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Tiger's Destiny (Book 4 in the Tiger's Curse Series) Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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“. . . shocking, heart-rending, soul-tearing. . .” --Kirkus Reviews
“Tiger's Curse is magical!” --Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush
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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*
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?
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. Kelsey wasn't impulsive and didn't have normal human reactions. Humans are impulsive. Even if it means freaking out and then recomposing ourselves a few minutes later. But not Kelsey. As an example: at one point Kelsey is off on her own, and then returns back to where she left Kishan and Ren to find that their tent has been ripped apart and Ren and Kishan are gone. They've been captured. Kelsey looks around and then says to Fanindra: "Well, we've got to save them. There's no question about that." There's no freaking out. There's no OH MY GOD WHERE HAVE MY TIGERS GONE?? I'M NOW ALL ALONE IN A JUNGLE FILLED WITH VAMPIRES AND ZOMBIES!! (which was true) If I was traveling with two people in a jungle filled with vampires and zombies, and then realized I was all alone, I would freak the **** out.
Honestly, the only reason I'm giving this book three stars instead of two, is because I can appreciate the research that went into this book and the creativity surrounding the fantasy and world building. The fantasy in this book didn't draw me in as much as it did in Tiger's Voyage, which was disappointing. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to appreciate it? I don't know. But I can still acknowledge that there's some insane creativity going on here and Colleen Houck really brings fantasy and mythology to life.
The ending of Tiger's Destiny was totally and completely and 100% predictable, but I still enjoyed it. It's fun to see things get all wrapped up and have a little happily ever after. There were some seriously major Twilight references, but I did my best to ignore them. But one down side is that it felt really rushed. When Kelsey finally made her choice between the two guys, I wanted to rejoice and savour the moment.. but it all ended very, very quickly. I don't know what Colleen Houck has in store for us with the mysterious fifth book, but I seriously hope it expands upon the post-curse days.