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.
Uhmmm, yeah…. Go ahead and read that last verse again. Tiger’s curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless for more. Ha ha ha, no. If I got a dime for every time I heard that one…
“This book was okay, just wasn’t my thing.”
That’s what I planned to say when I cracked open this book, anyway. I only read it because I’ve been hearing a lot about it, and I figured it couldn’t be too bad with a 4.17 average rating out of 18,412 ratings. I turned out to be in the 5% that voted it two stars.
It all started with a shady employment office.
It soon moved on to a girl named Kelsey visiting a circus and a series of improbable events was sent into motion. I mean–this kid’s foster parents just let her stay at a circus for two weeks without even checking out the place. Uhmm, okay…
Then, what is it with reading Shakespeare to a tiger because you feel this “undeniable connection” to it? I love my dog. I talk to her all the time. But I don’t read poems to her and obsessively write about her every move.
Kelsey started out okay. I actually liked her character. But as the story went on, she acted more and more like a jerk. Dude, you almost DIED. And of course, the first thing you do is breathe. Breathe, breathe, breathe, then you make some stupid quip that makes Ren laugh. Because he loves you. Even though your personality and the way you treat Ren sucks, even though you’re oblivious, immature and talk the way NO ONE ELSE TALKS.
Seriously, does anybody really say, “You wily scoundrel!”? Oh, please. And that’s only the beginning.
By the end of the book, she felt more like a three year old in a sixteen (I think she’s sixteen….or seventeen…) year old’s body.
Not to mention she comes off as really dumb. Just because someone reads Shakespeare doesn’t make them smart, guys.
Ren wasn’t much better. You know, this whole “Oh, I’m hundreds of years old even though I’m trapped in a teenager’s body” thing is really wearing me down. It seems like I see this theme a lot. (I hope that’s not just me…) And it’s annoying. Because in hundreds of years, they NEVER found ANYTHING before like what’s happening right then at the story. And they’ve NEVER matured over their THOUSANDS OF YEARS OF LIVING. I find that…. annoying. You’d think after thousands of years, they might’ve matured a little bit. Learned. Grown. But noooo, that’s not the way it works, obviously.
And Kishan? *sigh*. I expected more from you, but no.
Mr. Kadam? I made a promise to myself that, if for one second, Mr. Kadam would stop kissing the ground Kelsey walks on, I would give this book another star. I’m completely serious. Yeah, didn’t happen.
I could go on about this book for a long time. The sheer improbability and characters alone was enough to bring the whole book down, even if the rest had been okay.
I could see a lot of other characters I’ve seen in other stories rocking this plot. But Kelsey? Kelsey is perhaps one of the most immature, insecure, unlikable heroines I’ve ever come across. I really wish she could’ve been like Princess Raisa from The Demon King or Katsa from Graceling or just someone who can handle watching an animal hunt and be so surprised that the animals actually have to kill something.
I don’t know really what to say about this book. Come at it with an open mind, but proceed with caution. The ideas of the story are pretty cool, actually. Meanwhile, I’ll stick with Cassandra Clare, Maggie Stiefvater and Elizabeth RIchards. 2 star.
pg count for the hardback: 403
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