Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Rating: 1 star

Review: I may be the only one that did not like this book so I'm going to apologize ahead for giving it a 1 star rating.

First off, let me say that the premise and the story line for this is awesome. It's nice that it is set in India, and it's pretty cool that they're using a tiger as a character. I do love tigers! All these things made the book have so much potential.

Unfortunately, the execution didn't work for me due to a combination of things. First, the writing. I didn't find it engaging at all. There were also too many unnecessary information added in! At times, the narrator would go on about telling us what kind of shirt the other one's wearing to what she had for breakfast to what kind of car they're in. There's just too many details, too much "telling and not much showing."

Next, the characters. The female protagonist seemed flat to me. And the male lead reminded me too much of Edward Cullen - "the perfect gentleman" with not much personality. Their relationship with each other felt forced to me as well. Finally, the development of the plot and the characters. I didn't really see any, unfortunately.

And maybe the worst thing for me was that I did not believe it. I didn't get in or give in to this fantasy world. I didn't get into its fantastical elements. I didn't want to learn more about it. It felt contrived to me, and this fictional novel just did not seem "real" at all to me. I simply wasn't sold on the idea. That to me is a deal breaker.

So as a whole, I obviously did not enjoy it. I have to admit that I was very bored by it and can't really find anything that was good about it, as far as how the story itself was told. So would I recommend it? Probably not. But then again, I may be the only one that didn't like it, so I could totally be just wrong. I suggest you try it out. See for yourself. For me, sadly, it's a no.


  1. Sorry to hear you didn't dig this one. Thanks for your honest review.

  2. Yeah, this doesn't sound a book like I'm going to enjoy. I don't need another boy that reminds me of Edward Cullen. See if he reminded you of Carlisle Cullen, I would so read it! lol. And too much details is a no,no for me. ;)

  3. Thanks for your review! I've heard nothing but praise for this book so it's good to get a different opinion - just in case I feel the same! :)

  4. The comparison to Twilight characters was enough to convince me this book isn't going to be for me. It's a bummer that it didn't work out, but thanks for keeping the review honest.

  5. Oh, bummer. I know quite a few bloggers who love this series but I can relate to the flaws that you mention because I think I wouldn't like them either. Especially that you weren't able to be drawn into the fantasy world because that's what I love most about a good fantasy.

  6. I haven't read this yet but I don't know if I want to, especially after you saying the guy reminds you of Edward!

  7. Juju - thanks for reading as always :)

    Nina - haha Carlisle is definitely more interesting than Edward.

    Belle - I am definitely in the minority. I would recommend it to you just because there's a lot of people who really liked this!

    Jenna - It wasn't similar to Twilight per se, just the characters. I felt as if the lead had no personality - sort of like Edward, in my opinion.

    Aylee - I agree. I feel like with fantasy stories, the readers need to be able to give in and believe in the "crazy and impossible" and if it doesn't make you do just that, then it probably won't work out.

    May - To be honest he is not as creepy as Edward but he's very boring like him!