Colleen Houck’s “Tiger’s Quest”

Published July 26, 2011 by Jennifer Elizabeth

Last night I finished reading Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Quest.  Had my hubby not been in the room, I would have probably shed a few tears.  It was so good.  However, I was a bit unsure that I was going to have few good things to say when I began reading the book.  It was a bit love sappy throughout the first 100 pages. And being that it is called Tiger’s “Quest”, the quest did not begin until nearly page 200. But after reading the entire book, I get it.

Yes, there are aspects of both Tiger’s Curse and Tiger’s Quest that are “unrealistic.” And yes, there are going to be those critics who hate this book because of those unrealistic qualities. However, all of these aspects were included for a reason.  In the beginning of Tiger’s Quest, Houck needed to set up the strong emotional connection between Ren and Kelsey in order for the ending of the book to work.  Were 100 plus pages of that relationship necessary? I believe so.

Houck also wanted there to be an adventure as well as a romantic storyline. And the things she imagined and put into great detail on these pages were unbelievable. Amazing. Someone who has these images and ideas in her mind is extremely talented. I can only hope and pray that one day I too can develop a storyline which such qualities and characteristics to keep my readers from putting the books down!

The Tiger Series is perfect for pre-teen and young teen girls to read whose parents do not want them exposed to too much sexuality, language, and dark story lines. Innocent, romantic, heart wrenching, and adventuresome.

I cannot wait to read Houck’s third book in the Tiger Series, Tiger’s Voyage.  It comes out in November and I will be counting down the days until I have it in my fingers!

For those who know me, I can be quite the slow reader, especially since I have two little boys who keep me busy! However, this book was an easy and enjoyable read, and I refused to put the book down unless I absolutely had to!  It has been quite a while since I read and greatly enjoyed the Twilight Series. But, I may end up concluding that I enjoyed the Tiger Series far more.  There was so much research that had to go into writing these books and the adventure aspect is amazing. I would LOVE to see this series turned into a movie. If you decide to read these books, you too will understand why. Just being able to see the Ren and Kishan on screen would be quite enjoyable. ;) I highly recommend reading this series. And if you know me and want to borrow my copies, I would love to lend them to you!

-Jennifer Wagner

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.
From the Hardcover edition
Winner of a Parent’s Choice Award!

Publishing Details

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Date: June 07, 2011
Edition: Bk. 2
ISBN13: 9781402784040
ISBN: 140278404X
BINC: 3286779
Age:12 and up

Next on my list to read is Angie Sage’s Magyk. It has been said to be the next Harry Potter and apparently Warner Bros. already has the rights to the book to turn it into a movie. I’m looking forward to diving into this one!

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