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.
This is one of those books that left me with a lot of… emotions, let’s say. And not all of them were good. In fact, most of them weren’t. I picked the book up knowing only that is was YA with a strong paranormal bent and that it delves into the mythology of India pretty deeply. I’m walking away from this book feeling like I just took a crash course in a pantheon that has far more gods and goddesses than one could possibly hope to remember in a mere 400 pages.
That’s where the bulk of my dissatisfaction lies, I think. Our main character Kelsey travel to India (and just wait until I start talking about that, guys!) to help break Ren’s curse and her traveling companion, Mr. Kadam, takes every opportunity to educate her on the stories he grew up on. About midway through the book I was pretty much sure that the only reason Mr. Kadam had been introduced was to get Kelsey to India and to relate yet another story about how the tiger is a sacred animal. I get it, okay? I get that Ren’s animal form is important and revered and… OMG! Please stop with the stories already! I get it.
Let me take a minute to talk about Kelsey now. Until a really stupid thing happens toward the end of the book (OMG! OMG! OMG! REALLY, YOU GUYS?!?! and yes, I’ll totally go into that stupid thing in a few), I didn’t once believe that she was 18 years old. She’s just too compassionate or… something. I can’t even explain it. When she agrees to accompany Mr. Kadam to India to help with the tiger… (I might get a little ragey and capslock-y here, just so you know. Plus, I’m pretty sure that I’m not going to be able to control the swearing)… she’s on a plane on her way to a foreign country with a man she doesn’t know (although her guardians had “checked out his references”. I’m staring in exasperation at the computer as I type that because as, a parent, I don’t give a rat’s ass how hard I check something, my freshly turned 18 year old daughter would not be getting on a plane alone with a man I didn’t know to fly to a foreign country. And probably not with a man I knew, either.) and she’s questioning Mr. Kadam about his employer, who she knows nothing about. When Mr. Kadam seems a little uncomfortable with the TOTALLY APPROPRIATE QUESTIONS she’s asking, she STOPS ASKING THEM. WHAT THE FUCK, YOU IDIOTIC GIRL?!?! At this point in the book, the disbelief reared it’s ugly head and I emailed Amanda and said “All I keep wanting to say is ‘GIRL! You are flying to a foreign country on a whim to help with a tiger when you have NO FORMAL TRAINING and for all you know this wanker is about to sell you into slavery. ASK YOUR FUCKING QUESTIONS!'”
So, Kelsey’s already on my shit list for being too damn caring and understanding. Then all this stuff happens and I’m like “Please stop with the tiger parables or I will be forced to gouge out my own eyes.” They did stop, I’m pleased to tell you. Although that may be only because all the stories had been used up by that point. I’m none too sure. Then… THEN… Kelsey and Ren have this really stupid fight with one another. While they’re fighting for their lives. Like, they’re trading verbal jabs at one another as they are literally fighting evil monkeys who are TRYING TO KILL THEM. Really, guys? Is this either the time or the place for this? You don’t think you’d want to hold off on the hurt feelings until, say, the evil monkeys aren’t trying to tear you limb from limb? *headdesk*
I was just disappointed with this book as a whole. The writing had its moments where it would feel really on and dynamic and then I would hit blocks where it didn’t flow well and the actions of the characters felt forced. While I appreciate that plenty of other people find this book fun and entertaining, it simply wasn’t for me.