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  • Colleen Houck
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  • 09 May 2019
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  1. says:

    If I had to describe Tiger's Curse in one word that word would be embarrassing I'm not joking Have you ever been i

  2. says:

    Umm Obviously I've read it since I wrote it Have most of the lines memorized now

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    WARNING RANTING AHEADThis one is actually getting 15 stars NOT 2 THAT'S how much I loath you Kelsey Hayes you can take your dumb love plant and SHOVE ITWhat would you do if someone offered you an all expenses paid trip to India with a mysterious white tiger who also happens to be a handsome Indian prince Eighteen year old

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    Seriously GR I mean SERIOUSLY You thought you could just delete my review and it would be gone forever I'll take your deletion and raise you one cached copy of my review and one middle finger My five year old nephew had to

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    If you are looking for a good YA paranormal romance series look no further SERIOUSLY You will read re read and then read

  6. says:

    I’m white Being white means I have a certain level of privilege that people of colour are not afforded I’ve never had to experience racism I’ve never been slurred based on the colour of my skin and I don’t have to live with the extreme social and economic gap that people of colour do in terms of employment higher education sexual assault health issues etc Sometimes when I’m looking at an issue it can be very easy for me

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    Edit 9272014 Retroactively reducing my ratings for these books because when I first read them I did not notice the racismcultural appropriationOkay I just cannot be bothered to write a long review for this book I can bare

  8. says:

    When I was nine years old I wrote a story called The Two Trees which in addition to being basically plagiarized from a number of sources most notably The Ordinary Princess but also a smidge here and there from Aladdin the film and The Farthest Away Mountain was obviously written by a nine year old Like if you would have picked it up and read it completely out of context and then somebody asked you to list off

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    I TRIED GUYS I TRIED BUT I JUST CANNOT FINISH THIS THIS THINGJust look at my status updates to see why I abhor ABHOR this bookExhibit AExhibit BExhibit CExhibit DExhibit EI am DONE I wouldn't wish this book even upon my worst enemy

  10. says:

