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Tiger's Voyage

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With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

560 pages, Paperback

First published November 1, 2011

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Colleen Houck

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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 assortment of plush tigers. Follow her by signing up for her e-newsletter!

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First opinion after finish reading:

Zero star for bastardizing Hindu and Chinese myths, taking mythical figures out of context, giving them entirely unrealistic backstories and twisting them into some unrecognizable creatures. Negative star for giving untrue and unreliable information about foreign myth and culture to the audience.

The silly, *unbearable* love triangle and the childish, airhead 'heroine' also got a big thumb down from me. I'm equally not amused by the fact that almost every single man in the story seems to be in love/lust with our Mary Sue 'heroine'.

detailed rant starts from here:

After finished reading Tiger's Voyage, I know I have a bone to pick with its creator: Colleen Houck.

After suffering three books, now I think the only way for this series to work out well is for the whole setting to be pushed back into the ancient India, just so that the whole idea about princes got turned into animals by evil doers, girls being chosen to break the curse and goddesses came down to chat with mortals can be passably viewed as "normal".

But you can hardly do all these things in the * modern* American society and the *modern* Indian society and expects us to swallow the whole thing down without any skepticism. Not when the whole idea isn't even finely excised.

But of course Houck wouldn't have it that way. For one thing, if the story takes place in ancient India, then the heroine has to be an Indian or at least, an Asian girl as well, for how likely could you find a Westerner girl in the ancient India anyway?

And I also think I know why Houck wouldn't have it:

(a) she isn't able to write an Asian girl as a heroine. Because an empty-headed, immature American teenage girl is much, much easier to write.

(b) Putting the story back to ancient India would request a lot and a lot of research on historical details, which I'm sure wouldn't sit well with Houck.

Just for the record. After reading three books, I had a burning question awaited some answer:

Question: Has Colleen Houck ever set one foot upon India before, during, after she wrote the Tiger series?

I strongly suspect that the answer to this question is 'No'. Or maybe she did visit India at some point, but her ability of observation is so BAD that a lot of things about India--the country, the people, the society and even the weather, simply escape her notice.

Why would I say that? Let me give you an example here: In book 1, Kelsey visited India for the first time, and she never mentioned seeing any poor people, or one single beggar on the street.

I'm sorry? No poor people and no beggar in sight?

It's not realistic for the poors to be nowhere in sight in India. As sad as it sounds, beggars are part of the scenery in every single Indian city, town and spot of tourist attraction, and everywhere you go, sign of poverty always shows up at the corners of your eyes. But no, Kelsey made it sound like every single person who lived in India was rich or at the very least, middle class.

Plus, I hate it very much that the 'good' princes never lifted a finger to help the poors and misfortunes in India with their wealth. My freaking goodness!

Not only this, Kelsey barely made comment on how hot the weather is in India, and not once did she seem to notice the social barriers between men and women.

I admit all of these are just small details, but after seeing Houck failed to handle all of these small details well, her books become very unrealistic in my eyes.

After asking my question, now I will go down to the rant. I need to list down everything I HATE about Tiger's Voyage.

Here we go.

1.The unbearable 'heroine' and her stupid, unrealistic love interests

Throughout the three books, Kelsey acted like an airhead teenager, and I see no improvement or character growth in sight.

And yes, Kelsey is a big fat Mary Sue too. Aside from the two handsome princes who were totally in love with her, every single man in the series--even the ARCH VILLAIN, is also in love/lust with her. And in book 3, even the *male* dragons seem to like her, for no good reason.

Plus, Houck, along with the two princes, keep telling me how brave and wonderful Kelsey is though out the book, but sadly all I can see is Kelsey having to be rescued constantly, and almost every risky task is performed by the two tiger brothers, instead of our GREAT BRAVE KELSEY.



Talking about the two tiger brothers. Ren continues to be a cardboard cutout Prince Charming, who rants about Kelsey cutting off her hair. Oh yes, he doesn't like her short hair. But It's her hair and she can do whatever she feels like, for goodness' sake!

Kishan is slightly better than Ren, but for the life in me, after so many books I still can't see why he is in love with Kelsey. Full Stop.

2. The horrible love triangle

In book 3, Ren somehow lost his memory to Kelsey and and he subconsciously wanted to stay away from her.

My reaction is: "REN! IF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUSNESS IS TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING, LISTEN TO IT! IT IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!!!"

After Ren's losing his memory, a huge part of the book is taken up by Kelsey moving back and froth between Kishan and Ren, and Ren being jealous of Kishan or some random guy who was interested in Kelsey.

We run repeatedly to the old problem: Every single man wants Kelsey, no kidding. even the bad guy wants to bed her. YUCK!

In the middle of the mess, Ren went all "Let's break up with Kelsey for her own good!"---all Edward Cullen's style! Fucking hell! Give me a fucking break! This "I'm-ditching-you-for-your-own-good" BS is annoying as hell!

When I was turning the last twenty pages of the book, it was confirmed that Kelsey didn't lift a finger to do any difficult task, she never had to take any risk because the tiger brothers would do all her bidding for her.

WHAT HAD THE BROTHERS EVER DONE WRONG IN THEIR MISERABLE PAST LIVES TO DESERVE THIS!?

3. Total bastardization of the Hindu and Chinese myths

After reducing Warrior Goddess Durga into a lame Disney style of a fairy godmother (I mean, the Goddess never lifted a finger to punish the evil doers, for crying out loud!). Colleen Houck continues to butcher the Hindu myth in Tiger's Voyage.

But this time the Hindu myth isn't her only victim, the Chinese traditional myth also suffers, just as badly.

First, let me tell you about what had happened to the good ol' Hindu myth.

At one point, a character tells a 'myth' about Shiva, Pravati and Indra in a love triangle. WHAT!? WHAT? WHAT? WHERE DID THIS 'MYTH' COME FROM!?

Just for the record, I had never came across with a tale about Indra, or any male deity messing about with Pravati. The point is according to Hindu myth, NO ONE MESSES WITH PRAVATI OR THEY WILL SUFFER SHIVA'S WRATH. That's it.

Just for the record, there is a myth about Rama's wife Sita being kidnapped by a Demon King, who fell in lust with Sita, but this myth is about Rama and Sita, not about Pravati, Shiva and Indra.

Also, according to Houck, Shiva ordered his 'servant' Nandi to transform into a shark for one stupid reason or the other. But she never bothers to tell you Nandi is in fact Shiva's cow in the myth.

Nandi, you're so ruined.


Colleen Houck also has the gut to claim that Pravati is the other name of Durga. I'm sorry, isn't it the other way around? That Durga is the other name of Pravati? That Durga is Pravati's warrior form?

And why it's never mentioned that Durga became Kali when she was enraged during a great battle with a demon?

And why, for three whole books, no one ever mentioned the belief about Pravati, Durga and all the other goddesses are in fact one and the same, Devi?

But at least I have to give a small credit to Houck for mentioning the Hindu goddesses and their ever-changing appearance, personalities and moods are not very different from what mortal women are being.

Secondly, let's move on to see what had happened with the Chinese myth.

At one point of the story, a Captain told Kelsey of a supposed Chinese myth about Jingwei. The Captain claimed that Jingwei was once a woman, whose husband drowned at sea, after the death of her husband, the woman became a bird out of grief.

Well, I have to tell you Houck had the details all wrong here. Every single 10 years old Han Chinese kid who had read Chinese Myths For Kids can tell you the correct version of the myth: Jingwei was once the daughter of Emperor Yandi, who was drowned as a young girl, after her death, her spirit transformed itself into a bird. (More details about the myth of Jingwei: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingwei)

I am serious, every single 10 years old Han Chinese kids knows the story of Jingwei, and I bet everyone who had bothered enough to pick up a Beginners' Guide To Chinese Mythology and read, would also know the story. So tell me Houck, how could you mess this up so badly?

4. All the messed up little details...

(a) Indians celebrate a Chinese festival. Are you for real?

At one point, Ren and Kishan took Kelsey to attempt a festival, which Houck called it 'Stars Festival', claiming it's a festival imported from China during the ancient period, and had been celebrated by the Indian general public ever since.

I died a little when I saw this wild claim.

I know this supposed Star Festival well, in China we called it Double Seventh Festival, aka Chinese Valentine's Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_S...). The Festival celebrates the yearly union of The Weaver Girl and The Cowherd, two figures in the Chinese myths, who were only allowed to meet each other once a year at the night of the seventh day of the 7th lunar month.

I also know that only Chinese, Japanese and Koreans celebrate Double Seventh Festival, as to the Indians, this Festival isn't part of their traditional calendar.

Just to be on the safe side, I also looked up the Wiki's list of Hindu Festivals (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...), only to confirm that there's no such thing as believers of Hinduism celebrating a festival imported from China, which is related to stars.

I find it truly disgusting, for what Houck had committed here isn't some slight mistake or misunderstanding. People, listen up. Colleen Houck is feeding you untrue information about foreign culture and myths here. She made things up, presenting her make-believes as facts and feeding them to her readers. She lies. From this point onward I know that everything she wrote in her books are not to be trusted, not without a double check.

To be frank, I had never encountered an 'author' who is so SHAMELESS and DISRESPECTFUL before.

(b) mention of cheongsam...but something doesn't look right

Plus, during the festival; Kelsey was dressed up in a blue cheongsam. According to Houck's description, Kelesy was being dressed like the following photo during a festival: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia...



Most likely it's the type of Cheongsam you would only see in seedy nightclubs and pervert's wetdreams. *facepalms*

This cheongsam business also leads me to another messed up little detail...

