Tuesday, April 10, 2012


 This is part two and part three of Tiger's Curse series.  I liked (but didn't love) part one, absolutely LOVED part two and then sadly kind of didn't like part three.......and am now waiting to see what part four looks like.  I can completely see the potential in this series which involves a girl from Oregon who goes to India to help break the curse held by two Indian princes who are doomed to spend their lives as tigers.  Each book involves solving one part of the curse and of course gets them closer to the evil magician who cast the curse in the first place.  I really love the imagery and the folk tale and mythology ties to the stories.  Houck does a great job of laying a firm fantasy setting, when magic works, when it doesn't, etc.  My main complaint is that as the books continue the romantic angle is getting more and more formulaic.  There is a classic triangle (with some magical interference to spice it up a bit) between the two brothers who have both fallen in love with the main character, Kelsey.  The one brother (Ren, the white tiger) is set up as the perfect man and is who Kelsey meets first....and promptly falls deeply in love with.  In book two she is forced to be closer to the other brother (Kishan, the black tiger) and fights to stay true to Ren.  By book three things are really thrown a loop when Ren forgets Kelsey and even somehow develops an aversion to her, so she tries to give him up and fall for Kishan......and this is where the formula gets really annoyingly predictable.   Ren is mistreating Kelsey because he can't have her, but doesn't want her to have anyone else.....Kelsey is following along, but resentful and Kishan waits patiently for her to love him.....and it's even spelled out......Kishan loves her for who she is, is patient and kind and all the things a girl should want, but Ren is controlling, incredibly romantic, yet scarily possessive (SO exciting!) and of course she can't resist him........I am hopeful that Houck will go "off-book" and change the story of their romance a bit in the fourth book, but am worried that it will follow the typical formula it has thus far.  I hate predictable books...and I especially hate romantic books where girls fall for the controlling and possessive guy who does bad things, but out of love.....it just irks me and encourages girls to think abuse=love.......but hey, it worked for Twilight and has been a part of the romantic formula for eons so who am I to judge?

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