Monday, March 19, 2012

Review of Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger's Curse
Author: Colleen Houck
Narrators: Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jhaveri
Published by: Brilliance Audio
Length: 15hr 49min
Source: Library
Format: Audio book
Rating: ★★★

Summary From Goodreads: The last thing 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.

Colleen Houck brings a new face to the world of shapeshifting.  Over 300 years ago a curse was placed on an Indian prince who now lives his days as a Tiger.  Kelsey meets Ren while taking a temp job working for the circus.  She adores the Tiger and when the opportunity presents itself she chooses to travel to India to deliver Ren to his new owner.  Little does she know that Ren is actually a smoking hot, 300-year old Indian prince, who hasn't aged since the curse was placed on him, and is trapped inside the body of a white Tiger.

Kelsey is a character that is a lot braver and more adventurous than most people I know.  I would not be one to just fly to India to help deliver a Tiger for a person I just met.  Then when she gets dragged into the Tiger's Curse, she steps up and does what is needed of her.  Soon she starts to develop feelings for Ren, who can turn into a man for a short period of time each day, but doesn't know how to handle them.  Instead of dealing with her increasing feelings, she instead becomes closed off and almost mean to Ren.  I really did not like her by the end of the novel.  I understand she is confused and frightened but she literally turns into a brat.  I hope in the next novel she redeems herself.   

As for the audio I really enjoyed the narrators. They brought the story and the setting to life for me.  For most of the time this book was set in the gorgeous landscape of the Indian jungle.  Colleen Houck did an amazing job at describing this lush scenery and I felt as if I escaped to India while reading this novel.  Around each turn their was a new obstacle for Ren and Kelsey to overcome.  Pack with action and lots of adventure this was a novel that definitely held my attention throughout.

While I may not be Kelsy's biggest fan, Ren was an extremely intriguing character.  I wanted to know more about his life and what's he's been through as a Tiger.  The curse itself is interesting also and I would have liked to more about about how it was placed on Ren, the rules of it, how it works and how to completely break it.   Hopefully some questions are answered in the next book and we get a closer look at Ren!


  1. I have not read this series and I had no idea what it was about at all! But now I'm intrigued! A tiger? That's a hot guy? I want to read this now! It's too bad that Kelsey has to turn into a brat, though. :( Fantastic review, Lisa!

  2. You should definitely read the series they are the best books I have ever read!!! Yes there is a tiger who is a hot guy. You should totally read them they are so good!!! BTW why is Kelsey a brat?


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