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Tiger's Curse

(Tiger's Curse #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  59,956 ratings  ·  6,028 reviews
Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Sterling
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Jess It depends - lots of people enjoyed it but I personally really hated it because the main character is quite annoying.

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


What would you do if someone offered you an all-expenses-paid trip to India with a mysterious white tiger who also happens to be a handsome Indian prince? Eighteen-year old Kelsey Hayes is faced with just this offer after spending 2 weeks working as a hired hand at a local circus one
Emily May
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
If I had to describe Tiger's Curse in one word, that word would be embarrassing. I'm not joking.

Have you ever been in the company of one of those people who is not vindictive or mean, but is unintentionally racist in a way that makes you feel really uncomfortable? Maybe they mimic a foreign accent and think they're being funny. Or they make a joke and don't know the history well enough to know how not fucking funny it is. This book is like one of those people.

Let's start at the beginning of thi
Colleen Houck
Umm, Obviously I've read it since I wrote it. Have most of the lines memorized now. ...more
Seriously, GR? I mean, SERIOUSLY? You thought you could just... delete my review and it would be gone forever? I'll take your deletion and raise you one cached copy of my review and one middle finger.

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

What's shocking is that Colleen Houck's prose bears a startlin
Era ➴
Dec 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
[warning: this review is literally too long. I will finish it in the comments because I’m done trying to figure out ways to minimize it. Let that be a sign of how problematic this book is.]

me trying to figure out how this book has over-one-star ratings

I'm genuinely ashamed to have this book on my goodreads list.

I was given this book as a recommendation from my teacher in eighth grade. The only reason I finished it is guilt because I knew she wanted me to enjoy it and I was really hoping for som
May 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m white. Being white means I have a certain level of privilege that people of colour are not afforded. I’ve never had to experience racism, I’ve never been slurred based on the colour of my skin and I don’t have to live with the extreme social and economic gap that people of colour do in terms of employment, higher education, sexual assault, health issues, etc. Sometimes when I’m looking at an issue, it can be very easy for me to look over the experiences of others. This isn’t deliberate but i ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with a love for romance and adventure
If you are looking for a good YA paranormal romance series, look no further. SERIOUSLY. You will read, re-read, and then read some more ... until your entire life, lives, breaths, screams, TIGER, and your family threatens to have you committed. Just start collecting everything Tiger now, and save yourself some time. :)

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


The first thing I noticed when I spotted this book was the detail in the cover. I'm not a shallow
Edit: 9/27/2014 Retroactively reducing my ratings for these books because when I first read them I did not notice the racism/cultural appropriation.

Okay, I just cannot be bothered to write a long review for this book. I can barely be bothered to write a review at all. The writing was terrible and the pacing painful from beginning to end, but the characters weren't a total waste (well, until Kelsey suddenly and inexplicably decided to be stupid and push Ren away. You know, I was sort of enjoying
Faye, la Patata
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish

Just look at my status updates to see why I abhor... ABHOR... this book.

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Exhibit D:

Exhibit E:

I am DONE!. I wouldn't wish this book even upon my worst enemy.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
When I was nine years old, I wrote a story called "The Two Trees," which in addition to being basically plagiarized from a number of sources (most notably The Ordinary Princess, but also a smidge here and there from Aladdin the film and The Farthest-Away Mountain), was obviously written by a nine year old. Like, if you would have picked it up and read it completely out of context and then somebody asked you to list off three things that described it, the list would look something like this:

1. Pr
Whitley Birks
May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
May 26, 2013 added it
This book sucks ass. There, I said all you need to know.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

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

Yup, you got the idea.

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

I kid you not.

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

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

It wasn't pl
Trigger warnings: Basically everything in Twilight is equally applicable here. Except for the chewing a baby out of a uterus part. Thank fuck.

So a colleague told me last year that this series was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. Usually I trust her opinion because, like, she reads a ton of YA stuff, but she's a grown ass adult and she's been a high school librarian for about 40 years, so she KNOWS YA. So I figured I'd finally pick this one up and see what the fuss was about, because our students do seem
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who wants to get swoon out for a change, people who have a very bland lovelife lol
WARNING: This book has the ability to make you succumb to constant daydreams and irregular bouts of hopeless romanticism while reading. So word of advice? grab that pillow and head for your room, cause someone might think you've lost it when they see you squealing around like an idiot. haha!

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

or maybe this?

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

Initial reaction.

yousexy Pictures, Images and Photos


lol! Im swept
Erica (storybookend)
NO! No no no no! Kelsey, go back, go back!

Oh my gosh, this book, this breathtaking, thrilling, romantic, utterly perfect book. It swept me away in blissful awe. The India setting, the mythical lure, the enchanting curse, the charmed aura of India’s 300 year old prince. I was completely captivated by the story, the characters, the setting, just, everything! And the romance, oh so swoon. So completely gush worthy and butterfly inducing and breathtaking. This book is so original and creative. A 30
What a huge disappointment! If I could give the book zero star, I would have.

