Splinter, 403 pages
"The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny."
Tiger's Curse is certainly a must-read for anyone who is looking for an action thrill ride filled with romance, because it sure does deliver. The reason I wanted to read this book was because the plot appeared to be very original and I have only ever read one other book set in India.
Even though Tiger's Curse at times reminded me a bit of Twilight in some sense (Mr. Kadam is a bit like Carlisle and Ren wants to protect Kelsey so bad all the time), I can forgive these likenesses. For one, Ren kind of needs to protect Kelsey all the time. They constantly are doing dangerous tasks by themselves, and I don't think any girl from the United States could survive in an Indian jungle by themselves for very long. As for Mr. Kadam, he is such a sweetheart that I can completely forgive his likeness to Carlisle Cullen. I greatly enjoyed his character. What made me so fascinated with him is that Mr. Kadam even has his own interesting backstory.
The book was written pretty well, but I did feel like the sentences were a bit choppy in the first handful of chapters. This may have been because Tiger's Curse is Colleen Houck's first novel, so I can forgive her for that as well because the writing got much better as the book went on.
So, now on to the romance. It was... AMAZING. Tiger's Curse is definitely a book that shows that romance does not have to be explicit in books in order for it to be intense. You can pratically feel the romantic tension between Kelsey and Ren sparking through the pages. It's that intense.
Needless to say, I am now on to reading the next book in the series, Tiger's Quest. I simply had to go on to the next book after the huge cliffhanger at the end of Tiger's Curse. All in all, Tiger's Curse was a very satisfying and enjoyable read.
Rating: 5 stars - I loved it! Buy a copy!