“Falling for him would be like cliff diving. It would be either the most exhilarating thing that ever happened to me or the stupidest mistake I’d ever make.”
― Colleen Houck
This was one of those books that had been sitting on my to-read list for a long time, but I had never gone through the trouble of finding a copy to read. So then when I saw the flashy title peeking from between then shelves of books at Value Village, I didn’t hesitate to purchase it for a few dollars. The promise of a fantasy novel about tigers had me curious so I started reading almost instantly and I found it was difficult to put it down.
First off, I love the storyline – you could maybe say it’s an elaborate twist to beauty and the beast. I really liked the plot and the way the details of the curse are so well presented and thought out. It is obvious that the author did her research in Indian culture and that is definitely something I appreciated. However, I can’t say I really cared much for Colleen Houck’s writing style, especially at the beginning of the book. It does get better as it goes along, but it starts out with short, slightly boring sentences. Which is understandable for a first book, many authors fall into that. Another thing, and a rather big thing, that I didn’t like was the mushiness of the love story. It felt a little overdone and a bit like a high school drama.
“Saying his name stabbed my heart, like someone had ripped through my carefully stitched up world and exposed the infected, pulsing red tissue that I thought was healing.”
― Colleen Houck
Kelsey often thinks of Ren as godlike or flawless, but that doesn’t really seem realistic, no one’s perfect. So I think some character flaws would have made Ren more appealing to me.
Altogether, though, I do really enjoy the book every time I read it – there always seems to be some details that I missed in my previous readings. And lastly, a huge aspect that makes this novel a worthwhile read is that it’s clean – there is no profanity and no sex parts. I really admire this in a book, too often I read books that are fantastic except for those few words or that one cringe-worthy scene. Altogether, I would say this is a fun read that will have you itching to buy the next so you can continue the story.