    THIS BOOK IS SO BAD IT ACTUALLY MADE ME HATE TIGERS

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Ite tiger named Ren Halfway around the world But that’s exactly what happened Face to face with dark forces spellbinding magic and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems Kelsey risks every I m white Being white means I have a certain level of privilege that people of colour are not afforded I ve never had to experience racism I ve never been slurred based on the colour of my skin and I don t have to live with the extreme social and economic gap that people of colour do in terms of employment higher education sexual assault health issues etc Sometimes when I m looking at an issue it can be very easy for me to look over the experiences of others This isn t deliberate but it is a sign that my race has levelled the playing field in a way that just isn t open for people who aren t white I make a conscious effort to see the bigger picture take into account the experiences of others and to check my privilege at every possible turn Frankly every white person should do soI say all this now because I think it s important for me to put this disclaimer before my piece wherein I discuss what I saw as the gross ignorance and cultural appropriation present in the book Tiger s Curse by Colleen Houck a white American YA author The novel which takes place primarily in India centres on a young white American woman called Kelsey who through a series of laughable and increasingly convoluted events finds herself looking after a cursed Indian prince who is stuck in the body of a tiger She accompanies him back to his homeland in order to accomplish several tasks to break the curse and through this process finds out that she is the chosen one of the Hindu goddess DurgaBefore I can even tackle the cultural issues of this book I have to discuss just how terrible it is on a basic storytelling level The book which was originally self published on before being picked up by a publisher and becoming a NYT best seller is abysmal There s no other word for it The prose is childish and juvenile often reading like an essay by a fourteen year old who has just learned how to speak English Throughout the extremely padded story the irritating narrator Kelsey displays the emotional and intellectual maturity of a tween one who is far concerned with describing every single meal she eats or piece of clothing she wears over the action packed tasks she is set to accomplish We are subjected to list after list of every single thing Kelsey does from her morning routine to her showering Any potential for excitement in the action packed scenes is uickly shot down because of the stilted prose I don t ask for much realism in my books with cursed tiger princes but when I m rolling my eyes on page 4 when Kelsey literally walks into a job centre and is given a job helping to look after a tiger in a travelling circus despite a total lack of ualifications that s not goodSupporting characters make no impact beyond their broad offensive stereotypes the Italian circus owner speaks like the pizza chef from The Simpsons while most of the Indian characters speak in the broken English style reserved for racist jokes shockingly people in India can speak English many of them very well They re not uneducated simpletons who need a nice white lady to fix their problems The romance is essentially insta love but Kelsey is at least smart enough to acknowledge that an Indian price deprived of female contact for hundreds of years may just latch onto the first one he sees Overall I was actually embarrassed by the uality of the novel There is basically no villain until the cheap cliff hanger epilogue and the story really could have benefited from some actual antagonism beyond Baww Ren is so hot and I want to kiss him I was dying for the opportunity to find a paper copy and take big red pen to it I easily could have removed 20% of that padding and it wouldn t have made an ounce of difference to the storyOf course the real issue with this novel is the portrayal of India and its culture particularly its religious mythos The moments where facts about India are shoehorned in feel like Houck just googled random Indian facts and copy pasted them into the document People recite stale facts as part of the dialogue and it sounds as though they re just reading from Wikipedia I even googled several passages to make sure they weren t plagiarised from websites because I just couldn t be sure otherwise Whenever Kelsey stays in a hotel in India she stays in the lap of luxury conveniently avoiding the poorer areas of the country and even the middle class areas This is tourism for the spoiled White Kelsey It s like colonialism never happenedThen again these moments aren t anywhere near as offensive as when Houck just makes stuff up For instance a character mentions an Islamic belief that Allah sends tiger s down from heaven to protect his devotees That s completely untrue No such legend exists While Islam is one of the main religions in India its origins lie to the Middle East and there aren t a whole lot of tigers there My GoodReads friend Nessa covers this in detail including Houck s inability to keep the mythology of any country straight kappas This isn t Hindi culture this is Disney s Hinduism for beginners completely stripped of all the complexities and less then PG rated aspectsI really became angry when White Kelsey is declared the chosen one of the goddess Durga The population of India is over 12 billion people yet the chosen one of Durga is a white American girl Even she uestions whether this is right This brief moment of clarity only serves to aggravate the sheer insulting nature of yet another appearance of the white saviour Remember in Indiana Jones the Temple of Doom how Indy the very obviously white guy was the one the poor helpless villagers said was sent by Shiva to save them What about Kony 2012 a white saviour project so smug and misinformed that it went from online sensation to public joke in about a fortnight Let s not forget every single movie set in an American inner city high school where the nice white ladyman comes in to teach those blackHispanic kids how to improve their lives then she gets down with their urban dancing And of course Bono It is not the job of white people to swoop in on some moral mission and save the poor unfortunate non white souls It s depressing enough that we re still trying this shit in 2013 I don t want to have to see it deployed as a cheap exploitative plot device in order to make an irritating and poorly developed Mary Sue be made even specialTwo things came to mind while reading Tiger s Curse One was Temple of Doom since the action scenes and general narrative felt very much like Indiana Jones fan fiction only without Short Round and the other was Selema Gomez Lately Gomez has been on the receiving end of a lot of justified controversy for her repeated wearing of the bindi in her performances Gomez seems to be wearing the bindi for no other reason than it looks cool Iggy Azalea s latest music video Bounce is set during an Indian wedding for no apparent reason with Azalea in traditional dress Gwen Stefani wore the bindi in the past as have many other white pop stars They took something that wasn t their culture stripped it of its cultural and historical context and made it into a fashion accessory The Aerogram put it best here The political context in which cultural symbols exist is important Cultural appropriation happens and the unuestioned sense of entitlement that white Americans display towards the artifacts and rituals of people of color exists too All appropriation is not merely an example of cultural sharing an exchange between friends that takes place on a level playing field Tiger s Curse uses Indian culture for no apparent reason other than it s cool The food is tasty the clothes are colourful the gods and goddesses are interesting and it s all there for white people to cherry pick for cheap artistic purposes Houck at least doesn t white wash this version of 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Thing to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for When I was nine years old I wrote a story