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Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Tiger's Curse Saga by Colleen Houck

Book I: Tiger's Curse (January 11, 2011)

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.
Would 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 white 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 everything 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 more.


My Shelfari Review: 
'Should a tiger eat energy bars? You probably need something with more protein, and the only thing around here with protein is me, but don't even think about it. I taste terrible.'

I have always fantasized about visiting India and going for an adventure just like the one Kelsey had... This book is beautiful, magical and exotic, just like something I would imagine myself going through. The cover is gorgeous, and I'm dying for book 2. This book made me want to visit India even more. And the whole Indian costumes and food description is mouthwatering! I think this book is a must for all adventure seekers who love exotic places and tigers!

I loved the part when Fanindra the snake came alive and became a bracelet on Kelsey's arm, it reminded me of the old golden Indian jewelery. I LOVE this book!

I hated how Kelsey treated Ren. She was stupid, weak and so self-conscious! She should have had more faith in him. He is a great guy, I find him very charming and irresistible and HOT.  

I LOVE Ren!! I think he's so HOT!!! & if I were Kelsey I wouldn't let go!! EVER!!

There are some things the author didn’t get right or wrote where she really got her information from.

In page 59-60: She mentioned a believe in Islam about a tiger. This isn’t true; there is nothing about a tiger but a man who will come to save who needs saving.

In page 172: She wrote about war rules, the funny things is that these rules are taken from the Islamic religion and war structure not from the Indian civilization. 

"I was dying. I knew it. At least the pain was gone. I wanted to tell him that I loved him. Then darkness overtook me..."

Quotes I simply LOVED:

