Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)
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Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  29,718 ratings  ·  3,783 reviews
The first book in the nationally bestselling Tiger's Curse series is now available in paperback!

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world.
But that's exactly what happened.

Face-to-face with dark...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Splinter (first published January 1st 2011)
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Colleen Houck
Dec 04, 2013 Colleen Houck added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Umm, Obviously I've read it since I wrote it. Have most of the lines memorized now.


This one is actually getting 1.5 stars NOT 2-- THAT'S how much I loath you Kelsey Hayes-- you can take your dumb "love-plant" and SHOVE IT.


What would you do if someone offered you an all-expenses-paid trip to India with a mysterious white tiger who also happens to be a handsome Indian prince? Eighteen-year old Kelsey Hayes is faced with just this offer after spending 2 weeks working as a hired hand at a local circus one...more
Seriously, GR? I mean, SERIOUSLY? You thought you could just... delete my review and it would be gone forever? I'll take your deletion and raise you one cached copy of my review and one middle finger.

My five year old nephew had to prepare a piece about himself for kindergarten last week. It went something like this: Hi, my name is Manoj. I'm five years old. I like singing. I am also a good dancer. My favourite food is Maggi noodles.

What's shocking is that Colleen Houck's prose bears a startlin...more
If you are looking for a good YA paranormal romance series, look no further. SERIOUSLY. You will read, re-read, and then read some more ... until your entire life, lives, breaths, screams, TIGER, and your family threatens to have you committed. Just start collecting everything Tiger now, and save yourself some time. :)

Now that I've got that out of the way, lets start with the review.


The first thing I noticed when I spotted this book was the detail in the cover. I'm not a shallow...more
Circus Princess
Aug 14, 2012 Circus Princess rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of un-self-confident martyr heroines
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Tiger’s Curse has to be one of the most embarrassingly incompetent books I have ever read.

When I first read it in February 2012, I railed against its poor quality and abominably ridiculous characters, but ultimately didn’t include it in my end-of-year ranking of the worst books I’d read. In fact, I was even generous enough to give it half a star for some modicum of originality.

I’m now prepared to shave off that half a star and promise to kick my paradox self upside the head if I ever get the op...more
Okay, I just cannot be bothered to write a long review for this book. I can barely be bothered to write a review at all. The writing was terrible and the pacing painful from beginning to end, but the characters weren't a total waste (well, until Kelsey suddenly and inexplicably decided to be stupid and push Ren away. You know, I was sort of enjoying watching the slow build of her relationship with him and it was kind of sweet, and then - what the fuck, girl, is all I really have to say) even if...more
When I was nine years old, I wrote a story called "The Two Trees," which in addition to being basically plagiarized from a number of sources (most notably The Ordinary Princess, but also a smidge here and there from Aladdin the film and The Farthest-Away Mountain), was obviously written by a nine year old. Like, if you would have picked it up and read it completely out of context and then somebody asked you to list off three things that described it, the list would look something like this:

1. Pr...more
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

I had a high hope. A very high hope. As high as Charlie Sheen on crack.

Yup, you got the idea.

I like how the overall concept based on an Indian myth. Hmpphh...I just like stories from India in general. I can watch Hindi movies without subtitles.

I kid you not.

I like cats. Tiger, leopard, cheetah, puma, they are ALL cats to me. I'll risk my life just to pat their heads.

Unfortunately, I had risk my sanity because this book has cats tigers.

It wasn't pl...more
Ell (Egregore)
Jan 26, 2012 Ell (Egregore) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who wants to get swoon out for a change, people who have a very bland lovelife lol
WARNING: This book has the ability to make you succumb to constant daydreams and irregular bouts of hopeless romanticism while reading. So word of advice? grab that pillow and head for your room, cause someone might think you've lost it when they see you squealing around like an idiot. haha!

oh my....is it so wrong to think that Alagan Dhiren would probably look like this?

or maybe this?

While I, on the other hand is looking like this...

