Tiger's Curse

Tiger's Curse

eBook - 2011
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Seventeen-year-old Oregon teenager Kelsey forms a bond with a circus tiger who is actually one of two brothers, Indian princes Ren and Kishan, who were cursed to live as tigers for eternity, and she travels with him to India where the tiger's curse may be broken once and for all.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, c2011
ISBN: 9781402784859
1402784856
Characteristics: 1 online resource (402 p.)
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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Kyndaljoy
Oct 11, 2017

I really liked this book! If I had to choose between Ren and Kishan I would choose Ren. I love tigers and this book is perfect for people younger than 16. Kelsey bathes a lot! A very sweet book that inspired me to read more romance! The only problem was the overused descriptions, I don't care if Ren smells like sandalwood, or what color his skin is, or about his eyes. This is a book that makes you want Kelsey and Ren to actually get together and pound your head on the table when they don't!

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yaniazhou
Jan 15, 2017

Not sure why most (most, not all) are saying this series is horrible. In my opinion, it's really an AMAZING book and I recommended it to my friend. Guess what? She LOVED it. We talk about the characters all the time and most people just stare at us and listen to us rant about the book.

Sure, the main character may be a bit (or a lot) annoying but it gets good if you push that aside. Yes, some parts may be cringy but I can assure you that it's all just a build up to what's going to happen in the finale.

In other words, I really do recommend this book if you're looking for a young adult and fantasy genre. Tons of fantasy and a side of romance.

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Blue_Crow_2
Oct 27, 2016

I've got some mixed feelings, but overall positive-- I'm smiling as I write this because...well, thinking of the Tiger's Curse makes me smile because at times it was just so silly.

The reason I found Tiger's Curse silly at times is because it is written for children. Or at least, the writing was suitable for children. It's all short, simple sentences. I guess Tiger's Curse would also be appropriate for older readers, but only if you have the patience. I love Kelsey because she's sarcastic and strong and fun, but oftentimes the overly-obvious dialogue and silly conversations would have me covering my face with embarrassment. When I first started the book, I was afraid someone would look over my shoulder, see how simple the words and sentences were, and judge me terribly-- especially because those simple sentences were often describing something vaguely sexual, like how attractive Ren is, or all the tiger licking.

Which brings me to my next point: I was a little uncomfortable with all of the licking tiger-Ren did to Kelsey. But I guess it's all supposed to be very innocent because it's meant for children.

Anyway, the novel is pretty long, and when I discovered how childish the writing is, I really debated whether or not to continue because 1) I was really embarrassed, and 2) I didn't know if I'd be able to make it through such a long novel with such writing. The writing isn't bad at all (on the contrary, I would say it's pretty good), it just isn't tailored for audiences over fifteen. But ultimately I did make it through, and I did like it. Sure, there were some cheesy parts, but there were also very good themes with depth, along with some very thought-provoking, touching scenes. By the end of the novel, I was pretty passionate and invested in the characters, but in a lighthearted, joking way. It's a children's book, and I always knew nothing truly horrible would happen.

I really like all of the characters and and I want to know what happens to them...so I googled it. There are way to many books in the series, and each book is way too long, for me to spend so much of my time reading writing that isn't challenging or engaging for me. I would recommend this book to parents who want to read to children aged around eleven to fifteen, and possibly even younger if they skip the makeout scenes. They can experience an adventurous but also safe YA novel that touches upon themes of self-identity, and Kelsey will introduce them to strength, compassion, and self-respect.

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olive_ant_94
Jul 05, 2016

First book in my favorite series. best love interest ever and a whole lot of fun!!

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Raye27
Jun 21, 2016

Okay, the truth of plots and characters is that everything has been done before. In order to make a book easy to read, character complexity usually is far reduced from what it could be. Please use criticism as a useful tool rather than a battering ram. My favorite part of this was the world of Indian mythology which to me was new. Greek, Roman, even Celtic mythology seem to be popular, but the Eastern ones less so.

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riordan12
May 14, 2016

Tiger's Curse is the best book ever!

