Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
Publisher: Splinter
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: 01.11.2011
Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing 17-year old 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.

Cover love: This cover is gorgeous, especially if you see it in person!! I love everything about it; the photo, the design in the top corners, the blue hues. And it doesn't stop there. Even the actual cover of the book (along with the dust jacket) is embossed, which really gets the I-love-pretty-things part of my brain going crazy.

I loved this book! It was just so fun and light, and it took me on an adventure; Indiana Jones style. It definitely wasn't perfect, as there were a few glaring inconsistencies and an uninteresting--and unnecessary, if I might add--love triangle, but it was engaging and fresh.

I am still annoyed with the way the beginning played out, though. What kind of parents (foster parents, or not) let their turned-eighteen-only-days-ago daughter fly off to another country with a stranger, just because he claims to need help transporting a tiger? The main character's justification for trusting him was that: "[He] didn't strike me as one of those creepy men with bad intentions. In fact, he seemed trustworthy and grandfatherly." Um, hello?! Ever heard of Ted Bundy? I guess the story had to be moved to India somehow, but this just rang of stupidity on the MC's part. But I digress.

The main character troubled me in the beginning with her complete naivety, but she got more interesting as the story went on. And the love story that developed was a huge page-turning element for me. Boy, is it some awesome reading! I love the interaction between Ren and Kelsey, especially while Ren is in his tiger form. Kelsey even redeems herself by looking at their relationship and analyzing it with a mature mind. I was impressed.

The fact that the book takes place in India makes it that much cooler. I love the myths that played into the plot, and all the places that were visited. I am also glad to finally be reading about Eastern culture! It's refreshing to have a break from reading about America.

I also want to mention that I love, love, LOVE the different supernatural elements in this book. It really did something new, in regards to people who shift into animals (like werewolves). In fact, people who like werewolves will probably love this book.

Read this if:
...you want to go on an adventure this summer, you aren't afraid of snakes (or bugs...or monkeys), and you like heart-racing romance.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Some nondescript kissing passages. :)}

Favorite Quotes:
He seemed very pleased with himself for surviving a near-death experience. I could practically hear him chanting to himself: I overcame. I conquered. I’m a man, etc, etc.
-Kelsey, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
"Now turn around and go to sleep. I'm warning you that I plan to sleep with you in my arms all night long."
-Ren, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
"That was a pygmy marmoset by the way. Just in case you were wondering."
I wheezed. "Thank you, oh Walking Monkey Dictionary."
-Ren & Kelsey, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
He was like a drug and what did you do with drugs? You pushed them as far away as possible.
-Kelsey, Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck


  1. I love love love this cover. I kind of want to get it just so I can see the cover in person.

    Fab review!

  2. Oh, you should see it in person. It's even better! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh you're right, the cover in person is gorgeous. I never thought much of it online, but when I saw it in the bookstore I was like "WOW!"

    Too bad about the beginning. That definitely sounds incredibly stupid, to trust someone like that. That would bug me, too. I'm glad the book itself gets better, though, and that it's a good adventure. I may have to check this one out!

  4. I love this book too. It (and the 2nd one) have been out as an ebook for quite awhile. So I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted it in a store. And you're right, the cover is wonderful. I almost bought it just because it was pretty.

  5. Ashley: My thoughts exactly! In person, it's sooo much prettier. Anyway, I hope you check it out! I definitely think it is worth it.

    Bibliophile: Hahaha, I almost bought it because of how pretty the cover was, too. I had to make myself be sooo patient! Glad to hear you like it too! I'm working on getting the next book, and am so excited for it! :)

  6. Thanks Juju! And thanks for stopping by!


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