Not much has changed in the young adult fiction world since the Twilight Saga hit the bookshelves, charming tweens and beyond with a story of lustful romance with a supernatural bent. Waves of like-minded narratives have been riding the coattails of the famous series' roaring success, but few are as thrilling and unique as Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse. An enchanting story that takes place primarily in India (a setting ripe with potential for the vivid descriptions Houck delivers), Tiger's Curse is grounded in Indian mythology and culture. Annika Boras narrates with Sanjiv Jahveri, and they more than meet the challenges of performing a contemporary story told in a mysterious, foreign setting.
When 17-year-old orphan Kelsey attends a local summer job fair, she feels that nothing is beneath her. One week later, she finds herself temping at a circus, where she is tasked with caring for an unusually docile white tiger named Ren. Given how smoothly Kelsey is able to care for Ren, she is asked to accompany him on his transport to India, where he will return to his owner. With nothing left for her at home, Kelsey seizes the opportunity for this unique experience. She soon discovers that Ren is in fact not a tiger, but a handsome prince trapped by a curse cast upon him many years ago. The story quickly evolves into an engrossing romance between Kelsey and Ren, with a race against time to break the tiger's curse.
Between the exotic Indian landscapes and the Indiana Jones-like obstacles Kelsey and Ren walk into, Boras has plenty of colorful material to work with. From her astonished reaction at discovering of the tiger's true identity to her calculated determination as she pieces together how to break the curse, Boras approaches every scene with keen awareness of her character. Such is a testament to her erudite storytelling. Listening to her tackle such a diverse array of description, setting, and characters is the best way to experience this novel. Tiger's Curse will leave you breathless for days. Suzanne Day
The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.
©2011 Colleen Houck (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"A smart, vibrant adventure romance wrapped in a quest… takes the protagonists through adventures that would make Steven Spielberg proud… Full of danger, dash, allegory, and love under the banana tree." (Kirkus Reviews)
Wife to a wonderful husband and mother to four children, ages 17 to 9 (boys and girls). My husband and I are avid audiobook listeners along with all the kids. Between all of us we have a very eclectic library and try to rate or review as many books as we can.
I read this book first on my Kindle, loved it and had to get the second on right away! Soon, my teenage daughter had to read a book with foreign influence for her English class, but she was paired with 3 guys who didn???t want the sappy love stories; they wanted action. I recommended this book (it has both and would make everyone happy). To my surprise I ended up getting 5 copies of the book because the guys fell in love with the book and were excited to finish reading the book as fast as they could. Then they had to read the second book too???they fought over the Kindle version just to read it. This is a great book and I love all the attention to detail, makes you want to go and see all the places described.
I loved hearing about India, especially Indian mythology. The author does an excellent job of explaining different aspects of Indian culture, but without taking away from the main story. It just supplements Kelsey and Ren's adventure.
I love Kelsey because she wasn't the typical YA paranormal heroine who falls in love in an instant and then all of her actions are motivated by her need to be with the hero. Kelsey is realistic and struggles with real issues. She is someone likeable that the reader can empathize with.
I liked the way that the narrator wasn't just reading the book. She expressed emotions well. And each character had its own voice that was unique and really suited them.
This series is a little slow to start, but the 4 books are all so addictive I couldn't sleep. A little magic (which does not overwhelm book so don't let that scare you off), a little romance, a lot of adventure = one of my favorite series in years.
Thrillers, Children's' fiction, Shakespeare...good Narrators "make or break" for me though. Love sharing a listen with my 10 year daughter!
My 10 year old daughter and I loved sharing the unfolding of this mysterious and entertaining tale.
India Mythology Intrigue (since Tiger and Curse are already in the title :-))
The Little Princess for the Indian mythology! The Lightning Thief for the teen living mythology! The author says Twilight meets Indiana Jones--that is true also!
Too "rote" and slow. It sounds like a poetry reading not a teenager's life! I love the book! I like the narration! But Annika Boras is too slow in her narration! Kelsey has more energy in my head. Thank goodness you can change the speed without messing up the vocal tone! This book is perfect at 1.5 speed narration!
No, but that is a good thing! I wanted to puzzle out some of the issues and try to figure out what might happen next!
Great book for those with middle eastern heritage! The Indian mythology is wonderful!
Just A little bibliophile!
I love this story and was completely drawn in by the atmosphere and geography, the beautiful writing, and the powerful love story developing between the characters. As any other fan of the story knows, it's not simple and it's not over yet (I haven't quite completed the next two installments) but still, I have been very drawn in by the love story of Ren and Kelsey, and I've become invested in things turning out happily for them..but it's not going to be easy along the way.
The writing is very good, the descriptions are original and the plot actually interesting, flowing from one event to another. Yes, there is some time spent by the main character describing some simple things, or "gushing" about how beautiful Ren is, (remember this is YA, after all!) but still Kelsey is a charming character who will win you over. Yes, there are moments when she is stubborn and annoying, but yet the writing is good and it seems that's how she is meant to be, and it's meant to carry the story along, because as fans know it's quite a saga and is not wrapped up in one book.
I found the narrator to be quite talented and spot-on for the story. She certainly drew you right into Kelsey's mind and did a nice job of voicing the other characters, including the romantic Ren. Overall, a great story!
Yes I would listen again to see if I missed anything the first time I listened.
What I like about listening to a story is the emotion that the reader puts into the story. Along with the emotion you get accents. Both Boras and Jahveri did a wonderful job and made me enjoy the story that much more.
Could you see yourself in love with a Tiger?
Someone suggested this book if you are a Twilight fan. I am but this book does not compare. It isn't just the difference in the story, the characters and the love story do not compare. If you are looking for Twilight you will be disappointed. However! This story is almost as good. It captured me because I love tigers, and could see how Kelsey being lonely would gravitate toward the animal. I loved the adventures they go on to see if they can break the curse. I dont like how Kelsey gets so wishy washy in the end about Ren though. All in all though it is a great story, that I would recommend and listen to again. I cant wait for my daughter to read it!
Such a great idea for a book! The adventure and mythology is wonderful and the author can write a fantastic romance/love scene. A female Indiana Jones meets hot Indian weretigers! I enjoyed the little bits of literature slipped into the plot. I plowed straight through the whole series.
Now for the bad: Poorly edited, overly drawn out plots, a strange mix of childish and adult language and themes, everybody is a Mary Sue.
Overall, you will roll your eyes - a lot. But you may be having too much fun to care.
Most certainly! The book is written so well that you visualize all that is going on, you are swept into the story and I easily found myself "feeling" the emotions of the adventure.
The book has most certainly made me laugh, cry, and build with anticipation that could drive one crazy!
Tiger's Curse is a masterpiece. It's full of action, history,poetry,romance,magic, this story has everything you could ever want. This audio is full of wonderful Indian culture that helps you to understand the story's setting. Its shocking,heartrending,soul tearing, a guaranteed page turner with a huge twist and leaves you breathless at the end. Tiger's Curse is absolutely magical. Its about a 300 hundred year old curse about a white tiger named Ren. There's mystical worlds and each place nothing is what it seems.Kelsey takes risk after risk to piece together a way to break the curse.Tiger's Curse leaves you begging for more. Also the narrator Annika Boras is fabulous. She is by far the best narrator I've ever listened to before. She's is gifted and extremely talented. This is a must listen to. I can promise you will enjoy this audio and the other two books after this one. I can promise you wont be disappointed.
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