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ABuie17
May 10, 2016

I liked this book enough to finish it. It was an easy read, which is what I was looking for, but it definitely has some flaws. First, the dialogue is very juvenile. And the author used exclamation points about every other sentence. Second, the author felt that she had to describe every little detail. While it's nice to imagine, readers really don't need all of this- it's too confusing. Third, it's basically Twilight. The guy is perfect, and at first Kelsey seems strong, but in the end she's a crying mess because she's leaving Ren. Fun Fact: If you go to the book's website, read the plot. It's Twilight.

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Ventus279
Apr 07, 2016

Do not be fooled by the beautiful book cover, Tiger's Curse is seriously bad.

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a_c
Apr 03, 2016

The storyline was good, but it was the writing that prevented me from continuing the book.

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imogenrutledge
Mar 08, 2016

Worst book I've ever read. If you are considering reading this book, DONT. The author failed to provide a substantial plot line. The book is filled with cultural appropriation (when Kelsey wears a traditional indian outfit) complete and utter sexism, and an example of how some people take and costumize cultures. Also, if Kelsey is Durgas chosen one, why does she have no indian root? It is completely and utterly racist, sexist and rude. I hated it. The author has no idea how an 18 year old would talk. Kelsey's dialogue is one of a ten year olds vocabulary. Extremely cliche and disgusting.As i read in a previous comment, Kelsey starts out as a independent feminist character, but turns out to be a complete whiner and needs men to save her. It is horrible that this is how the author views women and culture this way. Most disgusting thing I've ever read. Don't waste your time. Ren is a completely unbelievable character. Go read something of actual significance like Jane Eyre or Harry Potter, books written by people who don't appropriate culture.

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regionalatbest
Feb 04, 2016

"I'm not the kind of man to bottle up my feelings, Kells. I don't sit in my room, pining away, writing love poems. I'm not a dream. I'm a fighter. I'm a man of action. And it will take all of my self-control not to fight for this."

(It is later explained that Ren wore circles in his rug from all his pacing and thinking about Kelsey)

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MusicGirl107
Aug 19, 2014

"It's like this. . .a starving man would gladly eat a radish. right? In fact a radish would be a feast if thats all he had. But if he had a buffet in front of him, the radish would never be chosen'."

lovememe Jul 11, 2013

“I was dying. I knew it. at least the pain was gone. I wanted to tell him I love him. Than darkness overtook me..."

lovememe Jul 11, 2013

“I was dying. I knew it. at least the pain was gone. I wanted to tell him I love him. Than darkness overtook me..."

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

““Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make.””

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

“Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make.”

chrisgotstacks Jul 27, 2012

wonderful ,

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kvan13
Jun 17, 2012

"Vampire sea horse monkeys? Are you serious?"

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kidangel Aug 23, 2014

The tiger's curse by colleen Houck is about a girl named kelsey hayes. she volunteered at a circus to avoid being bored this summer. she befriends a tiger at the circus named Ren and suddenly have a friendly connection. the tiger is actually a human stuck with a 300 year Indian curse. it is said in a prophecy that one girl would break the tigers curse. Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

lovememe Jul 11, 2013

kelsey is a seventeen years old gril whofromes a bond with a circuse tigerwho is really a indian princes name Ran 300 years ago trying to help Ran breack the tiger curse she travels to india were she may or going to breack the curse one in for all.

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

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, spell- binding 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.

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

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, spell- binding 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.

Ólive Jul 27, 2012

Tiger's Curse was a great read! The Indian mythology is a refreshing new addition to paranormal romance. My favorite part of this story is Kelsey's relationship with Ren-when he's in tiger form. He provides Kelsey a connection which she really needs. As a foster child after losing her parents Kelsey doesn't connect deeply with anyone and keeps herself and her heart apart from everyone. As she helps take care of the tiger she starts letting her guard down and opening her heart. The plot takes off from there and the action starts as the story takes us to India. I'm definitely looking forward to even more inclusion in the next book of India and the mythology this story is taking inspiration from. The only drawback for me is how Ren and Kelsey's relationship grows when Ren takes human form. Ren's looks are portrayed as Adonis-like and of course Kelsey is instantly attracted to him yet she doubts that she is good enough for this Indian prince. I hope for more character development in the next book to bring out the confidence that I can see in Kelsey and the potential for this to be a really great romance over the arc of all the books in this series. I'm definitely excited to dig into the second book, Tiger's Quest

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