(c) Ren and Kishan's mother...a supposed cheongsam-wearing Chinese woman from 300 years ago?

First thing, let me tell you what cheongsam used to look like from 300 years ago, I took the picture from Wiki:


So, I don't think Ren and Kishan's mother would be comfortable wearing clothes like this when she lived in India.

When I was reading book 1 and book 2, the thought about Ren and Kishan's mother being Chinese/Korean/Japanese never crossed my mind.

But when Houck mentioned about Ren's mother celebrating Double Seventh Festival and dressed herself in cheongsam even after being married to Ren and Kishan's father, I was finally forced to realize Colleen Houck has intended Ren's mother to be a Chinese born woman. That's where the problem began.

Before that, I never thought that Ren's mother was supposed to be Chinese, because her name sounded barely anything like a Chinese name, allso because Colleen Houck had mentioned that Ren had blue eyes, and Kishan's eyes are golden.

What? How come a Chinese mother and an Indian father can produce a son with BLUE EYES!? I guess the chance of it is very, very slim.

5. The dragons

Houck's dragons are...in one word, laughable. They're comical laughing stocks. I suggest you to see for yourself, I don't even want to bother with them here. And of course, powerful beings such as dragons can only be *male*, since women aren't supposed to be powerful, even supposedly powerful women like Durga, actually did nothing aside from sitting there smiling and be beautiful.

Actually I have more things to say, but this rant is getting ways too long, I will stop it here. Thank you for reading, folks.
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76 reviews1,657 followers
November 29, 2011
Meh............. 3.5 stars on this, folks. Review later.

Okay, at the end of Quest, I just about died. WHYYYY, COLLEEN! WHYYY!!
And now, we are stuck waiting until NOVEMBER to find out what happens with Ren and Kelsey!
I mean thats..... *counts on fingers* FOUR monthssss!
I think I'm gonna cry. Someone buy me some tissues!
This is my favorite new series, and this wait just makes me want it sooo much more! So, in conclusion,

Mrs. Colleen Houck,
Please make it come out sooner! Pleasee! Like tomorrow would be good!
Sincerely, me and everyone else who just about cried at the end of the Quest.




Edit: Due to my extreme obsessiveness over this series, I have found two poems that I feel will describe Ren and Kelsey for the next book, or at least their feelings. Geez this wait is making me go nuts!





Kelsey's Poem: http://hellopoetry.com/poem/i-dont-remem...


Ren's Poem: http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/pab...

(the poems could work for both of them just as well, maybe even better, but Kelsey's was in the perspective of a girl and vise versa for Ren. They could even work for Kishan. Yeah, I'm kind of smitten hahaha)
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522 reviews422 followers
January 28, 2015
Warning: spoilers if you haven't read the first 2 books!

Okay, to all you who understand and share my intense love for this series, let me explain the rating. Because I do still love these books, and I did really enjoy this one, but after considering it, I just couldn't give it 5 stars.

First, a positive: the adventure in this book is wonderful! I feel like this is the first time that it was so good that it eclipsed the romance(s) and relationships of the characters. I was fascinated by the journey to visit the 5 dragons and all Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan had to accomplish to retrieve the Pearl Necklace of Durga. I also really loved the dragons and the fact that everything was based just as much on Chinese folklore as Indian.

That one of my favorite parts of this series - Houck's interweaving of so many different types of folklore into one series. I'm constantly astounded by how much research she does and all the planning she must have done before writing these books. Everything fits together seamlessly, and it's really impressive! That was my favorite part of the book this time around.

Now, here was the rub for me: the love triangle. Don't get me wrong, I love a love triangle done right. The Bella/Edward/Jacob plotline in Twilight was great for me. I mean, my team lost, but that's become a thing for me - choosing the losing side of a love triangle. (I should join a support group or something...)

Anyway, but I was excited in Tiger's Quest to see that Kishan was getting more face-time. I really enjoyed his character, and even though I loved Ren at the beginning, Kishan really won me over by the end. He was funny and charming and had less of a Superman-complex than Ren, which I often found a bit irritating.

So when I saw that the love triangle was going to play a bigger role in Tiger's Voyage, I was excited. More Kishan! And I really enjoyed the interplay between Ren and Kishan, and their rivalry. It was funny in the last book. And I was pissed at Ren when at the end of the last book, he didn't remember Kelsey. And who was there to pick up the pieces? Kishan. I was ready for this all to come to a head in Tiger's Voyage.

But what I found made me a little uneasy. The beginning started off good for me, with Kelsey and Ren arguing up a storm. But it was funny, and I've got to say, it was hot! Their best interaction comes when they're fighting. But I was disappointed in Kishan. He stood by and watched entirely too calmly. He lost a lot of his personality in this book. What we all loved in Quest - his cockiness, humor, and charm - were all but gone in Voyage. I hardly recognized him!

And then the love triangle began to really take shape, and I've got to say, I was super disappointed. What we're presented with is Kelsey's connection with Ren and how all-consuming it is, and a Kishan who is the anchor that helps her keep her sanity. Kelsey soon has to decide which brother she wants to be wish, and she picks Kishan because he's stable...and we're led to believe this is a bad thing.

I give you the following exercepts:

I thought it would be easier, more practical, if I just picked Kishan. No, practical is the wrong word. Safer. That's the right one. Ren took risks. Ren surrounded himself with beautiful bikini-clad girls. [...] I know why he did it, but the fact remains that he still did. And if another opportunity to "save me" came along, he wouldn't hesitate. He'd once again sacrifice himself, and I'd be alone. I'd almost had the man of my dreams. But almost doesn't count.

[...]

Besides, who took care of me when Ren nobly let himself be kidnapped? Kishan. Who told off Randi when she was insulting me? Kishan. Who lets me wear my hair the way I want to? Kishan. Who said he'd be willing to let me be with another if that's what I really wanted? Kishan. Who never argues with me? Kishan. Who kepts his hands off when I asked him to? Kishan. (p. 454-455)


And this one, which really tipped me over the edge...

He [Kishan] protected me from the relationship roller coaster ride that was Ren. I loved Kishan, and I believed I could be happy with him, but I also had to acknowledge that it wasn't exactly the same. Ren's love was an all-consuming fire, but Kishan was more like...a space heater. Comfortable, steady, reliable. Both kept me warm, but one could burn me. Singe me to ashes. If Kishan left me, I would cry. I would hurt, but I would move on, sadder but wiser.

Loving Ren was like loving an atom bomb. When he went off, and it was just a matter of time before he did again, he would destroy everything around in a ten-mile radius. Of course, I always managed to be standing in the middle of the bull's-eye. Shrapnel had mangled my heart. Twice. Kishan tried to pick up the pieces and hold them together by sheer will, but there were gaps. Pieces were missing.

[...] I had to pick between the consuming love of Ren that I was so desperate for I sometimes forgot to breathe, and the steady glow, the endless kindness and comfort that Kishan offered me. (p. 433-434)


We all know Kelsey will end up with Ren on the last page of the last book. It's a given. But Voyage left me wondering if Kelsey was crazy. Why does she love Ren more?!

And this was where I was left with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Houck presents us with Kelsey and Ren's relationship, one which follows the common theme of paranormal romances, in which their love is literally the only thing that keeps them alive. Ren even declares that Kelsey is the purpose of his existence. I'm sorry, but if your significant other is the purpose of your existence, your life must be really pathetic.

And, sure, that type of love makes for a really good, dramatic story. Why has "Romeo and Juliet" survived for so long (other than it's great one-liners)? Because it's a powerful love story of two individuals who were so in love that they couldn't survive without it. But how many people in the real world want this type of relationship?

Umm...no thanks.

To me, Kishan represented a healthy sort of love. He was supportive and devoted, but he had other things going on in his life. He didn't practically worship at Kelsey's feet like Ren did. And while Kelsey was attached to him, she could think of other things when he was around. As opposed to her relationship with Ren, which is practically a drug.

It was all very teenage angsty and annoying.

And this was what kept me from giving this book 5 stars. I'm just not with Houck on portraying this type of all-encompassing, obsessive sort of love to teens, who already think everything is the end of the world. It reminded me too much of Bella's willingness to kill herself when Edward left. While Kelsey isn't as bad as Bella, she's still tempted by that connection with Ren that will make her lose herself. And because I'm positive that she and Ren will end up together, I'm a little miffed.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe their love with tone down a bit. Maybe she'll even pick Kishan in the end.

...but I doubt it.

Am I the only one that thinks the relationship Kelsey and Ren share is not only not normal but not healthy? It took me almost a week to get through this book because I was disappointed. And even though I adored the adventure and the mythology, and did like some of the romance, I just was a little uncomfortable with the turn the story took and some of the themes.

Am I crazy for thinking this? What is everyone else's thoughts?
96 reviews505 followers
November 12, 2012
2.5

This review contains unmarked spoilers, and will be redone soon.

It hurts my heart to write this review, but it must be done. TIGER'S VOYAGE ruined my complete view of the series, and you're about to learn why.

I used to be obsessed with this series. It was my first paranormal romance young-adult, and I credit this book for introducing me to the genre. Gradually, as I read more books, I learned the series wasn't as good as I originally though, but I still liked it.

However, in this book, Kelsey is - if possible - more annoying, stupid, and boring than ever. She's a damsel-in-distress, in the most pathetic way possible.

She almost dies because she hits her head on a rock. All because a harmless eel swims past her and she freaks the freak out. There was no use for the scene except to make the boys fight over her more.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, KESLEY? I can go on and on about this shallow girl. What do Kishan and Ren see in her in this book?

