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Tiger's Curse (Tiger's Curse Series #1)

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:
“I was dying. I knew it. At least the pain was gone. I wanted to tell him that I loved him. Then darkness overtook me…”
PRAISE FOR TIGER'S CURSE:
“…a sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure.  I found myself cheering, squealing and biting my nails-all within a few pages.  In short, Tiger's Curse is magical!”
-Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush
 
Winner of the 2013/14 Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award!
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Colleen Houck's young adult novel first saw light as a self-published book, but with enthusiastic word-of-mouth backing, it became a bestselling series. With its exotic settings, 300-year-old Indian curse, shape shifting tiger, and plucky teenage girl protagonist, Tiger's Curse puts a spell on us.

Benjamin Ruby

Publishers Weekly
Houck's debut YA fantasy, which she self-published in 2009, is richly imagined, but pacing and technique lag behind her inventiveness. Eighteen-year-old Kelsey Hayes gets a temporary summer job working at a one-ring circus that features a white Bengal tiger named Dhiren. Kelsey and Ren, as she calls the tiger, form an immediate bond, and when a mysterious businessman purchases Ren, Kelsey is asked to escort him to his new home on an Indian reserve (despite her complete lack of experience). Given extensive foreshadowing, it's no surprise that Ren turns into a man once back in his native land, inspiring Kelsey to break the ancient curse that forces Ren to shape-shift. The attractive premise is let down by wooden dialogue, excessive detail, and wobbly mechanics; Kelsey's plainspoken narration more often befits a preteen than a high school graduate ("Poor thing. All alone with no girl tiger and no tiger cubs"). Houck doesn't quite realize her potential in this outing. Two companion books, Tiger's Quest and Tiger's Voyage, are due later in 2011. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“A sweet romance and heart-pounding adventure. I found myself cheering, squealing and biting my nails-all within a few pages. In short, Tiger's Curse is magical!” --Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times best-selling author of Hush, Hush
 
“The way Colleen weaves Indian culture, Hinduism and her own made-up fairy tale into an action-packed love story is captivating.” --MTV.com's Hollywood Crush blog
 
Tiger's Curse is an alluring premise that opens with a bang… She has an excellent sense of story and paints a vivid picture.” --The Los Angeles Times
 
“Houck's first novel is part Indiana Jones, and part fairy tale… she tells a good story that will keep readers turning pages.” --Booklist
 
“One of the best books I have ever read. An ultimate thrill ride. A roller-coaster ride from the beginning to end, this book has action, history, poetry, romance, magic- everything you could ever want. A book with so much passion and thrills you won't be able to put it down. This saga is going to be one of the best yet.” --RT Book Review
 
“Houck has clearly done a great deal of research on Indian culture, and she is adept at including details that allow readers to understand the story's setting…Twilight fans will appreciate the supernatural, star-crossed romance.” --School Library Journal
 
“A smart, vibrant adventure romance wrapped in a quest…takes the protagonists through adventures that would make Steven Spielberg proud…Full of danger, dash, allegory, and love under the banana tree.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Young women yearn for romance, for prince charming, and sometimes for more than one suitor. Charged with action and stolen kisses…” --Clarion

Kirkus Reviews

An Oregon teenager falls in love with a shape-shifting tiger who turns out to be a hunky Indian prince afflicted with an ancient curse. A job as a temp worker at a local circus turns more challenging for Kelsey when she's hired to accompany Dhiren, a white tiger with whom she has developed a strangely close mutual affinity, back to India. Once there her journey becomes a quest (thanks to the requisite obscure prophecy) through magical realms for four Gifts that will not only break the centuries-old curse that keeps Dhiren in tiger form—except for a few minutes each day, during which he reverts to a sultry lothario "like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one"—but may well have broader implications. This entails not only treks through dusty temples and battles with vampire monkeys but frequent aggressive flirting, chaste but passionate snogging and emotional tempests fueled by his tigerlike pride and her artificially low self-esteem. Twilight fans ready for a not-too-radical change of pace are the natural audience for this steamy opener.(Paranormal romance. 13 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402784033
  • Publisher: Splinter
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Series: Tiger's Curse Series , #1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 54,267
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen Houck
COLLEEN HOUCK has already received literary praise and digital success for TIGER'S CURSE. This is her first book. Colleen lives in SALEM, OREGON, with her husband, and a life-sized white stuffed tiger. For more information visit: www.colleenhouck.com
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The Tiger

