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Tiger's Curse: Tiger Saga Book 1 by [Houck, Colleen]
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Product Description

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.

Q&A with Colleen Houck

Q: Who are your favorite writers?

Houck: J.K Rowling (Harry Potter Series), Chris Paolini (Eragon Series), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Saga), John Steinbeck, Walter Farley, Jules Verne, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Orson Scott Card, and many more!

I was fascinated with Chris Paolini’s story and when I found out he was such a young author and carried around his manuscript for four years before getting it published on his own, I was even more impressed with his grit and determination. The science fiction of Orson Scott Card and Jules Verne carries me away to places I never imagined. When I was young, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls and ride horses like Alec and have great adventures like they did.

Q: Who inspired you to become a published author?

Houck: The personal stories of Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling really touched me. Both women just decided one day to give writing a try and the course of their lives changed. One day I woke up and decided I was going to give it a shot, too. I always loved creative writing in middle school and high school, sci-fi and fantasy being my favorite, and have been an avid reader all my life, but I never considered it as a career. Seeing Rowling and Meyer--two self-trained writers--have the courage to give writing a try inspired me to channel my creative energy into imagining and writing the Tiger’s Curse series.

Q: In what environment do you get your best writing?

Houck: I write at my desk near a window with a great view of Oregon pine and beautiful houses. I always light a candle when I write as a reminder to include the senses of smell, touch, taste, sight, and sound in my writing. It has to be quiet and, until recently, my dog always slept at my feet. That's my comfort zone when writing. I really love writing in the afternoons because that’s when things get quiet. In the mornings I like to write personal correspondence to people who write to me about my books and do the research on the exotic locations I write about. I walk everyday and listen to music that inspires me to keep writing, but I can't listen to music and write at the same time because I get too distracted.

Q: When you’re not writing and reading your own books, what are you reading?

Houck: I’m reading everything YA right now. My favorite books are fantasy with a touch of romance but I love Sci-Fi, children's chapter books, and mainstream fiction as well. I recently finished the Percy Jackson/Lightning Thief series which I loved and currently I’m reading The Life of Pi which I originally purchased because of the tiger on the cover, but I also have shelves full of books waiting for my attention. The next books on my list include Scott Westerfield’s Uglies trilogy, Alyson Noel’s Immortals series, and The Guardians of Gahoole by Kathryn Lasky.

Q: Anything else you want to share with Amazon shoppers?

Houck: Writing my own book was a chance to channel my inner hero. I’m a lot like my character, Kelsey. We both have a special blanket given to us by our grandmothers, we both love chocolate, and we both sat in the back of class. But where Kelsey took a leap into the unknown as a teenager, I took a lot longer to come out of my shell. In writing this series, I’ve been able to leap along with Kelsey.

I also wanted to say how grateful I am to all of the Amazon readers who have left such kind and supportive customer reviews of my books. I originally self-published my first two books through Amazon and the reader comments created enough buzz to attract a film producer and interest from foreign publishers before I even had an agent, which I’ve learned is kind of unheard of! Amazon was really the key to launching the Tiger’s Curse saga and, because of that, I now have a career as a full-time writer.

From Booklist

When 18-year-old Kelsey takes a job with a circus, she finds herself oddly attracted to the white tiger she has been hired to feed. Little does she know the animal is really a 300-year-old Indian prince who has been cursed and transformed by an evil wizard. She soon discovers the truth and, to her amazement, learns she may be the only one who can help. The next thing she knows, she is on her way, with the tiger, to India, where they embark on a dangerous quest to break the curse. The tiger can change into a man for 24 minutes during each 24-hour period. And what a man! “He’s like James Bond, Antonio Banderas, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one,” Kelsey thinks. Originally self-published as an e-book, Houck’s first novel is part Twilight, part Indiana Jones, and part fairy tale. Although her book—the first in a proposed series—is sometimes derivative, she tells a good story filled with chaste romance that will keep readers turning pages to the inconclusive ending. Grades 7-12. --Michael Cart

Product Details

  • File Size: 1019 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (June 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 9, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RMMS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Amanda Welling on May 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
First Impressions: Tiger's Curse had been on my wish list for a very long time and I was excited to finally get the chance to read and review it. I'll admit that the cover art definitely had a major impression on me, but the subject matter is awesome too. I've always loved tigers and I thought that the plot of this book was very unique. I don't think I've read any other books about Indian curses and white tigers! I've heard nothing too negative being said about Tiger's Curse so I had very high hopes that I would enjoy it as well.