She's always talking or laughing to herself (when she's not even faintly amusing, mind you) or thinking PARAGRAPHS - long, detailed, dull paragraphs that clarified that somewhere in her tiny brain, a screw is loose. Seriously. And all she does is moan and groan and bitch about who she's gonna chose . . . Ren or Kishan, her moon and her shadow, her bad boy and her good boy, her first love and her replacement...

I liked Kishan better then Ren, but he lost the his badboy-appeal and his hilarious perverted comments, just to change for Kelsey. Ever heard of the original LITTLE MERMAID, Kishan? Changing herself for the prince she was biggest mistake the mermaid ever made.

I still love Kishan, though. In this book, Ren is selfish, possessive, cruel, and annoying. This "connection" he has with Kelsey annoys me to no end.



TIGER'S VOYAGE contains about one hundred pages on details. Useless descriptions of yachts, plants, bathrooms, Ren... what not. Lord, if you think we needed the serious background info, just give us a link. I thought I was reading a young adult PNR, not my dad's marine mechanic log.

I know Kadam likes all things modern, but give me a break. I was falling asleep.

The writing is so detailed and flowery I'd choke on it if it was a perfume.

The plot was fine, though I preferred TIGER'S QUEST. The romance was terrible. I mean, we all know Kelsey is going to end up with Ren. It's so obvious. You can spare us the idiotic love triangle and get on with her quest, 'cause we all know her "love for Kishan" won't be enough".

Please stop.



You're going to hurt Kishan.
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345 reviews287 followers
July 9, 2012
Tiger’s Voyage captured my heart, ensnared my soul, and left me breathless and so so in love. I love this book, this series, with a passionate, heart soaring, brilliant love that consumes me, and I become so invested in the story and Kelsey and Ren and Kishan’s lives that their pain is my pain, their love my love, and I dread the end, because it means I must finish this part of their story, and wait, and wait, for the next part. And Colleen Houck doesn’t give you a happy, perfect ending to stay your anxiety, no, she, the evil witch she is, slams the worst of cliffhangers into your face, and you turn the last page to find it blank, and you’re so desperate to find out what happens, but that’s it. That’s the ending, and you must wait, for eternity, to find what happens next. For this reason, I hate her. And yet I love her because she writes such a fantastic story with possibly my favorite romance that I have read. And that is because of Ren. The drop dead gorgeous, tall dark and handsome, Indian Prince of ultimate perfection. Not that he doesn’t have his faults, because he does, but there is no man who has me swooning more, than he.

I loved how dragons were incorporated into the story. That Kelsey and her two tigers had to find five dragons that would eventually lead them to Durga’s Necklace, which would bestow upon Ren and Kishan more time that they can be humans. Each of the dragons were unique and interesting. I thought the development and execution of the plot was excellent. There was adventure and danger and fantasy and heart stopping romance and laughter. One of my favorite parts was when the trio met the dragon that wanted to play a game with them that turned out to be like an old fantasy story with knights and dragons and princesses. I thought it was fantastic ;)

Now the romance. Oh my, the romance! Never has any romance been so sweltering hot and swooning inducing than what goes on between Ren and Kelsey. Every time Ren stepped onto the page and said something, or did something, or kissed or touched Kelsey, or Houck described what he was wearing, I was swooning, and falling for him hard. Which was like every other page. And he’s not even real! Yeesh Erica, get a grip. He is my dream man, next to Apollus in the Tennis Shoe Series, and all my classic men crushes. (If I had to choose between Ren and Apollus, I don’t know who I would choose. Because Apollus, strapping young Roman soldier with a strong spirit and so incredibly good looking, come on!) *pause as I fan myself from all the hotness going on here*

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Anywho, where was I? I also like Kishan in this novel. I liked him more in Tiger’s Quest, where he was more himself: roguish, charming, bad boy that he is. In Tiger’s Voyage his personality is watered down some, but I think he’s showing the more tender, calmer side of him who truly loves Kelsey. It shows us a different side of him that lets us understand his love and devotion to Kelsey, and that he won't take her from something that she desperately wants, even if that means giving her up to Ren.

I don’t usually like love triangles. It’s just a way for authors to add words to their story, and angst and kisses with two different guys and bemoaning of the girl that she loves them both and she can’t choose who she wants to be with, blah blah blah.



But here, here is love triangle that I can say tops every one of those contrived romances, and soars above with stark emotion and true love that wraps around my heart and I love it. I love the two men vying for Kelsey’s heart, I love the changes she inspires in them, I love the sizzling moments and beautiful moments Ren and Kelsey have, I love the sweet tender moments Kelsey and Kishan have. I know there are people who don’t like it, who don’t like Kelsey and the decisions she makes, and who found something lacking in Ren and Kishan in this novel. And I understand that, and at times agree. I wish Kelsey and Ren could just be together already, and I wish that Kishan could find someone who he can come to love more than Kelsey, and realize that Kelsey will always be happier with Ren than with him. It cuts my heart to see Kishan suffer, but Ren and Kelsey are meant to be together. I think it’s time for the love triangle to stop. I hope that in Tiger’s Destiny, Kelsey finally firmly decides to stay with Ren forever, no matter what, though doing it gently and lovingly so that Kishan isn’t crushed.

And I’ve got to say that I loved Wes. I loved that Colleen put him into the story. He was sweet and charming, and wasn’t vying for Kelsey (though he kind of pretended to), but he still managed to put both of Kelsey’s overprotective tigers at unease and in modes of jealousy. I loved it :)

I guess these books are just my guilty pleasure. I’ll love them no matter what happens, (although if Kishan dies I will destroy the book. After I’ve read it all and loved the rest of it, that is.) I can understand why people don’t like these books, two of my sisters hate them for the same reasons. The writing, Kelsey’s bad decisions, the love triangle. But those things don’t bother me as much as they do most people. I feel the writing is getting better. I feel that Kelsey is growing, and learning, and becoming a stronger person. I may not have made some of the same choices she made, but I can understand her, can understand the dilemma she’s in, that the love of her life doesn’t know her, and she has this other incredible man who loves her, who is waiting for her. I have no idea what that could possibly feel like. As if you’ve lost the man you love, though he’s standing right in front of you. Though I think that I would never let him go, no matter if he doesn’t remember or want me, and I would fight to the world’s end to have him again. But that’s just me.

I just can’t help but love these books to death. They are treasures in my treasure chest of most beloved books. I don’t expect people to understand my love of them, which is perfectly fine, because I sometimes don’t understand the love people have of other books. To each their own, right? But let it be known I will always love these books, and I see Colleen as a wonderfully gifted storyteller.
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96 reviews13 followers
March 30, 2012
Tiger's Voyage, the third book in the Tiger's Curse series, is amazing! I couldn't put it down! It's about 100 pages longer than Tiger's Quest and I tore through it twice as fast.

We follow Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan who embark on their third voyage to break the Tiger's Curse. This time they travel by ocean searching for Durga's necklace. But, Ren is still suffering from his amnesia while Kishan seems to be falling more in love with Kelsey. Their voyage requires the help of five enchanting Chinese dragons and of course are being hunted by a number of undersea creatures which include a kraken. Oh yea and don't forget Lokesh who is still after them. Lots of action with tons of suspense and of course the romance. Tiger's Voyage will not let us fans of the series down.
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March 28, 2011
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!? I have to wait ALL the way till November 1st to read this? The suspense is just...
Wow. I can't even.. ugh! Never mind. Excuse me while I go into a corner & cry myself into oblivion.

I kid. XD

I can't wait to read this!
I can't wait to read this!
I can't wait to read this!
I can't wait to read this!
I can't wait to read this!
I can't wait to read this!

Need I say more? =)


February 6, 2016
4.5/5

Plot
Kelsey and her tigers continue their search on how to break the curse. They are sent to get information on one of Durga's prized possessions. Lokesh is now more determined to find and get Kelsey for his personal reasons that had existed when Ren and Kishan were younger and their parents still alive. In the meantime, Ren and Kishan are bent on showing Kelsey their love for her and that she should make the choice of who to be with.

The Love Triangle



I wasn't particularly pleased to see the love triangle forming but it was okay. It caused a little too much drama for my taste. I thought that Houck should have focused more on the problem at hand but a little romance was okay.


Picture the girl watching as a guy

Characters

The characters were overall good.

Kelsey


Kelsey is a smart and resourceful young lady in this series. In this book, though, she seems to be more dependent on the guy. I wish to have seen her be more independent and possibly have less drama. She was in love and loving two guys but she should just make the decision of what to do.

Ren



Ren had amnesia and it affected his love life with Kelsey. The entire time I was wishing for him to just remember her since I know that they are meant to be together. He is handsome, romantic, funny, and protective. He cares a lot for Kelsey and wants to protect her.

Kishan



Kishan is and has been in love with Kelsey. He is jealous of Ren and that he still has her affections. He is funny, relaxed, and wants Kelsey to be happy with either decision that she makes.

