Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Published by Sterling on January 11th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
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.
May contain brief spoilers
Kelsey is an orphan who lives with her foster family in Oregon. She gets a job at the circus to help the animal trainer with the dogs and the tiger. Having a special bond with the tiger, Kelsey is immediately attached to Ren, the beautiful majestic Bengal white tiger. So much so that she gets invited to India, since Ren has been bought to live in a sanctuary. Kelsey agrees and she’s off on a long journey to Bombay, India.
On her way to the sanctuary, at a gas station, she gets left alone with Ren, while her driver simply disappears. Kelsey ends up following Ren into the jungle where he appears in his human form, Prince Dhiren. She agrees to help Ren with his tiger curse without any hesitation which I found odd but in a way I felt her character to be such a good person that she had no qualms about herself, which is why she said yes right away.
Their relationship builds up slowly, which is good but that’s one of the reasons why I kept reading. Sure it dragged on for a bit, but I did enjoy the story. It’s quite simple. She falls in love with Ren and no matter what happens, she’s going to help him. Going on an adventure with the love of your life doesn’t sound so bad does?
Colleen Houck writes in complete detail, with her dialogue written in with facts about India, and even quotes from literary plays such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. There’s an added touch of authenticity when we see glimpses of notes scattered throughout the book. I thought that was nice just because it shows the reader what the character was looking at.
I know how Kelsey feels like. How she feels like she’s the radish and her boyfriend should be dating chocolate éclairs. From my own personal experience I know how it feels like to think someone is completely out of your league and her hesitation to completely run away. That to me was the relatable part of the book and I loved how Colleen portrayed it.
Can I just say the ending was amaze-balls? I mean seriously, I love cliff hangers like this one. I can’t wait to read the next one!