Release Date: Jan. 11, 2011
Pages: 402 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Summary: Passion. Fate. Loyalty. Would you risk it all to change your destiny?The summer after high school graduation, Kelsey gets a job at a circus helping care for Ren, a beautiful white tiger with piercing blue eyes. She spends a lot of time with Ren, reads to him and begins to care about his well being. When Ren is sold, the new owner asks Kelsey to travel with him back to India to help the tiger get settled in the nature preserve that will be his new home. Little does Kelsey know that Ren is a gorgeous Indian prince under a curse that he needs her help to break.
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.
I started reading Tiger’s Curse weeks ago but had to stop because I had some other review obligations. My bloggy friend KM at One Page at a Time encouraged me to get back to it ASAP and I am so happy she did because I loved it!
Tiger’s Curse is a wonderful break from the YA world of vamps, wolves, fae and other common paranormal creatures. I have seen other bloggers liken it to a YA Indiana Jones and that’s a good comparison. Houck’s descriptions of India completely drew me in. I loved the setting, the folklore, the food and the clothes. Kudos to the author for writing a minority leading character in a South Asian setting!
I loved the characters, especially Ren! He is the perfect YA leading man: handsome, smart, selfless, strong, brave and completely devoted to our leading lady. Even though I liked Kelsey, I could have slapped her for some of the decisions she made. Another great thing about this book, no insta-romance! There isn’t even an instant attraction (Ren was a tiger when Kelsey meets him, after all). Their relationship slowly develops as they get to know each other.
Tiger’s Curse does start off a bit slow and sometimes Kelsey’s voice does sound older than her 18 years, but the action picks up really well and I easily got past the issue with the dialogue. This book is magical, exciting, romantic and clean! I will definitely be reading the next book in the series: Tiger’s Quest.
Content: Kissing and some violence.