The Ending

There is a definite cliff hanger and I can't wait to get the fourth book when it comes out of hard back. You should read it.
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November 24, 2011
WORST. BOOK. EVER 'eye twitches'....honestly if you like to read good YA with strong heroine, no annoying love rectangles (yes, that's right RECTANGLES, because overall kelsy has had SEVEN guys fall head over heels for her throughout the three books...yep, prehaps in a perfect world I can swallow this BUT SEVEN? why exactly? she consistently comes across an annoying, whiny, twelve year old stuck in an eighteen year old's body) THEN AVOID THIS BOOK AT ALL COSTS!
On top of that, for nearly 250 pages of the book there was NO ACTION WHATSOEVER! All kelsy complained of was 'hmm which brother should I choose next?..'I love ren',
2 pages later- I hate Ren I want Kishan,
4 pages later- I want Ren again, I want Kishan as a friend,
6 pages later- I want Kishan, I want Ren as a friend only,
8 pages later- I want Ren while I'm making out with Kishan
10 pages later- I want Ren and Kishan
11 pages- Ren and I are soulmates (but i'll just casually date Kishan)
I KID YOU NOT, SHE CONSISTENTLY DATES, MAKES-OUT AND BREAKS UP WITH BOTH WHILE WONDERING WHICH ONE IS HER 'SOUL MATE'...GRRRR!
honestly I could keep up with Kim kardasian's love life better then I could keep up with kelsy's whininess and selfiness.
Furthermore, while she's juggling these two (as well as an random scuba diver, OOPS I FORGOT TO MENTION ANOTHER PERSON WHOSE HELPLESSLY IN LOVE WITH HER FOR NO GOOD REASON), the only purpose she serves throughout the whole novel is playing the helpless DAMSEL IN DISTRESS WHILE TWO MEN FIGHT OVER HER...WHY YOU MAY ASK? BECAUSE COLEEN HOUCK SEEMS TO THINK ALL WOMEN ARE HELPLESS FEMALES WAITING TO BE RESCUED! grrrr honestly and here i was thinking stephanie meyer was bad!i RECOMMEND THIS TO NOOO ONE!
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62 reviews1 follower
September 10, 2011
I wanted to absorb all that I read for a few days before reviewing this book. So here it is my official review.

I loved it. I loved the action packed adventures. The way Colleen describes the details makes it so easy to "see" the kraken and the dragons. The emotional writing makes me love, hate and envy the characters-- which is why it took me a week before I could write this review. I know Colleen won't lead me astray, and I now long to know the next chapter in the story. I don't want to post any spoilers so I'll simply say I am and will always be Team Ren. Kesley, Mr. Kadam, Durga and Phet remain my favorite insightful writing by Mrs. Houck. I identify strongly with Kelsey's sense of self and dedication to the journey ahead and her extreme loyalty( again -- still Team Ren). Mr. Kadam is less apart of this book than the previous two, so I savored the times he was shared with us. I am so glad he got to go into Durga's temple this time. I feel like it was such an honor for him to be a part of that experience, I was so excited for him. And Phet- I love this crazy little old man. His wisdom how ever strangely delivered is fabulously on target and I loved his interactions with the brothers. Oh the boys-- I personally married a Kishan, so I love him for his careful, watchful, thoughtful, trust in Kelsey, he is such a deeper character than we've seen in the last two installments. His support and unfailing love for our girl is breathtaking at times. Oh Ren- I loved you from your first hello, and at times in this book its a good thing your fictional because I wanted to shake you until you'd snap out of it, and stop with the standoffish behavior and the flaunting of the floozy???seriously!! Alas though when it came down to those final chapters and the tears were streaming down my face - the tears were for you dear Ren. Everything I know will be fully explained in books to come and it's hard to understand right now the why's, but I have faith. Super powered golden lightening has to mean something more right??

In closing I am such a huge fan of Mrs. Houck's books and her way with her characters that I couldn't not love it more thoroughly than I do. Being able to read it ahead of schedule was and honor and a privilege I can't thank you enough for Colleen.


Merged review:

I wanted to absorb all that I read for a few days before reviewing this book. So here it is my official review.

I loved it. I loved the action packed adventures. The way Colleen describes the details makes it so easy to "see" the kraken and the dragons. The emotional writing makes me love, hate and envy the characters-- which is why it took me a week before I could write this review. I know Colleen won't lead me astray, and I now long to know the next chapter in the story. I don't want to post any spoilers so I'll simply say I am and will always be Team Ren. Kesley, Mr. Kadam, Durga and Phet remain my favorite insightful writing by Mrs. Houck. I identify strongly with Kelsey's sense of self and dedication to the journey ahead and her extreme loyalty( again -- still Team Ren). Mr. Kadam is less apart of this book than the previous two, so I savored the times he was shared with us. I am so glad he got to go into Durga's temple this time. I feel like it was such an honor for him to be a part of that experience, I was so excited for him. And Phet- I love this crazy little old man. His wisdom how ever strangely delivered is fabulously on target and I loved his interactions with the brothers. Oh the boys-- I personally married a Kishan, so I love him for his careful, watchful, thoughtful, trust in Kelsey, he is such a deeper character than we've seen in the last two installments. His support and unfailing love for our girl is breathtaking at times. Oh Ren- I loved you from your first hello, and at times in this book its a good thing your fictional because I wanted to shake you until you'd snap out of it, and stop with the standoffish behavior and the flaunting of the floozy???seriously!! Alas though when it came down to those final chapters and the tears were streaming down my face - the tears were for you dear Ren. Everything I know will be fully explained in books to come and it's hard to understand right now the why's, but I have faith. Super powered golden lightening has to mean something more right??

In closing I am such a huge fan of Mrs. Houck's books and her way with her characters that I couldn't not love it more thoroughly than I do. Being able to read it ahead of schedule was and honor and a privilege I can't thank you enough for Colleen.
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96 reviews48 followers
February 4, 2012
As promised, here's a review. :) I read this around the middle of last month, October. So forgive me if my memory is a little weak lol.

There are spoilers ahead!

Let me begin by saying this book is the best out of the three books in the Tiger Saga so far. I've been a hardcore fan since the first book came out, and it just keeps getting better and better. ;) I could picture each detail as if it were right in front of me. It was that vivid. I could picture the scenery perfectly, especially when they went to the dragons lairs. That was a fun ride all by itself, even though that was the main thing lol. There were other little fun things in there as well that made it all the more better. <3

I thought it was pretty clever to bring in another guy. That was pure gold. Wesley just cracked me up each time he opened his Texan mouth. I loved it. ;P It was cute watching Ren and Kishan fume over him too. It was sweet. <3

Also, when Ren got his memory back, I'm glad he was back to himself. Not just the deal where it's like "Oh I've got my memories back, but I'm still the same as I was. Not the old me. I'm still the new me." I was afraid that would happen. If that happened, I couldn't take that. I would've definitely threw the book across the room, lol.

I think my most favorite though would have to be when they visited the green dragon's lair. I knowwwww. Anyone who has read it would probably be like, "Wtf is wrong with you?!" And I don't know. I think it's because that Ren and Kishan basically had to battle their way through the green dragon's obstacles just to prove that they both love Kelsey. As if they needed to do that in the first place. Or it might be just because that Ren and Kishan were dressed as fairy-tale princes. That was something to imagine~ <3

As to the question, am I team Kishan or Ren? .....That is a hard thing to answer. "fans self* Lol, I have no idea. I love Ren, I've loved him since book one. I mean, who wouldn't? But Kishan has my heart. Not only do I feel incredibly sorry for the guy, but I do love him. He's sweet as can be, and he's just plain adorable. <333 He just needs a big ole hug. He also needs a happy ending, and it doesn't look like he's going to get one. But what do I know? I could be totally wrong. I hope I am! Colleen said he would on a video Q&A she did. So I hope she keeps her word!

The ending wasn't as bad as the second book. I know some people might disagree with me. But I was okay with the ending for this one. I'm definitely going to read book four, and cry my eyes out. Lokesh just needs to go. Like to another planet and stay there. I'm trying not to go to drastic measures on that one.

Also, I did read the exclusive content they had put in the back of the book. (I got mine at B&N.) ...Wasn't that some crap? I would say it was cruel, to make Kelsey fall in love with Kishan, then... that ? I guess you gotta do what you gotta do with your story to make it 'better.'

This book is definitely one of my top-ten favorite books this year. I loved every minute of it and everything about it! 2012 just can't get here fast enough! :P
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October 14, 2017
this one i like better. the dragons and the combination of the myth takes over. i love the 5 dragons.

to my surprise i grow rentless over the love triangle. its like watching a soap opera. again and again and again.

4 stars for the myths, dragons and action.
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November 13, 2014
It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten into a series, one where the characters follow you around even when you’re not reading. For some reason Ren, Kelsey and Kishan keep popping into my head when I’m doing other things. When I heard B&N shipped Tiger’s Voyage out early I hurried and placed my order. I was so excited to receive my copy and start reading. The end of Tiger’s Quest had such a cliff hanger I had to know what was going to happen next.

Tiger’s Voyage was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the setting; the whole crew sets off on a mega yacht. I enjoyed how all of them were crammed together and we get a lot of Kishan-Kelsey-Ren time. They once again have a lot of challenges and new obstacles to over come. There are a few new characters as well that added a lot to the story. I would like to know more about Nilima. She seems like she could be an awesome character, if we could just get to know her. Since her and Kelsey are the only girls around I would have liked to see them doing more together. The story once again ends with a cliff hanger, but in my opinion it wasn’t as shocking as the last book.

I did feel that this book suffered a little from Middle Book Syndrom, kind of dragged a little. I’m not a fan of love-triangles, especially ones that get drawn out and beat to death. I felt like it’s a little over done in this book and too much of a plot device. The book probably gets four stars, but because I don’t like love-triangles I’m giving the whole thing three. I just didn’t believe in the love-triangle. There really isn’t a choice; we all know who Kelsey ends up with in the very end. It just makes her look bad, in my opinion. If you want to hear my ratings, read below, but I caution it does contain spoilers.

