Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck (Tiger's Saga #3)

Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck (#3)
Pages:  560
Release Date:  November 1st, 2011
Date Read:  2011, December 12th-17th
Received:  Library
Rating:  4/5 stars
Recommended to:  16+

These books are awesome, and therefore you should read them.  But this review has spoilers to the first two books.  If you haven't read Tiger's Curse and Tiger's Quest, you should check out my reviews for them:


SUMMARY -
Kelsey Hayes is back at Mr. Kadam's - both Tigers safe.  Kishan is happy and healthy, but Ren, on the other hand, is still healing - and he still doesn't remember Kelsey.  Worse, he feels physically ill when he's around her.  Still, he pushes through, eventually admitting he has feelings for her, despite the pain.

As they embark on the third quest, they discover they must uncover Durga's necklace, come face-to-face with Dragons, and possibly something much worse.  And all the while Kelsey must decide between the Tiger's - who will she love?  And what will trigger the memories Ren is missing?

As Kelsey and her Tiger's come closer than ever before to finishing the Quests, they also discover more behind Lokesh's plans.  Will they be able to stop him before he tears them apart?

MY THOUGHTS -
Oh, this book made me SO sad.  Not like bawl my head off sad, but the kind of sad that's mixed with slight frustration and tons of anticipation - and love.  A lot of it.

Colleen's writing still sin't my favorite, when she's describing things happening in the real world.  However, when Kelsey, Ren and Kishan step into magical realms...that is when her talent shows.  She writes with fantastic imagery and with a style that reminds me of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers and other fantastic story tellers.  Colleen becomes stronger and stronger with every book she writes and I'm so excited to see how she improves in the next book!

CHARACTER NOTES -
I really really respect what Colleen did here: where things could have gotten extremely complicated, she made it worth the read and gave her readers more respect for the characters.

Kelsey continues to be the heroine I want to read about.  I feel like I know her well and would totally hang out with her if she was...well...real.  I understand what a tough place she's in with trying to break the curse and decide between two amaaaaazing men.  She made some choices that...man, I could never imagine making.  She's brave, a heroine through and through, and I just canNOT wait for more from her perspective!

Now - onto the boys.  Yum yum yum!  I'll have one of each, please?  ;)  Actually, I'm still extremely partial to Ren.  So, I'll take an order of Ren with a side of a wedding ring and a few beautiful Indian children. Haha!

In any case.  When I said before that these boys are amazing, what I really meant was extremely beyond fantastically incredibly gorgeous and wonderfully amazing super incredible manly men.  (Translation...well, there isn't one.  You get the picture.)  They are both worthy of Kelsey's attentions, for different reasons.  But I'm 100% all for Ren.  In Tiger's Quest I became drawn to Kishan - but Tiger's Voyage just pulled me right back to Ren.  He's got his flaws, like Kishan, and Kelsey, but that doesn't change anything for me.  You all know how much I love perfectly imperfect characters.  Ren is that.  Kishan, in Tiger's Voyage, seemed a bit more on the perfect side (surprisingly) and this is one of the things that made Ren stand out even more. While Kishan is a bit heartbroken because of is love for Kells, Ren's heartbreak seems, to me, much more intense and for an incredibly good reason.

I really enjoy Mr. Kadam and Nilima as well, but Wes annoyed the crap out of me.  Let's just leave it at that.  He's not important enough to add more.

Now - the dragons.  WOWZERS!  Colleen has totally done something extraordinary here.  Each one was so perfectly described; each had his own amazing personality.  Each made his mark on the story, whether for good or for bad.  I would name them if I had the book with me.  But, as I don't, I'll have to rely on their attributes to say:  My favorite is between the star dragon and the hunting dragon.  The elements they brought to the table were incredible - especially since they revolved around the passion between Ren and Kells.

STORY NOTES -
Colleen's stories are just in your face awesome!  And what I love about them is that each one is completely different from the last.  Each has its own feel and beauty and hook.

This time around, Colleen stuns her readers by taking them yet again to lands beyond our own - to the stars, to the deepest oceans, to underwater castles and fantastic islands.  There is no end to how cool this story is. I mean, who doesn't want to travel to an underwater treasure trove, or fix the fading glow of a star, or any of the other fantastic journeys within this book?

So basically, I'm amazing.  I'm totally dying, because of course there's a cliff-hanger and of course someone's still in mortal danger.  I know Colleen's working as fast as she can, but - HURRY UP!!!

SUMMING IT UP -
Gorgeous.  Seriously gorgeous.  I'm so looking forward to Tiger's Destiny, coming out later this year!

For the Parents -
The boys, both trying to get the lead in Kelsey's affections, are quite a bit more, ummm, bold this time around. Some suggestive comments and gazes, some admiring.  Kelsey's "power" is fueled by her passion for Ren, which is definitely written in a suggestive way.  Lots of passionate kissing, some detail.  Recommended to 16+

6 comments:

  1. Awesome review! I just finished reading Tiger's Curse and it is one of my favorite books I've read this year! I'm so excited to continue reading the series! 

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

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  2. Isn't it awesome?  So glad you enjoyed it!!  Me too - September can't come fast enough!! :D

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  3. Great review. This is one of the  most detailed reviews I have ever read. I haven't heard of this book, but I will check it out now. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  4.  Oh my goodness, it's when you write reviews like this that YOUR writing talents show, Sierra -- this book sounds so amazing! Once again, you've completely convinced me that Ren and Kelsey are two characters that are well worth meeting. And even Kishan too, although I'm already sold on Team Ren based on what you've said about him! Gotta love those realistically heartbroken boys x)

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL review, Sierra! I don't care if this is recommended for 16+, because I'm going to read it anyways! ;) <3

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  5. Thanks!  Definitely check out this series - it's to die for! :D

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  6. OOOOOHH MIMI!!  You have GOT to read these books SOON!!  I'm sure we will have PLENTY of squealing/fangirling/ecstatic conversations about how AMAAAAZING Ren is and how poor Kishan, what to do with him?  And how Kelsey is the coolest girl ever and how I WANT TO RIDE A DRAGON!!

    Ahem!  Anyways, I'll stop now.  I'm ecstatic for you to read these - really!! :DDDD

    Thanks soooo much for your sweet compliment - I love to write so it makes me happy to hear that it shows in my reviews!

    Oh, and I hope you and everyone else knows those age recommendations are just a general statement.  It's all about personal conviction - that's what I want to promote - so read away, dear Mimi! ;) <3

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