Tiger's Quest: Tiger's Curse, Book 2

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Romantic fantasy sequel has more violence than first book.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

This book delves even deeper than the first one into all kinds of mythical lore relating to Indian gods and goddesses and many other stories from various mythical traditions. There's also quite a bit of love poetry to ponder, written by both masters and the characters themselves. Ren and Kelsey discuss classic books and Shakespeare. Martial arts, particularly wushu, are practiced and put into historical context.

Positive Messages

The book touches on a number of positive messages about bravery, loyalty, choosing your own path, following your heart, and overcoming jealousy. However, Kishan's continued advances toward Kelsey despite her putting him off may send a confusing message about what it means to respect boundaries.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Yes, Kelsey gets a fancy car, her own condo, and her college courses chosen for her. But she still seems to come into her own here, working on her insecurities, developing both her mental and physical strength, and making choices about her life in her own time. Both Ren and Kishan overcome a lot of jealousy. Ren's patience pays off, and Kishan becomes a better person through acceptance. Mr. Kadam continues to be a fantastic mentor who models the importance of careful study and preparation.

Violence

Ren is kidnapped by a madman who delights in torture. The author describes implements of torture and alludes to bloodletting, beatings, and repeated breaking of bones, but there are no scenes of this taking place. Kelsey and Kishan face off against giant metal mythical birds in a big battle scene. In other fight scenes, characters use tranquilizer guns, a bow and arrow, magical lightning bolts, knives, and martial arts weapons.

Sex

Lots of kissing and a discussion about how cursed men-tigers should probably remain celibate as a precaution. Lots of "stolen" kisses between Kishan and Kelsey, even after Kelsey makes it clear that she prefers Ren. Sirens try to seduce Kishan and Kelsey, but it doesn't go further than kisses and back rubs.

Language
Consumerism

A few not-so-subtle references to Northwest brands, like Tillamook ice cream and Burgerville restaurant. Really expensive cars are driven and given as gifts, and some designer clothing brands are mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Tiger's Curse also incudes a fairly innocent romance, but the violence intensifies this time around, with allusions to the horrific torture endured by one of the main characters. Readers will learn a lot as the author weaves various mythologies into the characters' quest. They will also see Kelsey grow up a lot and learn to put aside some of her insecurities. Of some concern are Kishan's continued advances toward Kelsey after being told that she's not interested. This may prompt a good discussion about what it means to respect boundaries.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byabbacus October 30, 2013

Really good!

I really liked this book! I thought it was a bit better than the first, which I also found very enjoyable. The first part of the book annoyed me a little, but o... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 26, 2011

AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it was better than twilight or even shiver and i love absulutley love those books so read it and PS. Team Kishan dont fight u know u r
Teen, 14 years old Written bynoveleater August 20, 2011

Better than the first, prepares for the third one.

Tiger's Quest was better than Tiger's Curse, the first of a series. The great things about Quest were the plot devices. Each chapter was more exciting... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Kelsey returns to Oregon, she assumes that Ren will get over her fast. She starts college, taking courses to prepare for the next of the four tasks she must complete to break the Tiger's Curse. She makes it through one semester -- and even tries to date -- but when Ren shows up at her door, she's smitten all over again. But while Ren courts Kelsey afresh, danger lurks: Evil Lokesh is back and after a magic amulet in their possession. He finally tracks them down, capturing Ren and forcing Kelsey and Ren's brother, Kishan, to tackle the next task alone. After consulting the goddess Durga again, they set off to find spirit gates that contain a magical object. Trials include sirens, giant angry birds, and Kishan's continued advances as he opens up to Kelsey about his feelings for her.

Is it any good?

As with the last book, readers will be left hanging and bit heartbroken at the end -- which is sure to keep them anticipating the next installment.

Twilight fans will also notice a pattern here. Just like in New Moon, this sequel introduces Team Ren and Team Kishan. Only it seems the author was afraid to simply write out Ren for most of the book, so she crammed in 150 pretty boring pages at the beginning so that readers could experience Kelsey and Ren dating, reading love poems, making cookies, reading more love poems, and fighting off other unworthy suitors. Oh, and then reading more love poems.

When Ren is finally kidnapped, his torture begins -- but it's over for readers. Now the story gets going, with suspenseful moments involving both the central task and the development of the characters. The ancient mythology weaved into the story is really well done, and the complex relationship between Kelsey and Kishan is expertly explored (especially given the overdramatic relationship between Kelsey and Ren at the book's beginning).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about popular love stories. What makes a good romance? Is there always lots of adversity? Danger? Jealousy? How do these stories shape our expectations of love?

  • Do you think this book will be as popular as Tiger's Curse, or do you think readers will be disappointed that, like in the second Twilight book, the romantic lead is absent for much of the book?

  • What do you think about Kishan and Kelsey's relationship? Do you think Kishan should be "stealing kisses" against her wishes? Can you think of other "romantic" books or movies where lines are similarly crossed?

Book details

For kids who love romance and fantasy

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