Review: Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger’s Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder (10th November 2011)
Blurb:

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging give cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections – leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.

Fraught with danger, filled with magic, and packed with romance, Tiger’s Voyage brings Kelsey and her two tiger princes one step closer to breaking the curse.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

TIGER’S VOYAGE is the third book in Colleen Houck’s superb THE TIGER’S SAGA. It continues the story of Kelsey Hayes American girl who comes across two Indian princes who are cursed into tiger form – Ren and Kishan – and helps them try to break the curse. By the beginning of TIGER’S VOYAGE they have already completed half of the tasks required to completely break the curse, but the final task came with a terrible price – the repercussions of which play out through the book.

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ICYMI Sunday 9 – The ban is back

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) Sunday is a new meme that I am planning to feature on the blog every week. It is based on the Sunday Post  which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which was in turn inspired in part by the In My Mailbox meme. Basically, it allows me to let you know what went on the blog this week and anything interesting that is going on. It will also allow me to showcase any books I receive like the Showcase Sunday which is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

HAPPY EASTER!

This week has been a quiet week, which has been nice 🙂 I managed to finish one book this week and make inroads into another which I am very happy about – steps in the right direction, finally.

On the blog this week:

What else is going on?

  • The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, you can find out who won what here. At the bottom of the article there is also a link to the Nominated Finalists.
  • Business Matters on the BBC World Service discussed whether winning a Pulitzer Prize helps book sales, you can find out more here.
  • Jennifer E Smith is interviewed in The Guardian about her new book THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME, if she believes in love at first sight and where she finds inspiration. You can read the interview here.
  • A survey commissioned by the Reading Agency has found that 63% of men don’t read as much as they think they should. You can find the article here.
  • The Guardian has a list of female characters who are admired by men, you can find the list here.
  • SF Signal asked some authors if they could only read one author for life who would they pick? You can find out how the authors picked.
  • Julie Kagawa was interviewed on GoodReads by GoodReads users.
  • GoodReads has now enabled US, Canada, and Australia members to add books purchased on Amazon to their GoodReads shelves – you can find out more about the new feature here.
  • The Guardian asks ‘What are your reading habits and quirks?here.
  • Simon Kids UK revealed the covers of THE THIRTEEN CURSES and THE THIRTEEN SECRETS here.
  • CJ Daugherty has a prequel to her NIGHT SCHOOL series up on Wattpad called THE DAY THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. You can find it here.
  • George R. R.. Martin has released an excerpt from his upcoming companion novel books to his SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series. You can find out more about it here.
  • Brain Pickings talks about J. R. R. Tolkien’s little known children’s book here.
  • You can find a fantastic response and expansion of JK Rowling’s comments about Susan from C. S. Lewis’s NARNIA series here.

There was some interesting news this week. As per normal I haven’t read any of the Pulitzer Prize books. To be honest, I’d be surprised if a book whose name I recognised won. Both author interviews are fun, and the final bit of “news” is part monologue and part stream of consciousness. I quite enjoyed it, though I have to confess how Lewis handled Susan in NARNIA had never occurred to me before.

After last week’s buying spree, there were no books for me this week and the ban is back in place.

I would love to hear what you’ve been up to this week and what books, if any, you’ve got so please leave me a link in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by :D

Review: Tiger’s Quest

Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder (9th June 2011)
Blurb:

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest. This time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse.

Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, Tiger’s Quest brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

TIGER’S QUEST is the second book in Colleen Houck’s superb series THE TIGER SAGA. It tells the story of Kelsey an average teen who comes across two Indian princes who have been cursed to spend their lives as tigers. In TIGER’S CURSE (review) Kelsey and Ren embark on a quest to break the curse, and along the way come across Ren’s brother Kishan. In TIGER‘S QUEST, which continues not long after the end of the first book, Kelsey undertakes the second quest with Kishan.

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Top Ten Tuesday (33)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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This weeks Top Ten topic is …

Top Ten Books On My Fall Autumn 2013 TBR List

I’m going to split this list I think between books I want to read this autumn and books that are released this autumn (September 1st – November 30th). All blurbs are taken from Goodreads.com and all release dates are taken from Amazon.co.uk. Please be aware that THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS as quite a few of ths books are sequels/part of a series so the blurbs may spoil earlier books.

First, books that are released this autumn I want to get hold of…

1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (released September 3rd)

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

2. The Dream Thieves (The Ravenboys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (released September 18th)

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

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3. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (released October 22nd)

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

4. The Iron Traitor (Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (released November 1st)

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

5. Deadly Thorns (Hemlock #2) by Kathleen Peacock (released November 7th)

The second in the gripping crime trilogy with a hint of supernatural from Kathleen Peacock has the same great mix of page-turning action scenes and heady romance.

Kyle is still on the run, despite Mac’s best efforts to track him down and bring him home. But when they finally find themselves back together, it’s not in the best of circumstances. Trapped in a werewolf prison camp where inmates keep disappearing and not returning, Mac knows that something sinister is happening, but can they find out the truth? And with Jason still sure of his own feelings for Mac, will she start to doubt her own for Kyle?

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6. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead (released November 19th)

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Second, books I want to read this autumn that are already on my shelf…

1. Omens (Cainsville #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

2. The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) by Julie Kagawa

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago-and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

3. Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

Aria has struggled to build a life for herself outside Reverie. It hasn’t been easy adjusting to life in the wilderness but that struggle has been worth it with Perry by her side.

But Perry has other challenges. His people are looking to him for answers. Answers about what happened to his nephew and what’s happening to their world. And they don’t trust the privileged Aria, one of the enemy, in their midst.

Soon he’ll be forced to choose between the tribe that looks to him for leadership and the girl that looks to him for love.

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4. Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by Colleen Houck

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest–this time with Ren’s dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger’s Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER’S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.

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I’m really looking forward to reading all ten books on this list, fingers crossed I will manage to read all of them before the end of autumn – although I’m not holding my breath 😉 Only two of my choices are the first books in a series, so I guess that makes autumn my sequel season.

Those were my Top Ten Books On My Autmun 2013 TBR List. What books would are you looking forward to this autumn? Let me know in the comments below, or link back to your Top Ten post so I can see what makes your list.

Review: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Title: Tiger’s Curse (The Tiger Saga #1)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26th May 2011)
Blurb:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world.

But that’s exactly what happened.

Face-to-face with dark forces, spell-binding magic, and mysterious worlds where nothing is as it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Rating: **** (4 stars)
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TIGER’S CURSE is the first book in THE TIGER SAGA by Colleen Houck. It tells the story of Kelsey a seventeen, almost eighteen, year-old who just graduated from high school and is looking for a summer job in order to save some money for college. She ends up getting a circus job where she meets a white tiger named Ren.

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