Burn Bright Book Club: Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
I have the UK cover and it features a white Bengal Tiger with piercing blue eyes, overlayed with henna type accents. The top corners are decorated in a light blue Indian motief.
I took a deep breath when reading this book because there are very few truly ‘bad’ characters through out the storyline. It made a nice change for the biggest challenges to be inner demons and battling negative internal dialogues.
I HAVE to pick Ren. Cause… I want me one.
Hmm… this is tough because there is only one evil character, and it would be too predictable to pick him. I guess I’d say Sarah. Making her family eat Brussels sprouts casserole must be a cruel, cruel person at heart. Ick!
We’re told of the curse that made Ren and his brother into Tigers.
Kelsey gets a job with a circus where Ren has been stuck doing tricks in tiger form. She wishes that he could be free and the wheels begin to turn.
UGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! I want the next book! NOW!
As I said before it was such a refreshing book. The characters felt genuine and India was the perfect backdrop for the action to go down. Some things seemed a little too easy, but to be honest if things got too complex it would have bogged the book down and ruined the flow.
“I didn’t really eat a Monkey Kells. I’m just teasing you. Monkey’s are repellent. They taste like meaty tennis balls and they smell like feet.”
After seeing this entire series in the book store, I couldn’t help but buy the first book; each and every cover of this series has a SHINY, and detail beautiful piece of art work as its cover!
There weren’t very many main characters in Tiger’s Curse. There were a few minor characters, but they weren’t mentioned very often. Not saying that this is a bad thing, but a bit interesting.
Hands down, Mr. Kadam was my favorite person. He was the sweetest old man, and he was always so kind and caring to KelseyQ
With only three main characters, I don’t have a least favorite. Kelsey and Ren each did get annoying at some points in the story, but not enough to where I didn’t enjoy reading about them.
The story follows Kelsey; a teenage girl from Oregon who lives with two fantastic adoptive parents, and is looking for a job to make a little extra money. Stumbling upon a job offer, requiring her to take care of a tiger, Kelsey accepts.
After working at the circus for almost two weeks, Kelsey is offered another job by someone who purchased a tiger and wants him shipped to India. Feeling unsure of what to do, and if to accept this job offer, Kelsey decides that its not every day she gets the chance to travel to Inida and take care of her favorite “tiger”. But upon her arrival, Mr. Kadam and Ren, the tiger, aren’t who they seem; instead they need her help to break the Tiger’s Curse that Prince Ren is under.
Extremely sad! Saddest ending ever, I cried when reading the last sentence! Towards the ending of the book, I felt annoyed with Kelsey’s quick change of mind about liking Ren, and Ren’s arrogance and extensive confidence that he could convince her otherwise.
I really enjoyed reading Tiger’s Curse, and the rest of the series is on my TBR pile to continue Ren and Kelsey’s adventure. I learned a lot about India throughout the story, including the different foods, the clothes, and the language. I thought that the educational comments were very interesting, and I really liked that the language was incorporated!
The covers really know how to draw you in. The U.S. Cover for this one is blue, but it also has these overlaying colours/variances of pearl that really make the colours dance. Especially in the eyes.
Kelsey and Ren are the main focus of the story. I was pretty surprised throughout the story at how trusting Kelsey was, especially how she just picked up and moved across the world. Ren on the other hand, although very experienced in life is also a pretty quiet type and really comes off as the leader of the group – but in a very low-key/subtle kind of way (except when trying to get romantic with Kelsey, then he’s pretty hands-on).
Mr. Kadam. Because he was the one character who’s motives I could understand. The most predicable and spot on character in the group.
Although I didn’t hate Kelsey, I sure had a hard time with her. Especially when it came to her philosophies on why she couldn’t trust or like Ren romantically. She is a very hot and cold character, a little naive and I wanted to see her just let go of her guard against Ren.
Kelsey is a foster child on the verge of her 18th birthday. Her friend takes her to see a Tiger show and she becomes enthralled with the idea of learning more about them and begins working with the trainer. She is soon invited to travel back to India with the tiger Ren. It is a well-paced beginning and the reader gets to learn a lot of the basics about Tigers and a little hint that Ren is not a ‘normal’ animal.
Kelsey soon learns of the curse that was put on himself and his brother. It turns out that she is also a part of that prophecy and needed to help unlock the mystery that will turn them human again. It’s an interesting plot with some weird things like Ren being able to change into a human for 24 minutes a day (why?).
As this is a series, we don’t get a lot of answers. But we do get more characters and twists to the story.
I enjoyed the parts of the story with action. We do get a good chunk of adventure and different animals as they travel through the jungle. The parts that I didn’t love as much were the romantic elements and interactions between the characters when they were human. Something felt a little off, especially on Ren’s side. But I do see the romantic element coming into play more in the following books (a tie in with the prologue to book 1?) It’s a pretty long novel. I know some readers who finished it in days, but this one took me a while – more down-time that I was hoping for, but it still entertained me with its magic, culture and setting.
“Perfect! Now we’re being chased by hoards of monkeys! Perhaps you would care to name their species as we’re attacked, just so I can appreciate the special traits of said monkey as it kills me!”
“Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make. It would make my life worth living or it would crush me against stony rocks and break me utterly. Perhaps the wise thing to do would be to slow things down. Being friends would be so much easier.”
Published May 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 11th 2011)
ISBN 1444734601 ISBN13: (9781444734607