Tiger’s Curse Series
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating as a series:
When I first read this series years ago I would say all the books were 5 stars. Now though my thoughts and reading have changed. I am going to be doing a blanket review of the series of how I feel NOW and boy have I got some stuff to say.
1) Plot & Pace
I loved the plot. There were some incredible twists and the author really got my heart thumping with how intense some moments could be. This mortal girl Kelsey has her life intertwined with these thousand-year-old Princes who were cursed to be Tigers forever. With Kelsey’s help and a few others, they embark on several journeys to break the curse and kick the ass of the man, Lokesh, who cursed them. Of course, romance and heartbreak, friendships, and death happen along the way. These series gave me a whirlwind of emotions but I truly did enjoy them.
2) Writing & World-Building/Setting
This is what truly kept me coming back besides Ren. The author really builds this beautiful world founded on India and Indian mythology. The architecture, the setting, the mythology, the quests they embark on, everything is told so beautifully. You have no idea how many times this story made me hungry when the Indian delicacies were described. The food sounded so good my mouth watered. The magic was really good. I was transported to the world these books created.
3) Characters & Development
I loved Ren, Mr. Kadam, and a few other characters. I loathed Kelsey. I was indifferent to Kishan. Was Ren a tad irritating when he had to do everything for Kelsey or when he was pining? Yes, I can admit but good golly he has been through a lot and literally had his heart broken over and over and over. The side characters were enjoyable except that literally, everyone LOVED Kelsey and I don’t know why. Kelsey oh Kelsey. I really liked her in book one but as the series went on she got more whiny, weak, and insufferable. She was very manipulative of Ren’s feelings and even Kishan. She was indecisive and insensitive. She was always so, “Oh I am so unpretty but everyone loves me, oh that girl is pretty? I hate her, OMG Ren is moving on what a betrayer (WHILE SHE WAS WITH KISHAN.) Honestly, I just wanted to strangle her. She loved Ren so much but she kept breaking his heart and denying her love and stringing Kishan along for literally no reason. Kishan was annoying but I liked him at times. I am hoping book five will redeem him for me since it’s in his POV. The development of everyone was good but it could have been better. Lokesh was a good villain and I enjoyed him but even HIS obsession with Kelsey was too much. This girl had their hearts desires coming out of her ass with how much everyone worshiped the ground she walked on.
How do I even put into words how I felt about this? Book one was AMAZING! I was so in love with Ren & Kelsey. They had my heart pounding and I was honestly breathless. Were there moments I wanted to strangle Kelsey? Of course. Like when she completely flipped out on Ren when he asked her if he could kiss her. MAM, he is a thousand something (more or less) year old prince who only knows chivalry and you’re MAD??? Honey. But besides that they were amazing. Then things go downhill. The next three books are so indecisive and it is quite irritating. As a lover of Ren anytime he was happy I was happy but it was so annoying seeing him pin for this girl who did not deserve him. The love triangle was irritating and I knew, you knew, the president knew, aliens knew, God himself knew that Ren & Kelsey were endgame. I don’t know why we were subjected to this long-winded and unnecessary triangle and indecisiveness from Kelsey. And Kishan was booboo the fool accepting Kelsey when he knew she did not really want him and was only with him because it was “easier” than loving Ren. I was only happy in the end because Ren was happy but really if my man said bye I would not have cared. Kishan got a raw deal in the end but really you should stop taking your brother’s girlfriends. But I can’t lie and say my heart didn’t pound and stop everytime Ren and Kelsey had a moment or spoke their feelings. I would be a liar and my hopeless romantic self-loved every moment.
“The fact is…I’m in love with you, and I have been for some time.”
“I don’t want you to see only a tiger when you look at me. I want you to see me. The man.”
“I decided to find you, throw myself at your feet, and beg you to have mercy on me. Honestly, I’ll accept whatever you choose, Kelsey. Just don’t ask me to live apart from you again. Because…I can’t.”
“No matter what happens, please remember that I love you, hridaya patni. Promise me that you’ll remember.” “It’s a pet name our father used to call our mother. It means…wife of my heart.”
“I was destined to love you, and I will belong to you forever.”
“You’re forgetting something iadala. Love is not a consequence. Love is not a choice. Love is a thirst — a need as vital to the soul as water is to the body.”
“The white tiger will always be your protector, Kelsey. Good-bye priyatama.”
“You are my home, Kelsey. Wherever you are is where I belong.”
“There is still a piece of my heart that belongs to you. I have cherished it all these centuries.”
“Yours in life, Kishan.”
“Yours in death, Dhiren”
“I promise to remain faithfully beside you. I pledge to conquer faults; perfect my character. I vow to deserve you. I declare you’re my dream, my fervent wish fulfilled. I offer my past wealth and future promises. I swear to keep your trust.” I commit my soul’s fire and my body’s force. I profess I am forever bound to your heart. I proclaim I am yours.”