Normally I would start off a book review by pasting the synopsis from Goodreads. However, since this is a series review, I’m going to bypass this and just link the Tiger’s Curse Goodreads page. If you’re interested, you can click the photo of the covers and it’ll bring you there.
You know that question that everyone asks in tags? If you could only choose one book series to read for the rest of your life, which one would you choose? That series for me is this one. I have read and re-read and gushed over this series for going on four years now. It’s a go to series, a comfort book, a I-don’t-know-what-else-to-read-so-I’m-going-to-read-this book. I have read the full series about six times and have read this first few books closer to eight times.
Of course, like any book series, it’s far from perfect. There are still some problems with the books regardless of how much I love it(which I’ll get into later.) But all in all, I absolutely adore everything about them.
I love the mythology that the author brings into the novels. There’s Hindu mythology, Chinese, Norse and a number of other ones thrown in there. I love how she’s able to meld them all together in a way that really works.
Houck really has a way of drawing you into the story. It’s one of those books that has you saying ‘one more chapter’ and then next thing you know it three in the morning. I found myself extremely invested in all these characters and each part of the curse being broken.
Now, one of the biggest issues I have with this book is the love story and how ridiculous Kelsey acts with trying not to get attached to Ren. It literally drives me insane. Now the author did try to write this off as Kelsey ‘protecting’ herself and having issues forming relationships because of her parents dying. However, the only time that that was ever apparent was with her romantic relationship with Ren. She had no other problems with forming relationships with any other character in any four of the novels.
Then, once that finally stops and she’s with him, story happens and she’s not around Ren for a while. And the first thing she does? Yep, dates his brother. I think that was the part that bothered me the most. There is nothing wrong at all with dating multiple people. But she literally told Ren she was in love with him and they were in a committed relationship until he left for a while.
And of course there’s the everyone loves and/or falls in love with Kelsey, even though she’s a pretty aggravating character.
Other than that, I really can’t get enough of this story. It’s a simple book, clear cut and doesn’t make you think too much. It’s like brain candy. It’s not going to enrich your life or anything, but it sure is enjoyable.
I would highly recommend reading this if you’re just looking for a book to pass the time. The last book in the series is due to come out next Spring and although I’m hesitant and scared, since the fourth book wrapped up pretty well, I’m still looking forward to it.
You can be sure that I will be reviewing this book. Considering how Colleen Houcks writing has been for me lately, I’m hoping being back with much loved characters will be what I need.
Until next time,
In the spirit of this wonderful holiday, I’m going to do a giveaway! All you need to do is comment on and like at least one post during the next 25 days and you’ll be entered to win a book($20.00 or less) of your choice from Book Depository. Winner will be chosen and announced December 29th.