamilton

I enjoyed this one! It provided a really nice blend of Irish mythology and contemporary eras to provide a really great adventure story. I myself didn’t know anything about Irish Travellers so it was a good lesson for me to learn from as well. Not sure what I can say about the romance aspect in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Teagan, Abby, Aiden and Finn. Their characters are fun to read and I loved to comedy aspect that was prevalent throughout the book. However I just couldn’t feel the chemistry they supposedly had. I know there’s other books to follow after this one, so maybe I’ll be able to see the chemistry then. One other thing I have to say is, a glossary of the Irish terms would have been helpful. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of every term you came across during the novel. Also a pronunciation guide would have been helpful here too. (We all know Irish terms aren’t read like they look) However, I loved every aspect of this book. The comedy was great, the adventure/questing part was great to read (anyone felt disgusted as I did about the toe part? Omg lol) greatly recommended and I will be picking up the other two novels after this one.

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review 2015-06-30 20:44
The Mesmer Menace by Kersten Hamilton
The Mesmer Menace: Gadgets and Gears, Book One - Kersten Hamilton,James Hamilton

This was a really fun book. I loved the steam punk aspect and all the gadgets and robots that helped run the Amazing Automated Inn. Our storyteller, a cute little dachsund named Noodle, was such a great voice. I loved how his thoughts really brought the story to life and added a bit of comedy at times. When the mesmers come to invade the inn, it's up to Noodle and his owner to try and save them. Their creativity and bravery was great to watch.


*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2014-02-02 15:10
Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book
Tyger Tyger - Kersten Hamilton Teagan’s life was a fairly normal one, split between school and her part time job at an animal clinic. One day Tea’s cousin Finn puts in an appearance, coming to live with Tea’s family as they are his closest relatives. And that is when the lines between real and impossible start to blur, as Finn comes followed by all sorts of creatures straight from the pages of Irish mythology books.The characters were quite interesting and easy to like. Teagan is a teenage girl who loves animals (a trait I love seeing in books) and who has her future already planned out, as she works her way towards a scholarship at a very prestigious school. She is very little prepared for the strange things fate starts, all of the sudden, to throw her way, but she does the best she can to handle the situation, while also trying to protect everyone around her. Her little brother, Aidan, is five and right now one of my favorite kids in literature, as he is smart, and brave, and (in his own words) awesome :) I loved the way he was very opinionated about Elvis Impersonators (in his mind calling someone an EI was one of the worst insults ever, as he considered them pathetic because they were unable to create their own music :) ). As for Finn, he is the Mac Cumhaill, a responsibility he shoulders diligently, and of course I liked that (how could I not?). Despite having spent some years on the streets, he has been lucky enough to meet some very good role models, so he has grown up to be as close to perfection as possible. Needless to say I loved reading about him :)The supporting characters were colorful and, too, a pleasure to meet: Abby the Italian, whose family “knows some people”; Abby’s cousins, nicknamed the Turtles because they happened to have the same names as the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Raynor Schein (“rain or shine” :) ) and his beloved car Brynhild; Lucy the sprite; Ida, the grandmother with a direct line to the Almighty, and more.The plot is fast paced and interesting, and plunges the reader in a world that I for one knew nothing about. Mag Mell, “the plain of joy”, the former home of one Fionn Mac Cumhaill, hero of legends. I very much enjoyed the descriptions of that place, as, without being too wordy, they managed to evoke very well the feeling one got while being there (or so I thought). The frogs with little vests and long walking sticks were a nice addition too. :)The relationships and interactions between people were also well written and believable. My favorite part regarding that is the bond that develops between Finn (the ragtag teenager who lived on the street) and Aidan (the still-innocent five-year old), because I simply didn’t expect them to go so well together (for some reason I expected Finn to feel awkward around a small kid), and this particular development was one I thoroughly enjoyed. Also, the author has chosen to manage the love story (or is it stories?) in the book in such a way that the relationship felt romantic and vibrant. The tension between the characters is easily felt, despite the lack of any mention of anything sexual. I loved the way this part was written, and I rooted for the protagonists all throughout the book.There was a particular scene I was not fond of (the one where Ginny Greenfingers is fed to the Hellhounds; I found it horrifying as Ginny simply had no choice but to feed herself to the creatures), but, as I continued reading, I found out it fit in very well with the rest of the book, so when I (metaphorically) put the book down I had absolutely nothing to complain about.What I liked best is the fact that Teagan, after discovering she is half goblin, has now to live her life making choices, choices that will determine what kind of person will she really be. Would she continue to be the kind, compassionate Teagan we met at the beginning, or will she let herself become one of the others Highborn, who thought nothing of killing (other than “it’s useful”)? I think Tea’s dilemma, or better said Tea’s challenge, lends a whole new dimension to her character, one that I am looking forward to see developed in further books.
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review 2014-02-01 20:44
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book (Goblin Wars (Quality)) - Kersten Hamilton

