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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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House

The Tiger's Curse

by Colleen Houck

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Overall Review:  

For lovers of romance novels and those young fans that enjoyed the Twilight Series, Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck will fill the ticket with all the elements that made the Twilight Series popular:  the style of writing, the tone, the girl next door, the love triangle, the fabulously wealthy and gorgeous love interests, etc.  Those readers should take this book to the beach and enjoy it!

From a literary perspective, the book falls short.  Tiger’s Curse is categorized as a “fantasy-romance”, but the fantasy part plays second fiddle to the romance, which comprises the bulk of the book.  The writing struggles on several fronts.  There is a lack of urgency to the plot, and obstacles, though rarely encountered, are overcome with relative ease.  Also, basic questions surrounding key plot points were never addressed or resolved leaving critical storyline gaps.  Related in first person by the main character, Kelsey, the book is casual in tone, “telling” at a more superficial level than “showing”.  More ink is devoted to describing the bathroom on a jet than to the transformation of a main character from tiger to man. Yes, there was a lot of detailed description, but the story never went more than skin-deep.  Dialogue seemed forced and flat other than one great argument/exchange at the end of the book.  Character motivation seemed insufficient to justify some of the characters’ actions and character personalities seemed inconsistent.  This was especially true for the protagonist, Kelsey. 

Overall, loved the tigers, loved the premise, loved the exotic location (India!), and loved the book cover artwork, but found the writing quality to be disappointing and the romance to have a tendency to be over the top at times. 

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Overall tone of violence is mild to moderate with much of the violence involving animals or being fantasy based.  Mild violence included the following:  a character’s arm is cut with a dagger and bleeds; characters struggle and one falls, hitting head and resulting in a death; sounds of animals fighting in the distance; two animals fight; sharp plants cut some characters; there are some illusions of a variety of sad or disturbing scenes; characters are chased and attacked by monkeys; a character is bit by a snake.  Moderate violence included the following:  two tigers fighting; two tigers hunt and devour their kill; a character has a disturbing dream with images of a stabbing and a death; a character is attacked and bit on the neck by a fantasy creature.

Language was Squeaky Clean!

Overall, sexually content was mild and not troubling for an audience 16+.  Specifically, mild sexual content consisted of several instances of a character kissing another character on the forehead or lips and touching/caressing the face/check/chin; a character sitting in another character’s lap.  Moderate instances include two extended scenes with multiple kisses on the lips, neck, face, ears, etc. (limited to shoulders and above), but most of the ink was devoted to the female character’s thoughts.  Other related content includes a character receiving a back massage, some sexual tension in a scene when characters stand close to each other, and a scene in which two characters spend the night in the jungle sleeping (literally) next to each other.

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Mature themes lightly touched upon were freedom, jealousy, betrayal, and self-esteem/fear of rejection.

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Reviewed By Cindy
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