called The Two Trees which in addition to being basically plagiarized from a number of sources most notably The Ordinary Princess but also a smidge here and there from Aladdin the film and The Farthest Away Mountain was obviously written by a nine year old Like if you would have picked it up and read it completely out of context and then somebody asked you to list off three things that described it the list would look something like this1 Princesses are neat2 Good handwriting3 Obviously written by a nine year oldUnfortunately Tiger s Curse reads like it could fit all three of those descriptors too Publishing is in a really sad state if someone who writes like I did at nine years of age can get published when so many really talented authors receive rejection letter after rejection letter If the industry was working the way it s supposed to this book never would have made it to printYou guys know I mean business because this is a one star review and I NEVER do that Pretty much if a book is even halfway competently written and I enjoy myself while reading it it gets four stars It s really not that hard to get four stars from me even three if I can appreciate what an author has done but it s just not my thing Two stars is usually reserved for things that I m morally opposed to or repulsed by ie the anti feminist awfulness of New Moon But one star One star means something went wrong on the chain of command One star means this book never should have seen the light of dayLet me be clear here I don t have anything against Ms Houck as a person I m sure she deserves wonderful things She s a very nice woman I know this because I met her and she signed my book This is actually why I bought the thing in the first place She happened to be at my Barnes Noble doing a signing and I just happened to win a free t shirt in a raffle so I thought what the hey let s get a signed copy you ll probably love this you big sap I certainly didn t anticipate having the reaction that I did Because let me tell you something this book is worse than Twilight on just about every level and that is not an exaggeration In terms of characterization description plot development pacing and my God dialogue Twilight looks like Shakespeare in comparison to Tiger s CurseI mean where to start with this book I had such high mediocre hopes The plot eighteen year old American falls in love with an Indian prince who s cursed into the form of a tiger sounded suitably ridiculous and I appreciated that it was set in India and that there were no vampires in it From there it went downhill fast The book has no overt structure scenes do not flow one into the other with any kind of purpose and there is no regard whatsoever for what I m going to call depth of time for lack of a better term events in the novel just happen one after another because the author needed them to not because they fit organically in with the story One minute something is happening and the next something else with no connection in between All of the characters come off as shallow and two dimensional We hear what they re thinking very literally but we never feel it This is how I know my issue with this book is the writing and not the story good writers are supposed to make you forget you re reading Our main character Kelsey is emblematic of everything that is wrong with this book Ms Houck seems to think that telling us what color ribbon she ties in her braid every morning is riveting character telling stuff But it just comes off as immature What eighteen year old ties colored ribbons on the end of a braid More importantly what narrative would ever think that was important But the biggest problem with Kelsey is that she comes off as incredibly stupid when she s not supposed to She travels to India with a man she s just met she gets incredibly close to a dangerous wild animal with almost no narrative justification and her decision making skills when it comes to prince in disguise Ren are non existentI think it s important to note that I m 100% positive that Ms Houck did not mean for her characters or her story to come off this way Unlike Stephenie Meyer who Ms Houck not coincidentally lists as an influence Ms Houck has no agenda to push and her characters are attempting to stand for something important I can tell that she wants Kelsey to be viewed as a strong independent young woman She just has no conception of how to WRITE her that way Or write at all really Reading Tiger s Curse I was actually BORED and there was some crazy shit going down It was like reading a bad fanfic Description inner monologue dialogue all of it flat Immature Just plain bad writing I don t know of any other way to convey this without sounding like an assholeSo how did this book get published in the first place Ms Houck self published it as an e book on and enough brain dead pre teens downloaded it to draw the attention of movie studios at which point Barnes Noble s new YA imprint Splinter bought the rights to what they obviously perceived as their chance at the next Twilight the next Hunger Games And to that I say good luck to you but you know what might actually be a good idea Publishing someone who can actually write Also stop trying to find the next FIND SOMETHING ORIGINAL AND GOOD AND PUBLISH THAT INSTEADThere is no next Hunger Games Publishers aren t even going to see that next thing coming and when it does they re going to copy the hell out of it too because it s easier less risky financially than taking a chance on something that might actually be good At least Tiger s Curse as poorly written as it was was attempting to be original as original as the teen supernatural romance genre can be anyway There s a lot of good information about Indian culture in here Ms Houck clearly did her homework However her characters spout it off at the most awful moments It s never organic hello Expositionville Expositiontown located in Exposition nation And that s really the biggest problem the book has It s all concept but no follow through Don t even bother trying to read this for kicks like I did with Twilight It s not that kind of bad Don t believe me Pick up the book at random and turn to a page any page at all Chances are you ll see what I mean So I won this t shirt and I was like YES FREE T SHIRT And when I went to claim my prize Ms Houck asked me which t shirt I would like the one with one tiger or the one with two and OBVIOUSLY I picked the one with TWO TIGERS because why would you have a shirt with just one tiger on it when you could have a t shirt with TWO TIGERS instead No brainerNo fictional character will ever do as much harm to the cognitive development and cultural landscape of teenage girls as Bella Swann has in the past five years If this book had been well written Kelsey would probably whip Bella s ass five times in a row As is she s nothing than an empty shallowly disguised author stand inUnless you count kappasLet s play a game called PREDICT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT FOUR BOOKS 1 Each book will involve finding one item to break the curse 2 Kelsey will become confused and fall in love with Ren s brother Kishan and Ms Houck will spend multiple books with her puzzling her way out of this dilemma 3 Ren will become either insanely jealous and fight with his brother or nobly fall on his sword to give his lady love what she wants or both 4 Somebody will be coincidentally related to somebody else 5 Kelsey will coincidentally be the reincarnation of somebody we ve heard about or at least be related to them 6 Kelsey will save the day 7 Ren and Kelsey will get together and live happily ever after See You don t even need to read the rest of the books Ten bucks says I m right on thisI feel bad about this review but I really needed to say it I m incredibly frustrated that some editor didn t sit down with Ms Houck and try to help her salvage something out of this because I really think it could have been a great story in the right hands Runes old I wrote a story called The Two Trees which in addition to being basically plagiarized from a number Games People Play of sources most notably The Ordinary Princess but also a smidge here and there from Aladdin the film and The Farthest Away Mountain was