Friday, July 20, 2012

The Tiger Saga (books 1-3) by Collen Houck

 Tiger's Curse

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 it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

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

Shelley's Brief Thoughts:
This story has EVERYTHING! The 3 M's of good paranormal fiction; Magic, mystery, mythology. A reluctant, sweet AND snarky heroine. A curse. An epic journey. And an ending sure to leave your heart aching. The fact that it all begins in MY hometown is just a la mode on the Marionberry cobbler...that's a very good thing.  

Tiger's Quest

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

Shelley's Brief Thoughts:
Quest picks up right where the Curse left off. Kelsey is home and reflecting, trying to forget Ren, Kishan and their curse...moving on with college life. Of course we know that doesn't last long. Soon she is whisked off on another journey to help our tigers overcome their burden and become wholly human again. We learn much more about Kishan along with Kelsey and grow to love Ren that much more.
As the story progresses, the tasks become more difficult and they find they must meet their nemesis head on.
Tiger's Quest brings you more beautiful locales, history and mythology, stronger connections, more action, bigger adventures and packs a punch with a cliffhanger sure to have you grabbing for another box of tissues and cursing Colleen for leaving you hanging...again. Be glad you don't have to wait 6 months for next installment. It's beautiful torture. 

Tiger's Voyage

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.

Shelley's Review of Tiger's Voyage:
To begin, I have to say how excited I was to finally be reentering the world of Kelsey and her tigers. Even though I purchased Tiger's Voyage as a pre-order and rushed to have it signed, it was shelved and glanced at, and admired from across the room, as I began a journey in to the blogging world and became immersed in requests and obligations. Now don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly enjoyed myself and am grateful for all our opportunities, but I missed Ren terribly...and Kishan...and...well, you get the idea. So, when I was asked to be part of the upcoming tour for Tiger's Destiny (#4), I didn't hesitate and took this as my chance to catch up with the trio and I jumped in head first. That's really the only way to go...
This series is a constant whirlwind of action, adventure and heart wrenching emotional turmoil. The last book left us heartbroken as Kelsey and Ren suffered from love lost, regained and yet not fully attained. Tiger's Voyage begins right where we left off and immediately had my eyes welled with tears and my heart aching as they still struggled with the consequences of choices and sacrifices made...stepping into the tangled web of their love and readying for the next big adventure.
The usual cast of characters returns, including my favorite of Durga's gifts, Kelsey's near constant companion and protector-aside from the boys and Mr. Kadam, of course--Fanindra, the golden snake. She is a brilliant character. Many would not really consider her a character, but to me she has a heart and soul. She thinks and acts on instinct and always with Kelsey's welfare and the completion of the journey as her motive. She is as strong and beautiful and essential as the tigers and often there to help save the day. Ok, ok, I'll move on to the heart of our tale...
The places we travel on this voyage are unexpected and all at once exhilarating and terrifying. Knowing going in that there is always an Element that drives the story, this one being Water...and also knowing there would be dragons involved, I was still taken by surprise more than a few times...and fascinated. The dragons are amazing. The journey the trio must take in order to gain the items needed to help end the Curse, of course is centered around these creatures. They are powerful, clever and beguiling. I won't give details on them, it would take away from the mystery, but each has a unique tale and as always a test for our fearless friends.
But it doesn't stop there. There is the unresolved triangle of Ren-Kelsey-Kishan. Just when you think you know what Kelsey will do, something happens to change the course of things. I did mention it's a whirlwind...make that a typhoon or is it a hurricane? Whatever you want to call it, it keeps the emotions high and more than once I felt my chest crack and splinter as everything became more complicated. Ren's own situation is heartbreaking. And difficult to endure. Without question, I was frustrated with Kelsey's wavering feelings and indecision, but she makes some hard choices. Ones I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make--I'm far too selfish.
And what would the journey be without an appearance...a battle or two with their ultimate foe, Lokesh. He proves himself again a formidable challenger and powerful fiend. He is truly evil and will stop at nothing to gain what he sees as the grand prize in this never-ending game.
So what does this story have to offer you? Amazing creatures...real and, challenges, battles--with enemies and those closest to our heroes and heroine (sometimes within themselves), great love and pain, humor and beauty and more of the rich history and mythology of Ren and Kishan's homeland. In essence, another wonderful installment that left me loving Ren (and Kishan) even more...and an ending that left me aching to find out what happens next.



We at TSK TSK What to Read are very excited to be one of the tour stops on the upcoming Tiger's Destiny Blog Tour.  Make sure you come back and check it out!!

 Tiger's Destiny

With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the bestselling "Tiger's Curse" series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers' true destinies once and for all.

Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
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