I have no idea where Houck is going to take these characters. I honestly hope we don’t have to read two more books of Kelsey jumping from brother to brother. Five books of that is just over kill and a part of me just doesn’t want to read it anymore. I’m curious to keep going, but if it’s dragged on and on in the next book I may not finish the series.

This section contains spoilers, and lots of venting.

For the most part I really like Kelsey. I like that she’s become a lot more self confident, can kick butt, is courageous and a lot of other good things. This silly love-triangle really weakens her character in my opinion. I have lost a LOT of respect for her because of it. It’s hard to have respect and like a character when she is being so selfish and using two great guys. For where we are in the story I can understand why Kelsey is hesitant and even angry with Ren. There are a lot better ways for her to deal with that without involving Kishan. It was fine for the first couple books, but she knows she is not in love with Kishan so she should not lead him on. She is keeping him around because she doesn’t want to end up alone. Sure she cares for Kishan and even loves him, I mean what’s not to love? But, she is not IN love with him. She owes it to both guys to choose NEITHER. Don’t commit to Ren until her concerns are overcome. And don’t commit to Kishan when you know you are not in love with him. Instead of feeling sorry for Kelsey, it makes me dislike her. Because when it all comes down to it, everyone already knows who she is going to “choose” so it just makes her look bad. If it was a situation where you really didn’t know who she would end up with then it would be a different story, but it’s so obvious that she ends up with Ren and is just using Kishan. I just don’t want to read TWO more books of her flitting between brothers. It’s boring and lost its tension at book two.

One more thing that makes me irritated with Kelsey is the double standard she has for Ren. She is mad at Ren for leaving her, purposefully forgetting her and for flaunting other women in front of her. Which I totally understand, I would be mad, hurt, and scared also. But come on, she left Ren and broke his heart in the first book. If she had been in Ren’s position she would have chosen amnesia as well. And, she is constantly flaunting her relationship with Kishan in front of him. If she doesn’t want to risk being with Ren, then don’t.

Kishan lost himself in this book. Where was the snarky, flirty Kishan that I fell for in the first two books? He becomes a total doormat in this installment. Sure he’s suppose to be “understanding” and “patient” as he waits for Kelsey to make up her mind. But, to me it came across as boring and kind of pathetic. Dude, you know she is completely in love with your brother and will NEVER feel the same way about you…move on! Stop letting her use you to make herself feel better. Personally, I think he should have gone for Nilima. But, she deserves to be someone’s first choice not consolation prize.

Ren is just awesome. I really like his character. He’s hot, he’s romantic, he’s brave and he’s perfect for Kelsey. He understands her and really knows her. I love that while she is constantly pushing him away, he doesn’t stop fighting for her. He knows her fears and knows that together they can overcome them.

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291 reviews187 followers
January 20, 2012
I want Kishan back...

...because whoever that was, that was NOT our Kishan.

Kishan, what happened to you? Where did all that charisma and bad-boy charm go? You had us swooning and clamoring for more in Tiger's Quest and then *poof* you went all boring on us. That sizzle and electric connection and chemistry vanished, leaving love triangle drama in its wake.

Can I just say, this is my LEAST favorite way to solve a love triangle dilemma. I think even killing off one of the vertices of your love triangle (which I also dislike) is better than morphing a beloved character into something so unrecognizable that you can barely remember why you wanted the girl to end up with him anyway. Kishan oozed with charm and temptation and allure in Tiger's Quest. He was Damon to Ren's Stefan. WHAT HAPPENED? When did our New York Triple Fudge Chunk become so vanilla?

In Tiger's Voyage the author reduces Kishan to the doormat, Guy #2 stereotype who's so bland that OF COURSE Kelsey will choose Ren. And you know, I never really thought Kelsey would end up with Kishan anyway (I've been predicting Kishan's death for two books now--hello! fifth sacrifice!) but I didn't want THIS to be the way Kelsey decided. Of course Kishan's going to die, but I wanted him to die AS KISHAN IN ALL HIS GLORY...not as this husk of his former amazing, alluring, charismatic self.

I once called this love triangle one of the best in YA, but I fully take it back. It has descended into absolute drama and chaos in this book, with Kelsey being the definition of fickle and toying with both boys' emotions with her indecisiveness. And then there's Ren getting his Edward on, becoming all possessive and jealous in a way that I think is supposed to be hot but just isn't.

And it's sad it had to be this way because this book has one of the most unique premises in YA. It's bursting with potential--that setting! the mythology!--but unnecessary details coupled with the love triangle drama are dragging this series down.

I've said it before, but this series needs an editor to toss about 150 pages from every book, especially Curse and Destiny. This book is H.E.A.V.Y. with descriptions, from pages describing how to scuba dive to detailed explanations of every morsel to touch Kelsey's lips. I'm cursing the golden fruit right now for how it's opened the way for Colleen to write even more description about every. single. meal. these people eat. These books are topping out at around 550 pages, and these are OVERSIZED hardbacks. Really, 400 pages should be the max or this series is really going to get bloated.

And poor Nilima? Could she please have a job to do besides getting Kelsey lemon water and picking out pretty dresses for her?

This series has immense potential, but the love triangle drama needs to be resolved stat. And Kishan, I'm hoping you get to be more than Kelsey's second choice. Could you please find your true character from wherever Colleen buried it?
February 26, 2016
Τόσο όμορφο και μαγευτικό το ταξίδι του τίγρη, με υπέροχες περιγραφικές επεξηγήσεις ��αι ονειρικές εικόνες από χαμένους κόσμους που ειλικρινά ειναι σαν να βλέπεις όνειρο και να ζεις με κάθε λεπτομέρεια όλες τις στιγμές.
Γεμάτο περιπέτεια,ανατροπές,ταξίδια σε άλλους χωροχρονους και φαντασία που αγγίζει τα όρια της παραισθησης,μας οδηγεί μεθοδικά μέσα σε ένα ζωντανό παραμύθι που εξελίσσεται και πλάθεται με συναισθηματική ένταση αγωνία και μεγάλη απόλαυση.
Βέβαια πρέπει να αναφέρω ότι η μεγάλη αναμονή για την έκβαση που προσδοκά ο αναγνώστης ειναι κοντά στην αγανάκτηση ... Αλλά η συγγραφέας καταφέρνει αριστοτεχνικά και εξαντλεί ολα τα αποθέματα μέχρι το τέλος.
Σε αυτό το βιβλίο αν καταφέρει να σε κερδίσει (το πιο πιθανό) τότε σίγουρα θα ταυτιστείς με κάποιον από τους πρωταγωνιστες και θα συνεχίσεις ως το τέλος αυτού του ονείρου να ελπίζεις να αναρωτιέσαι να πιστεύεις πως ολα τα υπέροχα συναισθήματα,πλάσματα και γεγονότα σε αυτόν τον κόσμο,ίσως,να μην υπαρχουν μονάχα στα βιβλία.
Υπήρχαν φορές που ευχόμουν να υπάρχει στα αλήθεια οτιδήποτε ανεκτίμητο αναφέρεται στην ιστορία. Όπως αιώνια αγάπη,ανιδιοτέλεια,πίστη,αφοσίωση,συμπόνια,ανθρωπιά,αυτοθυσία και πολλα αλλά που φαντάζουν ουτοπικά σε σχέση με ολα τα αρνητικά και κακόβουλα που αναφέρονται και σίγουρα ειναι αληθινά και υπαρκτά.
Φτάνοντας στο τέλος του τρίτου μέρους προς μεγάλη μου απογοήτευση διαπίστωσα αφενός πως η ιστορία δεν τελειώνει και σίγουρα συνεχίζεται κάπως κάποτε κάπου και αναμένεται με προσμονή και αφετέρου πως το"κακό"μπορεί να κέρδισε μια μάχη όμως ο πόλεμος δεν έχει τελειώσει και φυσικά η ελπίδα πεθαίνει τελευταία !!

Καλή ανάγνωση!!
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Author 1 book258 followers
January 15, 2012
I'll write a proper review when I'm back from my trip in Tassie. All I can say at this point is that this book is pretty much the worst I've read, and Ren is a psychotic, emotionally abusive person, and I'm bewildered as to why Kellsey would want to be with him.
A quick example of what he does:
1) Even when Kellsey is pushing him away and clearly wants nothing to do with him, he pulls her close, holding her so that she can't move, and kisses her.
2) When Kellsey gets a haircut, he goes on and on about how it's terrible and such. When her hair suddenly grows a few feet, and she gets it cut, the person who cuts her hair is terrified to cut it any shorter than he allows. A few fights later, and Ren threatens Kellsey if she cuts her hair shorter than he allows.

Like I said, I'll write more when I get back from vacation. But yeah, this is hardcore abuse right there. He makes Eddy the sparkly vamp look like a feminist.
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256 reviews17 followers
December 6, 2015
Με πόση αγωνία μπορεί να περιμένει κανείς ένα βιβλίο;Μάλλον με αρκετά μεγάλη,ιδιαίτερα μάλιστα αν πρόκειται για ένα βιβλ��ο που αποτελεί συνέχεια μιας λατρεμένης ιστορίας.Με το που διάβασα το πρώτο βιβλίο, κατάλαβα ότι δεν θα ξεκολλούσα ποτέ από τη σειρά.Πραγματικά αυτή τη σειρά βιβλίων την έχω ερωτευτεί!Τα δυο πρώτα βιβλία τα λάτρεψα,ήμουν τόσο απορροφημένη που δεν κατάλαβα πότε τα τελείωσα. Όσο προχωράει η ιστορία, γίνεται πιο συναρπαστική.Κάνοντας την εμφάνισή του το τρίτο βιβλίο, με κάνει να αγαπήσω ακόμα περισσότερο τη συγγραφέα και το έργο της. Μέχρι στιγμής το καλύτερο της σειράς για μένα.
Ο συνδυασμός όλων αυτών των μύθων, της μαγείας και των χαρακτηριστικών των ηρώων είναι καταπληκτικός. Σου δημιουργεί απίστευτες εικόνες και πλήθος συναισθημάτων.