Initial reaction.

yousexy Pictures, Images and Photos


lol! Im swept all over!! :)
I’m white. Being white means I have a certain level of privilege that people of colour are not afforded. I’ve never had to experience racism, I’ve never been slurred based on the colour of my skin and I don’t have to live with the extreme social and economic gap that people of colour do in terms of employment, higher education, sexual assault, health issues, etc. Sometimes when I’m looking at an issue, it can be very easy for me to look over the experiences of others. This isn’t deliberate but i...more


I knew basically nothing about Tiger's Curse before I started it, and I think that really added a lot to the experience. Therefore I'm not going to go into detail when it comes to the story, as I don't want to ruin this for anybody in any way!


This was an amazing journey. So much mystery, suspense and magic! It was a perfect mix between thrilling adventure and magnetic romance. I saw an interview with Colleen Houck where she said that she wanted the readers to experienc...more
I'm so mad at this book I'm writing this review before I finish listening to the last hour, which has been torture to listen to.

I started out loving this book which is the only reason it does not have 1 star. I loved the strong, brave, kind main character Kelsey, who got stuff done without whining about it. I loved the Indian mythology and the curse-breaking premise. I was willing to look past the somewhat sappy and cheesy romantic dialogue because unlike certain other books *coughtwilightcough*...more
Erica (daydreamer)
NO! No no no no! Kelsey, go back, go back!

Oh my gosh, this book, this breathtaking, thrilling, romantic, utterly perfect book. It swept me away in blissful awe. The India setting, the mythical lure, the enchanting curse, the charmed aura of India’s 300 year old prince. I was completely captivated by the story, the characters, the setting, just, everything! And the romance, oh so swoon. So completely gush worthy and butterfly inducing and breathtaking. This book is so original and creative. A 300...more
I can't say this really captured my attention. In all honesty I couldn't wait for it to be finished.
I realize this is a young adult book, but I feel like the writing is rather juvenile. There are a lot of descriptions that don't need to be in there. Some of it was beautiful and the Indian mythology was interesting, but there was dialogue and events that could have been scrapped. There were things mentioned that I thought must have only been in there because it was going to come up later, and th...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Well, I had trouble deciding between 2 and 3 stars on this one. I feel like 2 stars seems harsh, but 3 is too many. It would probably be like a 2.5, but I'm rounding it down because ... I'm a mean person, I guess. This book did have some redeeming qualities, but over all it was just kinda "meh" for me.

When I started reading this, I thought it was pretty good. It was a unique and interesting premise, with an unusual setting. And Kelsey seemed like a decent protagonist at first. But, then the plo...more
Whitley Birks
Where the hell did my review of this book go?! Who's deleting the reviews? It's a good thing I remember what annoyed me in this book and will write this review yet again. I might have given it a 2 for actually interesting setting, but..no.

Non-western country in urban fantasy YA lit. I'm there! Only it just does not live up to the potential. All the bits and pieces that are supposed to show us India and it's culture/mythology feel like lifted from Wikipedia. And I just don't get the hype. I gave...more
There are very few books that leave me feeling the way this did! There's that saying that, 'you may forget what someone did or said, but you will never forget the WAY they made you FEEL'....Well, that's the way this series is for me. There may be some annoyances I have with it, such as the long explainations Mr. Kaddam always gives Kelsey about the myths, ect., and the Golden Fruit that can magically produce any kind of beverage or food for you, and the Divine Scarf that can make any type of clo...more
Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse took me on a life changing and spell binding trip to India for under $20. Never had I felt so emotionally attached to characters before. The Indian princes' sorrowful and painful yet mysterious and enchanting pasts really exites readers to learn more about these two compelling characters. And how can anyone forget the passionate romance brewing between our lovely Kelsey Hayes and her handsome prince Dhiren...and his younger brother Kishan? It seems Miss Kelsey is to...more
Something that happens all the time in YA novels:



WHHHY Kelsey! Even after (view spoiler)

Other than that, I loved the book.
◕ ◡ ◕  Arooj
Re-read from Aug 10th-13th, 2013: I wanted to re-read this series for such a long time, and now I finally am! My feelings for this book are pretty much the same as before so I'm not changing the rating. I found it a lot easier to read this time because I was prepared for what was to come, like the super long paragraphs where they just described stuff or explained something.

