Tiger’s Curse is the kind of book that I bought with my eyes. I’m not kidding. Being a book designer makes you look at books differently. It was love at first sight. I saw it at the bookstore and stared at it for who knows how long. I usually try to think of what I would have done differently. Couldn’t find anything. Why? Because it’s gorgeous. The tiger in the cover stares right at you, in such way you can’t look away. It was a refreshing approach to book covers, compared to most YA books in the market, where you have a girl featured, tight cropped, her face, her hair, an eyeball, get what I mean? The fact was that as a visual buyer, not having a girl made me want to read it more. Why? Because I’m starting to grow tired of the same old.
This beautiful book tells the story of Kelsey Hayes, a girl that is extremely normal like most of us. After her senior year of high school, Kelsey looks for a summer job in hope of making some cash for a car for college. She finds a summer job at the local circus, where she will live for a couple of weeks. Kelsey’s job is to help care for the animals in captivity. One of those animals is a beautiful and scary white tiger with cobalt blue eyes that looks at her differently. Almost like he understands every word she is saying.
Kelsey starts spending more time with Dhiren, the tiger, as days go by. She builds enough confidence to pet him with no fear. She brings books and reads to him, and daily keeps him company. Until the day an animal buyer from India arrives to the circus wanting to buy Dhiren.
Kelsey is contracted by this strange man to travel to India and bring the Tiger into its new environment in the heart of the Indian forest reserve. Little does Kelsey know that appearances are not what they seem. Those blue eyes that have been staring from might not be those of an animal, but the human eyes of a hostage of a curse.
Tiger’s Curse, is a delicacy for people who love to explore new cultures and worlds. You are submerged in the Indian culture, with the right mixture of Hindi, romance, gorgeous dresses, adventure, wild animals, sexy scenes, and fantasy. The characters are bright and colorful, and the emotions feel real as you are reading the story. It’s definitely one of those books that you will be thinking about weeks after reading it.
The ending left me speechless. One of those endings were you jump online to check the release date for the next book. I can’t wait to read what happens next to Ren, Kishan, and Kelsey as they move forward in their efforts to break the curse.
The second installment Tiger’s Quest will be released June 7th, and I’m counting the days to get my hands on a copy. Colleen Houck, you have made the little girl in me extremely happy and excited to read more about this series.
The Tiger Saga is a must read for lovers of the genre that want to spice things up a, approaching YA in a fresh new way. Check it out!
Kay Fraser is a book designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, residing in Minneapolis. Her dark secret? She is bilingual. When she’s not designing, reading, writing, over-drinking coffee, or chasing around her two little monsters, she’s on Twitter at @kaymfraser or blogging at designcomma.com.