Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Tiger's Voyage" by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Voyage (Tiger's Curse Series #3)
by Colleen Houck
453 pages (nook edition)

Short Version: Kelsey, Ren & Kishan continue on the third leg of their quest to break the tiger's free of their curse.

Why I Read It: After reading a few more serious books I needed a break. I wanted a love triangle, some action, and a little fantasy and that is exactly what I got.

The Book: From Goodreads
In the third installment of the Tiger series, Kelsey Hayes pushes through the pain of lost love and strengthens her friendship with Kishan. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kishan has agreed to be her ally in helping her reunite with the man she still loves. Together, they seek to help Ren regain his memory and begin the search for the third magical gift—an object of power that will help break the curse that causes them to live part of their lives as tigers.
They board a luxury yacht and seek Durga's aid once again, who supplies them with her golden weapons. With Nilima, Mr. Kadam, Ren, and Kishan at her side, she soon learns that the task ahead will be even more difficult than the others. Confronting a dark magician, multiple dragons, and terrifying denizens of the deep seems easy when compared to facing the daunting task of stitching up her heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to set her feet on a new path, she is yanked back with a jolt to the one she's determined to leave behind.
The jarring tug-of-war that ensues for Kelsey's heart leaves her anxious and confused. Combined with the stress of almost being killed every other day, it would appear that saving the tigers is almost more than she can handle. Still, she presses on, knowing that a choice is looming on the horizon. One she cannot put off making for long.
Tiger's Voyage is an irresistible romance with a barrage of action on the high seas, where a reader will find a treasure chest full of dragons, sea monsters, knights in shining armor, fabled weapons, and enduring love. The tropic waters of India create the backdrop for the latest installment in the tiger series. This novel, a multicultural take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, delves into the complex emotional turmoil and pressure associated with not only making the best choice for a nation but also the best choice for yourself

My Thoughts: I forgot how much I enjoyed this series. These are not the typical books I go for but every now and then a girl needs a break from historical fiction and serious reads. Tiger's Voyage was exactly what I needed. The love triangle between Kelsey, Ren and Kishan pulled me back and forth as I was trying to decide for her. Ren is still at a loss with his memory, yet they make an agreement to be friends again. Kishan and Kelsey are also getting to know each other more as he tries to help her with Ren. I don't want to get too much more into this because I will spoil things. If you are looking for a crazy love triangle to get mixed up in, this is it!
The beginning of Tiger's Voyage was a little slow for me. I'm not really sure what I expected but I felt like they were just going on about Ren not remembering. Everyone was cooped up in the house as they waited to figure out their third quest. I wouldn't have wanted them to just jump into the third adventure per say but I would have somehow gone about the beginning a little different. Once the quest for the third piece, Durga's pearl necklace, to break the curse began it was great. A voyage into the ocean, diving, dragons, under water kingdoms, and Lokesh the evil enemy all add up to make an exciting adventure. Add that love triangle to the mix and you have an amazing book!
Now, the ending- I'm not even sure what to say about this except that I was completely left hanging and now I am counting the days until the next book comes out (157 days until Sept. 4). I somewhat could guess what was going to happen but I was more left hanging on who Kelsey was going to be with. I mean she made a decision but I don't think it was the right one. I want to know if she will change her mind. This is all I'm going to say because, again, I do not want to spoil things.
Overall, this was an amazing read that still has me thinking about it. I can't wait for the next book to come out!

4.5/5 Stars

#4 in 2012 Ebook Challenge
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