Tiger’s Curse Review

tiger's curseTiger’s Curse (The Tiger Saga, Book 1) by Colleen Houck

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, mythology

More Info: hardcopy, 403 pages, published by Splinter (reprint) on May 1, 2012



I read Tiger’s Curse for Aentee’s (Read at Midnight and @readatmidnight) #ReadThemAllThonHere is my TBR pile for this reading challenge. I was reading this to achieve the Pewter City: Boulder Badge – read the first book in a series. I have read this series before, a long time ago. The mythology in this book is amazing and I wish the Indian princes were real. Here is my current trainer’s card, updated to the point that this review is published (8/29/16 at 10:00):


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I have rediscovered my love for this series. I have read this book before, but that was quite a few years ago. Since it has been so long, it feels like I am reading this book anew because I have forgotten a lot about the books.

Kelsey, an average teenage girl who just graduated high school, ends up working a 2 week period at a circus in her town of Oregon. She works many different positions and bonds with the eccentric cast. Between selling tickets and sweeping up after the show, she also has to help take care of a tiger.

She is intrigued by the fierce white animal with eccentric blue eyes. She comes to feel comfortable around the tiger, coming to his cage after shows, reading and talking to him. He is strangely docile and seemingly intelligent. Kelsey forms a bond with the white tiger and will be sad to see him go when the circus moves on.

Until, the mysterious but friendly Anik Kadam arrives and offers a deal. He wants to purchase the tiger and have Kelsey accompany him to the animal reserve. Kelsey agrees to this once in a lifetime opportunity. Her journey, however, turns into so much more. Her white tiger ends up being a 300 year old, cursed, handsome, Indian prince named Dhiren. Kelsey has been chosen to help him and his brother break the curse hanging over them. In between scary adventures, Kelsey has to deal with a powerful enemy and her feelings for the two amazing men at her side: Prince Alagan Dhiren Rajaram (Ren) and Prince Sohan Kishan Rajaram (Kishan).


There are so many interesting facts and myths about multiple cultures. For example, a myth that I recently found in The Star-Touched Queen about Ugra Narasimha was also present in this book. Some of Houck’s writing can come off as textbook. It can be dull in sections, but the cool information makes up for the slow in pace. There are delays in this book, filling the gaps in between the action.

This story is told in first person, from Kelsey’s perspective. While I did feel connected with her, I didn’t think there was a consistent look into her mind. The feelings and thoughts from Kelsey come in bouts. It doesn’t seem integrated enough. She is an oxymoron: confident and insecure. She is too trusting, but that is influenced by her compassion. There are so many extraneous details told throughout this book. The characters actually sleep, go to the bathroom, eat, etc. Houck includes the mundane and slow, which fills space and make her characters believable and human.

I want my own Ren and Kishan. They are good-looking, flirty, kind, well-rounded, royal…for simplicity, they are perfect. They are also tigers. They know so much for being trapped in an animal’s skin for so many years. Sometimes, they seem too adapted. The brothers form a problematic love-triangle, cliché but special due to circumstance.

The setting is so unique. There is much representation of food, music, clothing, etc of multiple cultures. The mythology is outstanding, but while it is the base of the plot, it isn’t overwhelming. You should buy this book.

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