Review: Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

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.

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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.

One fun feature of Tiger’s Curse is the food! In the back of my edition there were several recipes that I can’t wait to try! The publisher sent along this one for me to share with you all

Ren’s Cookies

2 sticks of butter
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup dark coco powder
2 cups flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 bag of chocolate chips
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup brown sugar

Cream the butter then add sugars. When it’s light and fluffy, add eggs and vanilla. Sift the next 5 dry ingredients and mix with the wet until thoroughly combined. Add one package of chocolate chips (or as many as you like!) to the dough. Mix together the next 2 ingredients to make the peanut butter filling. Then place a spoonful of the chocolate dough on a baking sheet, top with some peanut butter filling, and cover with some more chocolate dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-20 minutes depending on cookie size.

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  1. I thought this book was awesome. I love the style of storytelling and the fact that it takes place in India was so refreshing. The only thing I had trouble with was the age difference between Kelsey and her love interest–it was like thousands of years! Good book, though. Loved your review!

    • Amanda says:

      It really was refreshing!

      I was actually bothered less than the fact he was 300 something years old than I am with most vampire books. My thought was he at least wasn’t living “human” for those years.

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. sangita says:

    Oh God this DOES sound good! It’s been on my TBR list for a while. I’m hoping to read this soon! Thanks for sharing you view! =D

  3. i love cookies lol
    gr8 review
    and love indian culture
    i so need 2 readthis1

  4. I’ve had that same ‘I’ll check into it later’ attitude about this one too. I love reading about different beliefs, though, including Hindu. Maybe I should check it pout sooner rather than later..

  5. Oh I didn’t know it was self-pub before! So awesome she got a publisher then!

    I liked this one and I loved the Indiana Jones feeling. I was listening to the audio which wasn’t the best I have ever heard, which is why I didn’t love this book more. But the story was such a great and awesome idea! loved it!

  6. Sounds like an interesting book!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  7. Ive been seeing this book ever since i started blogging and ive seen so many great things about it, including yours and I do think that I have to give this one a try it sounds like my kind of read. Great review Amanda.


  8. Melissa says:

    I’ve had quite a few recommendations for this book but it’s been just sitting in the back of my mind…maybe it’s time to actually think about picking it up! I love books that can seamlessly wind the real and the unreal…I think it makes the story so much stronger and believable!

  9. I don’t remember if I told you that you totally made me add “Dhiren” to my favorite boy names without even reading this book. I definitely going to, but I ened up having this whole conversation with a family member on why I found the name ridiculously hot. Do I need to add that to the tiger prince hunt or do you think it’d complicate it too much to see if they’re named Dhiren?

    • Amanda says:

      You did tell me, cause I had asked if it meant anything..or something? We discussed it. :o His brother too. <3 YOU MUST FIND! :o I did find some guys named that though..actors. You should investigate and see if they are tigers. ;)

      You also need to read them. Now. And then pine with me until September.


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