la-tour-sombre-tome-3-terres-perdues obviously written by a nine year Management Of Food And Beverage Operations old Like if you would have picked it up and read it completely X Men out Feel My Love of context and then somebody asked you to list les-cinq-choses-qu-on-ne-peut-pas-changer-dans-la-vie oldUnfortunately Tiger s Curse reads like it could fit all three Nula Kelvinov of those descriptors too Publishing is in a really sad state if someone who writes like I did at nine years Sold To The Sadist of age can get published when so many really talented authors receive rejection letter after rejection letter If the industry was working the way it s supposed to this book never would have made it to printYou guys know I mean business because this is a Los Tres Pergaminos El Smbolo Cristal 1 one star review and I NEVER do that Pretty much if a book is even halfway competently written and I enjoy myself while reading it it gets four stars It s really not that hard to get four stars from me even three if I can appreciate what an author has done but it s just not my thing Two stars is usually reserved for things that I m morally Thicker Than Water Louis Kincaid 4 opposed to Perspectives On Culture or repulsed by ie the anti feminist awfulness Special Forces Veterans Special Forces 3 one star One star means something went wrong Dare To Run on the chain How To Stuff A Wild Zucchini of command One star means this book never should have seen the light The Beginners Guide To Meditation of dayLet me be clear here I don t have anything against Ms Houck as a person I m sure she deserves wonderful things She s a very nice woman I know this because I met her and she signed my book This is actually why I bought the thing in the first place She happened to be at my Barnes Noble doing a signing and I just happened to win a free t shirt in a raffle so I thought what the hey let s get a signed copy you ll probably love this you big sap I certainly didn t anticipate having the reaction that I did Because let me tell you something this book is worse than Twilight Self And I of characterization description plot development pacing and my God dialogue Twilight looks like Shakespeare in comparison to Tiger s CurseI mean where to start with this book I had such high mediocre hopes The plot eighteen year Brianna My Brother And The Blog old American falls in love with an Indian prince who s cursed into the form Faktor Adab Dalam Meraih Berkat Ilmu of a tiger sounded suitably ridiculous and I appreciated that it was set in India and that there were no vampires in it From there it went downhill fast The book has no Die Fout By Ons Sterre overt structure scenes do not flow Manatsu Vol 4 one into the Day Of The Rangers other with any kind the-fisher-queen-s-dynasty of purpose and there is no regard whatsoever for what I m going to call depth An Instrument Of Revival of time for lack Key Lime Pie A Culinary Mystery 4 of a better term events in the novel just happen Interior Design In Miniature one after another because the author needed them to not because they fit Tattoo Machine Builder organically in with the story One minute something is happening and the next something else with no connection in between All Vezena Torbica of the characters come Memoirs Of Madame De Montespan Volume 1 off as shallow and two dimensional We hear what they re thinking very literally but we never feel it This is how I know my issue with this book is the writing and not the story good writers are supposed to 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characters Zat or her story to come walking-dead-t01-pass-eacute-d-eacute-compos-eacute off this way Unlike Stephenie Meyer who Ms Houck not coincidentally lists as an influence Ms Houck has no agenda to push and her characters are attempting to stand for something important I can tell that she wants Kelsey to be viewed as a strong independent young woman She just has no conception almanach-vermot-2019 of how to WRITE her that way Or write at all really Reading Tiger s Curse I was actually BORED and there was some crazy shit going down It was like reading a bad fanfic Description inner monologue dialogue all le-pays-des-elfes-elfquest-tome-25-a-la-crois-eacute-e-des-chemins of it flat Immature Just plain bad writing I don t know ucc-dolores-tome-01-la-trace-des-nouveaux-pionniers of any The Silver Tassie other way to convey this without sounding like an assholeSo how did this book get published in the first place Ms Houck self published it as an e book No Turning Back on and enough brain dead pre teens downloaded it to draw the attention Shokai Shii of movie studios at which point Barnes Noble s new YA imprint Splinter bought the rights to what they Aquaman Volume 3 obviously perceived as their chance at the next Twilight the next Hunger Games And to that I say good luck to you but you know what might actually be a good idea Publishing someone who can actually write Also stop trying to find the next FIND SOMETHING ORIGINAL AND GOOD AND PUBLISH THAT INSTEADThere is no next Hunger Games Publishers aren t even going to see that next thing coming and when it does they re going to copy the hell The Wisdom Of The Celts out Boyhood Island My Struggle Book 3 of it too because it s easier less risky financially than taking a chance The Gardener on something that might actually be good At least Tiger s Curse as poorly written as it was was attempting to be Red Vonrouge 1 original as The Pendragon Chronicles original as the teen supernatural romance genre can be anyway There s a lot Dave off at the most awful moments It s never raspberry-pi-das-umfassende-handbuch-aktuell-zu-raspberry-pi-3b-und-zero-wh organic hello Expositionville Expositiontown located in Exposition nation And that s really the biggest problem the book has It s all concept but no follow through Don t even bother trying to read this for kicks like I did with Twilight It s not that kind Fabel Al Quran of bad Don t believe me Pick up the book at random and turn to a page any page at all Chances are you ll see what I mean So I won this t shirt and I was like YES FREE T SHIRT And when I went to claim my prize Ms Houck asked me which t shirt I would like the Communication Power one with An Introduction To Finance or the Sweet Temptations Sweet 1 one with two and OBVIOUSLY I picked the Road To St Andrews Dandoh Xi Vol 15 one with TWO TIGERS because why would you have a shirt with just Candleglow one tiger drift-volume-6-mexico-city on it when you could have a t shirt with TWO TIGERS instead No brainerNo fictional character will ever do as much harm to the cognitive development and cultural landscape Miss Armstead Wears Black Gloves of teenage girls as Bella Swann has in the past five years If this book had been well written Kelsey would probably whip Bella s ass five times in a row As is she s nothing than an empty shallowly disguised author stand inUnless you count kappasLet s play a game called PREDICT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT FOUR BOOKS 1 Each book will involve finding The Wedding Surprise one item to break the curse 2 Kelsey will become confused and fall in love with Ren s brother Kishan and Ms Houck will spend multiple books with her puzzling her way Les Soeurs Diaboliques Brigade Mondaine 175 out Ye Bulbulein Ye Titliyan of this dilemma 3 Ren will become either insanely jealous and fight with his brother Lwanda Magere or nobly fall Venga Tu Reino on his sword to give his lady love what she wants Betrayal In Time or both 4 Somebody will be coincidentally related to somebody else 5 Kelsey will coincidentally be the reincarnation The Vertigo Years of somebody we ve heard about Savor Me or at least be related to them 6 Kelsey will save the day 7 Ren and Kelsey will get together and live happily ever after See You don t even need to read the rest Every Last Word of the books Ten bucks says I m right From The Realm Of The Ancestors on thisI feel bad about this review but I really needed to say it I m incredibly frustrated that some editor didn t sit down with Ms Houck and try to help her salvage something The Heavenly Couple out A Brief History Of Islam of this because I really think it could have been a great story in the right hands

