Lisa Reviews: Colleen Houck's - "Tiger's Quest"
After finishing Tiger’s Curse, and falling in love with the story, its characters and the culture incorporated within each of the pages, I was more than excited to get my hands on the second book, and finally start reading it. With sky high expectations for this second segment, I couldn’t wait to finally continue the journey with the two tigers, the teenage girl, and sweet Mr.Kadam. (And I couldn’t stop myself from drooling over Kelsey and Ren’s relationship… again.)
Instead of trying to summarize the story, like I usually do, I’m just going to insert the synopsis right here. So that way I won’t be giving too much from this book or the first one.
“Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest–this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER’S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.”
Tiger’s Quest doesn’t introduce very many new characters. The only four people we (the readers) are introduced to, are the three guys Kelsey starts to date when she arrives back in Oregon, and the one friend she makes while enrolled in a Martial Arts class. This didn’t really bother me that much, because I didn’t read Tiger’s Quest to meet new people, I’m reading for the characters I fell in love with in the first book; two brothers, Kelsey and Mr.Kadam.
While Tiger’s Curse revolved more of Ren and Kelsey, Tiger’s Quest is much more about Kishan and Kelsey… due to Ren not being there, for reasons I can’t say.. While I loved Ren and the way he treated Kelsey, I also liked seeing this sweet and loving side of Kishan.
If you’ve gotten the chance to read Tiger’s Curse you know exactly how heart wrenching the ending was, and I can’t promise you that the ending of the second book is much happier. But I can easily say that the last fifty or so pages, was my favorite part. The ending was nothing I could have ever imagined, it wasn’t explosive or world ending, but it caused my heart to drop, and my eyes to water… and in a sad way, I loved it …
Overall the characters gave me everything I was hoping for and more. The team is another step closer to ending the curse, but things are also falling apart… I continued to learn more about the Indian culture, I continued to swoon over Ren and Kelsey, and now even Kishan and I continued to follow their journey to end the curse.
I loved Houck’s writing style, and gulped down the book within two or three days! But if I had to pick one thing that bothered me, it would have to be towards the beginning of the book, when Kelsey starts to date three different guys… I thought she was trying to take it slow, especially after such a heartbreak.
But I loved the story and I plan to continue and finish the series!