Reviews for Tiger's Curse
Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1
When 18-year-old Kelsey takes a job with a circus, she finds herself oddly attracted to the white tiger she has been hired to feed. Little does she know the animal is really a 300-year-old Indian prince who has been cursed and transformed by an evil wizard. She soon discovers the truth and, to her amazement, learns she may be the only one who can help. The next thing she knows, she is on her way, with the tiger, to India, where they embark on a dangerous quest to break the curse. The tiger can change into a man for 24 minutes during each 24-hour period. And what a man! "He's like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one," Kelsey thinks. Originally self-published as an e-book, Houck's first novel is part Twilight, part Indiana Jones, and part fairy tale. Although her book--the first in a proposed series--is sometimes derivative, she tells a good story filled with chaste romance that will keep readers turning pages to the inconclusive ending. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
Working at the circus for the summer, seventeen-year-old Kelsey finds herself drawn to a white tiger, who is actually a cursed ancient Indian prince. Despite clunky dialogue and implausible events, these first two volumes in a projected series (originally self-published) manage to work in an engrossing mix of Indian mythology, adventure, and romance. [Review covers these titles: Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2010 December #2
An Oregon teenager falls in love with a shape-shifting tiger who turns out to be a hunky Indian prince afflicted with an ancient curse. A job as a temp worker at a local circus turns more challenging for Kelsey when she's hired to accompany Dhiren, a white tiger with whom she has developed a strangely close mutual affinity, back to India. Once there her journey becomes a quest (thanks to the requisite obscure prophecy) through magical realms for four Gifts that will not only break the centuries-old curse that keeps Dhiren in tiger form—except for a few minutes each day, during which he reverts to a sultry lothario "like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one"—but may well have broader implications. This entails not only treks through dusty temples and battles with vampire monkeys but frequent aggressive flirting, chaste but passionate snogging and emotional tempests fueled by his tigerlike pride and her artificially low self-esteem. Twilight fans ready for a not-too-radical change of pace are the natural audience for this steamy opener.Â (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
Â Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 August/September
Kelsey, an orphan, just graduated high school and is looking for a job to make some money towards college. She ends up working at a small circus and developing a relationship with the tiger. The tiger is an Asian Indian prince, Ren, under a centuries old curse. Kelsey helps him and his guardian to remove the curse and falls in love with him. The book is the first in a series and ends with Kelsey finding out they have only removed part of the curse. The entire adventure is complicated by a brother, also under the curse, and an evil nemesis who is trying to grab the brothers' magical amulet pieces. The storyline is entertaining, although the beginning is written in a voice that doesn't really resonate. After Kelsey begins the actual quest of solving the riddle to undo the curse, the writing picks up and flows much more smoothly. The attraction between Kelsey and Ren is handled in such a way that younger girls will be able to relate. Kyla M. Johnson, Librarian, Farmington (New Mexico) H gh School [Editor's Note: The sequel, Tiger's Quest (978-1-4027-8404-0), is now available.] RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 November #2
Houck's debut YA fantasy, which she self-published in 2009, is richly imagined, but pacing and technique lag behind her inventiveness. Eighteen-year-old Kelsey Hayes gets a temporary summer job working at a one-ring circus that features a white Bengal tiger named Dhiren. Kelsey and Ren, as she calls the tiger, form an immediate bond, and when a mysterious businessman purchases Ren, Kelsey is asked to escort him to his new home on an Indian reserve (despite her complete lack of experience). Given extensive foreshadowing, it's no surprise that Ren turns into a man once back in his native land, inspiring Kelsey to break the ancient curse that forces Ren to shape-shift. The attractive premise is let down by wooden dialogue, excessive detail, and wobbly mechanics; Kelsey's plainspoken narration more often befits a preteen than a high school graduate ("Poor thing. All alone with no girl tiger and no tiger cubs"). Houck doesn't quite realize her potential in this outing. Two companion books, Tiger's Quest and Tiger's Voyage, are due later in 2011. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC