Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.
After seeing so many fantastic reviews for Tiger's Curse I finally decided to request a review copy, which I received at the end of last week and finished today. I'd expected something absolutely amazing.
Did I get something absolutely amazing? Totally.
I actually didn't get into Tiger's Curse straight away, at first I found that the first few chapters were very slow, as Houck is just introducing us to the characters and so suffers a little from telling the reader, not showing. I advise anybody else that had trouble with this to just push their way through, as not too far in, it gets absolutely amazing.
What I really loved about Tiger's Curse was the writing, at first I didn't think the writing was amazing, I though it was very simplistic and childish and too train-of-thought-ish for me, but when the story becomes more exciting and emotions begin to kick in the writing massively improved to poetic and emotional, (there is a teeny bit of purple prose in there - one notable example being Kelsey describing the feeling of being kissed to 'a love flower inside her blooming'). But other than that, the voice was unique, believable and very fun.
I loved the characters, Kelsey is believable as a teenage girl, and as said above, her voice is fun and emotional, Ren is just eeee! swoon-worthy, even as a tiger he's adorable and as a human? Smouldering. I felt for sure that Mr Kadam was a bad guy! Kisham was swoon-worthy too (but I'm still Team Ren!) I really hope that Houck makes it Ren in the end! She had better!
The story was totally original, intertwining Indian mythology with an American girl and a hot prince. I found myself becoming so absorbed in the story, the romance, the history that I absolutely loved it. Houck has obviously done a lot of research into the mythology and it reads very well. The pacing is fantastic after the first few chapters. What can I say about the ending..? D:
I would totally recommend this to anyone. An emotional read that I was swept into. Not only is this a romance, like most other paranormals out there, it's also an adventure and a fun one at that. As soon as you finish it you will be dying to pick up the sequel! I am in love with Ren!
Stand alone/series: First in a series
UK Release: 26th May 2011
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Book obtained via: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review