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Passion Fate LoyaltyWould you risk it all to change your destiny The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300 year old Indian curse With a mysterious wh WARNING RANTING AHEADThis one is actually getting 15 stars NOT 2 THAT S how much I loath you Kelsey Hayes you can take your dumb love plant and SHOVE ITWhat would you do if someone offered you an all expenses paid trip to India with a mysterious white tiger who also happens to be a handsome Indian prince Eighteen year old Kelsey Hayes is faced with just this offer after spending 2 weeks working as a hired hand at a local circus one summer and her life will never be the sameSoooo I had pretty much been dying to read this book for ages and after reading review after raving review I FINALLY picked it up off the shelves I was so positively sure that I was going to absolutely love this book that by the end I would be in raptures and stumbling over myself trying to say enough good things about itI don t know what the hell happened but this book turned out to be an absolute joke I KNOW and I hate saying this but I have to be honest There were some things I liked about Tiger s Curse but they were all completely overshadowed by some of the worst characterization I ve ever encountered in a book OK here we goSo first let me talk a little about Kelsey Hayes the main character At the beginning I actually liked her Laid back down to earth and slightly uirky she was a fun character to follow in the storyBut then things started to go down hill rapidlyI noticed about a hundred pages in that Kelsey s way of talking and thinking could be extremely juvenile at times juvenile and annoying I don t know if anyone else thought the same thing but as I made my way through this book I just didn t feel like I was reading from an 18 year old s perspective Some of the expressions she uses my FAVE was when she exclaimed You wily scoundrel when Kishan tries to kiss her DUDE FIND ME SOMEONE WHO TALKS LIKE THIS the way she addresses people oh hey there Mister seriously Is your main character from The Little Rascals and just her whole way of thinking seemed like that of an immature little kid than an adultAnd things only went from bad to worse when Ren the Prince stepped into the picture If Kelsey was slightly childish and annoying to begin with it was nothing compared to the infantile monstrosity she turns into in the last half of the book The immaturity levels reached astronomical proportions How you ask Here are a few examples1 She pouted and threw tiny tantrums when she was displeased about pretty much anything and rather than be an ADULT and communicate with Ren about how conflicted she was feeling she turned into a cold and standoffish little biotch Then when the poor guy asks her what s wrong she says nothing in that way where it s obviously something and goes right back to being Ice ueen Supreme Clearly this is an awesome way to treat people2 She had the exceedingly annoying defense mechanism of needing to make sarcastic uips every 5 seconds and the defensive she got the less likely it became for her to be serious or mature at crucial points in the story I mean the girl almost dies and the first thing she does upon waking up is crack a few dumb jokes well I m sorry but I don t want to read about a main character who acts like she s constantly auditioning at a comedy club and failing miserably I might add I want her to have a grown up serious side too It was just too much There is no way in hell this chick was 18 maybe 12 Maybe even that s pushing it3 I just love how Kelsey was absolutely shocked and appalled when she sees Ren the Tiger version and his brother hunt for food She does realize that hunting involves killing something right And that tigers have a tendency towards being carnivores And that tasty meat often comes from cute animals I mean the girl had to actually sing herself to sleep to get over it no I m not making this up she sings herself to sleep happy songs from The Wizard of Oz because the tigers killed an antelope Then she has nightmares about it And she s eighteen 4 Kelsey just LOVES to continually tell us about her little love plant for Ren because you know normal people talk like this By the end I wanted to take some pesticide spray and a blow torch to Kelsey s freaking love plant and incinerate the damn thing into the groundI won t even get into the fact that she was dumb as a brick and could barely tie her own shoes without Ren holding her hand But wait you say The book says she loves reading Shakespeare well then she MUST be a total rocket scientist no Give me a fa reaking break Colleen sorry my dear but saying that your main protag reads Shakespeare does NOT make her smart and clever and oh so different from everyone else because she comes across as a complete dumbass in everything else she thinks does and says Need I mention how she nearly gets herself killed near Kishindha Because she goes to grab a pretty sparkly diamond out of the water moments after she and Ren nearly died because DUH the prophesy TOLD you not to believe your eyes and that things weren t as they seemed GAWD she s like freaking Abu the monkey in Aladdin literally that is who she reminded me of slaps forehead in total frustrationBut I think that out of all the things that bothered me about Kelsey the VERY WORST was the fact that she made such a snap judgement about Ren without even giving him the chance to prove that he was a good guy and then proceeded to treat him like total crap for the rest of the book all for absolutely NO REASON other than her own stinking insecurity that she wasn t good enough for him Kelsey Hayes you were to put it bluntly one of THE most immature characters I have ever read about and you need to go find yourself a therapist ProntoSo Let s just say that by the end of this book I had never wanted to punch a main character in the face uite so badly as Kelsey Boo Hoo I ll Never Be Good Enough So I ll Just Act