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What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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