First 50 Pages: I immediately really liked Colleen Houcks writing style. It is very simple, yet her plot is intricate and generally well done. One of my favorite parts of the story was the Indian setting and the attention the author paid to details when she set up her scenes. The mythology aspect of Tiger's Curse was wonderful and it was one of the best aspects of the story. It was pretty apparent that the author did her research in regards to the Indian culture. Now with that said, there were some grammatical errors that slightly bugged me and the dialogue wasn't as good as it could have been, but overall, the beginning of the book had me hooked and I couldn't put it down once I started to read.

Characters & Plot: The plot of Tiger's Curse follows the story of a girl named Kelsey who works at a circus taking care of a rare white tiger named Ren. A few weeks into Kelsey's job, a man named Mr. Kadam shows up to give Kelsey and Ren an opportunity most people only dream of having. The man buys Ren and Kelsey goes to India to be Ren's caretaker. I did find it kind of strange that Kelsey's foster parents had no issues with allowing Kelsey to go away, especially to a completely different country, but hey! This is just a story, right?
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This book had so many possibilities but it fell short. First of all, Kelsey's character never really feels right. She is supposed to be a modern, 18 year old woman. Unfortunately, she acts and speaks like a 50 year old woman and seems to have the life experience of an 8 year old. She also treats the other characters awfully and yet they still adore her. The entire time I was reading this book I kept thinking that Kelsey needed to grow up. The last third of the book was difficult to read because of this. I was embarrassed for her and didn't like her at that point. I actually hit the point where I was hoping the author would kill her off and introduce someone likeable.

It ends with a cliffhanger but I'll just let it fall and die on its own. I won't be reading anything more. I hate finishing a book and being disappointed with the entire experience. There was so much potential with this story and to see all of that unfulfilled is disappointing. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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When I first heard the premise of this book, I was excited. Instead of werewolves, there were tiger "shapeshifters". I thought this would be refreshing. Unfortunately, the writing of this book ruined what could have been a fantastic idea. Like another reviewer said, it sounded like the author telling the story instead of the character telling her story. Almost none of what the character thought or said sounded like anything close to what a seventeen year old girl would say, instead it was what a grown woman seemed to think a seventeen year old would say/think. Even if you get past the main character's dialogue issues, the characters themselves were horribly cliche. The girl had self-esteem issues and the boy was perfect, it was even said over and over again in the book. Although sometimes the book can be redeemed from poor characterization by an excellent writing style, unfortunately the book lacked this as well. Even the writing style itself was horribly cliche. So all in all the book gets two stars for what was a good idea, but very poorly executed.
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The cover art did not give a clue that this book, I assume, was written for teenage girls. I'm a guy and had trouble digesting a romance novel in disguise. I felt trapped in the book, since it was somewhat interesting and I don't like to quit a book I've started. However, I would warn anyone who cringes at romance novels that they may want to pass on this one.
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I'm not saying anything that others haven't already said, but I feel so strongly about this book I feel like I need to add my own two cents. I've never actually written a book review before but my coworkers are getting tired of me reading them excerpts and then hurling the book down at lunch so I'm channeling my irritation into a new format. I actually feel really guilty even writing a negative review since the author is a human being who probably put a lot into this and here I am tearing it down.

1)I LOVE to read, and I read very quickly. I finish most YA books in about two days because I'm so eager to find out what happens. It's been two weeks and I can't finish this book. I keep putting it down because I can't handle the poor writing style. I tell you this only so that you know that I'm not normally super picky about writing mechanics. If the characters, story and setting are even just "sort of" interesting, I'll probably enjoy the book just because I love to read so much. I ALWAYS finish books, but this one is going, roughly half-read, to the used book store this week. Maybe someone else will enjoy it.

2)NO EIGHTEEN-YEAR OLD TALKS LIKE THAT. MAYBE if she lived in 19th-century England. Not modern day Oregon. I was a teenage girl once, and I am pretty sure I'd remember if any of us spoke that way. The author was a teenage girl once. How did she forget already? I guess she's trying to make Kelsey seem intelligent, but again, I've known lots of intelligent teenage females (*raises hand*) and none of us spoke that way (and I can't speak for my friends' inner monologue but I know that mine doesn't sound that way unless I've been reading and watching Harry Potter and then admittedly I do start pretending to be British for a day or two).
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