Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck: Book Review

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Synopsis: Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Date Published: January 11, 2011

Publisher: Splinter

No. of Pages: 403

Date Read: January 2015

Source: I bought it

REVIEW

 Addictive story with frustrating female protagonist. 

This will be the hardest review I will ever write. I had too much expectations regarding this series, oh the extent I went through just to buy the hardcovers (but that would be a different story), and so with a mix of eagerness and trepidation, with trepidation because I wouldn’t want to be perpetually disappointed if the story ended up the way I had not expected, I have come to love the books, physically (come on just look at the covers) – yes and because, as I have mentioned how I went out of my way to get the copies, i have admired them for far too long in my shelf, so I kind of put them into a pedestal and I had to believe that the story is amazing as what I give it credit for, yes I was that attached to a book I have not read, I know, it is crazy. And so I started the first book – here are my thoughts (I talked too much, didn’t I?).

Let me first say, that I really liked it but really liked doesn’t really equate to loving it (believe me I was shocked myself, one notch down to the ladder of this crazy pedestal) I knew it was wrong to expect too much. The whole plot was something unique to me, at least to my reading experience, as I have not read any book with someone being cursed into an animal or into another being, I wanted to see how the series will revolve around such curse and how the characters will take part in all of it. The plot was inviting, it will lure you into devouring the book, eager to see what will happen in the end. I was engrossed, I could admit that. I turned page after page after another, it was like eating a potato chip – you can’t just have one. It was a page-turner, story wise. The adventures that Ren and Kelsey had to go through, were also a huge plus for me, I loved that it was almost like Indiana Jones. Also I loved the setting – India, it is not so often that I read books set there, and you can really see how the culture of India was portrayed throughout the book.

Now let’s go to the characters. Dhiren or Ren the guy cursed into being a tiger, (how do I put this without giving out any spoiler, no actually I could not, well let me try at least) Let me put it this way, Ren – was too charming too a fault, (I am talking about Ren as a man) he was described as a runway model, hot, gorgeous man – to name a few, that is of course according to our narrator Kelsey. My 17 year old self must have swooned to no end because of that, it could have actually worked for me then, but I am a 26 year old woman now, who actually and surprisingly knows better and those descriptions used by Kelsey makes me want to take my eyes out and put it in a grinder, it didn’t work for me, sadly. But I know that was Kelsey’s perspective and I am just a mere reader, my opinion on the matter will not change what was already written, so I sucked it all up and continue with the story. True enough, Ren was a charming guy, he knows what he wants and he somehow gets it (and I did have this totally weird and in not in any way related to the story epiphany, Ren reminded me of Christian Grey, yes of the Fifty Shades of Grey, not because there was BDSM in this book – I am telling you now there isn’t any of that in the book neither because Ren was a sadist, because again he isn’t, maybe just the way he protects Kelsey, or his ways and all things combined, he just happened to remind me of Christian Grey, raise your hand if you felt that too.) Then there’s Kelsey aka the girl I wanted to strangle with Fanindra (the snake), I don’t know if it is just me, but I actually hate the girl. Well at first she was really likable, back when she was that simple girl who helped out in the circus, but when she moved half way across the earth to India, that’s when she started to be annoying to a fault. During the course of their quest, I already had issues with Kelsey, with her being immature for a 17 year old and not actually realizing how big of a deal the task bestowed upon her, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt, but as the story neared the end, I was so frustrated that I want to rip her hair off, she does this immature acts towards Ren and I swear it irked me to no end, plus the fact that she was fighting her feelings for Ren but was perpetually failing was miserable to read. Why does she do that? And I was saying the whole time “Oh Kelsey, you.cannot.be.serious!”. (Another notch down the crazy pedestal) Maybe all I could do was hope that her character would at least grow in book 2, please let her be mature, let her act her age and let her make up her damn mind. And now proceeding to Kishan, Ren’s brother – well of course he had to be extremely good looking too – as per Kelsey’s perspective, but his character is still a mystery to me, so I have to watch out for him in the next books. And I know I can sense that there will be a love triangle, to be honest I am not a fan of that, but I guess I would have to see what will happen next.

All in all, I enjoyed the book, I would not deny myself of that fact. The romance in the book was maybe a little too cheesy, but I was okay with that – since I am known to love cheesy things – for me the cheesier the better. Will I continue with the series? well, definitely. I am just crossing all my fingers, hoping the series will get better. I know book 1 is more of testing the waters, building the foundation and whatnot – but Tiger’s Curse for me lacked something I cannot quite put my finger into, or maybe I know what it is, and yes I will say it – it lacked seriousness, and I am really hoping I could find that damn seriousness I’ve been so craving for in the next books.

Here’s the part that gave me the chills – that last paragraph before the epilogue! I felt it, I really, honestly did!

Life often seems hopeless and too complicated to hammer out a happy result.

Rating: 3 stars 

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