Well, this is the first time that I’m not gushing about my love for one of Colleen’s books. It feels so wrong to not love Tiger’s Destiny. But for cerWell, this is the first time that I’m not gushing about my love for one of Colleen’s books. It feels so wrong to not love Tiger’s Destiny. But for certain reasons, I couldn’t. This is really weird for me to say this, because I’m one of the biggest fans of this series. The first three books I loved wholeheartedly, I couldn’t get enough of them. They left me breathless and excited. And I was so flipping excited for Tiger’s Destiny. But, to tell you the truth, I was actually worried that I wouldn’t love Tiger’s Destiny like the other books. I felt that if things didn’t change, and I didn’t get what I wanted, this book would end up disappointing me. And in the end, it did disappoint me, and I felt a little angry too.
I didn’t hate the book. I just don’t know how much I like it. There were moments that I loved, that were so awesome, and kept me riveted. The mythical, magical aspects of the story enchant me, and kept me reading excitedly to see what would happen, and how it would all connect. I’m actually rather intrigued with the plot. It’s not the best executed, but it’s pretty interesting. My favorite part was probably the last battle with Lokesh. Houck managed to rivet me with the fighting scene, and of Kelsey fighting. And what happened after the fight ripped my heart out. I knew that it would not, could not end that way. Yet still I cried, my heart crying out “NO! NO! NO!” Because this book was able to elicit such strong emotions in me, and make me invested in needing to know the outcome and how this journey will play out, there’s a little bit of love for Tiger’s Destiny in me. But there isn’t very much, and it isn’t very strong. And I’m so sad to say that. It’s rather depressing, actually.
I always knew that Houck’s writing wasn’t the best. It’s good, but I could see so much room for improvement. And I think since Tiger’s Curse, she’s improved a little. But I honestly don’t think it’s going to get much better. Her writing seems to have plateaued, and that doesn’t bode well for her readers who are wishing for something more, something better, and are being bogged down a little by the writing. It’s really not that terrible. There’s a nice flow to it, and Colleen is able to keep me interested, so her writing has to at least be pretty good. I just wish that I could see a bigger improvement in her writing.
The thing that drove me bonkers, and made me literally want to scream in frustration, (and was the main reason why I couldn’t love this book), was the triangle of love. Before TD, I immensely enjoyed the love triangle between Kelsey and her two tigers. I truly felt that it was the best triangle I’ve read about. It just seemed so logical, and real, and Houck did a fantastic job at making me fall in love with both men. I thought it was well done, and added to the story. *And now come some spoilers about this situation.*(view spoiler)[Now, I am so angry about the whole thing, because it is still. Not. OVER! I was desperately hoping that it would end in TD. That was my biggest hope for this book, and it never happened. (Of course, the arc I got didn't give me the ending, which will have her ultimate decision [I suppose to make me more excited for the actual release, and to make sure I buy it, I guess], so I didn't get to see Kelsey's choice which is the only thing I wanted from the whole book, and is the only thing I didn't get). And that’s why this book failed to completely enrapture me, and made me a little angry. But, I do have to confess, that part of the reason for my not liking the book so much, is because the whole book, Kelsey was with Kishan. (hide spoiler)] Kelsey and Kishan together was never able to give me those romantic, heart fluttering moments that I always got when Kelsey was with Ren. I love Kishan. He is a fantastic character, I love his personality, I love seeing how he’s grown and learned through this journey and through loving Kelsey. BUT! I love Ren so much more. He is my man. I don’t know why Kelsey can’t just wake up and see how much he ardently loves her, and break open her thick head and realize how much she loves him and can’t stand being apart from.
Kelsey, she just rankles me. I honestly don’t know why, when the love she felt for Ren was so true, and powerful, she would desert that love, (several times I might add) and decide to be with another man that she does love, but a love that just doesn’t compare. She’s so stupid. I really just want to strangler her, knock her upside the head so her thoughts get straightened out. Come one girl! Make up your dense mind! ARghhh!! Okay, so she really makes me angry. But, in truth, I like her. I like her character; I’ve liked seeing her growth. And in TD, she’s actually a pretty mean kick butt heroine. And I admire her for that. That’s part of what made this book so exciting for me. I just, don’t understand her heart and the choices she makes about the men she loves.