  • Did you know that some say that a tiger's purrs will stop nightmares? Page 59
  • “In Islam, it is believed that Allah will send a tiger to defend and protect those who follow him faithfully, but he will also send a tiger to punish those he considers traitors.” Page 59-60
  • “Tigers are also a symbol of power and immortality. They are said to vanquish evil through various means. They are called life givers, sentinels, guardians, and defenders.” Page 60
  • “In fact, one of my favorite stories is about a white tiger that sprouts wings and saves the princess who loves him from a cruel fate. Carrying her on his back, they relinquish their corporeal forms and become a single white streak journeying into the heavens, eventually joining the stars of the Milky Way. Together they spend eternity watching over and protecting the people of Earth.” Page 60
  • “In Nagaland, they believe that tigers and men are related, that they are brothers. There is one myth that begins, ‘Mother Earth was the mother of the tiger and also of man. Once the two brothers were happy, loved each other, and lived in harmony. But a feud began over a woman, and Brother Tiger and Brother Man fought so wildly that Mother Earth could no longer tolerate their quarrel and had to send them both away.
    “‘Brother Tiger and Brother Man left the home of Mother Earth and emerged from a very deep, dark passage inside the earth said to be a pangolin’s den. Living together inside the earth, the two brothers
    still fought every day, until eventually they decided it would be better to live separately. Brother Tiger went south to hunt in the jungle, and Brother Man went north to farm in the valley. If they stayed away from each other, then both were content. But, if one encroached upon the other’s territory, fighting began anew. Many lifetimes later, the legend still holds true. If the descendants of Brother Man leave the jungles in peace, Brother Tiger will also leave us in peace. Still, the tiger is our kin, and it is said that if you stare into a tiger’s eyes long enough, you will be able to recognize a kindred spirit.’” Page 60 - 61
  • 'Should a tiger eat energy bars? You probably need something with more protein, and the only thing around here with protein is me, but don't even think about it. I taste terrible.' Page 80
  • “The Seal was actually made in China, not India. It was a gift given to Ren’s grandfather. Seals that old are quite rare. It’s made of Shoushan stone, which contrary to popular belief, is not a type of jade. The Chinese believed that Shoushans were brightly colored Phoenix eggs, found high in mountain nests. Men who risked their lives to locate and capture them received honor, glory, and wealth.
    “Only the very richest of men had items carved from this type of stone. To receive one as a gift was a great honor for Ren’s grandfather. It’s now a priceless heirloom for Dhiren. The good news for you,
    though, is that it’s also considered good luck to own or wear something made from this type of stone. Perhaps it will help you on your journey in more ways than one.” Page 133
  • Durga's Prohecy:
    Seek Durga's Prize
    Four Gifts Five Sacrifices
    One Transformation
    Beast Becomes Mortal
    Page 160
  • For protection, seek her temple
    And take hold of Durga's blessing.
    Travel west and search Kishkindha
    Where simians rule the ground.
    Gada strike in Hanuman's realm;
    And hunt the branch that's bound.
    Thorny dangers grasp above;
    Dazzling dangers lie below,
    Strangle, ensnare, the ones you love...
    And trap in brackish undertow.
    Lurid phantoms thwart your route
    And guardians wait to bar your way.
    Beware once they begin pursuit
    Or embrace their molding decay.
    But all of this you can refute
    If serpents find forbidden fruit
    And India's hunger satisfy...
    Lest all her people surely die.
    Page 161
  • "Hanuman is the monkey god. His realm is said to be Kishkindha, or the Monkey Kingdom. There is great debate as to where Kishkindha was located, but the current thought is that the ruins of Hampi are most likely to be on, or near, ancient Kishkindha.” Page 161-162
  • "He is a Hindu god, who is the personification of devotion and great physical strength. He served his lord Rama by going to Lanka to find Rama’s wife Sita.
    He found that she had been captured by the Lanka king named Ravana. There was a great battle between Rama and Ravana, and, during that time, Rama’s brother fell ill. Hanuman went to the Himalayan Mountains to seek an herb to help heal him, but he couldn’t identify the herb, so, instead, he brought back the entire mountain.
    Hanuman was made immortal and invincible. He is half human and half ape and is faster, quicker, and mightier than all other apes. The son of a wind god, Hanuman is still worshiped today by many Hindus who sing his hymns and celebrate his birth every year." Page 163
  • "Briefly, I thought about Kishan and how formidable he appeared to be on the surface. Inside, he was as harmless as a kitten. The dangerous one was Ren. Innocent though the blue-eyed tiger appeared to be, he was a compelling predator. Utterly irresistible—like a Venus flytrap. So alluring, so tempting, so deadly. Everything he did was seductive and possibly hazardous to my health.
    He seemed much more intimidating to me than Kishan with his flirty and blatant comments. Both brothers were gorgeous and charming. They had old-fashioned chivalrous manners that any girl would swoon over. But the way they talked, the things they said were straightforward. It was not just a game to them. It was not just a way to pick up women. They were serious." Page 305
  • But being with the man was so much more complicated than being with the tiger. I had to constantly remind myself that they were two sides of the same coin—literally heads and tails. Page 305
  • It was like my kick was a love tap to him. It only made him happier. Page 366
  • He just looked at me in a way that turned my insides to jelly. Awareness of him shot through my limbs, and I could feel him standing close behind me watching, waiting.
    I put my key in the lock, and he moved closer. My hand started shaking, and I couldn’t twist the key the right way. He took my hand and gently turned me around. He then put both hands on the door on either side of my head and leaned in close, pinning me against it. I trembled like a downy rabbit caught in the clutches of a wolf. The wolf came closer. He bent his head and began nuzzling my cheek. The problem was… I wanted the wolf to devour me. Page 367-368
I found this beautiful art in the net... You can almost feel Chapter 19 - Hampi | Chapter 20 - Trials | Chapter 21 - Kishkindha
"Tiger's Curse" by Colleen Houck is a story about an Indian prince turned into a tiger and the only way he can be freed is by the one he loves. It feels like Beauty & the Beast.

Book II: Tiger's Quest (June 7, 2011)

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. 


“I was being carried swiftly through the trees, but Ren wasn’t following. He was still fighting as the attackers closed in on him. I heard him roar with outrage and pain I felt it too. The horrible ripping pain was because I had been taken from. I reached out a hand and grasped feebly at the air before falling into darkness.”
"Ambush! Iron arms locked around my body. I grasped feebly at the air before falling into darkness..."

