Title: Tiger’s Quest
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Tiger Saga (Book 2)
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 479 Pages
ISBN-10: 140278404X (Sterling)
ISBN-13: 978-1402784040 (Sterling)
Reviewed by: Bridget
Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest–this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER’S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.
Quick & Dirty: Great fantasy book filled with action and a cute romance.
Opening Sentence: I clung to the leather seat and felt my heart fall as the private plane rose into the sky, streaking away from India.
Kelsey broke the first part of the curse, but now she wants to go back home and try to live normally for a little while. Unfortunately, Kelsey left her heart back in India. She fell head over heels in love with Ren, but she was scared to start a relationship with him so she left. She can’t stop thinking about him but she feels that it is time to try to move on. After a few months of dating other boys and missing Ren more than ever he finally shows up at her door. Kelsey decides that it is time to give Ren a chance, she is in love with him after all. They have a few great months together living a normal life, but they aren’t normal people so it doesn’t last long. Lokesh, the Prince and sworn enemy is looking for Kelsey and eventually he finds her. While trying to protect her Ren ends up getting captured, and Kelsey will stop at nothing to try and rescue him.
They don’t know where Ren is or how to find him. Their only clue is to try to break another part of the curse. Kelsey returns to India and goes on a quest with Ren’s younger brother Kishan. Kishan is a sweet, yet more dangerous version of Ren. Kelsey’s heart truly belongs to Ren, but Kishan keeps trying to leave a mark of his own and Kelsey has a hard time resisting. Kelsey also has discovered a new power and she has to learn how to control it if they are going to be successful in retrieving another one of the four gifts. Will they be successful and will they be able to save Ren before it’s too late?
I really enjoyed Kelsey’s character in this book. She grew so much from the first one. She goes from being a damsel in distress type to a girl to one that can really hold her own. She also really opens up to the possibility of love, and you start to see some of her walls come down. Her self confidence grows and she really becomes a great heroine that I really connected well with. I love when characters mature and change for the better in a series and I felt that Houck did a great job making Kelsey a much more likable character.
You don’t get to see very much of Ren in this book, but the parts you do get just make you fall more in love with him. He is so devoted to Kelsey and I think that the things he does for her are so cute. He still has a temper and a jealous streak especially when it comes to his brother. But he has total confidence that he loves Kelsey and that she loves him back, he just has to work to get her to realize it. I missed seeing Ren but I know that we will get a lot more of him in the next book and I am excited for that.
Kishan was introduced in the first book, but he was a very minor character. We get to know him so much better in this book, and I totally loved him. He is undeniably gorgeous and he has that bad boy vibe going on. He knows that Kelsey is with Ren, but he really has a thing for her as well. He is very open about how he feels, and he goes after what he wants. He is similar to Ren in a lot of ways but he is more daring and unpredictable. I love getting to know him, but it breaks my heart to see him blame himself for what has happened in the past. I don’t envy Kelsey having to choose between two amazing boys, but I always love a good love triangle.
This was a great second book to the series. It was really fast paced with good action and great character development. I am really enjoying the plot and I am excited to see where the story goes. Houck’s writing is very descriptive and entertaining. I can’t wait to begin book 3 and see what happens. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good fantasy.
Annoyed, I said, “What are you laughing at, Mister?”
He took both of my hands in his and looked in my eyes. “Nothing at all, Kelsey. You are the most enchanting creature I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“Oh. Thanks. But why did you laugh?”
“I laughed because I’m the lucky one who gets to see you like this, to be with you in this paradise while Ren had to be chased by monkeys and fight needle trees. Obviously, I got the better quest.”
The Tiger Saga Series:
5. Tiger’s Dream (2013)
FTC Advisory: Sterling provided me with a copy of Tiger’s Quest. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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