Tiger’s Curse – Review

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
Book 1 in The Tiger Saga
Genre: YA fantasy, mythology
Pages: 403
Format: paperback, owned
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Tiger’s Curse was on my TBR for nearly a year before I finally read it, and I wish I had sooner. It was magical and mesmerizing, and a nearly perfect fantasy read. πŸ’™

the plot

This book has a really unique premise, and it was executed better than I’d hoped. The story was captivating and when I read I got completely absorbed. It was perfectly paced and had me wanting to keep turning the pages. I was invested in what happened. I especially loved the Indian mythology that was woven into the plot. It was a magical, fun element that made the read even more unique; I’ve read books with Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology, but not Indian. Only a few myths and a handful of deities were mentioned, but I was interested nonetheless. πŸ˜ƒ

the characters

Kelsey was a great lead, and I enjoyed reading from her perspective as she learned about India and the magic within it. She was an orphaned high school graduate that got a summer job at the circus to try and save for college. She wasn’t special, but she was still three-dimensional and I appreciated the way Colleen did that. I feel like average characters either end up being secretly special or being flat. Kelsey was neither. She was an intelligent, kind, courageous girl with a sense of humor, and she wasn’t excessively whiny or high maintenance. I really liked her. The only problem I had with her was that she became slightly naΓ―ve and annoying in the last quarter of the book, with Ren in particular. πŸ˜‰

Ren was great too. I can’t say exactly what he was because of spoilers, but basically he’s about 300 years old and cursed to be a tiger for nearly the rest of his existence. He was a bit of a stereotypical hot guy: he had his share of smug, arrogant moments. What kept me from minding that was his cluelessness. I expected as much based on his experience, but I found it amusing as he tried to navigate the modern world and figure out how people had changed. I liked him more when he was dealing with Kelsey’s naΓ―vety in the end, because he didn’t abandon her. He got frustrated (and understandably so), but he didn’t give up. πŸ’•

I also just want to take a moment to say that I loved Mr. Kadam. He willingly abandoned his personal life to help Ren, and was a kind, understanding, generous man to Kelsey. He was like a grandfather figure, and I enjoyed his presence. 😊

the setting

A small portion of the beginning took place in Oregon, but the majority was in India. I loved that, because I’ve never read a book about adventures in India. Even though I don’t know much about it, I think Colleen put a lot of time into researching the culture and traditions. It showed. I enjoyed learning about the foreign wonders of this country that’s new to me. The descriptions were beautiful, and allowed me to imagine each place Kelsey and Ren ventured to. Reading this gave me serious wanderlust. And don’t get me started on Ren’s mansion; I would love to live there! 😍 (When I’m not in Velaris, Terrasen, the New York Institute, Camp Half-Blood, or on the Rampion, anyway. XD )

the relationships

I’m not quite sure what to call the relationship between Kelsey and Ren. They became friends while they were on their first quest for Kelsey to break Ren’s curse, then slowly but surely developed romantic feelings for each other. It stayed that way for most of the middle portion, and then in the last quarter Kelsey got it into her head that Ren was too good for her. That’s when she got annoying, and she tried to stop liking him. He wouldn’t have it, and then it just got awkward. I like them together, but first Kelsey needs to come to her senses.

the twists

There were only a few twists in this book, but they were written well enough and had a long-lasting effect that kept me interested between reveals. I was intrigued fairly early on, and I enjoyed the riddles sprinkled in. If A Court of Mist and Fury hadn’t shown up on Tuesday, I know I would’ve finished this a lot quicker. πŸ˜„


Tiger’s Curse was a captivating fantasy with wonderful Indian mythology mixed in. It was enjoyable from cover to cover, and the only reason it isn’t getting a full rating is because of Kelsey’s behavior in the end. πŸ˜‰

my rating: 4ΒΎ out of 5 stars

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! πŸ™‚

I’m going to continue reading Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout next! I’ll be in Chicago in a few hours! πŸ˜ƒ

I hope you’re all having a magical day/night. 😘

Until next time…

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