Like a Bitch 247 Hayes While we re sitting in on How to Make Your Characters As Unlikable as Possible 101 let s take a look at Ren Overall the guy wasn t too bad when you stand back and see him over the course of the book but I still couldn t stand him And the thing is he wouldn t have been such an unlikable character if the author hadn t set him up to be totally unlikable To prove my point here are just a few of the phrases used to describe Ren s actions in this book Laughed acerbically Smiled mockingly and malevolently grinned maliciously scoffed and smirked was annoyingly happyNow you tell me would you like a character whose behavior is described this way The guy is annoying even when he s happy for crying out loud and the rest of the time he s described as being a total ass hat and I m supposed to be falling in love with him I mean he sounds like a complete douche amirite There s only two explanations for this kind of character portrayal1 Ren is in fact a douche in which case I can t stand him and hope he jumps off a cliff or2 Ren is actually a good guy and all of this is Kelsey s perception of him in which case Kelsey is psycho cray cray and I hope she jumps off a cliffIn either case I m really not rooting for your charactersThen there s the fact that Ren is according to the story hundreds of years old And it seems like in every YA story where one of the characters has been around for a long time Twilight Fallen we re just supposed to forget this fact and think it makes total sense for them to act like immature teenagers and have character dialogue that s somewhere along the lines of Ohemgee totally I mean here we have this 300 year old Indian prince and he s referring to Kelsey as Kells Are you freaking kidding me So yes this made Ren even MORE obnoxious as a main character if that s even possible And oh hey let s not even get into the glaring ick factor that this kind of plot point brings up a 300 year old guy is flirting and trying to get with an 18 year old girl Really THINK ABOUT ITI also felt like the pacing of the plot was slightly off Overall I thought that the story itself was pretty good I loved the Indian setting and the adventurous element it had going on but there was just a lot of superfluous description that got in the way for me For example when Kelsey gets on the plane to go to India I thought we were never going to hear the end of all the luxurious details of the plane s interior and the food they ate Don t get me wrong I think that adding vivid description to your story is wonderful and sets the backdrop for all the action but I also think there is a way to describe a scene while still leaving something up to the reader s imagination I mean do I really care what color hair ribbon Kelsey ties in her braids every day And by the by how many 18 year olds do YOU know who tie hair ribbons in their braids Or walk around with their blanket like they re freaking Linus from Charlie Brown JUST SAYINGBesides plot pacing being off many parts of the plot made ZERO SENSE Tell me how many foster parents do you know who seem to be fairly sensible and oh I don t know SANE let their foster daughter go off on a trip to INDIA with a strange older man and a tiger after meeting said man ONE TIME This is basically how things played out 1 Kelsey works 2 weeks as a hired hand at a circus WHICH she got from some super shady work placement company2 Kelsey reads Shakespeare to the tiger at said circus Hmm yeah that s totally normal and then a strange Indian man shows up and tells Kelsey she is PERFECT for taking care of the tiger if she can only GO TO INDIA to put tiger in a nature reserve RED FLAGS GOING OFF HERE3 Kelsey s parents AGREE TO LET HER GO TO INDIA with strange older man after meeting him once and within a WEEK Kelsey has all her documentation passports vaccines etc taken care of and is on a plane to India to take care of a rare white tiger species because 2 weeks of sweeping up crap at a circus has turned her into an animal GENIUSInsert dumb founded expression HERE 0oAlso and this is something I didn t even fully realize until awhile after I finished reading it but this book is BEYOND RACIST It basically portrays Indian people as pathetic simpletons with horrible broken English Ummm guess what Colleen Many Indian people know how to speak English and those who don t aren t idiots who you can write about as though they re incoherent monkeys Mr Kadam the Indian man employed by Prince Ren basically spends the entire book kissing the ground Kelsey Hayes walks on waxing elouent about how amazing she is WHY What the flying you know what is so awesome about Kelsey Hayes She s a vapid lazy and stuck up wish fulfillment device who is glorified by everyone for no good reason Pretty much everyone in this book who is NOT WHITE AMERICAN is ignorantly and disrespectfully portrayed like a cartoon exaggerated to the point of being comical except that it ISN T FUNNY because it s straight up RACISM Then we have Kelsey the White Girl Who Saves the Day someone with absolutely no ualifications or connection to Indian culture who we find out is actually the Chosen One of the Indian goddess Durga YEAH YOU HEARD ME RIGHT Kelsey the most ignorant and brain dead character ever conceived for YA fiction the lazy American white girl who acts like a spoiled whiny little brat for 400 freaking pages is the savior of the Indian people Excuse me while I very loudly exclaim WTF As far as the romance goes well if you re a fan of train wrecks you re going to be in 7th heaven because this was just about as dysfunctional as they come It was like watching two cars heading for a straight on collision and not being able to do a damn thing about it so you just sit there with the same horrified expression on your face that you d have if you accidentally swallowed a mouthful of spoiled milk Three month old spoiled milk I ve already described Kelsey s emotional constipation and total lack of ability to do anything remotely mature but I also didn t like