Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tiger, tiger burning bright

I"m not sure I know anyone who ISN'T fascinated by tigers. They've been the muse of poets & artists for hundreds if not thousands of years. William Blake wrote an amazing poem the title of which I used to title this blog. That's probably why I found myself reading book after book about tigers. Two of my faves were "Tiger Moon" by Antonia Michaelis and "Tiger's Curse" by Collen Houck. Incidently, both also take place in India which is also pretty cool.

I've been told by one of our staff members that the "Tiger's Curse" series is great for fans of "Twilight." Not being a fan of that particular series, I can't say whether it is or not; I can say that it has a love triangle between two very different way older guys and teenager with very few friends, which sounds vaguely familiar. BTW, both guys turn into tigers. Kelsey decides to take a summer job at a traveling circus where she ends up taking care of a white tiger named Ren. A few weeks into this gig Ren is sold to an Indian businessman to be returned to his natural habitat but they need Kelsey, who's grown close to the tiger, to help with his transition. Now she's in the forests of India with a were-tiger (or two), a creepy bad guy closing in, and an ancient curse needing to be broken. There are also evil monkeys.

Out of the two of these books, "Tiger Moon" is my absolute favorite. So favorite I've made my whole knitting group read it. It's a little bit real, a little bit magical and a great read for classic romance. Beautiful Raka is sold as a wife to an evil merchant who she is certain will kill her when he finds out she's not a virgin. While she's basically waiting to die, she befriends a servant boy and begins telling him the story of the thief Farhad. Farhad is recruited by the god Krishna to rescue his beautiful daughter who was stolen by an evil demon king. In order to save the princess he first he has to rescue a cursed tiger with an attitude. There are many different romances and many different endings, all of which are magical and wonderful. 

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