Rating: 3.5 Stars
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes’s eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.
Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.
When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren’s bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren’s life hangs in the balance–so does the truth within Kelsey’s heart.
Tiger’s Quest, the thrilling second volume in the Tiger’s Curse series, brings the trio one step closer to breaking the ancient prophecy that binds them.
I’ll admit, I was in a hurry to get my hands on this book. While there were many things in the first book that got on my nerves, it’s one of those series (*cough* like Twilight *cough*) that just kind of hooks you after the first in the series. And while there is even more things in this book that annoyed me, I cannot bear to give this any lower than 3.5 stars because of the scenery and pure . . . imagination on the author’s part. It just wouldn’t be fair.
My biggest complaint would be how Kelsey is one of those heroines that seems to make every guy fall for her on sight. If she’s pretty, beautiful, okay, I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m even okay with everyone being somewhat attracted to her. What I’m not okay with is every. Single. Guy. Falling head-over-heels for her the instant they lay eyes on her. It’s ridiculous!
Kelsey ends up going on three separate dates with three very different guys. Which is fine, except she obviously doesn’t really want to go on any of the dates and only agrees because she’s trying to move on from Ren. It’s ridiculous in how all three guys are basically the only three guys she even knows as well. Guys as just friends? Nope. Not in this book. Everyone is a romantic choice.
And she’s so stupid when the guys do ask her out.
“Maybe he doesn’t mean a date-date,” I reasoned. “Maybe his definition of a date and mine are different. That must be it.”
Yes, Kelsey, that must be it. Because when a guy comes up to you and says that he’s picking you up for your date at 5 o’clock that night, it must mean something completely different than what the average human being would believe it would mean. Genius, Kelsey. Just brilliant.
Not to mention that one of guys is just plain . . . punch worthy. I want to punch (not a lady-like slap; oh no, I would go full out punch) the guy for good measure.
“Isn’t this a great idea? We can watch a movie, and I don’t have to spend a dime!” He grinned while my mouth dropped open. “It’s very clever, don’t you think?”
Cue Hannah throwing hardback copy of book at his head. (Because we all know I would have one with me at all times.)
If this wasn’t already blatantly obvious, ladies, if a guy says this – or even something similar to this – run far, far away. Smack him for good measure. Feel free to insult him and then walk out on that oh-so hesitantly money spent date, possibly slamming the door in his face on the way out. In fact, I encourage this.
When Ren does show back up, the jealousy is just ridiculous. I don’t understand this feeling that authors who write about romance have to include a good douse of jealousy to make it work. Please. Stop.
And then what do they do? They decide that Kelsey should date two guys at the same time to pick which one she really wants.
She is not a freakin’ prize to be won! It is NOT flattering to have two guys fighting over you like you’re the bone the two dogs want to chew on.
And while this is going on, Kelsey gets jealous upon hearing that Ren has danced with Nilima ONE EFFING TIME and throws a hissy fit over it. You’re dating two guys at the same time and you’re jealous that one of the guys (who you’re obviously going to choose) has danced with another girl before he even knew you, and so your response is to become possessive of him.
And after taking way too long, stringing the two guys along, Kelsey finally makes her choice and (lo and behold to no surprise) it’s Ren (obviously).
So, they get all lovey-dovey. Say I love yous more than I can handle, and the one freakin’ time Ren doesn’t immediately say it back, he gets this in his face:
After a moment, I said softly, “You didn’t say it back . . . that you love me too.”
For crying out loud – he’s told you he loves you how many times? Not to mention he was the first to actually say it too. CALM YOURSELF WOMAN!
For the record, I like Shakespeare. I do. I love his sonnets, and I had to study him in depth this last year. But this book . . . this book . . . needs to STOP WITH THE BLOODY SHAKESPEARE REFERENCES. We get it! You know literature! WE GET IT ALREADY. Every other page is more and more references that I’ve just stopped caring about.
Can we just appreciate for a moment that while Kelsey and Ren are so in loooovvveeee and they’re all about quoting Othello and Hamlet back and forth to each other, Shakespeare didn’t write tragedies with happy endings . . . hence, THEY’RE EFFING TRAGEDIES. How does it look that two people in love are constantly quoting love passages from a man who kills his wife and a man who has his love drown herself?
Also, Kelsey’s thought process . . . “Hey, Ren’s kidnapped, guess this is a great time to start thinking more in depth about our relationship and marriage!”
And since Ren’s been kidnapped and most likely being tortured, this is also a great time to ask a million questions and get Mr. Kadam to tell you the (effing) long tale of Ren and Kishan’s family. Just great.
Also, Kelsey . . . sweetheart . . . you’re a nice girl.
When someone confesses their love to you, and you don’t feel the same way back and are about to let them down, most likely kinda crushing them, the one universal rule is to not touch them. But what do you do? HUG. HIM. In an intimate way, no less.
My gosh . . . just hammer that nail in, huh?
My other big problem is that I feel like this series is following Twilight‘s line of thought on romance.
The first book: all about falling in love with the guy – you know as the reader – she’s ultimately going to end up with.
The second book: main love interest is gone, so rival steps up, making the love triangle complete (though we all know she’s going to pick the first guys she met).
I bet the third book is going to be them rivaling for her feelings.