Friday, January 20, 2012

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Synopsis: 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 thoughts: a good romance, but I started liking it when I got near the end. We are presented to Kelsey, a 17-year-old girl who lost her parents in an accident and now lives with her fosters, and she starts working temporarily in a circus, where she falls in love with a huge and beautiful white tiger with blue eyes called Dhiren. Kelsey starts passing most of her free time next the animal’s cage, and soon a friendship begins. Until then it was o.k., the story was kind of good, but when an Indian called Mr. Kadam buys Dhiren, he offers to take Kelsey to India with him so she could help taking care of the tiger. That was the part that disappointed me the most because any parent – even foster ones – would never let their daughter leave to the other side of the globe with a stranger and a tiger! It was very idealized their decision, letting their girl go away trusting only on the man’s word! What if he was a kidnapper?!

                When they get to India, Kelsey and Dhiren get separated from Mr. Kadam e the tiger takes her to the middle of the dense jungle to an unknown house. She ties him up to a tree so that he wouldn’t scare anyone while she was examining the house, but when she starts to walk away, she hears a masculine voice coming from behind her and where once there was a white tiger was now a gorgeous man with the same cobalt eyes as the tiger’s. This was the point where the story got interesting: Ren was an Indian prince with more than 300 years that was trapped in the body of the tiger because of a curse and he only had 24 minutes per day to keep his human form. Apparently, what helped him get back was Kelsey’s presence. They embark in a journey to break the curse, with the help of Mr. Kadam and Dhiren’s money. Yes, besides he being handsome, romantic, and so tender that hurts, he is extremely wealthy. They pass a lot of tests – from finding Ren’s brother, Kishan, another handsome Indian man that transforms into a black tiger, to escape from an army of monkeys in Kishkindha (aka monkey’s city) – and soon their friendship becomes an undeniable attraction. Despite the fact that their love is very beautiful, some scenes – a few actually – seemed a little forced and even fake, as if the characters were being forced to say that line, so it sounded unnatural.

                I really liked the ending though, because it was unexpected and therefore chocking. Now I am very excited and yearning for part 2 to know what will happen to the couple.


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