Tiger’s Curse – A Spoiler Free Review

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Tiger’s Curse Piece by Fallen My Passion on Tumblr

Book: Tiger’s Curse (Number One of the Tiger’s Curse series)

Author: Colleen Houck

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy, Myths

Rating: 3.5/5

I’m back! As mentioned earlier it’s time to start my summer reading and reviews again. It took me a little under a week to read through this novel. A fun read and a great and easy way to launch me into my summer reading schedule.

How did I end up in the middle of the Indian jungle with a tiger? I win the prize for world’s worst decisions. #Kelsey
– Colleen Houck, Reading between the lines in Tiger’s Curse (via thatdayinthecircus)

Tiger’s Curse starts out in Oregon, my own home state, and ends with the idea that she’ll be heading back soon. A nice bookended way to format the novel. I had fun knowing exactly what Colleen Houck was talking about or referring to as the main character Kelsey would refer or compare to something from Oregon. Kelsey just graduated from high school and is looking for a summer job to make some money before she heads off to college in the Fall. She ends up taking on a temporary job at the circus where she is trained to help take care of the animals. She works her way up to the larger animals, a tiger to be exact, and ends up falling in love with his beauty, stubbornness, mannerisms, and much more. Without talking too much about it, she ends up traveling to India with the tiger from the circus and thus begins the real adventure and story of Tiger’s Curse a great combination of Indian mythology, adventure and romance.

Touching on the Indian mythology Tiger’s Curse is full of it! It’s fascinating and I’m sure that more mythology is the follow in the next several books. It talks about Durga, Fanindra, Kappa, The Golden Fruit, and much more to just name a few. It also talks about Indian’s past, present, and ideas for the future. About fashion, food, people, and the language. Multiple times small phrases are dropped within the novel in Hindu, such as “sundari” which means ‘most beautiful’.

Continuing on to discuss the romance in the novel it’s pretty typical for a Young Adult novel. Not too many in depth details, but obviously present to keep the interest of the readers. I found it was almost talked about too much, that Kelsey was a bit of a worry wort and often an over thinker about the situation. Although this seems very characteristic of her character, but I often found myself throwing up my hands or having to set the book down because it was too much. There are ways to discuss how much is going through one’s head then using two pages to talk about the same situation for the up-tenth time.

Things I liked: The mythology, dialogue, characters, locations, and intertwining of the Hindu language.

Things I didn’t like: The constant discussion of the same situation romantically, the perfection of the male characters and how everything seems to always go correctly, the constant need of Kelsey to create drama where there is none, and finally the slow start of Colleen’s writing at the beginning of the novel.

To mention quickly about this last point about Colleen’s writing the start of the novel is a bit rough, but as the novel progresses so does her writing. By the end her sentences are easy to read, understand and derive meaning from.  Don’t let the beginning of the novel’s language scare you away as Colleen takes you on a wild ride throughout India.

With that I leave you with some of my favorite quotes from tumblr:

I warn you, Kelsey, that I’m an extremely patient man. I’ve had extensive practice in waiting out the enemy. My life as a tiger has taught me that attentive persistence and focused diligence always pay off. Consider yourself forewarned, priyatama. I’m on the hunt. I’ve caught your scent, and I won’t be thwarted in my course.
– Ren, Tiger’s Curse (via bilautaa)
We looked at each other for a minute, not saying anything, but I could feel the air between us shift. It became thick, sultry, and tangible—like when the air changes right before a storm. I could feel its power envelop me as it brushed across my skin. Even though I couldn’t see it, I knew a storm was coming.
– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Curse (via quotes-shape-us)
You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes everywhere in the world.
– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Quest (via kittymudface)
I don’t mind being alone either. The only problem is that if you’re always alone, you get lonely.

– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Curse (via kittymudface)

 

“No matter what happens, please remember that I love you”

 

– Colleen Houck, Tiger’s Curse

 

As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

Soulless – A Spoiler Free Review

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Alexia Tarabotti and Connal Maccon by Ulalah on dA.

Book: Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 5/5

Shall I begin to talk about this book? Well let me say I love, love, LOVED it! It was fantastic and what an amazing read after the Rising. If I had to tag line it (which I did in fact for my local libraries summer reviews) I would say: “A fun and delightful read of a woman with astounding manners and a great sense of the sensible.” A bit silly, believe me I know, but I feel like it describes it quite well. Only topped by two other taglines, number one being this: “Soulless is a character-driven romp with great worldbuilding and delicious rapier wit that recalls Austen and P.G. Wodehouse.” Number two being the tagline on the front of the book: “A novel of vampires, werewolves, and parasols” which is the one that got me at the book store. I’ve asked myself a dozen times which it has taken me so long to find this delightful novel seeing my love of steampunk, supernatural, romance, and woman with wit! Well, none-the-less, the series now lies upon my bed side table where I am eating them up like tea cakes!

The first installment of this series is Soulless which follows the main female lead, Alexia Tarabotti, on her adventures in high London society as a spinster. She has some interesting acquaintances including two werewolves and a rove vampire friend. Alexia always has her handy dandy parasol at the ready for any unfortunate accidents, which as a supernatural herself, seem to be drawn to her on a regular basis. The language of the novel is playful and full of wit and english language, that which derives from England. It often reminded me of that Southern Woman lines meme that have been running rapid recently.

This story has a fun plot that is constantly being pushed forward full of mystery, suspense, adventure, and romance. The romance is a large part of this novel, as much as any other part, and would not be what it was without it. The romance aspect, is also which pushes this novel from upper young adult to that of adult, so be a bit weary of that.

The characters are multi-dimensional and no two are the same. Carriger also takes a great interest in describing era based clothing, class system, vehicles, and cutting edge science of the time. Carriger carries on a great storyline, alternative history that makes sense and is backed by a large amount of research, as well as believable characters. Honestly, I would love to live in this world that Carriger has created. All in all a great book that I highly recommend!

As always all opinions and views noted above are my own. If you’re thinking about buying the book then check out other reviews.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

Ps. Enjoy some other images that didn’t make the cut this time around.

 

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Pss. Also, I’m aware there is a manga of this series and I have it on hold at the library already. I can’t wait to check it out! (Literally of course.)