The first book in Colleen Houck’s Tiger Saga was an absolutely gripping tale. Rating: 3.5/5
*This is book #8/28 for my 2014 book challenge. You can take a look at the reading challenge here.
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.
I bought myself and my godmother Tiger’s Curse for Christmas two years ago. I figured it would be a fun way for us to do something together even though we now lived a couple thousand miles away from each other. I’ll be honest, at first the story was slow, and my Goodreads updates were more complaints than anything else. I was getting bored and confused under so many details and different cultures AND FAR TOO MANY ITALICIZED WORDS. Luckily, all of these things quickly stopped bothering me and I was able to really lose myself in the story.
Most of the complaints I’ve seen about this book have about about the main character, Kelsey’s, juvenile actions and thoughts. I agree 100% with these complaints. I think Colleen was going for a sense of naivety with Kelsey, but instead it came off as though she was just a little bit dumb. She didn’t speak the way she should have, and her thought process usually resulted in me shaking my head. I mean, several times she (SPOILER ALERT) discussed about her love for Ren has being a “love-plant”. That’s just cringe-worthy.
With all of that said, Tiger’s Curse is gripping – and I don’t ever call anything gripping. I went from going, “Ehh, I can put this off right?” to being unable to put it down. It’s obvious how much thought and research Colleen Houck put into writing this story. I don’t know how accurate her depictions of Indian culture are, but I liked how she would include different words and sayings and other aspects of the culture. It added…. not a realness…. but it had me feeling some type of way, if ya know what I mean. Overall, if willing to suspend belief, the story was very good. Putting aside the obvious issues was the best decision I made while reading. I’m looking forward to the next four books.
If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.