Kelly Reviews: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Posted 28 May, 2012 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 15 Comments

Tigers Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) by Colleen Houck
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
In Six Words: Still trying to figure things out.

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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.

My Thoughts

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.


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15 Responses to “Kelly Reviews: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck”

  1. Wow, you did get all rage-y and caps lock-y didn’t you? It made me giggle:) I would like to think that both Kelsey and her guardians would have shown a little more caution before having her board a plane bound for India with a strange man. Also, I very definitely do not ever want to fight evil monkeys. Just saying.

    • Yes, I did. Amanda said the same thing when she read the review. Lol! I just had some issues and I needed to work them out.

      I don’t want to fight evil monkeys while having a fight with my almost-boyfriend. I mean… whhhhaaaaa?

  2. It actually makes me feel kinda glad that you didn’t much enjoy this one. I got it out from the library once, but never got around to reading it before it had to go back, mostly because I only got it out thinking that I *should* read it, not that I wanted to. Now I don’t feel nearly so bad about that!

  3. You really have to keep your focus when you’re fighting evil monkeys. It’s so not the time to bicker. Loved your caps-lock review. Sometimes, you just feel that way about a book.

  4. Oh good, now I don’t feel bad about reading this. That whole scenario about her not finding anything out about him would drive me CRAZY! I’d be doing background checks and grilling the guy. Well, it’s safe to say I won’t be reading this one.

    • That was my first WTF moment. As a parent, I can’t imagine sending my child (or ward) off to another country without being DAMN sure everything was on the up and up.

      I will say, though, that plenty of other people liked this book, so it might be entirely my issues that made me all frowny and GRRR.

  5. Wow….That was actually difficult to get through because it sounds like this book is just not good from start to finish. I know Elodie over at Once Upon a Quote loves this series so I couldn’t wait to try it but now you have me doubting myself and this book choice. Sounds like there is a lot going on and a girl who is just plain stupid when it comes to real life. Although teen stories always do this, they always allow the teens to run around with no parents to control them. None of the great adventures would happen in books though because parents would plainly say no!

    I think I still want to give this one a try just to see for myself how I feel but I’m certainly going to keep your review in the back of my mind.
    Sorry that this didn’t work for you Kelly but thanks for the awesome review!

    • I think a lot of my dissatisfaction came from where Kelsey didn’t question Mr. Kadam. Unfortunately it hit a really bad chord with me and I could never quite get into the story from there. It could very easily be a Me-thing.

  6. This sounds like such a frustrating book! Too bad, because I did like the cover. I hate it when books are so terribly illogical. I can believe in vampires or werewolves, but not mothers that let their daughters go to a foreign country with some random guy.

    Very entertaining review though (:

  7. Sylandrah

    Yeah, i have to agree, it was hard to finish the book. I really liked Ren, though.
    Liked your review. but I don’t think i can read the sequels, at any rate. :)