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Wastes too much time
on September 6, 2011
While I didn't completely fall in love with the first book in this series either, I decided to read this one because the first one did intrigue me. Unfortunately through most of this book I found myself not only wanting to put it down, but desperately wanting to leave it there.
Most of the decent dialogue present in the first book was MIA in this one, and after about 150 pages I started losing interest. Ren's lack of presence over the next 300 pages-- yes, he's missing for THREE HUNDRED pages-- did not help. It seemed like this book was more Kelsey retelling something that happened to her than it was Kelsey telling a real story. The narrative focused way too much on details and events and not enough on characterization (Ren likes Shakespeare and peanut butter; that's the best you've got?), relationships and dialogue. In addition to this, it felt like I was being bombarded with events and heavy descriptions, like "this happened and then this happened and then I smelled this and the place looked like this." And far too many of these descriptions were of things that never actually happened-- visions, dreams, ancient myths/tales. I never thought I'd say it, but I'd be more interested in reading about how all these things make the narrator feel. Usually it's the other way around, and the narrator talks about their feelings too much, but in Tiger's Quest Kelsey rarely discusses relevant emotions at the right times, and when she does talk about how she feels, it seems a little whiney. You just want to yell at her and tell her to get on with her life.
Also, once she thinks she knows enough about something, she's suddenly not interested in learning any more about it-- which is more than a little inconsistent with her usually inquisitive nature. For example, when Kishan is telling her about the dream he had in the Grove of Dreams, he tells her that he dreamed about Ren and she thinks that's all she needs to know. She refuses to hear any more about it, all while I'm mentally screaming at her that I don't care if SHE doesn't want to know, I want to know what he and Ren were arguing about in the dream! (I just don't understand why the author would bring up something that is obviously significant to the plot and then have the main character brush it off like it doesn't matter)! Get over yourself, Kelsey! I never really liked her as a character to begin with, but she got even worse in this book. And Kishan, the one character who I thought might be worth my time, became just another flat character-who's-in-love-with-Kelsey-and-I-don't-know-why.
The book does start getting better at the end (coincidentally, about the same time as Ren's reappearance), but it's too little too late to save this review. Honestly, it was a snoozefest. Even the sequences that could be remotely considered "action" fell short of any and all expectations. If you really liked the first book, maybe you should give this one a chance, but if you're on the fence, just walk away. I found myself actually wanting to start a completely different book about 200 pages into this one. That said, the end was the kind of cliffhanger that breaks your heart and practically preorders the third book FOR you, so I'll be reading that one anyway.