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In the Forests of the Night (The Goblin Wars Series #2)

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Next book in the Goblin Wars Trilogy, leads us to want the 3rd

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

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    Gobblin' it up like a story-hungry goblin

    Tyger, Tyger was an unexpected delight, and it should come as no surprise that Kersten Hamilton continues the tradition with its sequel In The Forests Of The Night. This series rolls around in all the best ingredients to make an unforgettable read – charming, exciting, heart-breaking, game-changing, and all sorts of fun – I will be quite sad when this all ends because it will be like saying goodbye to a group of good friends.

    {Characters} Teagan may be the star player, but she is more than willing to share the spotlight with her family and friends. Kersten Hamilton has developed such a colorful cast of characters who either have stories to tell or provide the comic relief in an otherwise dark book. More to the point, these characters felt so real that I can easily imagine their family dinner conversations and sense how strong their bond to each other was. I loved seeing all the old characters again and meeting the new ones who had enough charm to stand out on their own. It might sound strange, but these characters felt so much like family that I could not help but to love them like my own!

    {Teagan + Finn} These two are just too darn cute that I am glad that they don’t ever melt into a sickening gob of love. Instead, they seem perfectly able to function without the other – and they are both stubborn enough to not listen to each other’s protest of wanting to go into Mag Mell alone. I love every moment they teased each other because it demonstrates how sure-footed their relationship is. I don’t think anyone can break them apart, especially after this book where everyone – including Teagan herself – questions their love.

    {Waiting for Book 3 now!} Enough said.

    In The Forests Of The Night definitely showcases Kersten Hamilton’s storytelling abilities. Not only does the story breathes to life a dark and dangerous mythology, it also provides a few moments of charm and comedy that make these characters unforgettable and all too lovable!

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Rich in magic, folklore, poetry, and romance

    I really loved the first book in this trilogy, Tyger Tyger, not only because of the story but also because of the inclusion of poetry and musical references. I was very excited to be back in this Celtic-infused world and revisit some great characters.

    In the Forests of the Night picks up shortly after Tyger, Tyger. Teagan is still trying to adjust to the news that she learned before, and this causes her to be much more cautious. Finn, however, is insistent that nothing has changed, and he wants to be with her as much as ever. But the problems associated with Mag Mell and Fear Doirich have not simply disappeared. Tea and especially Aiden are in as much danger as ever, but this time, they know exactly what they're up against. But Tea can only do so much to keep the goblins away from her family and friends, and soon she realizes that if she is going to defeat Fear Doirich she will have to take even more drastic action. In fact, she may have to give into the side of herself that she swore she never would...

    So much of this book focused on the characters themselves and developing their relationships. Teagan and Finn had some incredibly sweet moments, as did Thomas and Roisin. I also enjoyed the dialogue between Abby and Finn. Abby and especially her Turtle cousins did a great job of adding humor to the story. Once again, Aiden has to be one of the most adorable younger brothers there is. I wanted to reach into the book and hug him more than once. Aside from the characters, the danger and suspense were quite palpable in this book, as was Teagen's internal conflict. I really appreciated as she grew into her own and did what was needed to take care of those she cared about, including the chimps at the zoo (yes, even Cindy and Oscar are back). Throughout this book there were plenty of twists and turns that kept me reading right until the end.

    While I loved getting to know the characters better, I have to admit that I missed some of the world-building as well as the inclusion of poetry and music that was in the first book. In addition, I wished that there had been a bit more of a reminder about what had happened at the end of the first book; it took me some time to remember all of the details when I wanted to be immersed in the story instead.

    Both books of the Goblin Wars have to be two of the most inventive stories in YA right now, and they are both rich with folklore, magic, poetry, and romance. I cannot wait to see how everything comes together in the next book!