by William Blake

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


Prologue

The Curse




The prisoner stood with his hands tied in front of him, tired, beaten, and filthy but with a proud back befitting his royal Indian heritage. His captor, Lokesh, looked on haughtily from a lavishly carved, gilded throne. Tall, white pillars stood like sentinels around the room. Not a whisper of a jungle breeze moved across the sheer draperies. All the prisoner could hear was the steady clinking of Lokesh's jeweled rings against the side of the golden chair. Lokesh looked down, eyes narrowed into contemptuous, triumphant slits.
The prisoner was the prince of an Indian kingdom called Mujulaain. Technically, his current title was Prince and High Protector of the Mujulaain Empire, but he still preferred to think of himself as just his father's son.
That Lokesh, the raja of a small neighboring kingdom called Bhreenam, had managed to kidnap the prince was not as shocking as who was sitting beside Lokesh: Yesubai, the raja's daughter and the prisoner's fiancée, and the prince's younger brother, Kishan. The captive studied all three of them but only Lokesh returned his determined gaze. Beneath his shirt, the prince's stone amulet lay cool against his skin, while anger surged through his body.
The prisoner spoke first, struggling to keep the betrayal out of his voice, "Why have you—my soon-to-be-father—treated me with such . . . inhospitality?"
Nonchalant, Lokesh affixed a deliberate smile on his face. "My dear prince, you have something I desire."
"Nothing you could want can justify this. Are our kingdoms not to be joined? Everything I have has been at your disposal. You needed only to ask. Why have you done this?"
Lokesh rubbed his jaw as his eyes glittered. "Plans change. It seems that your brother would like to take my daughter for his bride. He has promised me certain remunerations if I help him achieve that goal."
The prince turned his attention to Yesubai, who, with cheeks aflame, assumed a demure, submissive pose with her head bowed. His arranged marriage to Yesubai was supposed to have ushered in an era of peace between the two kingdoms. He had been away for the last four months overseeing military operations on the far side of the empire and had left his brother to watch over the kingdom.
I guess Kishan was watching a little bit more than just the kingdom.
The prisoner strode fearlessly forward, faced Lokesh, and called out, "You have fooled us all. You are like a coiled cobra that has been hiding in his basket, waiting for the moment to strike."
He widened his glance to include his brother and his fiancée. "Don't you see? Your actions have freed the viper, and we are bitten. His poison now runs through our blood, destroying everything."
Lokesh laughed disdainfully and spoke, "If you agree to surrender your piece of the Damon Amulet, I might be persuaded to allow you to live."
"To live? I thought we were bartering for my bride."
"I'm afraid your rights as a betrothed husband have been usurped. Perhaps I haven't been clear. Your brother will have Yesubai."


