Friday, August 16, 2013

Review: Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger's Voyage
Series: The Tiger's Curse Series 
Book #: Three
Author: Colleen Houck 
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Splinter Publishing 
Source: Library 

My Rating: fullfullfullfullBlank

The third book in the gripping "Tiger's Curse" series!

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, "TIger's Voyage" brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse. (taken from
There's nothing better than returning to a familiar series. It's like slipping on a pair of your favorite jeans- comfortable and easy. It took me no time to fall back into stride with Kelsey and her two tigers. Even though it had been a while since I read the second book, I immediately remembered the story. Houck's detailed writing style and intense characters make this series difficult to forget. 

As always, the story centers around many of the myths and legends from ancient cultures. While the past two books focused mostly on Indian lore, Tiger's Voyage calls up on stories from cultures across the globe. Rarely do I find a work of fiction with so much educational value. Having said that, I rarely find books quite as fantastical as these, either. Each installment in the series is exponentially more magical and imaginative. Some of the scenes and adventures in this novel are astoundingly original. 

Houck never leaves out a detail or an explanation. Each meal is described in colorful language, down to the very last french fry or sauce. The rich writing makes it extremely simple to picture Kelsey and her fantastical world. The characters are equally as detailed. I couldn't help but love every member on the quest.

My one tiny complaint about this series is the love triangle. Gah, sometimes I just wanted to yell at Kelsey. Her heart waivers between Kishan and Ren for far too long. I simply wanted her to make a decision. After a while, her worries and hesitations become tiresome. Other than that, I enjoyed Kelsey. She's intelligent, brave, and an overall admirable heroine. 

I'd definitely recommend Tiger's Voyage to any lovers of this series. It's an impressive sequel and will leave you dying to get your hands on the next book. Lovers of mythology and romance will devour this series.