Also, I noticed how Colleen planted little clues here and there of what was to come later in the series. I thought that was...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Ok, I have to admit, I didn't read this book. Instead my 13 year old niece read it. She wanted the book and I happened to win it! Works out great right?

This is what she basically said:

"Can you get me the next book? I really want it. It was awesome". I asked her to explain why it was awesome, she said "I don't know, it just was, are you going to buy me the next one".

I guess that sums it up! I asked her how many stars she would give it, out of 5, she said 4 stars. I asked her why, she said "I don...more
I loved this book, it was so captivating and breathtaking, I couldn't take my eyes off it. It will entrance you after the first page. The story is about 2 brothers- princes, Ren and Kishan. It is a long story story but basically they have been cursed and now live as tigers and only get 24 minuets a day to spend as a human. It is mostly based around Ren and Kelsey. Kelsey is just a normal girl who's parents tragically died and is living in a foster home, she leads a normal teenage girls life but...more
Luz Balthasaar

Maafkan, saia memang harus berteriak marah menyangkut satu hal ini. Sumpah Kelsey ini dudud bukan buatan. Saia menduga kuat otak cewek ini terbuat dari kentang rebus.


Sekarang setelah saia tenang, biarkan saia menulis repiu ini dengan kepala dingin. Saia senang sekali baca buku ini, sungguh dan jujur. Kalau cuma masalah senang, saia bener-bener akan ngasih bintang lima. (Ya, segitunya!)

Tapi ada beberapa hal yang bikin saia gak rela. Hal-hal tersebut adalah:

1. Bahasany...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
This is one of the harder reviews I've had to write...lots of mixed feelings with this one. I really enjoyed the first half or so of the book...Kelsey was a great heroine and I enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. I also appreciated the folklore and history (laced with fantasy) that unfolded as she learned more about India and Ren's curse. That was something I expected to love - fantasy and India are two of my favorite things to read about.

However, once I hit the halfway mark things starte...more
Five Stars! I've been wanting to read this book. REALLY wanting to read this book. And I REALLY wanted it to be clean so I could happily share it with my kids and everyone else!

My praise to Colleen Houck for writing a book full of all the things readers in this genre look for. Adventure, a bit of mystery, fantasy, love, a rotten bad guy, and a hunk of a male lead character. And all done with taste and class.

I enjoyed the characters. They were strong and I felt things right along with them. I enj...more
0.5/5 Stars

Prepare thyselves: this is going to be a long-winded review.

When I think of my experience with Tiger’s Curse, I think “traumatizing”—contending with many other words for the title, of course. Reading this novel ignites a vicious hatred and an anger within me—the likes of which I have not felt since I mistakenly read Fifty Shades of Grey (I don’t want to talk about it). Not only is this book written appallingly and not only should it have never even been CONSIDERED for publication, but...more
WOW! I loved this book it is probably one of my all time favorites! It had everything! I liked her writing style the words and descriptions flowed beautifully. I felt like I was in the jungles of India. And the characters I loved Ren the perfect gentleman and gorgeous! All the characters were amazing Kelsey is kind, strong, endearing, Mr. Kadam who wouldn't want a friend like him, and Kishan the man you love and hate all at the same time. There is plenty of mystery and adventure as they try to u...more
May 04, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to JeanBookNerd by: A lady from Barnes & Noble
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck encompasses all of the elements for a successful book – a witty plot, engaging characters, and a perplexity of an ending that just feeds your desire to want more. The progression of the plot will have readers entirely attracted to Kelsey’s remarkable story and her pursuit to end Dhiren and Kishan’s curse of being turned into tigers. The story of their curse is truly intriguing. Colleen has done extensive research of the Indian culture which is evident from her rich...more
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New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge as...more
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“His eyes drifted leisurely back up to my face and he smiled at me appreciatively, “Kelsey, when a man spends time with a beautiful woman, he needs to pace himself. I quirked my eyebrow at him and laughed. “Yeah, I’m a regular marathon alright.” He kissed my fingers. “Exactly. A wise man never sprints…in a marathon.” 346 likes
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