The prisoner clenched his jaw, and said simply, "My father's armies would destroy you if you killed me."
Lokesh laughed. "He certainly would not destroy Kishan's new family. We will simply placate your dear father and tell him that you were the victim of an unfortunate accident."
He stroked his short, stippled beard and then clarified, "Of course, you understand, that even should I allow you live, I will rule both king¬doms." Lokesh smiled. "If you defy me I will forcibly remove your piece of the amulet." Kishan leaned toward Lokesh and protested stiffly, "I thought we had an arrangement. I only brought my brother to you because you swore that you would not kill him! You were to take the amulet. That's all."
Lokesh shot out his hand as quickly as a snake and grabbed Kishan's wrist. "You should have learned by now that I take whatever I want. If you would prefer the view from where your brother is standing, I would be happy to accommodate you."
Kishan shifted in his chair but kept silent.
Lokesh continued. "No? Very well, I have now amended our former arrangement. Your brother will be killed if he does not comply with my wishes, and you will never marry my daughter unless you hand over your piece of the amulet to me as well. This private arrangement of ours can easily be revoked, and I can have Yesubai married to a different man—a man of my choosing. Perhaps an old sultan would cool her blood. If you want to remain close to Yesubai, you will learn to be submissive."
Lokesh squeezed Kishan's wrist until it cracked loudly. Kishan didn't react at all.
Flexing his fingers and slowly rolling his wrist, Kishan sat back, raised a hand to touch the engraved amulet piece hidden underneath his own shirt, and made eye contact with his brother. An unspoken message passed between them.
The brothers would deal with each other later, but Lokesh's actions meant war, and the needs of the kingdom were a priority for both.
Obsession pumped up Lokesh's neck, throbbed at his temple, and settled behind his black, serpentine eyes. Those same eyes dissected the prisoner's face, probing, assessing for weakness. Angered to the point of action, Lokesh jumped to his feet. "So be it!"
Lokesh pulled a shiny knife with a jeweled hilt from his robe and roughly yanked up the sleeve of the prisoner's now filthy, once-white Jodhpuri coat. The ropes twisted on his wrists and he grunted in pain as Lokesh drew the knife across his arm. The cut was deep enough that blood welled up, spilled over the edge, and dripped onto the tiled floor. Lokesh tore a wooden talisman from around his neck and placed it beneath the prisoner's arm. Blood dripped from the knife onto the charm, and the engraved symbol glowed a fiery red before pulsing an unnatural white light.
The light shot toward the prince with groping fingers that pierced his chest and clawed its way through his body. Though strong, he wasn't prepared for the pain. The captive screamed as his body suddenly became inflamed with a prickly heat and he fell to the floor.
He reached out with his hands to brace himself, but he managed only to scratch feebly on the cold, white tile of the floor. The prince watched helplessly as both Yesubai and his brother attacked Lokesh, who shoved both back viciously. Yesubai fell to the ground, hitting her head hard on the dais. The prince was aware that his brother was near, overtaken by grief as the life drained from Yesubai's limp body. Then he was aware of nothing except the pain.


