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Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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.

I had a high hope. A very high hope. As high as Charlie Sheen on crack.

Yup, you got the idea.

I like how the overall concept based on an Indian myth. Hmpphh...I just like stories from India in general. I can watch Hindi movies without subtitles.

I kid you not.

I like cats. Tiger, leopard, cheetah, puma, they are ALL cats to me. I'll risk my life just to pat their heads.

Unfortunately, I had risk my sanity because this book has cats tigers.

It wasn't plain bad. Fallen was plain bad (Hmm...I never get tired of making fun of this book). In fact, I should give the author credits for doing an extensive homework on the background of the all the legends and myths and the elaborated descriptions on each settings.

One thing for sure. This book has a plot.

Well, I would say that the editor did a terrible job because the first three chapters and the last two chapters were just a waste of papers.

Seriously. Who wants to read this? "There were mounted pumps full of shampoo, conditioner, and soap"

Here we got two well-characterized male leads, Dhiren and Kishan and we, the readers had to read the story based on the most annoying female lead I ever came across in my whole reading life!

If you think Lucinda Price was annoying, I think this Kelsey was gazillion-fold more annoying.

Like Luce was annoying because she was dumb as soup but Kelsey was just plain annoying, you wouldn't even feel guilty feeding her to one of those bloodsucking monkeys, Kappa.

Here, lemme tell you why:

1. She is useless. She can wield the gada easily (because somehow the gada becomes lightweight in her hands) but not even once, she used that gada to destroy any upcoming obstacles. Like, Ren had to do all the dirty job by himself.

2. She could not even pack for herself. It was Mr Kadam who had to pack her foods, clothes and EVEN shampoo and conditioner. If she is real, I'd lost faith in humanity.

3. She is whiny, pessimistic and ermm..ANNOYING.
Ren: Are you ready?
Kelsey: No! Give me a minute to mentally write a last will and testament.
Ren: It'll be fine.
Kelsey: Sure it will. I want to make sure I can record every minute of this experience in my journal. Of course, that's probably a moot point because I'm assuming that I'm going to die in the jump anyway.

Ren, you should just push her off the cliff.

Oh wait, not before you deliver her a good bitchslap first.

Oh dear Ren, why did you have to comb Kelsey's hair and massage her back. You are not her butler or her servant, you are a freaking prince.

Pardon me but I didn't find the combing and massaging as romantic.

*sigh* Why didn't I just give up on Young Adult genre already! I'm sick of all this cheap romance.

Mooooooving on.

4. Kelsey is a disgrace to the female population as a whole. I'm aware that women can be difficult and complicated. They tell you that they're fine but they're not. They tell you that they're okay but they are jealous.

Why didn't I use we instead of they anyway?

Whatever. The thing is, Ren is treating her well, too well even. At some point in Kishkindha, Kelsey suddenly thought she was no good for Ren, Ren would find other girls once he is free from the curse yada yada. Seriously, Ren didn't do anything wrong and she suddenly broke down and ignored him!

5. Ren: Faster, Kelsey. Run faster!
Kelsey: I can't go any any faster, Ren!

6. Kelsey's dying thought 'That's okay. Looking at his gorgeous face one last time is enough for me. I'll die a happy woman.
Me: Die, bi*ch die!
(few lines later)

7. Ren pulled Kelsey's closer. Kelsey's thought: I had almost died after all. I deserved some kind of reward for surviving, didn't I.

8. Kelsey's thought: My poor, knobby, blistered, sore feet. Oh well, maybe Mr Kadam will spring for a pedicure later.

My job here is done. *Walks away*

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...No need to bash the author. Yeesh.

Well, I don't think I was bashing the author herself. I was bashing her writing. She could just leave all the unnecessary parts and make the book shorter. And I think this is acceptable in a review.

I'm sorry you didn't like this one, I can see all your points clearly. However, I think that bit that the editor, publisher, and author "deserved to get multiple papercuts everyday for their whole life" was a little uncalled for. Although I do see your points, I don't think you needed to bash the authors like that.

Wow, I never thought that statement would cause a controversy like this. Bashing the author was never my intention, it was more like a joke than I actually meant it. Anyway, I've cut that part out. :)

gr8 review zuleeza . its your blog . i too ""bash"" sometimes

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I found someone who found Kelsey annoying. If it weren't for Ren and Kishan, I so would've dropped this book like I did during Twilight with Bella. I really thought Bella was pathetic. But Kelsey. Oh dear, she's like so unlikable. I think I liked the brothers so much to the point that I actually lasted until the 4th book.

You're right about the author's writing ability. She tends to stick too much on detail. Though I applaud the effort, it was a bit too much to the point that I just lost track of the plotline that I just ended up skimming through just to "stay focused". There were a lot of loop holes too, which I think is the reason why the author digressed and is intending to write the "fifth" book as an addendum to stuff that left readers wondering "what? who was it? author replies: I leave that to interpretation." I mean, hello?

I don't think of it as "bashing". I think it's constructive criticism. Besides, the author did admit that this was her first book, so I guess that's amendable. But really, I thought she would get better after the other books, but no.

The last book felt a bit "rushed" IMHO. The ending was predictable since the author hinted "so many times" on how MFEO the main protagonists were but Kelsey is just way to stubborn (annoying) to the hilt. That girl seriously needs an Anastacia Steele whipping treatment pronto.

@ Anon: Wow, you wrote your comment so eloquently but why did you do it as an anon?! Sobs.

Thanks for such an insightful comment. I think now I'm convinced to steer clear of the entire series for good. :)

Oh my god I completely agree with you. Kelsey seemed fake; a simple cardboard cut out of a person. I mean what kind of girl wouldn't be greatful to be with Ren and Kishan?! I know; An over dramatic whore. She just really pissed me off.

And this isn't bashing the author this is simply stating your opinion which happens to be right in many, many ways.

Kelsey was a complete and utter Attentionwhore and seemed to get everything served to her on a silver platter. If you read Tiger's Voyage or Tiger's Destiny you would be very much disgusted. xD

Thanks Anon for your comment. So does this mean that Kelsey didn't get better in Tiger's Voyage and Tiger's Destiny?

Well, that must be suck big time! :(

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