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Tiger's Quest

Tiger's Quest

Spring 2011 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Adapted By: Colleen Houck
ISBN: 9781402784040
Hardcover Price: $17.95
Review:

Tiger’s Quest, the second book in Colleen Houck’s romantic fantasy trilogy, picks up minutes after her first book, Tiger’s Curse, ends. Emboldened by battle conquests but frustrated by love, Kelsey Hayes returns from a mystical and magical summer in India (by private jet, of course) to resume her more mundane life in Oregon. Readers might despair at the heroine’s return to gray skies after the sultry brilliance of India where most of the first book takes place, but there’s no need. Houck takes all of three pages to plunge her right back into intrigue and luxury cars again.

In fact, the sequel packs even more wistful romance, tough-girl action and prince charming dazzle onto each page. The villains are more villainous, the boys more dashing and chivalrous, the ensembles that appear in Kelsey’s closet at all the right times are more fabulous. Additionally, Prince Ren – Kelsey’s frustrated love interest from the first book, is joined by his equally handsome prince brother, Kishan. They are both under the tiger’s curse and both need Kelsey’s help to break it.

By the end of the first book, Kelsey had completed enough of the requisite tasks to partially lift the curse so that the two princes can now spend six hours a day as men. But there are more tasks to go. Consequently, there is more training, more fighting and more caves with moving walls.

The key to thrilling stories is putting your protagonist in trouble, and Houck knows this. Shortly after the princes arrive in Oregon, all three are forced back to India to fight off the monstrous Lokesh – author of the curse. Hearts beat, fall, break and stop and more magical powers are discovered.

This is thrilling escapist fun with an action-packed plot, strong heroine, and sweet romance. Readers will clamor for Houck’s final book, Tiger’s Voyage, due out in November 2011.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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