Η ιστορία ξεκινάει σχεδόν αμέσως μετά τα γεγονότα στο τέλος του δεύτερου βιβλίου. Η Κέλσι ο Κίσαν και ο κύριος Καντάμ καταφέρνουν να σώσουν τον Ρεν.Ο Ρεν και ο Κίσαν είναι πλέον σε θέση να παραμείνουν ως άνδρες για δώδεκα ώρες. Δυστυχώς, τα βασανιστήρια που υπέστη ο Ρεν από τον Λόκες έχουν αφήσει τον πρίγκιπα χωρίς την μνήμη της Κέλσι. Η Κέλσι προσπαθεί να τον βοηθήσει να θυμηθεί χωρίς αποτέλεσμα. Αυτή η αλλαγή στη σχέση τους επιτρέπει στον Κίσαν και την Κέλσι να έρθουν πιο κοντά. Τα πράγματα περιπλέκονται όταν ο κύριος Καντάμ ανακαλύπτει ποια είναι η επόμενη αποστολή τους. Πρέπει να βρουν το Μαύρο Μαργαριταρένιο Περιδέραιο της θεάς Ντούργκα που βρίσκεται στη μυστηριώδη έβδομη παγόδα. Για την επίτευξη του στόχου τους , η ομάδα πρέπει να ταξιδέψει με πλοίο σε άγνωστους ωκεανούς και να περάσουν τις δοκιμασίες πέντε δράκων. Στη διάρκεια της αποστολής ο Ρεν ανακτά την χαμένη μνήμη του ,το ταξίδι σταδιακά γίνεται όλο και πιο επικίνδυνο, αλλά δεν είναι τόσο επικίνδυνο όσο η αυξανόμενη ένταση μεταξύ του Ρεν και της Κέλσι που δένεται ακόμα ��ερισσότερο με τον Κίσαν.

Η ηρωίδα είναι σίγουρα πιο ώριμη (και πολύ λιγότερο ενοχλητική) από ό, τι πριν. Ένιωσα πραγματικά άσχημα γι 'αυτήν και το πώς είναι διχασμένη ανάμεσα σε δύο επιλογές.
Συνήθως δεν μου αρέσουν τα ερωτικά τρίγωνα σε μια ιστορία και αυτό συμβαίνει όχι για κανένα άλλο λόγο απλά πιστεύω πως τα περισσότερα δεν έχουν καν λόγο ύπαρξης.Οι συγγραφείς δήθεν προσπαθούν ανεπιτυχώς να κάνουν την ιστορία πιο ενδιαφέρουσα πιο περίπλοκη και να βάλουν τους αναγνώστες σε μια κατάσταση αγωνίας σχετικά με ποιον θα καταλήξει η πρωταγωνίστρια, φιλιά με δύο διαφορετικούς τύπους να θρηνούν που εκείνη τους αγαπάει και τους δυο τόσο και δεν μπορεί να επιλέξει με ποιον θέλει να είναι μπλα μπλα μπλα.

Στο βιβλίο αυτό υπάρχει ένα ερωτικό τρίγωνο στο οποίο δεν θα ήθελα για κανέναν λόγο να είμαι εμπλεκόμενη. Δημιούργησε μια αίσθηση έντασης σε όλο το μυθιστόρημα. Η αμφιταλάντευση της ηρωίδας ανάμεσα σε δυο υπέροχους άντρες. Αν ήμουν στη θέση της Κέλσι θα δυσκολευόμουν να διαλέξω. Λατρεύω και τους δύο άντρες που ανταγωνίζονται για την καρδιά της ,αγαπώ τις αλλαγές που εμπνέει σε αυτούς.Η αγάπη του Κίσαν για εκείνη είναι μια αγάπη σταθερή άνετη αξιόπιστη, ενώ η αγάπη του Ρεν είναι ολοκληρωτική σαν φωτιά. Ο τρόπος που έχει ενσωματώσει αυτό το μπέρδεμα στην ιστορία είναι εξαιρετικά επιτυχημένος. Η απώλεια μνήμης του Ρεν ήταν ένας έξυπνος τρόπος για να κρατήσει το ειδύλλιο μεταξύ Ρεν και της Κέλσι ενδιαφέρον.Η συγγραφέας επιλέγει να εισάγει επίσης άλλους χαρακτήρες που ανταγωνίζονται τον Ρεν και τον Κίσαν για την αγάπη και την προσοχή της Κέλσι δίνοντας μας χιουμοριστικές αντιδράσεις από τα δυο αδέλφια.

Αγαπώ τις ωραίες και όμορφες στιγμές του Ρεν και της Κέλσι αλλά λατρεύω και τις γλυκές τρυφερές στιγμές μεταξύ Κίσαν και Κέλσι. Λατρεύω τον Κίσαν αλλά πραγματικά θα ήθελα η Κέλσι να διαλέξει τον Ρεν και ο Κίσαν να βρει κάποια άλλη για να αγαπήσει. Δεν θα μου αρέσει να τον δω να υποφέρει αλλά ο Ρεν και η Κέλσι είναι γραφτό να είναι μαζί. Τα αισθήματα της είναι πιο δυνατά για εκείνον. Πάντως πιστεύω ότι ήρθε η ώρα το ερωτικό τρίγωνο να σταματήσει. Ελπίζω στο τελευταίο βιβλίο της σειράς η συγγραφέας να μην το παρατραβήξει , η Κέλσι να αποφασίσει τελικά να μείνει με τον Ρεν για πάντα, αλλά να το κάνει προσεκτικά, έτσι ώστε ο Κίσαν να μην συντριβεί ψυχολογικά. Δεν ξέρω πως θα το καταφέρει ,αλλά κάτι να γίνει. Πολύ μπέρδεμα!

Η πλοκή συνδυάζει όλα τα στοιχεία που αγαπώ ,περιπέτεια, μαγεία, ρομαντισμό, αγωνία, ανατροπές, μύθους και θρύλους από διάφορες χώρες. Ο συνδυασμός της ινδικής,ελληνικής και κινέζικης μυθολογίας σε κάνει να μη βαριέσαι και να θες με κάθε σελίδα που γυρνάς να συνεχίσεις μέχρι τέλους!Ποιο ήταν το στοιχείο που ανέβασε την περιπέτεια σε ένα άλλο επίπεδο.Μα φυσικά οι δράκοι. Καθένας τους είχε διαφορετικό χρώμα και προσωπικότητα.Απόλαυσα να διαβάζω γι 'αυτούς ειδικά όταν έδωσαν δοκιμασίες στην παρέα. Χαίρομαι που η συγγραφέας τους επέλεξε, δεν τους συναντάμε πολύ συχνά σε βιβλία φαντασίας που κυκλοφορούν στη χώρα μας.

Η ιστορία που υφαίνει η Colleen είναι ένας γοητευτικός συνδυασμός ρομαντισμού και αρχαιολογικής περιπέτειας στα χνάρια του Ιντιάνα Τζόουνς με φόντο τη μυστηριώδη και γοητευτική Ινδία.

Το τέλος με αναγκάζει να περιμένω με ανυπομονησία την έκδοση της πολυπόθητης συνέχειας.




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1,338 reviews373 followers
December 15, 2014
This book was emotionally exhausting! Just like the first two. The ending didnt make me cry though, which is a first. The first ended with . Then the second ended with . But the third ended with , which is quite a cliffhanger, but an action one not an emotional one. I am quite excited to find out what happens next.

The setup of this book was a bit different from the previous two. The first two start out with Kelsey in Oregon, until she returns to India, then the bulk of the book takes place on their adventure in another realm. This one started out in India and Kelsey does not return home between her second and third adventures. Which is good because I dont really enjoy the parts in Oregon as much. The first half of this book is set on a yacht, before they start their adventure. Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, Mr. Kadam, and Nilima. The usual group, while they prepare for their next adventure. It is during this time that the love-triangle is taken to a whole new level. So much back and forth and fighting between the three of them. I think it may have been taken a little too far and shifted the focus of the book a bit too much away from the curse.

