Not much has changed in the young adult fiction world since the Twilight Saga hit the bookshelves, charming tweens and beyond with a story of lustful romance with a supernatural bent. Waves of like-minded narratives have been riding the coattails of the famous series' roaring success, but few are as thrilling and unique as Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse. An enchanting story that takes place primarily in India (a setting ripe with potential for the vivid descriptions Houck delivers), Tiger's Curse is grounded in Indian mythology and culture. Annika Boras narrates with Sanjiv Jahveri, and they more than meet the challenges of performing a contemporary story told in a mysterious, foreign setting.
When 17-year-old orphan Kelsey attends a local summer job fair, she feels that nothing is beneath her. One week later, she finds herself temping at a circus, where she is tasked with caring for an unusually docile white tiger named Ren. Given how smoothly Kelsey is able to care for Ren, she is asked to accompany him on his transport to India, where he will return to his owner. With nothing left for her at home, Kelsey seizes the opportunity for this unique experience. She soon discovers that Ren is in fact not a tiger, but a handsome prince trapped by a curse cast upon him many years ago. The story quickly evolves into an engrossing romance between Kelsey and Ren, with a race against time to break the tiger's curse.
Between the exotic Indian landscapes and the Indiana Jones-like obstacles Kelsey and Ren walk into, Boras has plenty of colorful material to work with. From her astonished reaction at discovering of the tiger's true identity to her calculated determination as she pieces together how to break the curse, Boras approaches every scene with keen awareness of her character. Such is a testament to her erudite storytelling. Listening to her tackle such a diverse array of description, setting, and characters is the best way to experience this novel. Tiger's Curse will leave you breathless for days. Suzanne Day
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.
©2011 Colleen Houck (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"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)
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I read this book first on my Kindle, loved it and had to get the second on right away! Soon, my teenage daughter had to read a book with foreign influence for her English class, but she was paired with 3 guys who didn???t want the sappy love stories; they wanted action. I recommended this book (it has both and would make everyone happy). To my surprise I ended up getting 5 copies of the book because the guys fell in love with the book and were excited to finish reading the book as fast as they could. Then they had to read the second book too???they fought over the Kindle version just to read it. This is a great book and I love all the attention to detail, makes you want to go and see all the places described.
"Love the premise!"
Such a great idea for a book! The adventure and mythology is wonderful and the author can write a fantastic romance/love scene. A female Indiana Jones meets hot Indian weretigers! I enjoyed the little bits of literature slipped into the plot. I plowed straight through the whole series.
Now for the bad: Poorly edited, overly drawn out plots, a strange mix of childish and adult language and themes, everybody is a Mary Sue.
Overall, you will roll your eyes - a lot. But you may be having too much fun to care.
This series is a little slow to start, but the 4 books are all so addictive I couldn't sleep. A little magic (which does not overwhelm book so don't let that scare you off), a little romance, a lot of adventure = one of my favorite series in years.
"A Refreshing YA Novel"
I loved hearing about India, especially Indian mythology. The author does an excellent job of explaining different aspects of Indian culture, but without taking away from the main story. It just supplements Kelsey and Ren's adventure.
I love Kelsey because she wasn't the typical YA paranormal heroine who falls in love in an instant and then all of her actions are motivated by her need to be with the hero. Kelsey is realistic and struggles with real issues. She is someone likeable that the reader can empathize with.
I liked the way that the narrator wasn't just reading the book. She expressed emotions well. And each character had its own voice that was unique and really suited them.
"My daughter and I were hooked!"
My 10 year old daughter and I loved sharing the unfolding of this mysterious and entertaining tale.
"At first I wasn't sure however......."
When I started this on recommendation from a friends teenage daughter, I thought "Oh no not another TWILIGHT" but it is really not and very different kind of magic and characters. Yes the female character is young and naive, but much more savvy than that dork in (TWILIGHT) She also grows as the story goes on I've started the second book and Kelsey becomes stronger and more mature as the books go on. Not just for young adults, and great for long trips in car, my family really enjoys. EVERYONE LOVED.
That Kelsey grows up as she meets different problems in her life.
Annika Boras was perfect narrator, and as she goes on to read the other books she continues to do the voices of each character really well.
"The Lady and the Tigers"
I hope that Kelsey keeps growing and asserting her Independence.
Probably not and I'll tell you why . . . the story itself was great and the narration was awesome. But I found part of the story when the main character Kelsey was just too much to handle. She acted so much like a pre-pubescent immature girl that I found it hard to get through that part of the book. If it wasn't for that, I would probably listen to it over and over.
The whole premise of the story was interesting and the adventures kept me intrigued. I also liked how it introduced me to the culture of India. It made me want to try the foods Kelsey was tasting and touch the fabrics she was wearing. Now I really want to visit India!
Their inflections and accents brought a great deal to the story. As well as how Annika portrayed the voice of Ren. She made him sound and speak like a sexy, kind and sensitive man. How she did that is amazing. But I would never have captured that voice in my imagination. She did a great job.
It is a great book. Just get through the few chapters at the end of the book where Kelsey acts like a brat and you will enjoy it immensely. I hope that the future books in this series portrays Kelsey in a more mature light otherwise I'm not sure I can handle listening to any more!
"Very Compelling, Beautiful and Imaginative!"