1



KELSEY



was standing on a precipice. Technically, I was just standing in line at a temp job office in Oregon, but it felt like a precipice. Childhood, high school, and the illusion that life was good and times were easy were behind me. Ahead loomed the future: college, a variety of summer jobs to help pay for tuition, and the probability of a lonely adulthood. The line inched forward. I'd been waiting for what seemed like hours trying to get a lead on a summer job. When it was finally my turn, I approached the desk of a bored, tired job placement worker who was on the phone. The woman gestured me closer and indicated that I should sit down. After she hung up, I handed her some forms and she mechanically began the interview.
"Name, please."
"Kelsey. Kelsey Hayes."
"Age?"
"Seventeen, almost eighteen. My birthday's coming soon."
She stamped the forms. "Are you a high school graduate?"
"Yes. I graduated just a couple of weeks ago. I plan on attending Chemeketa this fall." "Parents' names?" "Madison and Joshua Hayes, but my guardians are Sarah and Michael Neilson."
"Guardians?"
Here we go again, I thought. Somehow explaining my life never got easier.
"Yes. My parents are . . . deceased. They died in a car accident when I was a freshman."
She bent over some paperwork and scribbled for a long time. I grimaced, wondering what she could be writing that was taking so long.
"Miss Hayes, do you like animals?"
"Sure. Umm, I know how to feed them . . ." Is anyone lamer than me? Way to talk myself out of being hired. I cleared my throat. "I mean, sure, I love animals."
The woman didn't really seem to care about my response, and she handed me a posting for a job.
The job was for the Circus Maurizio, a small family-run circus at the fairgrounds. I remembered getting a coupon for it at the grocery store and I'd even considered offering to take my foster parents' kids, Rebecca, who is six years old, and Samuel, who is four, so that Sarah and Mike could have some time to themselves. But then I lost the coupon and forgot all about it.
"So, do you want the job or what?" the woman asked impatiently.
"A tiger, huh? Sounds interesting! Are there elephants, too? Because I have to draw the line at scooping up elephant droppings." I giggled quietly at my own joke, but the woman didn't so much as crack a smile. Since I had no other options, I told her that I would do it. She gave me a card with an address and she instructed me to be there the next day by 6:00 a.m.
I wrinkled my nose. "They need me at six in the morning?"
The worker just gave me a look and shouted "Next!" at the line shuffling behind me.
What had I gotten myself into? I thought as I climbed into Sarah's borrowed hybrid and headed home. I sighed. It could be worse. I could be flipping burgers tomorrow. Circuses are fun. I just hope there are no elephants.
Living with Sarah and Mike was okay for the most part. They gave me a lot more freedom than most other kids' parents, and I think we have a healthy respect for each other—well, as least as much as adults can respect a seventeen-year-old anyway. I helped babysit their kids and never got into trouble. It wasn't the same as being with my parents, but we were still a family of sorts.
I parked the car carefully in the garage and headed into the house to find Sarah attacking a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. I dropped my bag on a chair and went to get a glass of water.
"Making vegan cookies again, I see. What's the special occasion?" I asked.
Sarah jammed the wooden spoon into the dense dough several times as if the spoon were an icepick. "It's Sammy's turn to bring treats for his playdate."
I stifled a snigger by coughing.
She narrowed her eyes at me shrewdly. "Kelsey Hayes, just because your mother was the best cookie baker in world doesn't mean I can't make a decent treat."
"It's not your skills I doubt, it's your ingredients," I said, picking up a jar. "Substitute nut butter, flax, protein powder, and agave. I'm surprised you don't put recycled paper in those things. Where's the chocolate?"
"I use carob sometimes."
"Carob is not chocolate. It tastes like brown chalk. If you're going to make cookies, you should make—"
"I know. I know. Pumpkin chocolate chip or double chocolate peanut butters. They're really bad for you, Kelsey," she said with a sigh.
"But they taste so good."
I watched Sarah lick a finger and continued. "By the way, I got a job. I'm going to be cleaning up and feeding animals at a circus. It's at the fairgrounds."
"Good for you! That sounds like it will be a great experience," Sarah perked up. "What kind of animals?"
"Uh, dogs mostly. And I think there's a tiger. But I probably won't have to do anything dangerous. I'm sure they have professional tiger people for that stuff. But I do have to start really early and will be sleeping there for the next two weeks."
"Hmmm," Sarah paused contemplatively. "Well we're just a phone call away if you need us. Would you mind taking the brussels sprouts casserole a la ‘recycled newspaper' out of the oven?"
I set the stinky casserole in the center of the table while she popped her cookie sheets in the oven and called the kids to dinner. Mike came in, set down his briefcase, and kissed his wife on the cheek.
"What's that . . . smell?" he asked suspiciously.
"Brussels sprouts casserole," I answered.
"And I made cookies for Sammy's playgroup," Sarah announced proudly. "I'll save the best one for you."
Mike shot me a knowing look that Sarah caught. She snapped her dishtowel at his thigh.
"If that's the attitude you and Kelsey are bringing to the table then the two of you get cleanup duty tonight."
"Aw, honey. Don't be mad." He kissed Sarah again and wrapped his arms around her, trying his best to get out of the task.
I took that as my cue to exit. As I snuck out of the kitchen, I heard Sarah giggle.
Someday, I'd like a guy to try and talk himself out of cleanup duty with me in the same way, I thought and smiled. Apparently, Mike negotiated well because he got put-the-kids-to-bed duty instead of cleanup, while I was left to do dishes on my own. I didn't mind really but as soon as I was done, I decided it was my bedtime too. Six o'clock in the morning was going to come awfully early.
Quietly, I climbed the stairs to my bedroom. It was small and cozy, with just a simple bed, a mirrored dresser, a desk for my computer and homework, a closet, my clothes, my books, a basket of different colored hair ribbons, and my grandmother's quilt.
My grandmother made that quilt when I was little. I was very young, but I remember her stitching it together, the same metal thimble always on her finger. I traced a butterfly on the worn-out, raggedy-at-the-corners quilt, remembering how I had snuck the thimble out of her sewing kit one night just to feel her near me. Even though I was a teenager, I still slept with the quilt every night.
I changed into my pajamas, shook my hair free from its braid, and brushed it out, flashing back to how mom used to do it for me while we talked.
Crawling under my warm covers, I set my alarm for, ugh, 4:30 a.m. and wondered what I could possibly be doing with a tiger so early in the morning and how I would survive the three-ring circus that was already my life. My stomach growled.
I glanced at my nightstand and the two pictures I kept out. One picture was of the three of us: Mom, Dad, and me at a New Year's celebration. I had just turned twelve. My long brown hair had been curled but in the picture it drooped because I'd thrown a fit about using hairspray. I'd smiled in the shot, despite the fact that I had a gleaming row of silver braces. I was grateful for my straight white teeth now, but I'd absolutely hated those braces back then.
I touched the glass, placing my thumb briefly over the image of my pale face. I'd always longed to be svelte, tan, blond, and blue eyed but I had the same brown eyes as my father and the tendency toward chubbiness of my mother.
The other was a candid shot of my parents at their wedding. There was a beautiful water fountain in the background, and they were young, happy, and smiling at each other. I wanted that for myself someday. I wanted someone to look at me like that.
Flopping over on my stomach and stuffing my pillow under my cheek, I drifted off thinking about my mom's cookies.
That night, I dreamed I was being chased through the jungle, and when I turned to look at my pursuer, I was startled to see a large tiger. My dream self laughed and smiled and then turned and ran faster. The sound of gentle, padded paws raced along after me, beating in time with my heart.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2010