In Tiger's Quest I was very impressed with Kelsey's loyalty to Ren. I was impressed that she so strongly resisted such a hot, flirty guy when Ren wasnt around. I had new found respect for her. But Kishan is unlike most back-up guys and I knew it would be possible to turn the triangle around, and that Colleen Houck would likely do it. Although I couldnt figure out how it could be done without Kelsey betraying Ren. Well, it was done very well. Not on Ren's part of course, I am still mad at him, but on Colleen's part. She convincingly took Kelsey away from Ren and gave her to Kishan, in my opinion. She did it without me having to lose respect for Kelsey. Although I did lose a little respect for Ren, which is unfortunate. But I have a new found, immense love for Kishan which I am very happy about. I love him so much I could cry! Haha, maybe not literally but when you read so much teenage romance your emotions can get a little confused. :s

But I was disappointed in how Kelsey kept saying that she loved Kishan, but she was constantly thinking about Ren. Even after she listed all the reasons why she chose Kishan (Chapter 24), which were all good reasons imo, she could barely stay focused on him. She kept making horrible analogies like how Kishan was the steady player who would last the game but couldnt score the three-pointers. I found it extremely unfair to Kishan and I think he deserves more. He loves Kelsey a lot so I would want him to be with her so he could be happy, but at the same time I think he deserves someone who could love him more thoroughly. Although I would never want Colleen to do that thing where you throw in a new girl at the end so everyone can be happy. I hate it when that happens. But the girl always ends up with the main guy. Colleen will find a way to get Kelsey back with Ren, and she will most likely find a way to do it smoothly and naturally like everything else. But will she find a way to do it without breaking Kishans's heart? :(

But this book still excelled where the first two did. The amazing adventure and mythology! This one may even be my favourite in that respect. They travel the ocean of another realm and face five dragons inspired by Chinese mythology. Each dragon gives them a different task to complete before they reach the end to claim their prize. My favourite was definitely the green dragon, although it was probably the characters' least favourite. It was very exciting. :P I really look forward to what happens next. It says Tiger's Destiny doesnt come out till September, but the first three all came out in 2011, so that seems a little unfair. :( Although these books like to torment me emotionally, Colleen has somehow managed to make me agree with all the changes that have happened to Kelsey. I am taking the ups and downs with her. I love Ren when she loves Ren. I love Kishan when she loves Kishan. So I hope whatever happens in the next book, I will agree with it. I dont know how she does it!
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1,025 reviews144 followers
August 1, 2011
I will review this book without giving any spoilers, seeing as it has not *officially* been released yet.

Lucky enough to acquire an ARC, I can safely say that Tiger's Voyage is easily the best of the lot. Dealing with the conflicts already at hand at the start of the book, Colleen works past those slowly but thoroughly like a flower bud slowly coming into bloom one petal at a time (see this book even makes me poetic now...) This is not a knock on the pacing, since in this volume Colleen is at her very best! She masterfully balances the romance with the action, often times blending the two in order to move the story along. I couldn't put the book down and read it in just under three days. (All 542 pages of it! Not bad for a busy mommy.)

Ah, the characters. I can safely say that Colleen may very well have created the most astute, yet ignorantly hardheaded female lead in the history of the written word. It's been seen in previous volumes, but is never more obvious than in this installment. The girl knows what we know, but she is very set in her ways. She is... so... DARN... hardheaded!!! All that aside, I can't help but love the girl. Maybe it's true, maybe she really *does* have the power to draw people to her. I know I certainly haven't felt so emotionally involved in a character's fate as I do Kelsey's...

Also, if you thought that the kappas from book one were creepy, or the metal birds from book two were just plain terrifying, trust me, you ain't seen NOTHING yet! (Thanks, Colleen, for making many of my already existing fears even worse! Much appreciated!) ;) Once the action starts in this book it WILL NOT let you go until the very last page. Yup, there are ENDLESS challenges to be had on the high seas... More than Shangri-la and Kishkinda combined.

I will provide a more detailed review once I receive the *official* product, but if you liked the series thus far, you won't be disappointed with this installment. When pre-ordering, be sure to look for the Exclusive B&N edition!

Bravo, Colleen! I can't wait for Destiny to be released now, and see how you could possibly top the most outstanding Tiger's Voyage.
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1,255 reviews1,506 followers
July 23, 2016
I'm in love with this series, and this book was no different. It's one of the most adventurous YA series I've ever read that's set in modern times. Though I'd almost classify this as a fantasy series due to the fact that most of the books take place within these magical places in old legends.

In this installment, (I listen to the audio of the series, so forgive any spelling errors please!) Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan go on another quest (a voyage, even!) in an attempt to break the curse of the Tigers. On this quest, they meet five Dragons and basically either have to outwit or outrun the dragons and their beasties. A few of the beasties:
Kraken:

Giant shark:

Scary maze:


Why not five stars from me? I feel like this love triangle is so ridiculously lopsided, it's not even funny. And I feel like Kelsey...while the author tries to make her appear all innocent and unsure...is leading Kishan on a merry chase while knowing that Ren is who she really wants. I used to like the bit of added angst, but in this installment, it was an obvious plot device and to be honest, a bit insulting. Does anyone in the world actually think she'll end up with Kishan? Seriously?
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75 reviews
January 16, 2013
OMG!!! When I stop crying I'll try to make a proper review. It was really really good. I can't say enough about how much I love these books. The Tiger's Curse series has captured my heart never to let go.

It's been about a month now and I thought I should write a little more about what I think. By far of all the Tiger's Curse books this one has the most adventure, the most sadness, most love between the character, pretty much the most of everything. Colleen Houck, the author, definitely brought this one up a notch. I love the way the characters have been developing in these books. They have all had to make a lot of hard choices, which I hate to say I like, but I do. Life is not made up of easy decisions. So its refreshing to read a book that's more realistic in the way that people actually think, feel, and live. Apart from the magic and some of the strange creatures I can actually imagine the world Colleen has made and most definitely would love to live in it, without hesitation.

While reading Tiger's Voyage I had that never-ending-story feeling. Like the little boy in the movie I felt like I literally got sucked into the book and was actually a part of the story line. It made me happy and sad at the same time. I really wished I could have been apart of it, so I could have been there for the characters I love. This is one of the best stories I have ever read. To say I'm obsessed would be an understatement. I recommend these books to everyone that loves adventure, magic, mystical creatures, love, and to
everyone that doesn't mind getting totally mushy, literally crying, obsessively in love with a book series that it almost hurts, then these are the books for you.
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94 reviews68 followers
October 27, 2015
I'm not going to focus on the fact that this book (well this series) completely screws up various cultures mythology, religions, practices etc. I'm no expert on these cultures, but it's pretty clear to me Houck isn't either.

But there are reviews out there that are better at picking that aspect apart than I would be.

The blurb and plot of this series would lead you to believe that this book is an action packed curse breaking quest. That's a lie. The majority of this book is Kelsey whining about her love life, cruising around the ocean, going on dates.

Chapters and sequences about her dates, motorcycle rides, and getting her hair cut are longer than visits to Durga's temple.

The freaking length of Kelsey's hair is talked about and debated on longer than the villain is present in this book. I wish I were joking, but I'm not. And the whole to do about her hair only highlights how disgustingly annoying the romance in this book is.

Since the last book, Ren no longer has his memories of Kelsey, which is just a cheap ploy for romance drama since while the book wants to convince us there is a love triangle we know Kishan never stood a chance.

And both brothers are horrible choices no matter how much the caricature character shaman monk whatever proclaims that they are pillows in a world of rocks and Kelsey would be happy with either.

If I were pressed, however, I would say Kishan is less horrible than Ren. Which is why he's not allowed to be the love interest. The love interest always has to be the bigger douche canoe.

Ren pulls an Edward Cullen and breaks up with Kelsey for her own good. Even tells her to date Jacob Kishan. She eventually does start dating Kishan, but Ren can't stop himself from being a jealous prick. He gets mad at Kelsey for cutting her hair shorter. He literally throws a table and attacks Kishan when Kishan kissed Kelsey. When he gets his memories back, he demands Kelsey dump Kishan so they can pick back up where they left off. When she rightfully points out that he had his chance, he dumped her, and no that's a horrible thing to do to Kishan he takes a page from Jacob Black's book and rape kisses her to prove his point that she still loves him.

He is pretty much the creepiest creep in existence. So of course Kelsey still loves him because Shakespeare quotes and crappy poetry. I mean who wouldn't love a controlling asshat who threatens you if you cut your hair past a certain length?

The bottom line is even though the idea and premise for this book sound incredibly interesting it fails because it's such a padded out mess with characters that bounce between too dumb to live, completely uninteresting and infuriating.
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1,411 reviews28 followers
April 7, 2020
My gosh. I was shocked at the ending of Tiger’s Quest. Now poor Kelsey’s life is one again upside down and now she’s in emotional pain. Her relationships with the brother have change dramatic and life as they know it will never be the same. Poor them. Again the characters are faced with impossible challenges and monsters(Dragons!!). I love this book! Read it.

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321 reviews40 followers
December 14, 2011
Colleen starts Tiger's Voyage from Lokesh's penthouse office. I thought it was brilliant to know what rage and disappointment our antagonist was feeling. After reading the prologue, I immediately knew what an incredible journey I am about to embark.


Tiger’s Voyage continues just over a month after Ren’s rescue from Baiga camp. As Kelsey deals with Ren’s memory loss, Colleen works slowly and carefully through her emotions. Every page was an absolute pleasure to read. I can assure you, Colleen is at her best with this installment. This is a love triangle written well in the most remarkable way.

I enjoyed being introduced to new characters. Captain Diondre Dixon tells an interesting story about a beautiful maiden named Jingwei. Wesley Alexander is a great addition to the love triangle. He truly did put a smile on my face and during my interview with Colleen, she had mentioned plotting a book all about Wes. Oh, I almost forgot about Randi. I desperately wanted to throw her off the yacht and when she is introduced on page 212, you will understand what I am talking about.

Ren & Kishan, as you all know and agree, are the most beautiful, well written male characters. I did not think it was possible to love them even more. There are a few heartbreaking moments and you will learn to handle them like I did.

Although I had forgotten to mention Mr. Kadam on my review of Tiger’s Curse, there are not enough words to describe this incredible man. I adore and love him. Without his research, I doubt the mission would be absolute.

How was the journey you may ask? It was absolutely incredible! Put your suit on and prepare to explore the water. This is a story that is surely not to be missed and just wait until you meet the dragons--I would elaborate more but that just leads to spoilers. The story grabs you by the wrist and leads you to a front row seat of all the nonstop action, romance, and adventure.
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136 reviews51 followers
December 26, 2016
'Tiger's Voyage' is another opportunity to join Kelsey and tigers in their exotic journey. This series gets better with each book. I don't even know when I've read these 460 pages. I hope that 4th book in series won't let me down.

