Now did I like them? Well, yes I did, but I'm not sure why. There are so many reasons not to like them. Kelsey was completely unlikable -- really flat, uninteresting, selfish, and shallow. The potential to go really deep with her was there, with her being orphaned and everything, but I never really felt the loss of her parents. I never connected or sympathized for her which is a red flag for me. I know I'm never going to connect in the way I like to connect when I can't FEEL for the characters. Reading about them is one thing, but feeling them is another. The books that are my favorites are the books in which I can feel the characters. I know. I'm weird.
Often when I read a book I get a sense of the author. It's not that I dislike Colleen, I think she's great (I especially like that we graduated from the same college) it's just that I can tell we are really different in the way we view the world as she is more of a "ST" and I am a total "NF" if you'll remember back to our personality discush. ;) I only mention this because I love "NF" books. Funny that INFPs often love the same books. "The Giving Tree" being high on the list. Anyhoo, I didn't mean to get off topic.
If I may have a word with some people for a second, I have a few unanswered questions.
Kelsey-- Who are you, girl? What makes you special? Why, out of all the young women in the world, are you the only person who can break the Tiger's Curse? Why, oh why, oh why? I seriously don't get it. You frustrate me, you bore me, you're kind of a jerk, you lack direction, and your creator has yet to show me why you aren't just like any other girl out there. And if that's the point, then that's really lame.
Mr Kadam-- Oh Mr. Kadam, why are so flat? You bored me to tears. ::shaking my head::
Ren. I like you. Underneath that hot bod you actually have a personality. The trouble is I would really like to know you but I can't. I'm stuck in Kelsey's head when I'd much rather being in your
Kishan. I like you as well. So why are you being completely and totally emasculated in Book Three? Push back against the author's agenda and stop being a fool. Hello.
Okay, now on to what I liked. I liked the way I was completely A.D.D. the week I read the series-- reminded me of my love affair with Twilight. I couldn't give the kid a bath without the book right next to the tub or sit at the stoplight without the book in my lap. I'd find excuses to go to bed early, feign sickness, or sneak into my bedroom book in hand. When I wasn't reading, and my kids were talking to me, I couldn't hear a word they said as I was too busy thinking about how/when I'd get my next Tiger's Curse fix. I even PAID FOR (which I never do) the third book because the waiting list at the library was much too long and I had to read it NOW. Thank you Amazon for your quick delivery. I felt so undone without it. The other thing I loved was how the author credited Twilight for being the inspiration for the book. From the interview that I watched, Colleen explained how she enjoyed the Edward/Jacob dichotomy and wanted to re-create something similar. So Tiger's Curse may be yet another Twilight knock-off but it's the best knock-off I've read and the author gives credit where credit is due.
Overall, I enjoyed this page-turner of a book and have recommended it to fiction-loving friends. Can't wait to read about what they eat in Book Four. ;)