Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

9284655  I am probably the only reader on planet Earth that did not like Tiger’s Curse. So many people referred it to me, told me it was the best book they’d ever read, and, hey, the cover was beautiful! As you well know, I like me some pretty book covers. Alas, judging a book by its cover ― and by what my Goodreads friends’ recommendations ― did not fare well for me in the end.

At the beginning of the novel, I had high hopes for it. I thought the premise was a little strange and I wasn’t sure I would get into the storyline because … well, the male lead is a tiger. It was a little weird for me. And don’t even get me started about all the weird Indian curses and stuff. I apologize if I offend, but I am a Christian. I don’t want to read about the gods of India and their curses.

Anyway, like I said, I had high hopes. I tried … I so tried to like this book. I started out thinking, “This is okay … this can get better …”

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Pretty much sums it up.

Tiger’s Curse nearly bored me to tears. Literal tears, too. The book is unfinished and will remain unfinished. May I just say something? I don’t just stop reading a book and never pick it up again. But I am never going to touch Tiger’s Curse or any of the other two books from the trilogy again.

Okay, so I’m not big on bashing authors (because, guys, writing is hard) so I’m going to go gentle with this book. The thing that bothered me most is … oh, wait … what was it again?

There!!!!

See that? I can’t even remember. Which reminds me. It leaves no lasting impression. In fact, it leaves no impression at all. I’ll read a line I can’t stand and then think back ten minutes later and be like, “… What was that line again?”

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Unrealistic.

There’s a good adjective for this book.

The unrealism is off the charts. First, Kelsey feels right at home with a terrible tiger loose around her feet. Great. Sure. I guess I get that, since they had some sort of special bond or something right from the get-go. But then the unrealism is amped up a notch when she, you know, goes to India!

Kelsey is not even supposed to work at the circus for long. She is just a temp. That’s when Mr. Kadam shows up and offers to buy Ren the tiger and ship him to this Indian tiger reserve. Oh, and he needs somebody that knows the tiger to transport him. Why? Don’t ask me. Mr. Kadam made some weak excuse for why it needed to be Kelsey, who had “bonded” with the tiger to bring him to India.

So, Kelsey, thrilled out of her mind to get to go to India, asks her foster parents if she can go. Her foster parents say, “Yeah, only if we get to meet this Kadam guy first.”

At this point, I thought, Good! This is realistic, at least.

But the foster parents briefly meet him at a meet ‘n greet and then are like, “Yep, we feel totally safe with you in his care, Kelsey. You should travel around the world with this man and vicious tiger. Good plan.”

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So Kelsey goes. Then Mr. Kadam stops off and says he can’t go any further for the time being, so Kelsey continues on with the tiger alone. Lo and behold, the driver to Kelsey’s ride up and vanishes and Ren takes her on a trip through the jungle, which brings us to Unrealistic Element Number Three.

Unrealistic Element Number Three:

Upon getting to this shaman’s house in the middle of the jungle, Ren reveals that he is this 300 or 600 year old (See? Details are flitting from my mind even as I write.) Indian prince. How does he do this? He turns into a man. Now, this is not Unrealistic Element Number Three. That’s a normal unrealistic element for fantasy stories. I would have loved that! … If Kelsey would have reacted realistically.

Unfortunately, Kelsey does not. She immediately accepts it and is like, “Why not? Could happen to anybody.”

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No. Sorry. That doesn’t happen in real life.

I’m sorry! I’m ranting again! Okay, back to the real book review.

The characters, storyline, conversations, and details are shallow. Meaning, I could stand in a puddle of them and not get my feet wet. The lines are corny, the romance is both understated and exaggerated, meaning it’s neither insta-love or a slow fall. Somehow, Ms. Colleen has managed to create something in the middle. And I’m all for new concepts but this is a little strange and super (I mean super) hard to follow!

Ren and Kelsey’s relationship is trite and saccharine. I’d be willing to bet that some people love that aspect of their relationship. Me? No. I’m sorry. I do not like it. Maybe it’s just that I’m so used to the romance taking a back seat, I don’t know. But if you appreciate the romance, good for you! I really, really wish I could too.

Kelsey’s character is surface and empty. You don’t know much about her past, what her personality is, or anything about her. She acts like a child most of the time when she is supposed to be acting like a hopefully-matured-or-maturing adult. Kelsey’s thoughts were scattered and she spoke very childish, though I can’t blame her for that; Mr. Kadam, supposedly her mentor or something, even talks childish. I think it’s just some of the things he says that makes me feel that he is very immature.

If I were to give the book one praise, it would be Ren’s character. I think Ms. Colleen hit it out of the ballpark with Ren’s tiger character. His Indian prince character definitely could use some work. His man character is very … I don’t even have the word to describe it. He’s cheesy. I think his cheesiness and insecurity or whatever is supposed to endear the reader to him … didn’t work on me.

Ren’s tiger character, however, was very thought through. I think Ms. Colleen did a fantastic job creating a man inside a tiger. He is not overly expressive but you can see the man behind the tiger’s eyes. He acts like a subtle man. I thought the tiger was very well done.

Because of Ren the Tiger’s good character, I would give this book a star. A single star. I understand how hard it is to write a book so I encourage Ms. Colleen to keep writing! Lord knows she’s published and sold way more books than I have and she has a huge following. Fantastic. I applaud her. I don’t know how she did it, but I applaud her.

I’m sad to say that I will not be continuing the series, but I already told you that above. It’s up to you whether you think the series is worth your time! Hundreds of readers thought this book was amazing so I must be missing something!

Though I would not recommend Tiger’s Curse, if you want to check the book out, comment and tell me what I’m missing!

Later, babes!

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