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.
I’m a pretty fast reader but every now and again there comes a book that makes me wish I could read things more slowly so that I could savour every page. This is one of those books, within a couple of chapters I felt like I had fallen inside the book, I was so swept up in the story. The plot offers a bit of everything, there’s plenty of action, thrills and romance. On top of that Houck weaves mythology into the plot seamlessly. I wasn’t sure whether the myths were all real or if they’d been made up for the book but this didn’t matter, I found them really interesting and they added to the book – they never felt like they’d been shoehorned in for the sake of it.
The book centres around Kelsey, I really liked her as a character. She’s independent and capable but without being some sort of supergirl. I loved the way that she tried to be rational and practical in her approach to the situations she gets thrown into but that her emotions still play a huge part in how she deals with things, for me this made her a really believable character. Ren the tiger is her main companion, I found myself being amazed that within the first 50 pages or so I was falling in love with a tiger! I loved the interactions between Kelsey and Ren, they worked really well for me. I also loved the character of Mr Kadam, I found him really interesting and enjoyed reading about him.
The plot itself does have some moments that you could question, there are some decisions made by the adults in Kelsey’s life that could be seen as a little odd. However this is a book about a girl and a tiger trying to break a 300 year old curse – it requires some suspension of belief! I personally didn’t have any issues with these aspects of the book, for me it was a wonderfully escapist story and I was more than happy to just jump into the world of it head first. The action sequences felt like something out of Indiana Jones, I loved the fact that Kelsey makes this comparison herself within the book.
I really loved this book and am so happy that it is the first in a series of five books. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.
Tiger’s Curse is published in paperback by Hodder in the UK from 26th May 2011 priced £6.99. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.