Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Finn Finnegan by: Darby Karchut (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Finn Finnegan

Release Date: March 12, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press
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"Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament.

Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own.

Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood...when they are not battling each other.

Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival.

Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish.""

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

I feel like I should start this review off by saying that this is a middle grade book and therefore reads like a middle grade book. I wanted to get that out there because I know I review mostly upper Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult on this blog. That being said, every now and then I like to read simply fun book like this. I truly enjoyed the story and I know that tweens will absolutely love this book. Finn Finnegan has everything a kid could want. The pace is fast moving, it’s a quick read, the characters are relatable, and it’s funny. 

What initially drew me to this story was the Irish lore that is intertwined. I just find it very interesting and I feel like it is something that hasn’t been overdone. The author really wove Irish lore into the story well. It was prevalent, but it wasn’t too much that it overpowered the story. Also you don’t have to like Irish lore to enjoy the book, the story can carry itself. 

Finn is a great character and one I think kids will love. He is a bit awkward, doesn’t always think before he speaks, impulsive, funny, and just a regular kid. Albeit a regular kid who fights goblins. He has some true kid moments and he reminded me a lot of boys I knew at the age of 13. 

Then we have Gideon, Finn’s guardian. I absolutely loved his character. In a bookish world where so many parents and guardians and what not are either missing or just don’t care; here we have a guardian that truly cares about Finn. While Finn does initially live with his aunt and uncle who ignore him, Finn finds a place where he is cared for and finally feels like he has a family. 

Now I do have my issues with this book, but I’m not going to go into them because this book was not written for me. This book is meant for tweens and I honestly think they will love it. I am not the target audience, so I’m not going to criticize it. Of course I could guess plot points and of course I found some of the jokes dumb, but I just know my sister (who is in middle school) would absolutely love this book (once I get her to read it that is). 

So, all in all I would highly recommend this book to any tween or to anyone who is looking for a very quick and fun read.


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  1. Thanks for reviewing my book and being part of the tour. (Glad you liked Gideon - he's a great character to write!)

  2. I think this one sounds super cute! I bet my tween would love it. I really appreciate your review and the awesome giveaway <3 <3 <3

  3. I lime a good MG book occasionally. I really le that you didn't judge this as a book written for adults. Great review, Teresa!

  4. I don't read middle grade books only because I find it hard to connect with the characters, but I'll admit the Irish lore does sound very intriguing and the characters sound fantastic! I really especially like Finn. I really liked that you didn't judge it but rather reviewed it as for the intended target audience. Awesome review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida


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