The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger’s curse, Kelsey’s life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.
Time for another confession! A couple of years ago, I was recommended Tiger’s Curse, but it was one of those “I’ll check into it later” recommendations that I never managed to get around to actually looking up. Since then, it’s become published (it was self-pub then!) by Sterling. Up until recently, it hadn’t clicked that this was the same book. When it came through my email this time, I read an excerpt and was hooked.
Tiger’s Curse is this perfect mix of mythology and a fairy tale that it’s bound to appeal to many readers. The book opens up with Kelsey seeking a job, she is offered one at a local circus working with the animals. I always am a big fan of any book to do with the circus. I think it’s the “little kid” in me that still feels there is something magical about the circus. While at the circus, we get to know Kelsey a bit better. This is a girl who has dealt with a lot, but has a great heart. I loved all the various characters we met that Kelsey worked with as well. Each was so much fun and filled with personality. When Ren, the tiger that Kelsey has been working with is sold, ends up going on a journey to deliver his new home. Then the adventure begins! The pair venture through jungles and other dangerous scenarios in hopes of breaking the curse.
I’m simply amazed by Houck’s take and blending of the ‘real’ with her own story. The characters are slightly older 18+ and while they definitely act more mature, there is nothing inappropriate within the pages.
One thing that might drive readers crazy is there are many mentions of Hindu (and other Indian) beliefs and words. Some of which aren’t really explained/translated. I’m a nosy reader that wants to know what is the real belief and what the author has taken liberty with. I am lucky enough to have a bestie that is Indian. I kept asking her (and her mom) questions for further explanation. That said, those things are easily found online. (Oh the power of Google!) On that note though, I loved that those inclusions made Tiger’s Curse feel more authentic.
I have to say, I’m hooked! I am so eager to get my hands on the rest of the series. I plan on doing so as soon as possible. If you are interested, the first three are out now and book four releases in September.
I received my copy of Tiger’s Curse by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.