Title: Tiger's Curse
Series: The Tiger Saga
Book #: One
Author: Colleen Houck
Release Date: January 11, 2011
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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. (taken from goodreads.com)
One of my closest friends has been begging me to read this book. Seriously, she has done everything in her power to thrust this book in front of my face. Now I can see why she was so adamant. Tiger's Curse is an intriguing tale full of romance, myth, and culture. Not only was I swept away by Ren and his swoon-worthy-ness, but I also enjoyed immersing myself in the Indian lore and traditions.
The story is a bit Beauty and the Beast-esque. One girl, beautiful but otherwise average, becomes involved with a tiger who has a hidden past and is haunted by a curse. Only Kelsey, an ordinary girl stuck in the foster system, can break the curse.
The only thing that bothered me about this plot was Kelsey. A strange tiger leads her off into the dense jungle in the middle of a foreign country? Okay, better follow him! She just found out that she is at the center of a three-hundred year curse? Sure, whatever, no surprise. Her reactions were especially unrealistic when it came to Ren. Half of the time I was shaking my head at her. Also, what teenage girl's parents (foster or not) allow her to run off to Indian with less than a day's notice? My parents would have conniptions.
Thankfully, my dislike of Kelsey's decisions was overshadowed by my love for the myths and majesty of Ren and his past. Attractive and gentlemanly, Ren immediately earned my love. I'm telling you guys, my list of fictional boyfriends is way too long. I need help, perhaps of the psychological kind.
Overall, Tiger's Curse is an enchanting tale set in the myths of ancient India. I was immediately drawn to Houck's lyrical writing style and the deep characters. I'd definitely recommend this one to lovers of romance and mythology!
I will be dashing to the library to snatch up the sequel as soon as humanly possible.
I can't wait to read about Ren more!
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