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I really liked this book! If I had to choose between Ren and Kishan I would choose Ren. I love tigers and this book is perfect for people younger than 16. Kelsey bathes a lot! A very sweet book that inspired me to read more romance! The only problem was the overused descriptions, I don't care if Ren smells like sandalwood, or what color his skin is, or about his eyes. This is a book that makes you want Kelsey and Ren to actually get together and pound your head on the table when they don't!
Not sure why most (most, not all) are saying this series is horrible. In my opinion, it's really an AMAZING book and I recommended it to my friend. Guess what? She LOVED it. We talk about the characters all the time and most people just stare at us and listen to us rant about the book.
Sure, the main character may be a bit (or a lot) annoying but it gets good if you push that aside. Yes, some parts may be cringy but I can assure you that it's all just a build up to what's going to happen in the finale.
In other words, I really do recommend this book if you're looking for a young adult and fantasy genre. Tons of fantasy and a side of romance.
I've got some mixed feelings, but overall positive-- I'm smiling as I write this because...well, thinking of the Tiger's Curse makes me smile because at times it was just so silly.
The reason I found Tiger's Curse silly at times is because it is written for children. Or at least, the writing was suitable for children. It's all short, simple sentences. I guess Tiger's Curse would also be appropriate for older readers, but only if you have the patience. I love Kelsey because she's sarcastic and strong and fun, but oftentimes the overly-obvious dialogue and silly conversations would have me covering my face with embarrassment. When I first started the book, I was afraid someone would look over my shoulder, see how simple the words and sentences were, and judge me terribly-- especially because those simple sentences were often describing something vaguely sexual, like how attractive Ren is, or all the tiger licking.
Which brings me to my next point: I was a little uncomfortable with all of the licking tiger-Ren did to Kelsey. But I guess it's all supposed to be very innocent because it's meant for children.
Anyway, the novel is pretty long, and when I discovered how childish the writing is, I really debated whether or not to continue because 1) I was really embarrassed, and 2) I didn't know if I'd be able to make it through such a long novel with such writing. The writing isn't bad at all (on the contrary, I would say it's pretty good), it just isn't tailored for audiences over fifteen. But ultimately I did make it through, and I did like it. Sure, there were some cheesy parts, but there were also very good themes with depth, along with some very thought-provoking, touching scenes. By the end of the novel, I was pretty passionate and invested in the characters, but in a lighthearted, joking way. It's a children's book, and I always knew nothing truly horrible would happen.
I really like all of the characters and and I want to know what happens to them...so I googled it. There are way to many books in the series, and each book is way too long, for me to spend so much of my time reading writing that isn't challenging or engaging for me. I would recommend this book to parents who want to read to children aged around eleven to fifteen, and possibly even younger if they skip the makeout scenes. They can experience an adventurous but also safe YA novel that touches upon themes of self-identity, and Kelsey will introduce them to strength, compassion, and self-respect.
First book in my favorite series. best love interest ever and a whole lot of fun!!
Okay, the truth of plots and characters is that everything has been done before. In order to make a book easy to read, character complexity usually is far reduced from what it could be. Please use criticism as a useful tool rather than a battering ram. My favorite part of this was the world of Indian mythology which to me was new. Greek, Roman, even Celtic mythology seem to be popular, but the Eastern ones less so.
I liked this book enough to finish it. It was an easy read, which is what I was looking for, but it definitely has some flaws. First, the dialogue is very juvenile. And the author used exclamation points about every other sentence. Second, the author felt that she had to describe every little detail. While it's nice to imagine, readers really don't need all of this- it's too confusing. Third, it's basically Twilight. The guy is perfect, and at first Kelsey seems strong, but in the end she's a crying mess because she's leaving Ren. Fun Fact: If you go to the book's website, read the plot. It's Twilight.
Do not be fooled by the beautiful book cover, Tiger's Curse is seriously bad.
The storyline was good, but it was the writing that prevented me from continuing the book.
Worst book I've ever read. If you are considering reading this book, DONT. The author failed to provide a substantial plot line. The book is filled with cultural appropriation (when Kelsey wears a traditional indian outfit) complete and utter sexism, and an example of how some people take and costumize cultures. Also, if Kelsey is Durgas chosen one, why does she have no indian root? It is completely and utterly racist, sexist and rude. I hated it. The author has no idea how an 18 year old would talk. Kelsey's dialogue is one of a ten year olds vocabulary. Extremely cliche and disgusting.As i read in a previous comment, Kelsey starts out as a independent feminist character, but turns out to be a complete whiner and needs men to save her. It is horrible that this is how the author views women and culture this way. Most disgusting thing I've ever read. Don't waste your time. Ren is a completely unbelievable character. Go read something of actual significance like Jane Eyre or Harry Potter, books written by people who don't appropriate culture.
When I was in 5th grade (several years ago now, where has the time gone) the author came to my school. She talked about the book, and how it only took her a year to write it. The best readers received a signed copy. My best friend fell in love automatically, and after all this time, she is still absolutely obsessed. My birthday present to her this year was a white tiger and promise to take her to the movie. I was intrigued at the time, and being in 5th grade, I didn't notice the extreme repetition. However, my mother found the book, and she was NOT happy. I would agree... no matter what you think of the plot, the book is very romantic, and not very suitable for children. I don't know what my teacher was thinking. At the end of the day, I'm not looking for flaws when I read. I want to get caught up in the story and enjoy myself. Even though it can be quite boring at times, I had a hard time getting through Harry Potter. I was happy enough with the development of the characters, and must admit... I did get very excited when Ren ****SPOILER**** came back for Kelsey around Christmas.
Meanwhile, my best friend is planning a white tiger wedding.
