‘Tiger’s Curse’ by Colleen Houck is an excellent book for the teenage girl in your life (although adults will like it too). The series combines adventure, fantasy and romance and adds in some interesting culture of India. The prologue begins with an exciting introduction taking place in India 300 years ago. Then the book flips over to Kelsey in Oregon who has just graduated from high school and is looking for a summer job. She gets a temporary job at a circus where she develops an inexplicable bond with a white tiger named Ren. It turns out that Ren is so much more than a tiger but Kelsey can’t quite figure out why he is so special to her. When she is offered a once in a lifetime chance to travel to India to help the tiger settle in at a wildlife preserve, Kelsey can‘t turn it down. Her trip soon turns into an adventure when she learns that Ren is actually a prince who must spend all but 24 minutes of each day as a tiger. His brother is also under the same curse and only Kelsey can help them break it.
With the guidance of Mr. Kadam, a loyal servant to Ren for centuries, Kelsey and Ren must set out on a dangerous adventure. They go through booby-trapped ruins to find ancient texts that hold the key to ending the curse. Mr. Kadam begins deciphering the mystery of the curse and finds out that they must collect four objects to finally end it. Along the way, they encounter deadly creatures trying to stop them from reaching their goal. To complicate matters even more, Kelsey and Ren are falling in love. Kelsey holds back for fear of having her heart broken by this handsome, mysterious man from another culture and another century.
Houck’s writing is appealing and she incorporates the writing of others into the novel. She includes William Blake’s famous poem ‘The Tiger’, the poem ‘I AM THE CAT’ by Leila Usher and the work of William Shakespeare. Her research on India adds depth to the novel. You will find yourself rooting for Kelsey and Ren from beginning to end.
This book was recommended by Shaina at Books-A-Million in Tallahassee. She said that ‘Tiger’s Curse’ is “ … a really enjoyable book for those who would like to read about exotic traveling with a fantasy aspect.” For those that enjoy the ‘Tiger’s Curse’ series she also recommends author Alex Flinn.
Creative projects and discussion on this book are limitless. It would be fun to have an India-themed dinner party where each guest brings an Indian dish. Before the party have each group member select an aspect of India to research and present to the group. Have each member select an animal from India and write a paragraph from the perspective of that animal to share with the others. How do each of the main characters deal with their emotions in ‘Tiger’s Curse’? What would you have done in their situation?
For even more information go to www.tigerscursebook.com/.Here you can read the first seven chapters of ‘Tiger’s Curse’ and the first four chapters of the second book, ‘Tiger’s Quest’. The third book in the series, ‘Tiger’s Voyage’, is expected out in November 2011. The books are available in hardback only. Contact the following locations to reserve your copy in Tallahassee today:
- Barnes and Noble 850-383-0600 at 2415 North Monroe Street, Suite 525
- Books-A-Million 850-893-3131 at 3521 Thomasville Road
- The Leon County Library 850-606-2665