I love this story and was completely drawn in by the atmosphere and geography, the beautiful writing, and the powerful love story developing between the characters. As any other fan of the story knows, it's not simple and it's not over yet (I haven't quite completed the next two installments) but still, I have been very drawn in by the love story of Ren and Kelsey, and I've become invested in things turning out happily for them..but it's not going to be easy along the way.
The writing is very good, the descriptions are original and the plot actually interesting, flowing from one event to another. Yes, there is some time spent by the main character describing some simple things, or "gushing" about how beautiful Ren is, (remember this is YA, after all!) but still Kelsey is a charming character who will win you over. Yes, there are moments when she is stubborn and annoying, but yet the writing is good and it seems that's how she is meant to be, and it's meant to carry the story along, because as fans know it's quite a saga and is not wrapped up in one book.
I found the narrator to be quite talented and spot-on for the story. She certainly drew you right into Kelsey's mind and did a nice job of voicing the other characters, including the romantic Ren. Overall, a great story!
Yes I would listen again to see if I missed anything the first time I listened.
What I like about listening to a story is the emotion that the reader puts into the story. Along with the emotion you get accents. Both Boras and Jahveri did a wonderful job and made me enjoy the story that much more.
Could you see yourself in love with a Tiger?
Someone suggested this book if you are a Twilight fan. I am but this book does not compare. It isn't just the difference in the story, the characters and the love story do not compare. If you are looking for Twilight you will be disappointed. However! This story is almost as good. It captured me because I love tigers, and could see how Kelsey being lonely would gravitate toward the animal. I loved the adventures they go on to see if they can break the curse. I dont like how Kelsey gets so wishy washy in the end about Ren though. All in all though it is a great story, that I would recommend and listen to again. I cant wait for my daughter to read it!
"Give it a try..."
This is not my usual type of reading material. I was not sure about it at first. Half way through book 1 I thought I would not read anymore; however, I ended up reading 1, 2, & 3. In my opinion, each book is better than the previous one. I am now looking forward to the much anticipated book 4!
Annika Boras does an amazing job reading the books!
Two Indian Princes bound by a centuries old curse. Trapped in the bodies of tigers and only able to be men for a brief time each day. To lift the curse they must complete several magical tasks but they can't do it alone. They need the help of an ordinary 21st century girl. So begins a compelling tale of adventure, fantasy and romance. This is rich in detail and draws on Hindu mythology. I couldn't put it down.
"Couldn't put it down!"
I loved this book, I usually have one audible book a month and make it last but Tigers Curse was too good to make it last a whole month I managed a week. I can't wait for the next book.
"A Fantastic YA Series!"
This is the first book in the Tiger's Curse series. I loved it!
Kelsey Hayes is a fantastic character. I did like her a lot, but on a few occasions wanted to shake her. She is a typical teenager, filled with angst and uncertainty. When she is offered a temporary job to look after the animals in a circus, little does she know what adventure awaits.
I have been wanting to read this series since it was first released, but never seemed to find time. Therefore, I decided to download this as an audio book, so I could listen to it whilst doing household chores.
The audio book was narrated by Annika Boras and Sanjiv Jahveri. Sanjiv Jahveri did the Prologue and the Epilogue, and the rest of the story was narrated by Annika Boras. This made an interesting contrast. Both narrators did a fantastic job. Their voices were extremely pleasant to listen to. I did find some of Annika's interpretations of Ren's voice/emotions made him sound constantly amused. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it made me think that he was a bit patronizing towards, or amused by, Kelsey even though he may not have been. Each reader has a different interpretation of a story, so I suppose if I had read the book myself, I may not have had the same reaction. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the pace of her narration.
The story has more adventure and danger than romance, but the promise of it made me quite excited. Kelsey's description of herself was as a female Indiana Jones, but I sort of imagined her more as a Lara Croft type (minus the weapons). The story takes the reader on a amazing journey from America to India. The vivid descriptions by the author made me feel like I was really there. There are several twists and turns that kept me hooked, and I sometimes found myself listening with rapt attention for hours at a time! (luckily, mostly over the weekend!). There is a lot of danger in the quest to break the curse that holds Ren in sway, and there are some really scary moments that had me holding my breath! It was interesting to see how Kelsey and Ren's relationship grew. Ren is very old fashioned (he is over 300 years old after all!), but he is also extremely charming. I wish there were more men like him around today. I had a few "Aww" moments when he did something romantic; it made me melt! His brother was just as charming, but in a completely different way. Anik Khadam (sorry, not sure of spelling, as I only have the narrators voice to go by), is also a charming character. He is an older gentleman, who works as protector and adviser to Ren. I really liked this character too.
This book would make a great movie, but it could be a bit tricky to have a real tiger involved. I don't know if a CGI one would work, but it maybe the only way to bring Ren's tiger to life, if they did decide to make a movie of this book.
The end of the story sent a shiver up my back, and I am now looking forward to continuing the series by getting the next book, Tiger's Quest, as soon as possible.
Colleen Houck has written a fantastic YA story that is a completely action packed adventure. I love her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting, without being rushed. She has found another fan in me, and I will be adding her to my Favourite Author's list as soon as possible.
I highly recommend this book if you love YA, Romance or Action/Adventure genres. - Lynn Worton
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