On Tuesday, ‎October ‎18, ‎2011

I just finished "Die for Me" by Amy Plum which I loved and I just finished "The Eternal Ones" by Kirsten Miller also which I liked very much. I'm kind of stuck... I don't know what to read next though I have plenty of options!!

All I want is for my shipment to come (that should be in like a couple of days!) and I can hold and read "Tiger's Quest" by Colleen Houck NOW!!! The covers are GORGEOUS!! First Ren than Kishan than Fanindra... I hope we get Kelsey on one of the last two covers, looking like an Indian Princess...

You know Mr. Kadam's name could mean Two things in Arabic if it's spelled "خادم" it means "Servant". If it's spelled "قادم" it means "Coming or Advancing"

OMG!!! My shipment finally arrived!!! ‎[Sunday, ‎October ‎23, ‎2011] \(^_^)/

1- Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck [Hardcover] 479 pages
2- Devoted by Hilary Duff [Hardcover] 350 pages 240 pages
3- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin [Hardcover] 452 pages
4- Twilight II: Graphic Novel by Stephenie Meyer [Hardcover]
5- Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Tylor [Paperback] 418 pages

My Review @Shelfari:

Kelsey returns home to Oregon, where Mr. Kadam has enrolled her in college, but danger sends her back to India to begin another quest, this time with Kishan, to try to break the curse that forces Kishan and his brother Ren  to live as tigers.

Quite frankly, I'm disappointed by this book so far [‎Thursday, ‎December ‎22, ‎2011]. When I finished Tiger's Curse, I ordered this book and couldn't wait to receive it.

The beginning until chapter 9 is funny and romantic, but then comes Kishan and Kelsey's adventure, but for some reason I couldn't get into it. And it's not only because of Kishan's extra feelings, its just that the book, till now [chapter 20 - p.340] is not as good as book 1.

9 chapters left [139 pages left]. I'll write my final review then, something might happen and change my mind.

[Sunday, ‎January ‎01, ‎2012] I felt that the romance between Kelsey and Kishan was so forced, and their adventure was boring. When they went to rescue Ren I wasn't convinced that they couldn't take Lokesh. I felt the author left him flee to make another few books. I couldn't see him as evil though she tried to convince us he is by comparing him to many famous evil characters including Lord Voldemort.

One of the things I hated all through the book was Kelsey's way of talking to men, the way she called them Superman and Casanova was such a cliche and silly!

All in all the book doesn't deserve 5 stars or even 4 stars for that matter.

 That's Kaliman Super, who could be Kishan!!

Book III:Tiger's Voyage (November 1, 2011)

The third book in the gripping Tiger's Curse series!

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, TIger's Voyage brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse.
This fast-paced novel includes a sneak peek at Tiger's Destiny (Book 4) and a smartphone Tag code on the back cover that links to the series website.

My Review @Shelfari:
Remember in book two when Kelsey had her last dream of Ren and she didn't recognize him from all the torture he's been through, he told her he doesn't think he'll make it, but there is only one way he could but the price is so high, Kesley begged him to take it no matter what. I think the price is their love and memories. In order to survive, he has to forget her.

I just started with this book but that's what I think happened with Ren; and Kishan is growing on me.


The seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Japanese lunisolar calendar is coming this year: 2012-08-24 (The Chinese date is 2012-08-23 because of the time difference.)

The Golden Star festival is held to wash away sins, particularly passion, greed and jealousy and to abandon ego. Ritual bathing in rivers takes place and picnics are held.

Tanabata (meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival, "The Night of Sevens", It was imported to Japan during the Heian period.

The festival is based on the legend of the two lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi (Zhinü and Niulang in Chinese), symbolized respectively by the stars Vega and Altair. Throughout the year they are separated by the river of the Milky Way, but on one single night every year, the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the traditional Japanese calendar, a bridge of birds appears between them, they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. 

In China, Korea and Japan, the festival is the traditional equivalent of Valentine's Day in the Western world. The Japanese generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on tanzaku (small pieces of paper), and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.

The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations.

The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.

