Friday, September 4, 2015

Review - Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Genres: Young Adult; Contemporary; Fantasy; Romance
Pages: 403
Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)Goodreads Description:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

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.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

My review:
I really struggled with rating this one. It had an interesting concept and likable characters.... but the plot was just "meh." I enjoyed the read, but my eyes would skim over paragraphs of pointless descriptions(there were a lot of those).

In all honesty, this is really just a romance disguised as an epic fantasy. Don't get me wrong; It was a sweet romance. Kelsey and Ren were adorable. But it wasn't enough story to go on. It's like the author realized this towards the end of the book and decided there had to be "relationship problems," meaning: Kelsey had to start acting like a jerk.

There were other issues with the plot, such as there not being a real antagonist. It was just task after task they had to complete--it was too easy. But I have a feeling this will change for the rest of the series, thankfully.

I don't want to completely discourage anybody from reading this, though, because it wasn't unenjoyable. If you like the "Beauty and the Beast" sort of tale, you may enjoy this. The characters were lovable, and so easy to root for. It just wasn't quality writing.

This would probably earn a 2.5 rating overall. Not a favorite of mine, but I do want to continue the series.

Content: Clean, all except one scene that gets just a tad steamy.


  1. Aw, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this book quite as much as I did! After rereading it, though, I have to agree: there is a lot more romance than anything else in this story. I guess that's why I reread all the others in the series but not this one. :p
    Still, it has to be said that I generally dislike romance, yet this series is basically my favorite thing ever :D <3
    And, like I said on goodreads, it does pick up a little in future books: there's more action and we get a real antagonist.

    I hope you'll continue the series and keep letting us know what you think. :D


    1. I definitely need to continue it, still! Hopefully soon....

  2. Awk, this makes me endlessly sad! I SO WANTED TO TRY THIS. Although I admit, like 90% of the reason I wanted to read it is because of that super epic cover! :D Still. I might try it someday, but I find it so disappointing that it's mostly just a romance and not epic fantasy-ness.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. The cover IS super epic, is it not?!

  3. Ugh, this book...I DNFed this one last year. The cover was pretty, sure, and the idea was cool, but then the writing was just awful. I gave it a chance anyway, and then Kelsey took one look at Ren and immediately fell head over heels for him, and that was pretty much it for me. I HATE instalove.

    1. It wasn't an amazing quality of writing, that's for sure. There was way too much random detail too. I usually hate instalove too, but that didn't bother me too much about this one. I thought they were really cute together, at least. :)