    Highly Recommended - left me craving more!!

    Extremely entertaining, couldn't put it down. Fell in love with the characters. Felt very connected to the story and the characters while reading, like when they were happy in the story, I was happy; when they were sad, I was sad- it's a great book that can do that to you and make you feel like you aren't just reading a story, but you feel like you are there in real life and it's all very real to you. This book has great characters, excitement, adventures, action, love, everything you need for a great read. I cannot wait to read the whole series!

    64 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Enjoyed it. Will read the next one, even though I wanted to strangle the main character at the end.

    The first part of the book was slow getting into but I instantly started to like it once they had gotten to India. It really started to pick up pace and was thoroughly enjoyable. However, towards the end I felt the need to strangle Kelsey the main character. She completely changed, and went from being a OK nice gal to a angsty, whinny, self-conscious, bitty who was not only annoying but mean to poor ol' Ren. I also hated that it had a 'to be continued' aspect about the ending that made me want to rip my hair out. Don't get me wrong, I liked this book and will be reading the next, I just hope she stops being stupid.

    56 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Wonderful Book, a must get!

    I love this book, it's better than Twilight. The characters are encaging, wonderfully witty, the scenes are vivid and the action is amazing! Either boys/men or girls/women would love this book. We follow Kelsey as she starts off by graduating High School and starting a summer job, then to India where all the action takes place. There's romance, but it's not over done. I love this book and the second, Tiger's Quest, and I am eagerly waiting for the third book, Tiger's Voyage to be released sometime this month (we hope). (Just so you know, I don't think they have the right cover for Tiger's Quest, but it's here).

    43 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

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    Twi-what?

    Step aside all you Vampires! Enter a strong and fiercely passionate Indian prince who will sweep you off your feet and have your heart racing. Great story that will have you hooked in moments and a love story that will actually have you squealing out loud. (And yes ladies and gentlemen, he does have a brother! ;)

    34 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    I hope the author reads this.

    I'm really giving it 2.5 stars. The story has huge potential, but the characters are completely contrived. The dialogue is atrocious, and the supposed 300-year-old tiger is more modern than the main character. There is a rift in Kelsey's personality that I just can't fathom. On one hand, she's incredibly sarcastic and fiery, but on the other hand, she's demure, polite, and ridiculously matronly. She speaks as a grandma would speak. I half expected her to use words like "Dungarees" for jeans or "Frigidaire" for refrigerator like my granny does. (At one point, she uses the phrase "wily scoundrel." I don't know anyone below the age of eighty that would use that phrase.) It just doesn't fit. She's not a well developed character, and the supposed grief she feels for her parents seems fabricated, when it's present. Kelsey has these bouts of intense feeling, then all of a sudden, it's gone. Like when she's mad at Ren and Mr. Kadam for leading her through the jungle. Or better yet, when Ren changes into a human for the first time. There was this huge denial, then resigned acceptance. Nothing in between. Also, Ren and Kishan are completely modern and familiar with modern conveniences, but have been pretty detached from their own humanity for 300 years. There was no working through the animal to become human for either of them. They both automatically adapted to being human. That didn't make any sense, especially for Ren, who had been completely trapped as a tiger. Mr. Kadam is contrived, cliched, and void of anything true. It's like he only has one mood. His interactions with Kelsey, though smooth in the story, would be incredibly awkward to any real person. Kelsey talks about finding these feelings of trust for these people, but gives no reason for it, then she talks about distrust, and gives no reason for it. It just doesn't work. The author clearly has trouble communicating how people really interact. It's like she has an ideal of how things SHOULD be, and tries to force that into a story where that ideal just doesn't fit. She has no notion of how teens speak or act. (I understand keeping things clean, but dialogue can be clean and modern, but if she wants to keep it uber clean, then maybe the characters shouldn't be making out as much as they do.) She obviously doesn't know how to express grief, or much of anything, with words. There are just these huge disconnected parts that don't fit together. I wonder how this book made it past the editing stage. That being said, the story IS interesting. It DOES have huge potential. It just needs a lot of work. A WHOLE lot of work.