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  • Posted November 26, 2011

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    Really Great YA Series

    In the Forest of the Night by Kersten Hamilton is the second book in The Goblin Wars series. The First book, Tyger, Tyger really blew me away. So of course I was excited to read the next book in the series. In the Forest of the Night picks up virtually where Tyger, Tyger left off. Teagan is dealing with the knowledge of finding out who she really is and how it's going to affect the rest of her life. Her feelings for Finn are not helping either. She's a goblin while he's a goblin hunter really put wrench in the romance department. It also asks the question "which side should Teagan be fighting for?" I think Kersten Hamilton does great job with Teagan's character. Teagan has a lot of internal conflict in dealing with what she knows of goblins and who she really is.
    The first two-thirds of this novel doesn't have a lot of action going on. It's mostly dealing with the aftermath that happened in Tyger, Tyger. There are still a lot of things that have to be dealt with. One in particular is the pair of baddies that want Teagan's brother Aiden as well as a bunch of creepers who are keeping their sights on this group. Aiden has special abilities that the evil ones will stop at nothing to get. Teagan is very protective oven Aiden and will do anything to protect him.
    One thing that I absolutely love about this series is that even though Teagan and Finn are 'soulmates' she doesn't automatically throw everything away just to be with him. Teagan has hopes and dreams that she wants to accomplish. I think this makes her one of the stronger female protagonist in YA literature that I've seen in awhile. This book is full of interesting and amusing characters. I love Abby. I think she's hilarious. I also love Mamieo who is full of gumption.
    This series is a must read. It has Irish Folklore, star crossed lovers, humor, poetry, and Finn. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. This is a pretty clean book for ages 12 and up. There's a little kissing and two curse words.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Another great book!

    This book starts up pretty much where Tyger, Tyger left off, Teagan must deal with the knowledge of her bloodline. She is determined to keep her family and friends safe at all cost. Just as things seemed to be back to as normal as it can be for the Wylltson family. It's not like every family has a nasty little Maggot Cat following them around.

    Then one day Teagan's cousin shows up (a highborn sidhe) and does something to alter Teagan's DNA, trying to turn her more in to what he is. Kyle is trying to make sure she comes back to Mag Mell and wants her to bring her brother Aiden, to Fear Doirich.

    Teagan refuses to let Fear Doirich ruin her or her friends lives any more and decides to go back into Mag Mell and face him on her own, but she finds out in the end that things might now be how she thought they were, in which we are left wondering what will be happening in book 3.

    I loved Tyger, Tyger and was excited to be able to receive a eARC of In The Forest Of The Night. Kersten Hamilton has become one of my favorite authors! It starts out giving the reader a refresher in what happened at the end of Tyger, Tyger which I was grateful for because I will admit it I was a little foggy on how it ended since I have read a lot of books since then.

    I will admit I thought the beginning was a little slow as I was really wanting some good goblin action but that didn't come till the end of the book, but I really didn't find that it made the book run slow for me. I read this book fairly fast which is good for me since I am sort of a slow reader. I just really enjoy learning about Teagan's misfit family.

    Teagan is a very spirited character and a little on the stubborn side. She doesn't want to involve her family or Finn in anything to do with Mag Mell because she doesn't want to see them hurt. What she fails to see time and time again is that they are going to have her back no matter what and not telling them could get them in more trouble than telling them. I love the way she goes to great lengths to protect your younger brother, she is a great character.

    Finn, is as adorable as ever. He is very loyal with his love for Teagan and wanting to see her and her family safe. He doesn't care if he is a goblin hunter and she is part goblin. He always sees the good in her, like the way she takes care of all the creatures. Even when he doesn't like the fact that she wants to try and help the Maggot Cat, he can still see her love for nature. This is why he knows she couldn't ever be like Kyle. Which is something Teagan fears the most.

    One of my favorite secondary characters would have to be Abby, Teagan's best friend. She cracks me up sometimes with the things she says and does. Even though she can't see most of what Teagan is fighting she is willing to go into battle with her. She is a very loyal, trusting friend and someone you would want in your corner.

    Over all despite what might be considered a bit of a slow start, turns out into a great ending. The only thing I didn't like is the cliffhanger ending! You all know how that drives me crazy. So now I will be very eagerly anticipating the next book.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

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