Tiger's Voyage: Tiger's Curse, Book 3

 
Tedious lovers' quarrels drag down intriguing fantasy.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Readers will learn more stories about the Indian goddess Durga, but this one is more focused on nautical and dragon lore that crosses various traditions; Atlantis and other underwater cities are talked about in detail. There's also more poetry spouted from both the masters and the characters and some Shakespeare, with many references to the play The Taming of the Shrew. More practically, readers will learn a lot about scuba diving safety.

Positive messages

Bravery, wits, teamwork, and self-sacrifice are important to help characters reach their goal. Facing fears is also important. The goddess Durga tells Kelsey she must keep moving forward and choose a path rather than stall, worry, and doubt.

Positive role models

When Kelsey is helping with the tasks, she's resourceful, brave, and intelligent. But most of the book features sparring with her love interests, showing her as petty and rather immature. Ren is jealous for most of the book, with bouts of chauvinism -- he demands that Kelsey not cut her hair, for one. Kishan is now the mild-mannered, steady good guy, a big departure from the cad he played in the first two books. Mr. Kadam continues to be a good support figure, acting as guardian for Kelsey and encouraging her studies.

Violence

Most of the injuries to main characters occur in a fantasy realm with dragons. Kelsey is seriously injured twice by creatures of the deep (a kraken and a gigantic shark) in some suspenseful scenes and then healed in magical ways. The tigers are hunted and almost killed by one dragon by gunshots and traps. In the "real" realm, a man is thrown out a window, another is thrown to hungry sharks, and characters fight with bows and martial arts moves. Two love stories told to the main characters end tragically -- in one a man is whipped and killed with a bow.

Sex

Lots of stolen kisses and romantic kisses and almost kisses, and some descriptions of washboard abs. It's already established that it won't go further than kissing until the curse is completely broken. Kelsey sleeps in the same room with Kishan on the yacht and then in a tent with both tigers. A persistent suitor's fake breasts are talked about more than once.

Language

"Bloody" is said twice.

Consumerism

Some mentions of products (iPad) and media (Jaws, Looney Tunes). Plus the rich tigers are always sporting the best of everything. They parade around in Ducati motorcycles in one seaside town and have a giant luxurious yacht filled with Jet Skis and other toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this third book in the popular Tiger's Curse fantasy romance series has the same level of violence as Book 2, Tiger's Quest. More mystical creatures attack and cause serious injury to characters, but they are often healed by magical means. Now that both brothers are together in this book, there's more fighting for main character Kelsey's affections. She kisses both brothers and lets one sleep in her room, but it doesn't go further than that. Readers will learn quite a bit about scuba diving safety and the myths about underwater cities.

What's the story?

At the end of Book 2, Ren is saved from torture at the hands of the power-hungry Lokesh, but has lost all memory of Kelsey. He's even physically pained to be in the same room with her. Now Kelsey is very distraught but still determined to help Ren and his brother Kishan break the centuries-old curse that makes them live as tigers for part of each day. Mr. Kadam helps Kelsey unravel the next prophesy: They must face dragons in the Indian Ocean. So they head to their giant yacht, take some scuba diving lessons, and then slip into another realm where each dragon provides some major obstacles (some with big, big teeth) to recovering the next object that will help break the curse: Durga's lost necklace. Each task is made even harder to focus on as Kelsey's affections for Kishan grow. Now it's next to impossible for Kelsey to choose between the brothers without causing some serious heartbreak.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

OK, the dragons are pretty cool, especially since they're not your typical knight-fighting Western dragons; they're serpentine and colorful and exotic with devious personalities and can even take human form. Almost as cool: Kelsey and her tigers travel to each of their domains on a luxurious yacht. Between each death-defying adventure there's time to rest in a bedroom suite and soak in the Jacuzzi.

But those yachting breaks also allow for lots of lovers quarrels and jealous brother quarrels and Kelsey's wishy-washy emotional rollercoaster rides. It all pretends that readers hadn't been there, done that in the 900 pages combined of the first two books. Now you can add 500+ more pages to that. The time would have been much better spent fighting more cool dragons.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the dragons here. How are they different from their normal portrayal in Western mythology?

  • Families can also talk about relationships and making choices. Do you think Kelsey is making a wise choice? In which love stories does the heroine go for the "safe" choice in the end?

  • What do readers think of the series so far? Are you still a fan? Do you want to read the next one? Why or why not? What are your favorite love stories? Do they often combine elements of fantasy?

Book details

Author:Colleen Houck
Genre:Romance
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Splinter
Publication date:November 1, 2011
Number of pages:560
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 17

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Written byAnonymous July 2, 2013
age 13+
 

A consistently great read!

This is one of my favourite series of books! This third book is a great continuation from the first two and I found myself unable to stop reading! Each book seems more action packed and exciting than the last, not to say the first one is no good, but they just keep getting better and better. There are a few sexual references, just relationships between the main characters. I found this book frustrating because of certain characters, but this didn't put me off , it just made me want to read it faster to find out what happens. There is also a lot of interesting information about Hinduism and spirituality in this book which I thought made it quite educational. I think 11-12 year olds could handle this book, although some of the content might be a bit old for them. I have put thirteen because I think that is the age that will get the most out of it and enjoy it the most!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byTaylor987 June 25, 2013
age 13+
 

Best Series Ever!

I really enjoy this series and think that it gets better with each book. Some kissing, but nothing too bad. All three of the characters are good role models.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byabbacus December 18, 2013
age 13+
 

Just Okay.

Not my favorite of the series so far but it was good enough. Some parts were uninteresting to me. The begging I liked and in about the last half or so of the book I found myself just skimming pages. If I wasn't over halfway through the series I don't think I'd keep reading.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex

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