    33 out of 73 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

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    Outstanding Book!!!

    this book is for anyone looking for a good adventure/love story kind of book. it is clean with no cussing or inappropriate parts. im a major reader. i found this books to be one of my favorites. i read it in a little less than two days. theres around 360 pages. it was very easy to get into and kept me guessing; i was sad when it ended :( i cant wait for the second one to come out in June!!!!! i highly reccomend this book.

    33 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2010

    Don't miss this one!

    I loved this book! I couldn't put it down and kept thinking about the characters. I am an avid reader and this is by far one of my favorites. It has everything: adventure, fantasy, magic, romance and I love the Oregon references and the imagination. This series is better, IMO, then the ever so popular Twilight Series. Great for young adults: no swearing, sex or inappropriate material at all! Thanks and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

    26 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    BEST BOOK EVER

    This book is full of romance and adventure,love and risks. I am not soeoe who likes romance novels but this book caught my eye and I couldn't stop after starting.The adventure in the book made it non-boring like other romance novels.If you love adventure and romance you'll read this book front to back in 1 day!!!!!

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Great Premise, but Poorly Executed

    When I first heard the premise of this book, I was excited. Instead of werewolves, there were tiger "shapeshifters". I thought this would be refreshing. Unfortunately, the writing of this book ruined what could have been a fantastic idea. Like another reviewer said, it sounded like the author telling the story instead of the character telling her story. Almost none of what the character thought or said sounded like anything close to what a seventeen year old girl would say, instead it was what a grown woman seemed to think a seventeen year old would say/think. Even if you get past the main character's dialogue issues, the characters themselves were horribly cliche. The girl had self-esteem issues and the boy was perfect, it was even said over and over again in the book. Although sometimes the book can be redeemed from poor characterization by an excellent writing style, unfortunately the book lacked this as well. Even the writing style itself was horribly cliche. So all in all the book gets two stars for what was a good idea, but very poorly executed.

    22 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

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    This Book is AMAZING!!!!!

    I loved this book. It is a great adventure but it is also a great story. I could not put this book down, it keeps you turning page after page after page. I love the main characters. Kelsey is brave and she knows what she wants. Ren is sweet, kind and all around amazing.The style of writing is very interesting. This book is filled with unexpected twists and turns that will have you very surprised. This is a really good book and i can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    A MUST READ NOW!

    I LOVED this book! Tiger's Curse moved quickly from the first page to the last. It was hard to put down at night and sleep. I woke early to read more before my kids got out of bed. This was not your typical Teen romance. To me it felt more adult and something most girls have gone through and asked themselves while dating at any age. There is danger around every corner and a couple of princes to boot! I loved how the characters seemed like real ppl, very down to earth and would just tell it like it is and not beat around the bush! I found myself feeling everything the characters felt and did. You feel like you are there with them and not many books have been able to do that to me. You don't feel like an outsider looking in, you become the characters. I can not wait to see what/where our next adventure takes us and what creatures we will encounter along the way! June ca not come quickly enough! My summer reading looks to be very interesting!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Indian Love....

    I have always wanted an author to write a book that took place in India. Colleen Houck you made my dreams come true and you made this book so good. Its a mix between the better Parts of The Twilight Saga and The Percy Jackson Series! The best thing is I am Hindu so I can tell what some of The Hindi words mean and you incorporated Indian Gods making it all the better! Can't wait for Tiger's Quest!!! :)

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    A Must Read!!!

    This book is amazing. It's a great story, full of love adventure and magic. At first i thought it was too fast-paced but soon i realized it was necessary. India is a very interesting setting that i have never read in a YA book before. The way Houck portrayed her main characters helps the reader fall in love with them immediately. I found myself experiencing Kelsey's fear, frustration and love for Ren, something that i have never accomplished before. I was sad to reach the end and can't wait for the Tiger's Quest!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    Incredible! Action, Romance, mythical creatures...it has it all!

