Sunday, 13 October 2013
Tiger's Curse Book Review
Title: Tiger's Curse
Author: Colleen Houck
# of pages: 456
Series #: The Tiger Saga #1
Reading Span: September 6th - DNF
Warning: If you really like this book, don't read this review. You may be offended!
Tiger's Curse is about a girl named Kelsey who finds a summer job working at the circus. As she begins to work, she falls in love with a gorgeous snowy tiger named, Ren. When the opportunity arrives to escort him back to his home country, Kelsey jumps at the chance... And finds out that there is much more to Ren then what scratches the surface. She ends up diving headfirst into an adventure of mystery and love – trying to break a curse.
Sounds good right? I think so! Well, unfortunately, this book is not quite as good as that synopsis leads us to believe. The story was quite boring and awkward, the characters were unlikeable, and overall, it was taking up too much of my time that could be spent reading something way better. I actually quit this book when I reached 268 pages. I just couldn't push through. Therefore, this review may not be entirely accurate, but I feel like I have enough to talk about to make my thoughts into a full review.
The only thing that I really liked about this book was the idea of it. Sure, it wasn't completely original, but it was enough to keep me interested. In fact, when I first went into this book it was really great. I loved how it was set in a circus, as I hadn't read a book with a circus setting before. The characters were also decent, in their first impression. But after that...
For one, the characters were flawless. As good as that sounds... it sucked. It made the book so cheesy and unrealistic. I mean, seriously, who in this world says thank-you 50 billion times a day? Even to the people they hate? No one, I tell you. No one.
My favourite character was actually Kishan, the one I was supposed to hate. He was the most alive and real. He had real life problems. He did things wrong. He was human. However, it was really hard to relate to the other character because they were so out of this world.
Although the plot was original and interesting, it was also quite predictable. <spoiler> Oh Ren's actually a human? Oh, what do you know. </spoiler> It took away from the story more then other predictable novels have. It was just so annoying that I couldn't concentrate on the important parts on the story.
The romance between Ren and Kelsey didn't bother me too much, but honestly, it didn't need to be there. I could see it happening in the second book (with Kishan running off with Ren's wife-to-be and all), but in the first book it just took up space that could otherwise be filled with (somewhat) interesting fight scenes of information on mythology.
That's another thing... The mythology. Although I found it to be quite interesting, the way it was told was just random and boring. You're telling me another story... great... Didn't we hear another a couple pages ago? It was too repetitive and sometimes I felt like skipping through those pages and getting to the actual adventure.
The adventure was as unrealistic as the characters. You could tell where the "cut-outs" were. It wasn't Kelsey and her life, it was random words on a page. This may seem like a tedious complaint, but whenever these bits shone through, I literally put the book down and didn't pick it up again for a while.
That being said, I think that this is a "love-it-or-hate-it-book". I would defiantly read some other books before this one (check out my goodreads for some of my favourites). If you are really keen on reading this book, I would read an excerpt/the first 100-150 or so pages, and make your own decision from there. I wish that I had this advice going into this book.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how this book was, and if you agree or disagree on my thoughts. Happy reading!