Author: Kersten Hamilton
Publication Date: November 15, 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy
Copy provided by: Book it Forward Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):
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.
Why I read this: I really love books about mythology and lore and this one peaked my interest.
Plot: When Teagan's cousin comes to live with them, her whole world is turned upside down. Not only does she have some serious chemistry with Finn, but horrible creatures start appearing, causing tragedy and misfortune to the Wylltson family. And when her father goes missing, Teagan must travel into a world she barely knows and they must use what they know of the lore to bring their father back. But will they be able to make it back?
Characters: Unfortunately, the plot was fantastic, but the characters felt really flat. I had to reread the one page that was written about the family member who died - yes one page - and then it was rarely mentioned and had a lack of grief and sadness. Instead, the book just moved on. I didn't feel like I knew the characters really well and they didn't feel real to me when I was reading them - they were either over or under dramatized and didn't seem to have the character flaws needed to create a realistic character.
The author did a great job with lore and building up Finn's character, but the rest weren't quite as there.
Relatability: Anyone who likes lore will enjoy this book. I like the difference in evil creatures found in this novel.
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