"Klątwa Tygrysa. Wyprawa" to kolejna okazja, żeby wybrać się wraz z Kelsey i tygrysami w egzotyczną podróż. Z każdą kolejną książką seria wciąga mnie coraz bardziej. Nawet nie wiem kiedy przeczytałam te 460 stron. Mam nadzieję, że kolejna część również mnie nie zawiedzie.
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1,057 reviews16 followers
March 23, 2014
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As I was reading Tiger’s Voyage, I couldn’t help but myself but Eureka! Finally a guide to how to write a book. Don’t believe me. I seriously believe that Colleen Houck could write a book on how to write a novel and its sort of all in Tiger’s Curse. Since she hasn’t patented this brilliant formula. I’ve decided I’ll write a guide. It’s not official or anything. But whatever. I find after a couple of glasses of wine it makes a lot of sense.

Step One: Have a Perfect But Doesn’t Realize It Character Who Everyone Including the Otherwise Asexual Villain is in Love With.

Every fucking everybody is in love with Kelsey. She’s so perfect, but doesn’t realize it. And she happens to get curvier as she loses weight. And has a Barbie size waist.

Is that even possible?

Whatever. She’s perfect which obviously means she’s the bestest YA heroine ever.

Honestly, I inwardly cringe when I read these books because it’s more than a little obvious that Kelsey is a self insert to the point it’s not even funny.

Step Two: Have two heros Who Are About as Male as, well, Ken.

Recently, my friend, Khanh, seemed to coin a problem that I’ve seen going on with several of the heros in YA. They lack penises. Seriously, I don’t get it. Why does every YA hero have to be a) a dick or b) lack any sort of masculinity? Houck’s heros are actually a weird hybrid. While Ren will be acting extremely chaste where the most romantic thing he’s doing is copying pasting a poem out of the public domain one page, the next he’ll be telling Kelsey that she can’t cut her magic induced butt length hair. I’m sorry, but butt length hair is impractical and makes you look like one of those people who have a show on TLC.

Not a thing that you really want unless you have time to do a lot of brushing. And if you do keep up the maintenance, I’m sure it look nice.

But Kelsey doesn’t fucking want butt length hair.

Sigh…

Step Three: People Enjoy Reading about Food and Clothes and Poetry..So Don’t be So Focused on Plot.

A good chunk of the book was something like this (note, I’m paraphrasing this is not an actual quote): This morning I was going to wear my red dress, but Ren didn’t like that said it made me look like a harlot. So, I put on the black one. But Kishan said it was boring. So I just decided to keep on my Garfield pajamas as I told the golden fruit (which could cure the problem of world hunger but I don’t fucking give a flip) to make me a Denny’s Grand Slam with extra bacon and maple syrup-oh, and some chocolate chip peanut butter crap too. And then Ren read me a Shakespeare sonnet (if I was actually Houck I’d insert the whole damn sonnet here). And then after that I made myself a pastrami sandwich, with some ranch chips, a Coke float, and a ice cream sundae from DairyQueen before I put on my purple evening dress and Ren read some more poetry that’s in the public domain.


I’m not joking people. This is literally what the first third of the book was. Okay, throw in some melodrama love triangle bullshit and some horrid accents which I’ll get to in a minute. But that was pretty much it.
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339 reviews27 followers
September 18, 2022
[REVIEW]

*Trigger/content warnings in this book for nonconsensual kisses and violence*

I’ve been trying to think of things I haven’t said in my reviews of Tiger’s Curse and Tiger’s Quest, but I can’t think of much. So my apologies if I sound like a broken record in this review.

MY THOUGHTS ON…

THE ROMANCE:

•Let’s start my thoughts on the romance by talking Ren. Once again, Ren was extremely possessive of Kelsey. Not just with the people Kelsey hung out with, but also anything and everything she did. One example of this was when Kelsey decided to cut her hair sometime after she and Ren broke up. As soon as Ren discovered this, he grew angry with her, telling Kelsey that she shouldn’t have done that. Seriously, Ren?! It’s HER hair. She can do whatever the heck she wants with it.

Another example: When Ren didn’t have his memory, he quickly ended things with Kelsey. His reasoning was that every time he touched her, he’d feel excruciating pain. Because of this, he wouldn’t be able to save her from any future dangers, so he suggested that Kelsey be with Kishan, because at least HE’D be able to protect her.

Despite some protesting, Kelsey eventually did start dating Kishan. BUT THEN, more than halfway through the book, Ren got his memory back. And seeing Kishan and Kelsey together? Now he was angry. Now he wanted to get back with Kelsey.

So what did Ren do? He’d give Kelsey and Kishan death glares whenever they did couple-y things together. He constantly made unwanted advances towards Kelsey. The worst was that he kissed Kelsey non-consensually SEVERAL TIMES throughout the book. There were a couple of scenes where Kelsey would try to walk away from Ren, but then Ren would yank her back and forcefully kiss her.

And I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t root for them.

•While we’re on the topic of romance, I still DO NOT understand why Kishan and Kelsey like each other!!! Like, what have they done to make them want each other? Kiss? Look gorgeous? I mean, that’s fine, but I didn’t see any development of romantic feelings in the last book OR in this book.

Plus, I’m still disgusted at Kishan for how he touched Kelsey without her consent SEVERAL TIMES throughout Tiger’s Quest, so…

THE PLOT:

•Once again, the plot dragged from start to finish. And for once, I actually thought that maybe, JUST MAYBE, this book would be different. Because in the first chapter, we get a POV of Lokesh, the villain of the series. We read about how frustrated he was that Kelsey had escaped his clutches in the second book. He talked about how determined he was to stop her, Ren, and Kishan from breaking the curse.

So here I was thinking, “Oh good, we’re FINALLY going to see the villain create setbacks throughout the book. We’re FINALLY going to see Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan struggle to push through and break the curse.”

But…that didn’t happen.

Lokesh only appeared at the beginning and end of the book. We never saw Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan have to try to escape or hide from him until the ending. Seriously, what’s the point of making this villain to sound SO SCARY if he never does anything to make me scared? Even when he kidnapped Kelsey, I wasn’t intimidated in the slightest.

•Hold on, I just realized that I do have one new thing to say! While reading Tiger’s Voyage I found another reason why I’ve been struggling with this series. When I first read Tiger’s Curse, the blurb promised an adventure, with Kelsey and Ren trying to break the first part of the curse. In Tiger’s Quest, the blurb also promised another adventure, with Kelsey and Kishan trying to break the NEXT part of the curse (as well as rescuing Ren from Lokesh). In this book, the blurb promised—wait for it—an adventure, with Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan trying to break the third part of the curse (while trying to help Ren get his memory back).

One of the reasons I’ve struggled with this series because the blurbs of these books are EXTREMELY misleading. While these adventures ARE in the books, they’re either resolved quickly, or finally touched in the last one hundred pages. Instead of adventure and time crunches and internal conflict, the main, centered plot is always about 1) Kelsey chilling and enjoying life, and 2) debating on if she wants to be Ren and Kishan.

TO BE CLEAR, I’m not mad about there being romance. The blurbs always do mention that. And as I’ve said in my other reviews, a big romantic plot is not an inherently bad thing. I’m just frustrated that the adventure and fantasy in this series aren’t as prominent as the blurbs make them out to be.

•The portrayal of Ren’s short-term girlfriend Randi IRKED me to my core. When Randi was first introduced, she was described as a blond girl who was always rude to Kelsey. Okay, fine. A little cliche, but I’ll roll with it. BUT THEN, quickly after meeting her, she seemed to be showing symptoms of an eating disorder. In her short time in the book, Randi talked about obsessing over her weight by counting calories and exercising after every meal. Usually this should be something to address and seek help for. But here, it’s okay not to, because you’re not supposed to like or care about her.

As someone who struggled with anorexia as a teen, this was extremely hurtful to read about. I can’t believe I have to say this, but folks: this trope IS NOT funny. It is damaging on so many levels. Kiwi Kili said it the best in her review of Tiger’s Voyage:

“…Please, please, PLEASE stop using ‘anorexic bitchy popular girls’ as a way to make your heroine more “heroic” for ‘eating normally’. Anorexia is a serious mental illness that affects millions of men and women worldwide and, at its worst, can cause DEATH. This is NOT the message you want to send young impressionable girls, especially since, contrary to popular belief, anorexia is not caused by ‘seeing too many thin models in magazines and TV’ but is actually uneven brain chemistry. People with anorexia LITERALLY CANNOT HELP IT. Their struggles are real and their stories are often very sad.”

(I’ve left the link to the rest of Kiwi Kili’s review to check out!)

•I’m not an expert on Chinese and Hindu mythology, but after reading several negative reviews, it’s clear that Houck did not put the research and respect to write about them. I’d left a link to a review by Mizuki down below that goes into more detail about this. Mizuki’s review also has a ton of links relating to Chinese and Hindu culture and myths to check out as well.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I really don’t have much to say other than these books continue to frustrate me to no end. We have one more book, but I don’t have hope that it’ll be good.

Here are links of reviews that go into the problems in the book. Please check them out:

GOODREADS REVIEWS ON TIGER’S VOYAGE:

Kiwi Kili’s Goodreads Review on Tiger’s Voyage:
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Mizuki’s Goodreads Review on Tiger’s Voyage:
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