Title: Tiger’s Curse
Author: Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga
Date Started: January 15
Date Finished: January 18
Format: ebook from the digital library
Kelsey has just graduated from high school and is on the prowl to find a summer job, something that will give her experience so that when the new school year rolls around she can find an even better one to help pay for her tuition. The only place hiring though is a traveling circus and they need her help for various tasks. One of which involves a tiger. Instead of being afraid of the beast though, she finds herself drawn to it and connects with it in a way she hasn’t connected with anyone since her parents died.
But it’s not to be. Her time at the circus is coming to a close and the tiger is sold to a wealthy man in India. However, something strange happens. The man who came to pick up the tiger from the circus offers Kelsey a job to help escort the tiger to the new owner. Figuring it would look good on her resume and because she doesn’t want to be separated from the tiger – named Ren – just yet she agrees and starts a most interesting journey of her life.
I’ll admit that when I started this book I was a little wary. I don’t like taking chances on books all that often and this one didn’t seem to be one that was up my alley. But after reading the summary and a glowing recommendation from one of the coaches at work I put it on my reading list. And I am really, really glad that I did. What starts out as a sort of cutesy human/tiger bonding sessions turns to fantasy as Ren turns from a tiger into a man and back again. It turns out he was a prince of India long ago that was betrayed by his brother and fiancé and cursed to be a tiger for the rest of his life. He believes that Kelsey is the woman who can help him break his curse, because he wasn’t able to turn into a man at all over the last three hundred plus years until she came into his life.
The shocking thing to me about this book is how easily Kelsey believes him and agrees to help him with his quest. This book is full of mystic and wonder and a few Indiana Jones moments that had me on the edge of my seat at work. However, my one big complaint was the last six chapters. Kelsey and Ren had this easygoing connection happening and their friendship quickly turned into something more until Kelsey though about what was going to happen to Ren after the curse was broken. This starts a train wreck of heartbreak as Kelsey pushes Ren away and honestly? I wanted to reach through the book and shake some sense into her.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the characters and especially loved Kelsey’s sarcastic side and her relationship with Ren when he was a tiger was really cute. When he was a man, I laughed a lot and my heart bled for him every time Kelsey told him that she wasn’t what he really wanted. I’m not sure if I like the addition of Kishan – Ren’s brother – and his easy going friendship with Kelsey, but I’m hopeful that that is all it will be. Good thing the second book became available because I need more!
Bookshelf worthy? I seriously need to get in touch with these gods and figure out how to make underground caverns so I can store my book collection without worry about shelf space.