Over the next 5 days (the last 5 of 2010) I'll be posting my Top Ten favorite reads of the year. They're not necessarily books released in 2010 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. These books are not in a particular order, they are simply my top ten favorite reads of the year.
Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton
Review to come
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.
Please, Teagan Wylltson's fingers curled in American Sign Language as she spoke.
Why I Loved It: This book is so different and magical. It centers strongly around Irish mythology, which is something new to me in YA literature. The creatures that populate this world are horrid and horrifying, but also diverse and fascinating. All of the characters are quirky and loveable and hilarious. Teagan is unapologetically smart and driven, not interested in boys until she gets her career in motion. Her best friend Abby comes from a Mobster family and is outspoken and protective, if occasionally misspoken. Teagan's little brother Aiden is the most adorable, hilarious, just plain weird little boy on the planet. And then there's Finn. Sexy, tough, gentlemanly but not cheesy, Finn. He just might be my favorite hero of the year. He was complex and and mysterious, not a jerk but not obnoxiously sugary sweet. He was fascinating to watch in his warrior-like grace. The chemistry between Finn and Teagan was undeniable. This was an enchanting, hilarious, but still dark and dangerous read. I'm so glad I got to finish it this year!
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