by Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Published on January 11, 2011 by Splinter
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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 heard about this book while searching for debut authors and thought I should try the series out. It wasn’t until after I received an ARC of book 2, Tiger’s Quest, that I went to the library and checked out Tiger’s Curse. My initial impression was that it seemed kind of slow but I don’t know how I could have possible thought that after halfway through. I guess it just didn’t click right away.
Tiger’s Curse is original, creative, captivating, and all around a great read. The book’s basis is in Indian mythology, a welcomed change from all the Greek mythology floating around. As a fan of all kinds of mythologies, I was intrigued by just that. Houck then goes on to really submerge the reader into the reader in the culture of India. You visit the cities and jungles of the country in a way you couldn’t without actually traveling there. It’s a journey in itself.
The book is for all ages. There is enough action and adventure to keep readers enthralled, and not too much romance to bring in any kind of person. As soon as I finished Tiger’s Curse, I immediately began reading its sequel Tiger’s Quest and the third book of the series Tiger’s Voyage (all of which I finished in the same day). These are books I would–and will–gladly read over and over. There is something about the story that repeatedly captures my attention. I recommend this book for all ages and all types of readers. You’ll find a little of everything.