Author: Colleen Houck
Series: Tiger Saga #1
Format: Finished Copy
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
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.
My first thought after reading this book: Kelsey must be viciously attacked by white tigers and killed.
I know what you thought after you read that: "Whoa there, violent much?" Well if you read the book you would see my point. Kelsey Hayes is one of the worst characters I have come across in the nearly 2 years that I have been reading YA fiction.
Kelsey's dialogue was insufferable. She talked like she was straight out of a Jane Austen novel. I'm sorry, but we're talking about a 21st century 18 year old right? The dots just don't connect. Every time I read a sentence where she talked like that I'd have to stifle a laugh because it sounded so wrong.
Clearly this girl has been socially deprived for the vast majority of her life. Case in point: She reads Shakespeare to a tiger (Um, yeah, that's totally normal). She takes off to a country she's never been to with an unfamiliar guy taking care of a tiger. This girl is not a normal teenager.
Along with sounding like she was from the eighteenth century she also sounded like she was 11. She was a sniveling baby for the entire book and treated others around her like crap, especially Ren.
This was Kelsey for most of the book:
This was my reaction to Kelsey:
There were only like 4 characters in the book: Kelsey, Ren, Mr. Kadam and Kishan. Ren was arguably as bad as Kelsey. I mean what's to like about him? All Kelsey says about him is that he's gorgeous and can turn into a tiger and looks like Brad Pitt. So that's supposed to make me like the guy? Um no. I'm not going to like a guy like that.
The only character I really liked was Kishan and he was barely in the book.
The pacing was atrocious. The beginning was so rushed. Within like 30 pages Kelsey was in India. Ok that's an exaggeration but it seemed so rushed even if it was over more like 100 pages.
Everything about the plot was terrible, too. I thought I would love the plot because it has to do with white tigers which are one of my favorite animals. Well I was wrong. I ended up skimming through most of the second half because I just didn't give an F about the stupid curse.
The romance was terrible too. All I could think when Kelsey and Ren were kissing was "Ugh, get a room." Usually romance gives some sort of good vibe but for this book it just didn't. It was terrible.
My reaction to the romance:
(Don't stare at that gif too long. Trust me.)
It also makes me so mad that in a lot of books the main girl character refuses to believe she's pretty. NOTE: When a guy tells you you're pretty, say, "Thank you." DO NOT scoff and say, "Me? Pretty?" That's exactly what Kelsey did. And Kelsey goes out of her way to tell the reader that she's plain and never wears makeup. So what? Are we supposed to like Kelsey better now? Just because she says she doesn't wear makeup or think she's pretty? Sorry but no.
The writing was ok at best and I think it would've been a lot better if Miss Kelsey Hayes hadn't been narrating. Some of the descriptions of things were cool, but they were quickly forgotten about once Kelsey went back to being her dim-witted unlikable self.
I'm surprised I finished this book and to be honest I was considering giving up several times but I always feel really guilty when I leave a book unfinished.
For some reason I thought I would love this book. Maybe it's because it's about white tigers and all that, but I was definitely proved wrong. I know I'm not going to read the sequels, no way. This is the first book I've rated 1 star in a long time and trust me, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Save yourself from it.