    I loved this book and can't wait for the rewrite. It is incredible. For fans of Twilight I'd say you can forget that series and have a new obsession. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story. I read it in week on my commute!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    best book you'll ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Colleen Houck puts in a little Frog Prince and the Twilight Saga mixed altogether. When I first started this book I was not able to put it down. Each chapter will leave you hanging on to your seat. I can't wait for Tiger's Quest!!!! Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Slow at first, slightly dull, shows promise

    This book is best for young, innocent teen girls with little to no romantic experience or expectation who like paranormal or fantasy fiction.

    Like Bella of Twilight, the lead character, Kelsey, is plain and has little to offer the amazing gorgeous charismatic prince who falls inexplicably for HER. <insert any teen reader into this role> She's conveniently orphaned so she can easily give up her life back home for this tiger man if need be.

    The beginning was unbelievably S-L-O-W. The bulk of the book takes place in India and the author goes to great lengths to describe her world, and it's tedious to read at times. The Indiana-Jones wannabe adventures were yawn-worthy to me. It felt too drawn out, like, get on with it already.

    Honestly, I almost gave up on it. Until we meet the darker, slightly wicked brother who was ALSO cursed into tiger form. He's a bit more intriguing and his presence and flirtatious nature with the girl creates a HINT of a love triangle. I think the second book will focus more on him.

    There are some holes and there are times I felt talked down to. Yes, it's TEEN fiction, but teens aren't necessarily stupid. It *was* blazingly innocent to the point of eye rolls, though. "May I hold your hand" type of stuff. Kelsey blushes just looking at Ren sometimes, and, at age 18, she's never even gone on a date.

    Yes, some parents might rejoice at the idea of a book that has old-fashioned values or ideals. But I found Kelsey's blatant reluctance to be unrealistic. These authors need to remember what it feels like to BE a teenage girl. And a shy, plain one at that. When a gorgeous guy that you're attracted to makes a move on you, you do NOT push him away and treat him like dirt. You giggle like a fool and flirt with him. You kiss him back. They don't have to go all the way.
    But an 18-year-old girl and a hundreds-year-old guy who is physically in his early 20's aren't going to be hands off in this century.
    Stop trying to preach and push your morals on readers. Leave that to their parents.

    This book ended with a cliff hanger, leaving you wanting the next book to know what's next as well as finish the rest of the story surrounding the curse and Ren & Kelsey's relationship. I liked the character, Kishan, Ren's brother, and expect the next book to feature him more heavily because his tiger form is on the cover. So I plan to read that one to find out the rest of the story even though I wouldn't say I highly recommend this book. I, like another reviewer, got this book for free, and am glad I did.

    11 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

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    Meh

    Along with some other reviewers, I found the premise to be intruiging. But I started reading it, and quickly realized that this would not be one of my favorite books of all time. It's not even in the top 100. Kelsey is the most boring 18-year-old girl I've ever read about in my life. She is so polite/formal sometimes that she sounds robotic. She was so self-deprecating that I wanted to scream. She really had no personality at all. I was extremely bored with her, but I wanted to give the book a chance since I purchased it. Well, I just finished it last night, and I'm sorry; I realize the book is a fantasy, but even keeping that in mind, the book is so freaking unrealistic. I will read the next book in the series, but only because I'm OCD and can't let a book series go unread once I've started it XD

    10 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    amazing book!! A must read!

    this book was amazing.
    romance, and dangers, along with a mysterious beautiful white tiger and an even more beautiful man. i cant wait for the second one to come out! i read this in one day! it is beautifully written, and so well put together. you could practically feel their emotions as your own. it was amazing.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    One of the Best Books Ever

    This book was one of the best books I have ever read. Sorry, Twilight fans but I think this is better. I loved that the author told the stories of some of the Indian Gods. I really enjoyed this book. LOVE IT!!! CAN'T WAIT FOR TIGER'S QUEST

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    ~*~Magical~*~

    I Loved This Book~The Tiger Idea is so adorable~I absolutely Love Ren~He is Charming~Sweet~protective~strong~ A prince~A tiger :0) Everything that the perfect guy would be~and then Enters Kishan~He Edgy and Defiantly a black Tiger~*~ I can NOT wait for June to get here~*~ Id love to be in Kelseys Shoes!!!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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