BEST SERIES EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I unfortunately agree with amnahas. Kelsey started out okay and quickly crashed and burned with all her angst and pining. The book could've been great, it's a unique idea. Tired, cliche characters and overused descriptions - seriously, I don't care what Ren smells like after hearing it forty times. Kelsey is painted out to be this strong, independent, feminist character but acts no differently from any other damsel in distress. If they make this into a movie I will flip a table, we have enough dominating-male-love-interest and feeble-faints-more-than-average-female type characters on screen. In short, great if you loved Twilight. Not if you loved Hunger Games.
This book fell into all the YA trappings, but worked so hard to try to pretend it didn't. Ultimately, this resulted in a disjointed, badly paced novel with two near-entirely discrete story arcs. Furthermore, the protagonists devolved throughout the novel, and became slaves to a lust-fueled romance that shaped them into the classic damsel-in-distress and the controlling prince charming. There was little consistency in the plot or the characters.
Additionally, the romance was called love, but seemed nothing more than lust. It began out of nowhere and went faster that a Formula 1 race. Ultimately, it was what destroyed the book for me, for the adventure arc was well written and unique.
Lastly, the writing left something to be desired. Repetitions abounded, both in vocabulary and description. It was hammered into the readers that Kelsey slept a ridiculous amount and plaited her hair with ribbons tens of times*. As for Ren, it was made exorbitantly clear that he was transcendentally handsome, smelled of sandalwood, had blue eyes, and was heavily muscled. Frankly, it was ridiculous to read.
*The math (let us assume hair plaiting/sleeping was mentioned 20 times): 408/20=20.4. With that estimate, the reader would read through a page of the same rhetoric every 20 pages. Those 20 pages devoted to rehashing the same situation could have been used to develop plot.
This is the best book you will ever read. Once you start reading you will forget all about TV and playing outside! I love this book so much that I'm even thinking of making a website fan club about it! Please read if you're into romance,mystery, and adventure. I've read this book thirty times and I know it so well that if you asked me any question from the book I would be able to answer it in seconds! Please I promise you that you will love this book I really do know that anyone that reads this book will fall instantly in love! Cause I know that I did and a lot of other people too! Infinity and beyond stars out of ten!
“Warning: these books may cause you to forget anything else exists until you’ve turned the last enthralling page. And then you’ll want to start all over again!” –BREE DESPAIN, author of the Dark Divine series.
This is so true, the Tiger’s Curse and the other three books in this series are by far the best books I have ever read. In this book, Kelsey Hayes, an ordinary teenager, thought that she would have a normal summer and get a job to help pay for college tuition. But she didn’t expect that she would be flying half way around the world to help break a centuries old Indian curse. Dhiren and Kishan Rajaram two Indian princes were cursed to be half tiger, half man and they haven’t been successful in trying to break the curse. That is where Kelsey comes in. Kelsey is Durga’s chosen one, and she will help these two handsome princes become fully human again. But Kelsey is in for more than she thought, through the adventures in this book she will experience true love, heartbreak, evil forces beyond comprehension and near-death encounters. Do you remember that review from before? Well it is 100% true, this is my second time reading this book, and I still can’t put the book down because I still experience the mixed feelings of wanting to laugh when Dhiren makes innocent tiger faces when he’s guilty, to wanting to cry when you realize how lonely Kishan feels in the wild by himself with no one there with him to love him. On a scale from one to ten I give this book an eleven for its insight on a new world with adventures, humor, mystery, romance, magic and the culture of India. I also think that the Tiger’s Curse is the perfect title for this book because it ties the two ideas that inside these beasts there are two men that want to be accepted and loved for who they are.
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 10/11/2011.
I LOVED this book. If you like fantasy/shifter type novels, especially if they involve hot guys and a little romance, this is the book for you. It’s the story of a girl in foster care who gets the opportunity to accompany a circus tiger in America to a special reserve in India where the tiger was supposedly born before being captured. But upon arriving in India, Kelsey realizes that the story she was told was anything but the truth, and the tiger, is anything but your typical circus tiger! Together, she and the centuries old tiger must go on a quest to end the curse put on Ren, the tiger. They battle plants that eat you alive, statues that come to life, a fear of snakes, a fear of love, and other things that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The page numbers are daunting at 400, but I couldn’t put the book down as soon as I’d started, and I finished it a lot faster than I’d ever predicted. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good fantasy read!
When reading the summary for the book, I thought it had alot of promise. As I actually began to read the book, it became a chore. I had to literally force myself to get through it. The main character is suppose to be a seventeen year old girl. But her dialouge and thought process is so immature I thought she was twelve. But no she's seventeen.
I honestly would not recommend this book to anyone over thirteen.
The book is also poorly written, and I doubt an editor honestly really looked over this book with a critical eye. If this had been done, this book would have been awesome because this was the first time I saw an attempt at a fantasy story that did not involve werewolves and vampires and trie to look at a different culture. But even that was poorly done, and at times could and was preceived as offensive and downright iggnorant.
Definitely read the book at the library before you consider purchasing.
I honestly love this series soo much!! It's definitely one of my favourites. I can't wait intil they make it into a movie!!! I can't stop thinking about these books. I cried way to much while reading them, the very end tho!!
This was a so-and-so book, in my opinion. I felt like the main character was unrealistic- she had no personality. Ren seemed too perfect. And the conversations throughout the book were too formal: I haven't heard anyone speak the way Kelsey and Ren do. It was still a nice read, though, and I thought the idea was cool.
I wasn't sure with this book at first but then I read it and ended up loving it. I recommend it!
wow! This book is amazing! I'm even doing a roleplaying game at school (not done don't spoil it)