Review: Tiger's Curse

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Genre: YA Adventure Romance
ISBN: 9781402784033
Published: January 11th 2011 by Splinter

Rating: 4.5

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…

Tiger's Curse was infuriating beyond all reason, but in a good way. Actually most of it made me want to cry. But I couldn't stop reading it.

The pacing was rapid, there was constant tension, and the story never stopped. I read it in two sittings (only because the book store closed at 10 that night, but I never stopped thinking about it).

I really loved all the characters. Kelsey had her times when I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and say "YOU LOVE HIM ACCEPT IT ALREADY!" I also wanted to lecture her. If she was so afraid to give away her heart, she shouldn't have kissed him in the first place. But oops, he's just to sexy. (And really, Ren is seriously something. *adds to drool list* Also: Houck seriously knows how to build up the chemistry. *phew!*). The last chapter made me want to cry. As it were I couldn't just start crying because I was in a book store. The brothers were funny and I liked both of them, but Ren is my favorite, and it's probably going to stay that way (and really, Houck had better not pull a New Moon on me or I'm going to break something, and it'll probably be expensive).

The only thing I didn't like was the excessive descriptions. Sometimes it felt a little too wordy, and I wanted to just skip it (but couldn't because something important might be in there). It reminded me of Sarah Dessen's long passages of "I did this and thought about this, I did that and thought about that." Really? I don't care if you put on jeans and a red t-shirt, braid your hair, and tie a red ribbon around it to match the shirt, then pull on your new boots. Just say "I got ready and went downstairs." Also, I could tell she was trying to put in ancient Indian traditions, foods, bits of their cultures, and their myths, but there were some parts that felt like a cookbook, and others that felt like a textbook. Granted they were only about a paragraph long. Although they were interesting, it could have been cut.

I'm so relieved I have the second one ready and set to go… problem is, I'm not sure if I want to start reading it or not. It's reminding me of The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments. Once you start reading, you can't really stop.

Why do I do this to myself?

I should just learn from now on that when a book series is published, I should wait until the last book in the series is already released to start reading. But I don't, because I'm stupid. Or maybe desperate.

Content/Recommendation: No sex, no language. Some romantic scenes but nothing explicit. Ages 16+

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