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

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The Rising – A Spoiler Free Review

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Image by LissethKay on dA.

First off let me take a moment of this review to explain my disappearance. Life has been biting me in the butt and stealing my inspiration to do anything creative, including writing book reviews. But, that has not stopped me from reading, as much as you guys as my followers may question otherwise. This is the first of three posts that will be coming in the next three days to try and make up for my lapse. First a book review on The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, followed by my favorite cake recipe, and finally my review on Soulless by Gail Carriger so keep your eyes out for these. Now onto the review!

Book: the Rising

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Age Group: Teen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

First off go ahead and gasp at the low rating, only rivaled by Fallen in my review spectrum. Especially, if you read my review on the previous book in this series, the Calling. It is pretty hard for me to reason with myself to give a book a low rating like this, but sometimes books just fall below my expectations, and in this case it was quite far below.

I love the Calling and the Gathering, the two previous novels in this series, and was stoked for the Rising. I even got my hands on an uncorrected proof of the novel, the version right before the published one. I began reading it, enjoying the action and picking up easily where the last book had left off, and then it all began to slow down. Mountains of dialogue, political schemes, characters not acting as they had in previous novels, and the slowed down pace of this book quickly began to wear on me. Maya Delaney, previously such a strong character, had suddenly become very weak in my eyes and for some reason. A previously action ridden book had slowed down to allow large amounts of dialogue to take the place of action, and even when action was introduced in the novel, it was at a much slower drawn out pace. I didn’t feel like I was running, I felt like I was doing a fast walk. It felt like I was reading a book written by a completely different author. I also felt, at times, that important sections were just skimmed over. Maybe the deadline that the author was put to was too short to get in all that needed to be said. Or maybe there was just not enough time to sit and wonder if a particular scene had been thoroughly divulged given the situation.

The saving grace of this novel, for me, was the crossover with Armstrong’s first series, the Darkest Power’s trilogy, and the characters there being thrown in. I’d always felt that there were more “diverse” characters in her first series, but that Armstrong hadn’t been able to take full advantage of them yet as that was her first published series. The Darkness Rising series had, until this point, been written better than her first series, although the characters didn’t have nearly the number of dimensions.

Armstrong continued with interesting themes of history and the supernatural. At times, I felt that she was going out on a little bit of a limb as I tried to do research on some of the supernatural types she introduced and often got very conflicting opinions, but interesting none-the-less.

Another saving grace of the book was helping solidify the romantic interests introduced throughout. I know I’m a sucker for these sorts of things, but honestly it helps me feel complete on at least one level, even if all the other levels of the book don’t pan out. Paired with this was the answers to many mysteries that the series introduces earlier, including Serena’s death paired with confrontations of the characters. In this way, the book felt real.

Overall I’m still feeling disappointed about the book, after two weeks, and am on a limb about recommending the series to others for fear of their eminent disappointment.

As always I have just one opinion and there are many more out there for you to check out before deciding whether or not to purchase the book.

Thank you for taking the time to check out this review,

~ Yoku