This resembles the custom of floating paper ships and candles on rivers during Obon. Many areas in Japan have their own Tanabata customs, which are mostly related to local Obon traditions. There is also a traditional Tanabata song:

The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-color paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
they watch us from heaven.

The Story:

Like Qixi and Chilseok, Tanabata was inspired by the famous Chinese folklore story, "The Princess and the Cowherd". Some versions were included in the Man'yōshū, the oldest extant collection of Japanese poetry.

The most popular version is as follows:

Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess?), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King, or the universe itself?), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "heavenly river"?). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone. Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (彦星 Cow Herder Star?) (also referred to as Kengyuu (牽牛?)) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven. In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet. Orihime became despondent at the loss of her husband and asked her father to let them meet again. Tentei was moved by his daughter’s tears and allowed the two to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving. The first time they tried to meet, however, they found that they could not cross the river because there was no bridge. Orihime cried so much that a flock of magpies came and promised to make a bridge with their wings so that she could cross the river. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.

Another Legend:

The following variation of the story is known in China and Japan: A young farmer named Mikeran discovered on his farm a robe which, unbeknownst to him, belonged to a goddess named Tanabata. Soon after, Tanabata visited Mikeran and asked if he had found it. He lied and told the goddess that he hadn't but would help with her search. Eventually the pair fell in love, were wed and had many children. However, one day Tanabata noticed a piece of cloth which had once belonged to her robe on the roof of Mikeran's hut. His lie discovered, Tanabata agreed to forgive him on the condition that he weave a thousand pairs of straw shoes, but until that time, she would leave him. Mikeran was unable to weave the shoes in his lifetime and thus never met Tanabata again. However, it is said that the pair meet once a year when the stars Altair and Vega intersect.

It is said that Tanabata asked Mikeran to weave one thousand sandals and bury them under the bamboo tree and they'd surely meet again. Mikeran wove the sandals and buried them under the bamboo tree as Tanabata had asked. When the tree grew, Mikeran climbed up to find that he was one step short. In his haste, he had used one sandal fewer than necessary, causing the tree to grow one step short. Mikeran called out to Tanabata and she came and lifted him up. Mikeran's father wasn't pleased so he gave Mikeran the difficult job of watching a melon field for three days and nights without touching a single melon. Mikeran however grew very thirsty watching the melons that he touched one. The melon immediately turned into a flowing river forever separating Mikeran and Tanabata. Tanabata pleaded with her father to let her see Mikeran again. Feeling sorry for his daughter, he allows them to see each other on the 7th day of the 7th month.

Book IV: Tiger's Destiny (July 3, 2012) 

With three of the goddess Durga's quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger's curse. But the trio's greatest challenge awaits them: A life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga's final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Adaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. 

It's a race against time--and the evil sorcerer Lokesh--in this eagerly anticipated fourth volume of the bestselling Tiger's Curse series, which pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tiger's' true destiny once and for all.
A smart  phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website.

Book V: Tiger's Dream (2012)

The fifth and final book in The Tiger's Curse Saga.

Tiger's Quest Art Contest | Tiger's Curse - Blog
Tiger's Curse blog:
I loved some of the art in the competition and I wanted to share some of the art I loved here.

Sakuntala by Jenna DeTrapani

Which Brother by Jenna DeTrapani

Ren by Laura Ann Boyll

Kishan by Laura Ann Boyll

Aren't they just pretty!?

Okay!! I got more for you! If you can't get enough of TIGERS than maybe you should have them on your wall!! Check this website:

A Dog & a Tiger!

A Girl with a Black Tiger!

The White Tiger

I don't know who he is but he is gorgeous!! Wouldn't this HANDSOME guy make a beautiful REN?!?

I don't know who this model is, but he is gorgeous!!!

David Gandy as Ren
Eduardo Verastegui as Kishan

Daniel Henney as Li

I have a book that might help you imagine the adventure better, titled "India Bazaar" by Samantha Harrison and Bari Kumar.

Back Cover
Front Cover

For interesting intake on Tigers check:

Rudolph Ernst (1854-1932), A Sultan with a Tiger

This made me think of Kadam and Ren.
Even if the Tiger isn't White.

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