Tiger’s Quest (Tiger Saga, Book 2) by Colleen Houck
Synopsis: Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes’s eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.
Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.
When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren’s bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren’s life hangs in the balance–so does the truth within Kelsey’s heart.
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: YA, fantasy, romance, adventure
More Info: hardcover, 512 pages, published by Splinter (reprint) on May 7, 2013
The emoji recap was challenging and time-consuming. Tiger’s Quest (the whole series, actually) is filled with so many minute details that it’s hard to sort through them all. Here are the basics:
Kelsey is returning home from an amazing, dangerous adventure to break a curse placed on two Indian princes. She returns home and tries to fall back into a normal life by spending time with her family, going to college, and dating. Despite her attempt at normalcy, she still can’t get a certain blue-eyed man named Ren, out of her head. She especially can’t push him from her thoughts when he arrives in Oregon…as her neighbor. They go on dates and practice wushu, but it’s only when she’s given a push that Kelsey gives in to her desire for Ren.
Then, they are pulled apart again as their enemy kidnaps Ren. To save him, Kelsey and Kishan, Ren’s brother, practice with their new weapons. They drive through the mountains to meet a monk. The Ocean Teacher tells them they must find the spirit gate and pass the tests of the four houses. Along the way to recover the Divine Scarf, they meet knew creatures and Kishan pushes his attentions on a reluctant Kelsey. They hope the Divine Scarf will be their answer to saving Ren, but who knows how he will feel, both mentally and physically, after months of torture?
The beginning of this book lags a little. Then there is some action, and then some more lag, and then some adventure. There isn’t much of an in-between balance of the two. Houck’s attention to detail is almost above what it needs to be. I enjoy some of the over usage because it makes Kelsey’s life seem so real and dynamic.
It was great getting to know Kishan better in this book. I now feel closer to both brothers, rather than just one. However, I am still partial to Ren.
There is general growth in both the characters, the romance, and the plot. Overall, the book flowed very well and the writing was fluid. Beware, there is a definite love-triangle. Lastly, the ending was heart-wrenching and a total cliffhanger for the third book. Good luck with all the feels.
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
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