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Title:
Tiger's curse / by Colleen Houck.
ISBN:
9781454902492
Publication Information:
New York : Splinter, [2012?]
Physical Description:
402, [39] p. ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes an excerpt of the author's Tiger's quest.

Includes a discussion guide.
Abstract:
Seventeen-year-old Oregon teenager Kelsey forms a bond with a circus tiger who is actually one of two brothers, Indian princes Ren and Kishan, who were cursed to live as tigers for eternity, and she travels with him to India where the tiger's curse may be broken once and for all.
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Summary

Summary

The first book in the nationally bestselling Tiger's Curse series is now available in paperback! Would you risk it all to change your destiny? The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world.
But that's exactly what happened.
Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Packed with magic, action-adventure, and romance, the epic Tiger's Curse series will keep you breathless and yearning for more.
Winner of the 2013/14 Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award!


Author Notes

Colleen Houck graduated from the University of Arizona. Before self-publishing her first two novels through BookSurge, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Her first book, Tiger's Curse, was published in 2009. Her other works include the Tiger's Curse series and the Reawakened series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Houck's debut YA fantasy, which she self-published in 2009, is richly imagined, but pacing and technique lag behind her inventiveness. Eighteen-year-old Kelsey Hayes gets a temporary summer job working at a one-ring circus that features a white Bengal tiger named Dhiren. Kelsey and Ren, as she calls the tiger, form an immediate bond, and when a mysterious businessman purchases Ren, Kelsey is asked to escort him to his new home on an Indian reserve (despite her complete lack of experience). Given extensive foreshadowing, it's no surprise that Ren turns into a man once back in his native land, inspiring Kelsey to break the ancient curse that forces Ren to shape-shift. The attractive premise is let down by wooden dialogue, excessive detail, and wobbly mechanics; Kelsey's plainspoken narration more often befits a preteen than a high school graduate ("Poor thing. All alone with no girl tiger and no tiger cubs"). Houck doesn't quite realize her potential in this outing. Two companion books, Tiger's Quest and Tiger's Voyage, are due later in 2011. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Working at the circus for the summer, seventeen-year-old Kelsey finds herself drawn to a white tiger, who is actually a cursed ancient Indian prince. Despite clunky dialogue and implausible events, these first two volumes in a projected series (originally self-published) manage to work in an engrossing mix of Indian mythology, adventure, and romance. [Review covers these titles: Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest.] (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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