Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Review: In The Forests of the Night

In The Forests of the Night

By:  Kersten Hamilton

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group

Publish Date:  November 19, 2011

Format:  Arc

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in The Goblin Wars series; Book 1 Tyger Tyger

Recommendation:  Oh Yes!  I love the whole goblin set up and the magical world of Mag Mell.  Did you read the first book and fall in love with the Celtic lore and Finn?  Do go get this one as well.

Book Synopsis:
"Something was calling you, Tea."

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive.  But the Dark Man's forces have followed them to Chicago and are beckoning Tea to return.  They claim that she will soon join them, as goblin blood is never passive once awaken.  And in the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or murder her family and friends.

Teagan knows she doesn't have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured or killed.  A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her.  But as long as she can hold on, she's still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting.  The disease that's destroying her - that's destroying them all - has a name:  Fear Doirich.

And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

First Sentence:
Tears were spilling down Teagan Wylltson's cheeks as she went up the stairs.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Teagan is upset with what she learned of her mothers family (in Tyger Tyger) and what it might mean to her and Finn.  When Finn comes to talk to her and reassure her things get crazy quickly in the full house of the Wylltsons'.  Thomas starts sprouting feathers and cat-sidhe appear.  The cat-sidhe want Aiden.  As Fear Doirich wants Aiden.  Mamieo doesn't like Thomas because he's a highborn, Roisin (Teagan's Aunt) is mad at her love, her father is still trying to get his memories back and straight.  Oh and the social worker is coming around too.  All craziness and then the goblins come back into their lives with threats to Teagan and she starts to change after a lick from Kyle.  A war is on it's way...

We start exactly where Tyger Tyger left off, Teagan's crying on the roof and Finn climbing the drain pipe to talk to her.  Finn captures my heart once again at the get go here.  Finn has turned Teagan's plans around, though she still wants to follow them, they now have a boyfriend attached somewhere in there. 

We see all the same characters again in this book.  I do like the extra background Thomas, the shape-shifter, brings to the family of the goblin world Mag Mell.  It was his home and he is a highborn so he knows a great deal.  We can't forget about Lucy the spirit living in Aidens' hair.  Aiden gets to try a few new things with his special gift of song as well.  Nice to see, and I hope to see more of him in the future.  So many different characters and personalities in one house, it's funny from time to time.

Another wonderful YA book that I would hand over not needing the adults to read first.  But I would say do read it for the fun and wonderful writing it is.  This book went quickly for me as well.  I love the Celtic lore tangled into the story and I get a little feel of a fairy land as well.  That is one of the things that drew me into the first story as well.  I really enjoy this mix.  This book seems a little slower at first, but we need to get the setting set and the characters defined as everyone is growing and changing, which is wonderfully done with keeping us attracted to the book.  Then the action picks up and leaves you desiring the third book of the trilogy.

I strongly suggest giving the Goblin Wars Trilogy a try.  It's a wonderful read and you wont be disappointed.  If you enjoy fairy type books, this goblin based trilogy could very much be for you.

I read this book for an honest review for the author.

This book qualifies for YA Reading Challenge 2011 and Speculated Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling books.


Sumudu Siriwardana said...

This sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review. Must read this series.

Jessica said...

At first glance, I thought Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' novel got a new cover, lol. Great review! I keep hearing good things about these books, I think it's time I read them.

Melliane said...

The cover is really nice ! I'm glad you love this second book too ! I really need to buy this series !!!! the characters sound really interesting ! thanks for the review

Blodeuedd said...

I have heard good things about book 1, but I must say that I do not like this cover at all. it looks kind of cheap

Anonymous said...

I couldn't wait for Teagan to go back to Mag Mell; I wish the whole book was set there. As it is, that part, which is I guess 1/5 of the novel, was the best for me.

Bibliotropic said...

I got my copy in the mail last week, and I can't wait to find the time to start reading it. I really enjoyed the first one, and I've got high hopes for the sequel!

Simcha said...

I totally forgot about Tyger Tyger though I had been meaning to read it after it got such positive reviews from you and Stephanie. Thanks for reminding me about it. I'll have to go read it and then check this book out.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait to get back with the gang on the adventure. I also love learning more about Mag Mell. I also love that their is growth. Fab review!!

Jackie said...

Melissa revisiting old friends is what it felt like when immersed in the story this time around, nothing can top that feeling of reading a well written book that you do not want to put down until done!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Wandering around life - Hi! Thank you for stopping by. :) You are more than welcome. I've really been enjoying this series. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to try it.

Jessica (bookLover) - Hi!! :) Thank you! So glad you enjoyed the review. And I hope you get a chance to enjoy this book as well, the series is really enjoyable.

Melliane - Hi! :) Oh, this is such a wonderful YA read. I love the Celtic myth background and magical fairy type feel it gives me. Hope you get to enjoy it!

Blodeuedd - Oh, yes. This is a wonderful YA series. And book 2 follows nicely.

StephanieD - Oh, I know! I love Mag Mell. I love the fairy feel I get of it. :) I'm really looking forward to the third book now!

Bibliotropic - Oh, I do hope you enjoy this one. It seems to start a little slower, but wonderfully done. I really enjoyed it.

Simcha - Oh, you do need to get Tyger Tyger. :) Hope you enjoy it!

Melissa (Books&Things) - :) Thank you! Oh, I so want the third book now! lol. I do enjoy the way Mag Mell is almost like a person in feelings and such. Thank you glad you enjoyed the review.

Jackie B - Oh yes. It was great seeing everyone again here. I love how they all do not get along, but at the same time it's fun. Such a great well writen book. Looking forward to book 3!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh, I wanted to suggest to you all as well, that if you enjoyed this book to check out All Wounds. I really loved that YA book as well. Wonderful read that sucked me in too. It was really a great week for YA stories last week. :) Thank you!