Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review: Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga, #3)
Characters: 4
Cover: 5
Plot: 3
Setting: 4
Writing: 3

In the third installment of the Tiger series, Kelsey Hayes pushes through the pain of lost love and strengthens her friendship with Kishan. Despite his strong feelings for her, Kishan has agreed to be her ally in helping her reunite with the man she still loves. Together, they seek to help Ren regain his memory and begin the search for the third magical gift—an object of power that will help break the curse that causes them to live part of their lives as tigers.

They board a luxury yacht and seek Durga's aid once again, who supplies them with her golden weapons. With Nilima, Mr. Kadam, Ren, and Kishan at her side, she soon learns that the task ahead will be even more difficult than the others. Confronting a dark magician, multiple dragons, and terrifying denizens of the deep seems easy when compared to facing the daunting task of stitching up her heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to set her feet on a new path, she is yanked back with a jolt to the one she's determined to leave behind.

The jarring tug-of-war that ensues for Kelsey's heart leaves her anxious and confused. Combined with the stress of almost being killed every other day, it would appear that saving the tigers is almost more than she can handle. Still, she presses on, knowing that a choice is looming on the horizon. One she cannot put off making for long.

Tiger's Voyage is an irresistible romance with a barrage of action on the high seas, where a reader will find a treasure chest full of dragons, sea monsters, knights in shining armor, fabled weapons, and enduring love. The tropic waters of India create the backdrop for the latest installment in the tiger series. This novel, a multicultural take on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, delves into the complex emotional turmoil and pressure associated with not only making the best choice for a nation but also the best choice for yourself.

The ending of Tiger's Curse left you heartbroken. The conclusion of Tiger's Quest left you even more empty. And the finale of Tiger's Voyage will leave you yearning for more. I wanted to cry at the ending of each of these books. If there's one thing that Ms. Houck knows how to do perfectly, it's create one heck of a cliffhanger in her book! :) In the previous book, Ren was rescued from Lokesh, but with a terrible case of amnesia. By the way, this review will be really, really spoilery so I'd be careful if I were you.

In the beginning, it was absolutely gripping. towards the middle, I slowly sort of lost interest and I was just trying to get to the end, but I wasn't as interested as I got farther and farther in because it was starting to get repetitive. As in the "we have to complete this quest and this thing's in our way." Kelsey was also really starting to get annoying because she kept relying on either the Golden Fruit or the Divine Scarf every single time. It was always "I wished up a meal of yogurt and mango and a glass of orange juice" or "I told the Scarf to expand the tent to make it bigger for the three of us." (Not real quotations, just rough statements.) I hated that Kelsey relied on her gifts from Durga so much.

They spent most of their time on a yacht with a cook staff. Even there, Kelsey kept wishing up things on her special little fruit. And even though there was a lot of supposed action, I think that it still lacked some type of quality that would make it truly gripping. And another problem I had was that Ms. Houck kept making Kishan or Ren carry her places. I truly could not wrap my finger around that. But otherwise, it was a really good book and I'd definitely recommend it and I also really want to read the next book because of the huge cliffhanger at the end.


  1. She is great at creating hair tearing, gut wrenching cliff hangers(:

    Great Review

  2. These covers are so beautiful...
    Thanks for honest review, I've been thinking about these books but haven't had time.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. Wow.. I must read this series seriously

    P/S I'm your new follower


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