how possessive Ren got of Kelsey as the story went on Protective tiger awesome Possessive love interest HELL to the NO Not a fan I was also pretty annoyed at the good ol YA ploy of presenting the main character as Ms I m Totally Average But Every Guy Who Sees Me Falls Inexplicably Yet Madly In Love With Me Tee Hee because it s been done SO many times In fact it s gotten to be about as cliche as being Disney Princess Perfect Which brings me to My Brief Bookish Rant Yeah so after all that you re probably wondering what the heck else I have to rant about Do not underestimate my ranting skills whahahaha So here is my totally random gripe and trust me this is random that I have to get off my shoulders And I m not trying to pick on this book specifically it s of a general trend that I see again and again in YA books and my slightly annoyed uestion is this WHY do authors always make a POINT of telling us that their main female characters never or seldom wear makeupI know I know this is such a dumb thing to rant about but for some reason it bothers me I mean is there something bad about wearing makeup or doing your hair on a regular basis Do they think that makeup makes their protagonist seem stupid or fake Do they assume that readers won t relate to a character who wears makeup because I don t know people who read don t wear makeup Like why does it even need to be mentioned It s like they expect me the reader to go Ohh she doesn t wear makeup Well I can respect her a lot now And then on the other side of things the mean girl or the bitchy back stabber is often described as wearing makeup or being super tan or having the latest fashions WHY Is it a given that if a girl cares about her appearance she must be less of a person If the main character is a frumpy Plain Jane who s never worn heels and who thinks at best she s average am I supposed to like her What exactly are you trying to convey to me the reader when you tell me that your main character doesn t wear makeup I just don t see what the heck this has to do with the characterization of someone and personally I couldn t care less whether the main character wears makeup or not so stop bringing it up like it s a determining factor in whether or not I ll relate tolikerespect that character I will mention that Kelsey does get dolled up a few times in the book but what irked me was her complete inability to see herself as being attractive no matter what This is not a good character trait Insecurity and false modesty are NOT attractive in anyone it s extremely immature and I CAN T STAND characters that constantly use self pity and self deprecation to excuse themselves from acting grown up SO STOP IT RIGHT NOWOK rant over I feel much better nowFinal Thoughts Tiger s Curse is one of those books that I think appeals to a large group of people because it has a lot of great things going on romance adventure travel mystery an ancient curse I mean what s not to love about that BUT and this is a big but none of them in my opinion were executed well The romance devolved into two spoiled teenagers acting like juvenile brats the adventure and mystery were bogged down by way too much description and honestly by the end I was so fed up with the main characters that I really couldn t care less about where the story was going I just wanted it to end so I didn t have to constantly fight the temptation to throw the book out the window of a 50 story buildingSo my final word with this one is proceed with caution While I can see the appeal for many readers if you are like me and can t stand pointless drama immature dialogue and characters who act much younger than their years you might want to think twice before picking this one up On the other hand the ratings overall for Tiger s Curse are extremely good so this may very well be a case of me just personally not liking it Read what other people had to say about this book you might end up loving it I unfortunately was not one of those peopleLea LC s Adventures in Libraryland The Misfit The Charleston Years 1 old Indian curse With a mysterious wh WARNING RANTING AHEADThis As Melhores Histrias Da Mitologia Africana one is actually getting 15 stars NOT 2 THAT S how much I loath you Kelsey Hayes you can take your dumb love plant and SHOVE ITWhat would you do if someone le-drame-alg-eacute-rien offered you an all expenses paid trip to India with a mysterious white tiger who also happens to be a handsome Indian prince Eighteen year Sikh Religion 6 Vols In 3 Books old Kelsey Hayes is faced with just this Boo And Baa At Sea offer after spending 2 weeks working as a hired hand at a local circus Hot Whisper one summer and her life will never be the sameSoooo I had pretty much been dying to read this book for ages and after reading review after raving review I FINALLY picked it up Msait Bi Yerde Glecek Var off the shelves I was so positively sure that I was going to absolutely love this book that by the end I would be in raptures and stumbling Viability over myself trying to say enough good things about itI don t know what the hell happened but this book turned Sufi Teaching Stories out to be an absolute joke I KNOW and I hate saying this but I have to be honest There were some things I liked about Tiger s Curse but they were all completely No Deadline For Love overshadowed by some Lion Hearted The Divination Falls Trilogy 1 of the worst characterization I ve ever encountered in a book OK here we goSo first let me talk a little about Kelsey Hayes the main character At the beginning I actually liked her Laid back down to earth and slightly uirky she was a fun character to follow in the storyBut then things started to go down hill rapidlyI noticed about a hundred pages in that Kelsey s way Pitchfork Justice of talking and thinking could be extremely juvenile at times juvenile and annoying I don t know if anyone else thought the same thing but as I made my way through this 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Indian man employed by Prince Ren