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I’ve seen this on so many blogs. When I first read the synopsis, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Luckily, right after I joined NetGalley I noticed they had it. This book is a little different from what I normally read. It’s not like other urban fantasy books. Usually, goblins and the creatures of this book are saved for pure fantasy books. I’m excited to see them written into our world.


The most interesting thing about this book is the fact that it’s drawn from old Celtic stories. Hamilton takes old Irish myths and weaves a story with them. Different people tell Teagan the stories of the past in the goblin world. Those are some of my favorite scenes. It really makes for an original story. I’m excited to see where Hamilton will take it. She handled the plot and suspense elements well in this book, and I hope that trend continues in the next.


In the beginning, I couldn’t find a theme. It was mostly background information and setting up a situation. Toward the end, there’s a theme of choice. We choose who we are by the paths we take. Teagan has to wrestle with a decision she’s made. She feels horrible about it, and she’s afraid she’s set herself on a path she shouldn’t take. Finn has some wonderful things to say about choosing your destiny. I’m eager to see what kind of destiny Teagan will choose.


I was looking for a little more out of the characters. I like Teagan well enough, but there’s just something missing from her character for me. I wish she were just a little more complex. I’m hoping that with the next book she’ll grow and I won’t feel that way anymore. That often happens in a series. The characters will grow slowly and I’ll learn to love them in their growth. Finn, on the other hand, grows pretty quickly in this book. At first we meet him as a cocky bad-boy type who gives Teagan the shivers. Next we see him, he’s grown up a lot. He’s spent some time thinking about his feelings and his destiny. I love Finn for this. There’s always something going on in that brain of his, and I want to know what it is.


The writing is simple and appropriate. There’s nothing too lyrical. There’s the occasional Irish prayer and poetry said by someone, but that’s as lyrical as it gets in this book. Her use of Irish lore and Gaelic are really intriguing. I imagine a lot of research went in to writing this book, and I have to commend her on her devotion to writing a wonderful fantasy novel. I’m ready for the next one.

Source: www.owltellyouaboutit.com/posts/tyger-tyger
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review 2014-01-19 21:28
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears (The Goblin War #2) by Kersten Hamilton
When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears - Kersten Hamilton
People are starting to die as all the baddies from Mag Mell begin to show up in Chicago.  Teagan and Aiden continue to be targed by the sidhe and their lives are always in danger.  They need to rely on their new friends and allies that they made in book two to help heal Mag Mell and banish the darkness from its' world forever.  The lore and mythology are amazing so lifelike - they really help to make this story as wonderful as it is.
There was so much action in the final book of the trilogy.  It was non-stop and almost impossible to put the book down.  Teagan's empathy and care for the creatures around her has made it hard to tell who is still a bad guy and who might just be on the right side now.  While there is a lot of sadness and death in this one, there is also a lot of light and rejuvenation.  None of the character are the same at the end of the book - all have changed for the better and moved on to become what their destiny meant for them to be.  This has been one the best ends to a series I've ever seen.
Source: hotofftheshelves.blogspot.com/2014/01/review-when-stars-threw-down-their.html
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