Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes’s eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.
Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.
When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren’s bad-boy brother, Kishan, the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren’s life hangs in the balance–so does the truth within Kelsey’s heart.
Okay, so this is the second book in the Tiger Saga series. I’m still really enjoying the plot. The whole idea of what the group has to go through to break the curse is interesting and I like how it ties in with not only Indian myths, but ones from different cultures as well. Despite all of the angst-y teenage romance, people should give this series a try for the adventure-based plot if nothing else.
At the beginning of this book you’re taken away from the trials of breaking the curse. If you read the first one, you know Kelsey has decided she deems it best to return home and give Ren some space. I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the first quarter of the book. My thoughts exactly: ‘Ughh, this going to be like New Moon, isn’t it?’ (no offense to you Twilight lovers out there, but the only good thing about that book was the werewolves). But yeah, the beginning was pretty much Kelsey moping around missing Ren. It was her decision to leave him. Just sayin’. I did, however, like that there was a bit of the school-atmosphere and that she finally pushed thoughts of Ren aside (a little) to try dating other guys.
Warning! Minor spoilers ahead.
But then Ren returns (honestly, it’s pretty predictable…). And so the mushy teenagers in love continues. Yes, I understand that romance is also a main part of this series but I’m not an extremely mushy person, so sometimes I get easily annoyed with tons of fluff. I have to really really like both characters to not be annoyed. But I did enjoy reading about Ren learning more about the 21st century while he was with Kelsey in Oregon (and his discovery of peanut butter).
Due to the vision Kelsey, Mr. Kadam, and Lokesh had in Tiger’s Curse, Lokesh knows that Kelsey is somehow involved with the two princes and the amulets. And he’s closing in. Ren is captured and Kelsey and Kishan, who showed up in Oregon to help, hightail it back to India.
Due to certain circumstances, Ren is out of the picture for the time being (for those of you who skipped the spoiler section) so it’s up to Kelsey and Kishan to hunt down the second gift. Kelsey begins training so that she can better defend herself, which I liked because she was very much a ‘damsel-in-distress’ in the first book. Kishan didn’t play a large role in the previous book so having him be a main part of this one made me happy. But because Ren isn’t there to chaperone, a love-triangle unfolds (you’re lying if you say you didn’t see that one coming).
And the stories continues.
Lokesh, the main bad-guy mentioned in Tiger’s Curse, finally makes an appearance and you get a taste of his sadistic nature (yay villains!). There is a slight twist at the end of the book, but if you were paying attention it wasn’t all that surprising. However, it does keep me interested enough to be excited about reading the third book (plus, there’s a dragon on the cover of the third book…a dragon!) As I’ve mentioned, I truly enjoy the adventurous plot of this series and hope that the characters keep developing (it would make the mushy-ness of the romance more tolerable).
Depending on my mood, and how lazy I am, I may do one review for the next two books. We’ll see. I actually thought this series was finished, but hadn’t realized the fifth book is to be published sometime this year. So that review will obviously come later on.