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Author: Colleen Houck
Published: January 11, 2011
Pages: 448
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Description from Goodreads:

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, spell- binding 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.


Kelsy just graduated high school. She is alone in the world, having lost her parents to a car accident. She gets a job in a circus, and cares for a white tiger. When the tiger is bought by an Indian gentleman for a wild life park in India she is offered a job to escort the tiger there. When in India the tiger reveals that is is actually a man cursed to remain a tiger for most of each day. The only way to break the curse is to follow an ancient prophecy. But the wizrd who cursed him is still around and anxious to stop the quest. As Kelsey works to help her tiger they begin to fall in love, making this a love story as well.

When I started this book I felt that it was going to be an average book. The first
few chapters told an interesting story but the writing seemed to be somewhat simple, with information that did not seem necessary. But as the book progressed the story took off and I was hooked, leading me into a wonderful journey filled with magic and a quest to find the tresure that will break the curse of the tiger. The quest is full of adventure and intrigue, incorporating Indian legends and Gods. The author did her work, the stories made me want to hop online and do some research on my own, to learn moreof the old stories and gods in the novel.

Kelsey is the main female character. She started as a typical American teen, but as the story unfolded she added multiple layers of dimension and I grew to like her. Ren, the white tiger
who changes to a man is also an interesting but I wanted to know more about him.
But they are developed enough that I came to care for them both, hoping they would be succesful in thier search. The love story is well done without overt sexual scenes.

I liked this book and it is the first of five, I can't wait for the next book as the quest continues. The rights have been picked up for a movie as well.

Rating: An great adventure story, worth your time.

4 stars

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I review mostly Young Adult literature, any genre. I also review other fiction, especially horror, science fiction and historical novels. I also have occasional giveaways.