I didn’t exactly like Kishan’s character in this book. He was always acting jealous. Even when he had Kelsey claimed as his own, he was jealous of his brother, and was continually staking his claim. I think Kishan is acting that way because he’s afraid. He’s afraid that he’ll lose Kelsey to Ren. Because he knows that the love Ren and Kelsey shared was real, and no matter how much she loves Kishan, the part that loves Ren will always be there, and will never diminish. And his love for her can’t quite compare to Ren’s love. I can understand his fears. And I do sympathize for him. I guess I just wish that he would wake up, and realize that he deserves better than being in a relationship with a woman who isn’t 110% committed to and in love with him.
If you have read Colleen’s other books and didn’t like them, I can pretty much guarantee you will not like this one. It’s basically the same thing. So to you readers, I would not recommend this book. There are other books you can read that will be worth your time. To the fans of the Tiger’s Curse series, well, I believe there will be some of you who will wholeheartedly love and devour this book. I didn’t. But that isn’t to say that are others who won’t. And I have to say that I’m glad there’s only one more book. Not that I’m saying I’m tired of the series, and just want it to end. Because I love this series, I love the adventure, and for the most part the romance. I’m just ready for the love triangle to end.
Note: I recieved an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss. Thank you!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Well, this book was something special. In fact, it was outright awesome. It was so awesome that I just can’t stop thinking about. I want to read it a Well, this book was something special. In fact, it was outright awesome. It was so awesome that I just can’t stop thinking about. I want to read it again. Right now. But I can’t, because there are so many other books to read. (Darn that to-read pile) But, just a shout out to all you YA loving readers who want a book that kicks butt, this one’s for you. Seriously, you will love this book. I guarantee it. And if you don’t, heaven forbid, I will send the Dead after you. And that, my friends, will not be a pretty sight.
Susan Dennard is a master at zombie creating. These guys are creepy, so disgusting you don’t want to look at them, but so compelling in their unnaturalness and gruesomeness you can’t help but look. Or, you know, read. Whenever these rotting corpses came onto the page, my adrenaline dialed up and I was flipping the pages in a rush to see what would happen. There are several fighting scenes with these zombies and the characters trying to defeat them. And Dennard can certainly write a riveting fight scene.
Right off that bat I could tell I was going to love Eleanor. She may be of the high class, forced to go to parties all glamoured up, whose only purpose in life is to marry rich so her poor mother will be taken care of. But Eleanor shows that she’s not the proper lady everyone expects her to be. This characterization of her was so awesome. It made the story so much more compelling to read. I loved reading the story through her eyes. Eleanor is a kick butt heroine. She doesn’t sit and cower while the big strong man saves her from the monsters. She gets up and fights them herself. I just loved her whole attitude and personality. She’s spunky and feisty. There’s this one paragraph which I felt showed who she is pretty well. Plus it had me laughing.
"Biddable? Biddable!” Somehow my pitch was even screechier than before. I kicked my bottom high and dipped my chest low- a perfect display of the Grecian pose. “If it’s a camel you wish to have, sir, than you are on the wrong continent!” I straightened, pleased by his astonished expression. Then I swiveled on my heel and resumed my race to the Centennial Exhibition. (37% kindle e-arc)
The romance was done to perfection. It was one of those romances that I enjoy the most. The kind where the two have a rocky start; they don’t like each other, find the other annoying, a nuisance. But then they start becoming attracted to the other, and find admirable qualities in them. And they fight their feelings, but falling in love becomes inevitable. And when they finally come together you just want to jump up and shout for joy. And then you fall right back into the story anxious for more. And then the book ends and you yell in frustration because you NEED more and you think you shall die in agony before the next book is released. Yes, I know I sometimes get overdramatic. But I can't help it, it's in my reader's blood
This book was just so amazing. The plot was exciting and fun, with a dash of mystery and an extra dollop of horror, and a sprinkle of romance. If you like strong heroines, no insta-love, adrenaline pulsing scenes, AND ZOMBIES (can’t forget the zombies ;) then you should definitely read Something Strange and Deadly. It will be worth your time. ...more