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Tiger's Destiny (Book 4 in the Tiger's Curse Series) Hardcover – September 4, 2012

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Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan return in this final volume in Houck’s popular Tiger’s Curse series. Also back is the evil sorcerer Lokesh, determined, as always, to foil the intrepid trio’s attempt to break the tiger curse and discover their individual destinies. It’s a tall order made taller for Kelsey, who must decide to which of the dreamy brothers she will give her heart. Houck’s prose can lack nuance, but she tells a good story that will appeal to both action-adventure and romance fans. Expect demand, especially if a major motion picture is in the offing as the publisher asserts. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart


"Ablaze with fiery passions--and sheets of actual fire, too--this conclusion to the Tiger's Curse quartet brings Oregon teenager Kelsey and the two Indian were-tiger princes who have divided her heart through a climactic battle to a final, bittersweet mate selection. . . . [readers] are sure to be left throbbing and misty-eyed." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The Tiger's Curse Series has everything my heart could desire in a fantasy: exotic locations, two dashing princes, good vs. evil, the promise of danger and adventure lurking around every corner-and did I mention the two dashing princes?  Warning: these books may cause you to forget anything else exists until you've turned the last enthralling page. And then you'll want to start all over again!" --Bree Despain, author of the Dark Divine trilogy
PRAISE FOR Tiger's Voyage:
“Epic, grand adventure rolled into a sweeping love story . . .” --Sophie Jordan, author of Firelight
“An epic love triangle that kept me eagerly turning the pages!” --Alexandra Monir, author of Timeless
PRAISE FOR Tiger's Quest:
“. . . shocking, heart-rending, soul-tearing. . .” --Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR Tiger's Curse:
“Tiger's Curse is magical!” --Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush
 “Action, history, poetry, romance, magic--everything you could ever want.” --RT Book Reviews
“Houck's debut YA fantasy, which she self-published in 2009, is richly imagined…” --Publishers Weekly
“Houck…is adept at including details that allow readers to understand the story's setting…Twilight fans will appreciate the supernatural, star-crossed romance.” --School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Tiger's Curse (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Splinter; Book 4 in the Tiger's Curse Series edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781402798436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402798436
  • ASIN: 1402798431
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chels on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Readers who were waiting at the edge of their seats can finally relax. Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan return in yet another adventure filled with romance, mystery, action, and intrigue. The story is easy to fall in to; Colleen Houck provides vivid descriptions, the places will be fresh and real in the reader's mind throughout the story. The setting of the book truly sets the scene in this case.

The characters were much the same from the first couple of books with some development. Ren and Kishan are as charismatic and swoon-worthy as ever, but Kelsey began to get annoying. She still hasn't fully chosen between Ren and Kishan although she considers herself to be Kishan's girlfriend. She simply doesn't devote herself to him in any serious way; poor Kishan seems so sure about her, so confident that he loves her and she doesn't give much back. There were a couple surprises in this book, some concerning Mr. Kadam and Kishan, that will make the reader have a "gut reaction." Colleen Houck's ability to affect the reader is such a way is the mark of an excellent writer.

There is a certain magic feel to the story, an undercurrent of suspense interwoven with romance that makes this book very memorable. The ending is, although likely not satisfying for all readers, a good ending. Colleen Houck ties up the last few remnants very well, starting in the beginning of the book to make it less shocking in the very end. Overall, this book is highly recommended to young adult/teen readers.

*Complimentary copy received for review, this in no way affects my opinion*
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This 4th installment in Colleen's thrilling indian series is everything thing i hoped it would be and everything i didn't even think to hope for.

It starts off with Kelsey's kidnapping and her imprisonment with the power hunger Lokesh as he prepares to take her as his bride and future mother to his vile offspring. I wont give to much away but lets say the engagement is short lived as two very dashing princes come to save her.
Mind you this is just the first few chapters. It gets WAY more interesting as the plight to break the damon curse finally comes to its last task with the rope of fire and kelsey must make her own choice as to which prince is her true destiny. Phenixes, Vampires, death caves, twin brothers, and a very twisted turn of fate leads the gang to a place where a final battle must be won or lost. We make new friends, lose loved ones, and find love in all the places we wished are characters to find it.

Ren & Kishan are on equal ground this time around and there battle for kelsey is just as fierce as there greatest battle ahead of them.
Kishan is probably my favorite character as i love his easy going nature that hides a smoldering deep hearted person just under the surface.
Saying that i do think that Ren is the right choice for kelsey and that if kelsey wasn't so traumatized by her own fears of losing the people she loves she would have stopped latching on to kishan as a safety net and realized her heart belonged with Ren the entire time. I felt sorry for kishan because he loved her the way she loved Ren and i wanted kishan to have a women that could love him just as fiercely as he could love in return.

All i need to know now is " What the heck is Tigers Dream going to be about?" she wrapped up so much that i wonder if it is in anothers persons perspective all togther and no longer kelseys. If That is the case my money is on Nilima or Kishan, perhaps even the golden eyed baby?
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When reading this review, keep in mind that I LOVED the first book--Tiger's Curse--but everything since then has gone downhill from me. The love triangle caused me to give the second and third books lower ratings, and now also the fourth book. If you loved all the books in the series until this point, you'll probably love Tiger's Destiny. If the love triangle has aggravated you, then my review is probably for you.

The love triangle is definitely what ruined this series. Throughout Tiger's Destiny, we have character after character reminding Kelsey to follow her heart, and telling her to pick between "her two tigers." Kelsey knows she has to make a decision. She knows that she loves Ren more. But she still spends THE ENTIRE BOOK just sitting there fretting about it and doing nothing (until the very end). For me this was most frustrating because Kelsey makes it very clear (in both Tiger's Voyage and in Tiger's Destiny) that she loves Ren more. Ren is the burning desire, the passion that cannot be calmed. She loves Kishan, but not in the "soul mate" type way. Kishan is the nice guy who's sweet, and safe, but without any spark. So regardless of which guy *YOU* like better, it's obvious that she should pick Ren because she loves him more and she's passionate about him. But instead, Kelsey comes up with a million excuses why she can't be with him, and instead, she decides to lead on Kishan. It is so unfair to be with a guy when you don't really want to be with him, and some of her actions in Tiger's Destiny just drove me insane (but they're spoilers so I won't list them).

Tiger's Destiny also had some issues that I found in earlier books. A lot of Kelsey's dialogue felt very, very scripted and emotionless.
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