We looked at each other for a minute, not saying anything, but I could feel the air between us shift. It became thick, sultry, and tangible – like when the air changes right before a storm. I could feel its power envelop me as it brushed across my skin. Even though I couldn’t see it, I knew a storm was coming.
Tiger’s Curse (Tiger’s Curse Series #1) by Colleen Houck. This book first caught my attention when I saw its beautifully conceived cover. It’s both mesmerizing and captivating. When I read what Tiger’s Curse was about I had to read it and I’m glad I did.
In Tiger’s Curse, we find our heroine, Kelsey, swept up in an adventure and romance where she finds herself in India breaking a 300 year old curse with the gorgeous, shape-shifting Ren. The action scenes are like something out of an Indiana Jones movie and the romance is as delicious as it is in Twilight, but does it by bringing something entirely new to the table. That’s what I like best about this book, the fact that it’s different and fresh. Another thing that I love about this book is the Indian mythology and bits of magic that are beautifully woven in throughout the story. I enjoy Greek mythology and like what Rick Riordan did in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Colleen Houck has done the same by doing her research and incorporating the mythology into the plotline. The dialogue is even sprinkled with Indian words and phrases throughout the story. Although, a translation is not always provided, it is a nice touch to bring the story to life and make the dialogue and Ren more realistic.
As I read Tiger’s Curse, I didn’t find many things along the way that were disagreeable with me. One point in the plot I found to be a bit unrealistic were the circumstances in which Kelsey found herself being whisked off to India. It was a minor issue, however, considering it was early in the book and not the main focus of the plot, but a necessary something to aid the storyline along. The only other aspect I found the book in lacking was the development of the main character, Kelsey. I feel I was given the basic picture of who Kelsey is, but not what makes her who she is. Otherwise, the characters were fantastically portrayed and written true to who they were. They were all memorable and loveable. The villain, on the other hand, plays a small part in the beginning and the end of the book, but appears he will make a more influential appearance in the upcoming books in the series.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend this to anyone looking for an exciting book to read. I also greatly look forward to the next two installments in the series, Tiger’s Quest and Tiger’s Voyage, both due out later this year.