Published: November 15, 2010 by Clarion Books
isbn: 0547330081 (ISBN13: 9780547330082)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Won the ARC for review
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.
In the description it says that Abby dreamed of the goblins, but I feel that's a bit misleading. She dreamt of a Saint, that may or may not have been a goblin. And I don't recall the other creatures being in her dream. Anyway, it threw me for a loop because I really felt like it wasn't like that at all. But oh well.
I really liked this book. In the beginning I felt like there were a few weird things that may have been editing mistakes that will be fixed before the final copy is out. But other then that the story line was great. It was unique and full of all kinds of creatures.
Teagan is a great and realistic character. I didn't love her, but I liked her and I didn't find any reason to dislike her. She's just didn't seem to have an overwhelming personality. But to be honest, if she had the book would have been a bit over the top because everyone else did have an overwhelming personality! Her friend Abby was as out there and quirky as they come and in the beginning had me giggling quite a few times. Then her brother, Aiden, was a crazy little kid. I thought in the beginning that maybe he was a little too crazy, but it kind of works out pretty well. He said some pretty cute things and his obsession with singing was very cool. Then you throw in a quircky mom who writes children's books, a father who's a librarian and constantly quoting books and then to top it off along comes Finn. An Irish HOT.TI! In the beginning, one of the first scenes with him is probably in my favorite scenes book. I mean he was very open and outspoken and said some of the sweetest things I've ever heard.
The book had some great creatures. Mostly scary. The author went off track from the majority of books in this genre. These weren't faeries, they were goblins. But there were all different kinds, so it reminded me of faeries quite a lot. I like how she weaved the magic, the history, everything together. It made for a fantastic story!
I give this one 3/5 moons.
You can find Kersten Hamilton at her website.