Review: ‘Tiger’s Curse’ by Colleen Houck

Review: ‘Tiger’s Curse’ by Colleen HouckColleen Houck by Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Published by Sterling on January 11th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 403
Format: Hardcover
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.

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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!


What I felt for him seemed too complicated to define, but it soon became obvious to me that the strongest emotion I felt, the one that was stirring my heart, was . . . love. (247)
Mae West, a famous vaudeville actress, once said, “A man’s kiss is his signature.” I grinned to myself. If that was true, then Ren’s signature was the John Hancock of kisses. (251)
Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make. It would make my life worth living or it would crush me against stony rocha and break me utterly. Perhaps the wise thing to do would be to slow things down. Being friends would be simpler. (306)
He’d probably fall in love with any girl who was destined to save him. Plus there’s just no way a guy like him would ever be attracted to a girl like me. Ren was like Superman, and I had to grudgingly admit that I was no Lois Lane. (311)
What you are saying is that I should be a stuck-up, rich, shallow, libertine who cares only about wealth, power and bettering my stays. That I should date superficial, fickle, pretentious, brainless women who care more about my connections than they do about me. (380)





  1. Jeanette Green

    July 14, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I love the cover and had thought about reading it. Now I’m moving it to my TBR pile.. well the pile closest to me anyway.. lol
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  2. Jaime Lynn

    August 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I was incredibly hesitant starting this one, but I was almost immediately sucked into the story. I loved it. The details were amazing, the characterization was dead on. I loved it. I haven’t started the other books in the series yet, but I do plan to sit down and read them all at some point. I hope they are all as beautiful as this first one!

  3. Jun

    August 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    This book just translated in bahasa Indonesia. And most of my friends like this book much 🙂

    I haven’t read this book yet, my reading list still long 😆

  4. Cali W.

    July 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    I really loved this book because there was so much adventure to it and I love the cover too! Great review! <3

  5. Lufi ♥

    October 20, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    I’ve read all the books and they’re AMAZING!
    Ren & Kishan are my favortires characters of the year ♥ 😉 !
    Greetings from Peru 😀 !

  6. Grace Lo

    October 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I bought this book on my cousin’s insistence, and am glad that it was that great! She couldn’t stop proclaiming her love for the book. She did put a little bit of the plot out there so I wasn’t spoiled by the review, and now I want to read it more than ever!

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