WARNING!! SPOILERS AHEAD!!
Next stop for The Husband will be a podcast with all of The Girls from http://thetigerseries.com. No kidding. He might be hooked on this whole book blogging thing. We shall see… Read on for his take on the rest of Tiger’s Curse!
To start things off today, I need to apologize. I’m a couple of days late with this blog post. Between work, little league, and my son’s birthday my normal blog postdate came and went without even realizing it. So…”I’m sorry.”
As busy as my life has been, it is interesting to note that I still found time to keep reading. I left you at about page 170 and I just finished the book. In fact, I haven’t been able to put it down most of the day.
If you remember, I wasn’t too thrilled with the book in the beginning. I was interested in the story, but not in love with it. I really didn’t like Kelsey, and felt like the story line was lacking in action and other necessities for this male reader. That was my general feeling for the first 150 pages or so. I liked it, but could have walked away from it with relative ease.
So much happens in the last 250 pages that I won’t spend much time today recounting the storyline. Instead, I want to share how my feelings have changed.
Much to my great relief, Kelsey has turned into a character that I like (for the most part). She shows great courage in facing the challenges that are presented to her in the quest to break the curse. The inner monologue about how dreamy Ren can be a bit tiresome for me, but I guess I get it. She’s a teenage girl in love. I was surprised when her feelings became conflicted between her feelings for Ren and her fear of getting hurt. It was nice to get to know more of her than just the girl with the tiger. I felt like it gave her some more depth, which, in my opinion, was desperately needed. She felt so shallow and unrealistic for the longest time.
I have really enjoyed Ren’s character for the majority of this book. He is strong and bold while also gentle and protective. I like that guy. I have to admit that I like the good guy getting the girl. I am interested to see how the love story plays out now that Kelsey has run back to Oregon to try to get some space from him. I wonder how he’ll respond. Towards the end of the book, there was some definite foreshadowing of the battle royale that is sure to come between Kishan and Ren. I’m sure that eventually there will be some sort of love triangle thing going on. Also by the end of the book, it doesn’t appear that the choice will be quite so cut and dry for Kelsey. She clearly has feelings for Ren, but Kishan seems to be a guy that she enjoys being around as well. As much as Ren has a head start, I don’t think he’s got this one in the bag. Is it just me, or did anyone else think that Ren’s cockiness with Kelsey near the end made him look like a bit of a tool? I bet The Wife will disagree on that one.
The story did become really exciting about half way through. I was totally engrossed in the hunt for Kishkindha, and the perils that Ren and Kelsey encountered there. Nice job, Colleen. It was really fun to read and full of imagery that was vivid and exciting. I can tell that Colleen did her research. This book is full of very specific Indian references that add some really interesting color and detail to the story. Overall, I liked it. What started as a begrudging read on my part, has turned into some genuine excitement to see what happens in the next couple of books.
On to Tiger’s Quest…