When I first read book's description on the backcover of Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse, the first book of an adventure fantasy series which roofed itself both in the modern day India and the Hindu mythological world of curses, demons and deities; I was intrigued and wanted nothing more than to read the book. Adventure! Hindu mythology! Goddess Durga! What can possibly go wrong with all these supposedly epic setting?

Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book just pissed me off.


Love triangle

I'm so mad at this book I'm writing this review before I finish listening to the last hour, which has been torture to listen to.

I started out loving this book which is the only reason it does not have 1 star. I loved the strong, brave, kind main character Kelsey, who got stuff done without whining about it. I loved the Indian mythology and the curse-breaking premise. I was willing to look past the somewhat sappy and cheesy romantic dialogue because unlike certain other books *coughtwilightcough*
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Recommended to Sakina by: Ashley

Oh goodness...reading this was pure torture!!!

When I was recommended this book, I saw the cover and the title and thought, "wow interesting" then I read the synopsis: A 300-hundred year old Indian curse? A trip halfway around the world? Magic, Dark Forces, Risk, Ancient prophecy? And along with the fact that many of my friends gave this book a 4 or 5 star rating. I was exuberant to start this. When I started reading this book I didn't know I was setting myself up for MAJOR disappointment!

Muse-ic ♬
2.5 ( minor rant alert: proceed with caution...... )


I really wanted to love this. I mean, with a beautiful cover like that, I had high hopes. How can you not fall prey to those encahnting blue eyes?! And it has good ratings so I gave it a shot.

It half delivered.

I found the idea quite intriguing. But it was the idea alone that kept me going.

The other half fell so flat it's flatter than a sheet of printer paper.

First of all, the pacing, especially in the beginning, just did nothing for me.
Where the hell did my review of this book go?! Who's deleting the reviews? It's a good thing I remember what annoyed me in this book and will write this review yet again. I might have given it a 2 for actually interesting setting,

Non-western country in urban fantasy YA lit. I'm there! Only it just does not live up to the potential. All the bits and pieces that are supposed to show us India and it's culture/mythology feel like lifted from Wikipedia. And I just don't get the hype. I gave
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
I can't say this really captured my attention. In all honesty I couldn't wait for it to be finished.
I realize this is a young adult book, but I feel like the writing is rather juvenile. There are a lot of descriptions that don't need to be in there. Some of it was beautiful and the Indian mythology was interesting, but there was dialogue and events that could have been scrapped. There were things mentioned that I thought must have only been in there because it was going to come up later, and th
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Something that happens all the time in YA novels:



WHHHY Kelsey! Even after (view spoiler)

Other than that, I loved the book.
Sarah Elizabeth
This was a paranormal/fantasy story about a prince cursed to be a tiger.

Kelsey was an okay character although it was a little odd the way she talked to a tiger all the time, especially before she knew he could understand her.

The storyline in this was about Kelsey travelling to India with a tiger whilst he was being rehomed, and then discovering that the tiger was in fact a 300-year-old prince who had been cursed. Kelsey then spent the rest of the book trying to break the curse, and falling in lo
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I mentioned it elsewhere, but this will be the first time in a while I can't start a review with 'well it wasn't as bad as Throne of Glass'.

This book is objectively worse than Throne of Glass, though it admittedly has fewer fragments, em-dashes, and ellipses. It is much more in-your-face racist, even more so than I originally thought, especially given the friends in India who kindly commented on my posts giving more information and context (link coming, but I continue to have technical difficult
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Review first posted HERE

This was written of GR and on the back of my copy:

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Yes, this statement is correct (well for me anyway) it was very mushy and romantic, it was exciting and I finished it desperate for the next volume. I read this book while on holiday in Bali and yes that really enhanced my reading experience and made it more enjoyable because of the Hindu/A
There are very few books that leave me feeling the way this did! There's that saying that, 'you may forget what someone did or said, but you will never forget the WAY they made you FEEL'....Well, that's the way this series is for me. There may be some annoyances I have with it, such as the long explainations Mr. Kaddam always gives Kelsey about the myths, ect., and the Golden Fruit that can magically produce any kind of beverage or food for you, and the Divine Scarf that can make any type of clo ...more
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :(
Oct 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Twitards and sexist white supremacists
Recommended to LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)-- on hiatus :( by: a friend of mine who is somehow still my friend even after this.
"A tiger, huh? Sounds interesting! Are there elephants, too? Because I have to draw the line at scooping up elephant droppings." I giggled quietly at my own joke, but the woman didn't so much as crack a smile.

I don't know why that is, Kelsey! Your intelligence and humor astound me! Perhaps the poor woman was not laughing at your joke because... it's not funny? Ever think of that?

Reading this book was not quite the same as listening to Kim Kardashian's new song on 24 hour loop while getting my ha
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Colleen Houck's Tiger's Curse took me on a life changing and spell binding trip to India for under $20. Never had I felt so emotionally attached to characters before. The Indian princes' sorrowful and painful yet mysterious and enchanting pasts really exites readers to learn more about these two compelling characters. And how can anyone forget the passionate romance brewing between our lovely Kelsey Hayes and her handsome prince Dhiren...and his younger brother Kishan? It seems Miss Kelsey is to ...more
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New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge as ...more

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