basically spends the entire book kissing the ground Kelsey Hayes walks Teach Yourself Enterprise Architect In Ten Days on waxing elouent about how amazing she is WHY What the flying you know what is so awesome about Kelsey Hayes She s a vapid lazy and stuck up wish fulfillment device who is glorified by everyone for no good reason Pretty much everyone in this book who is NOT WHITE AMERICAN is ignorantly and disrespectfully portrayed like a cartoon exaggerated to the point The Secret Life Of Mannequins of being comical except that it ISN T FUNNY because it s straight up RACISM Then we have Kelsey the White Girl Who Saves the Day someone with absolutely no ualifications Jesse Damage Control 2 or connection to Indian culture who we find Paid To Proofread out is actually the Chosen One Shane Damage Control 4 of the Indian goddess Durga YEAH YOU HEARD ME RIGHT Kelsey the most ignorant and brain dead character ever conceived for YA fiction the lazy American white girl who acts like a spoiled whiny little brat for 400 freaking pages is the savior The Billionaires Wife The Billionaires Wife 1 3 of the Indian people Excuse me while I very loudly exclaim WTF As far as the romance goes well if you re a fan The Nightingale of train wrecks you re going to be in 7th heaven because this was just about as dysfunctional as they come It was like watching two cars heading for a straight The Fifth Stage on collision and not being able to do a damn thing about it so you just sit there with the same horrified expression Geada E Noite Snow Like Ashes 3 on your face that you d have if you accidentally swallowed a mouthful Hit Wave of spoiled milk Three month Still A Young Man old spoiled milk I ve already described Kelsey s emotional constipation and total lack Choice And Will of ability to do anything remotely mature but I also didn t like how possessive Ren got So The Dreams Depart of Kelsey as the story went Make Your Own Sex Toys on Protective tiger awesome Possessive love interest HELL to the NO Not a fan I was also pretty annoyed at the good Nine Modern Poets ol YA ploy les-maths-en-bd-vol-1-alg-egrave-bre of presenting the main character as Ms I m Totally Average But Every Guy Who Sees Me Falls Inexplicably Yet Madly In Love With Me Tee Hee because it s been done SO many times In fact it s gotten to be about as cliche as being Disney Princess Perfect Which brings me to My Brief Bookish Rant Yeah so after all that you re probably wondering what the heck else I have to rant about Do not underestimate my ranting skills whahahaha So here is my totally random gripe and trust me this is random that I have to get Menuju Kampus Madani off my shoulders And I m not trying to pick Having It All Action 10 on this book specifically it s Unlimited Wealth of a general trend that I see again and again in YA books and my slightly annoyed uestion is this WHY do authors always make a POINT 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Voss or the bitchy back stabber is The Sword Thief The 39 Clues 3 often described as wearing makeup Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs or being super tan Edith Sitwell or having the latest fashions WHY Is it a given that if a girl cares about her appearance she must be less Curse Of The Cuda of a person If the main character is a frumpy Plain Jane who s never worn heels and who thinks at best she s average am I supposed to like her What exactly are you trying to convey to me the reader when you tell me that your main character doesn t wear makeup I just don t see what the heck this has to do with the characterization 1 Kaze To Tomo Ni Sarinu 1 of someone and personally I couldn t care less whether the main character wears makeup p-egrave-lerinage-sur-soi or not so stop bringing it up like it s a determining factor in whether Pan God Of The Woods or not I ll relate tolikerespect that character I will mention that Kelsey does get dolled up a few times in the book but what irked me was her complete inability to see herself as being attractive no matter what This is not a good character trait Insecurity and false modesty are NOT attractive in anyone it s extremely immature and I CAN T STAND characters that constantly use self pity and self deprecation to excuse themselves from acting grown up SO STOP IT RIGHT NOWOK rant Pan over I feel much better nowFinal Thoughts Tiger s Curse is Massively Parallel Schlock Mercenary 11 one Living Peace of those books that I think appeals to a large group The Weight Of Heaven of people because it has a lot The Bolivian Times of great things going Catalog Of Unabashed Gratitude on romance adventure travel mystery an ancient curse I mean what s not to love about that BUT and this is a big but none Fundamentals Of Turbomachinery of them in my Dunkirk opinion were executed well The romance devolved into two spoiled teenagers acting like juvenile brats the adventure and mystery were bogged down by way too much description and honestly by the end I was so fed up with the main characters that I really couldn t care less about where the story was going I just wanted it to end so I didn t have to constantly fight the temptation to throw the book House Divided out the window livre-de-naissance-disney of a 50 story buildingSo my final word with this one is proceed with caution While I can see the appeal for many readers if you are like me and can t stand pointless drama immature dialogue and characters who act much younger than their years you might want to think twice before picking this Picky Mrs Pickle one up On the Dear America other hand the ratings Iraq overall for Tiger s Curse are extremely good so this may very well be a case Collins French Phrase Finder of me just personally not liking it Read what Gelutscht Bis Milch Kommt Die Vollbusige Asiatin other people had to say about this book you might end up loving it I unfortunately was not The Millennium Shows one Painting Culture of those peopleLea LC s Adventures in 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