Tiger's Dream

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I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review. 

Sigh. This book felt like a well deserved ending after the other 4 books. Sure, book 4 had a pretty decent ending that seemed to wrap everything up, but for the Kishan fans out there, this book is for you. This is his story. 

And there were so many mysteries that were answered in this book - for all 4 books. I'm also really glad that we saw more Kadam and what really happened for him. 

Ana and Kishan are perfect for each other. It took some time - lots of time - but it was well worth it in the end. They both had their own personal demons to deal with before finally seeing what was right in front of their eyes. I may have wanted to strangle them at times, but it was needed to get the end result. 

I did get a bit annoyed that the tasks were repeated again, but that is just because I finished all 4 books before this one, so they were very fresh in my  mind. If I had read this after a few years from the last book, it would have been a nice refresher of what had happened. 

This ending was bittersweet and happy. I'm very glad I got a chance to get this eARC and explore this world all over again. While I had my personal ups and downs with these characters, it is still a great concept and world building that Colleen Houck created. I will definitely be recommending this to everyone!
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Okay so after waiting, what felt like decades, for this book to finally come out I wasn't disappointed!  So in the fourth book in the series we find out how Durga becomes a goddess and how she gets a tiger.  This book picks up where that one left off and delves even deeper into how the goddess and her tiger came to be.  It shows the struggles they had and what they did to protect each other from their pasts.  It tells about how the quest came into being and how Durga rescued Ren and Kishan.  It even goes a little into Ren and Kelsey's life together but not too much.

I loved the detail she took with this book.  There was so much that needed to be included in it and Colleen did an AMAZING job in tying up all the loose ends.  I knew it would be Kishan's book but it literally blew me away.  Colleen has a way of writing about mythology where you don't truly feel like you are learning about mythology.  This is one of my all time favorite series and I look forward to reading more of her series.

While these books are kind of slow once you get into them they are well worth the read and you will be glad that they started out slow.  Once you are halfway through they pick up the pace and if you aren't paying attention you will miss something important.  I've read the entire series several times and I catch something new every time I do.
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I have been a huge fan of this series from the begining and this book did not disapoint. I loved it, this series is one i would read again and again.
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4.5 Stars

'Tiger's Dream' is the fifth and final book in the highly popular Tiger's Curse Saga. When I initially read the first book, I was really impressed with the originality of the plot and the various aspects that went into the book. There is a lot of rich Indian mythology and folklore in the series, which I have always found really interesting. The concept of the quest and all the trials that the characters must face made this book a fast paced adventure that was hard to put down. The story's background was well written and fit in well with the current plot of the book and series. Since this is the fifth book, I highly recommend reading the previous books beforehand. There are a lot of things that happen throughout the series and readers who don't know about them wouldn't be able to understand or appreciate some of the circumstances or references in this book.

Even after all the other books, I continued to really enjoy the characters and their unique personalities. The romance in the book is sweet and had my stomach fluttering, but it was a good blend of steamy and syrupy. This is one of those bittersweet books. I'm sad because the series is ending and I don't want it to, but the novel itself was wonderful and brought a great ending to overall story. This book (and series) brings a new voice and fresh ideas to the young adult genre - this is not your typical fantasy, mythology, or shapeshifter story. It's so much more than that! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something that's not cookie-cutter and that stretches the imagination.
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Oh guys.

My heart can’t take this being the end.

I’m just going to start listing off this I love about this and try not to be too spoilery.

It’s written from Kishan’s perspective
Anamika is a bad-ass
Things I disliked:

It’s over
I was so nervous about reading this book. To be perfectly honest, I felt like Destiny ended perfectly. Tiger’s Dream has me stuck between it being everything I ever wanted and being completely unnecessary. But even though it’s technically unnecessary, it’s still everything I ever wanted in a story.

Let’s start from the beginning. I loved being in Kishan’s head. I love that a huge part of this story was him coming to terms with his feelings for Kelsey and his understanding that she wasn’t the girl for him. (Ren+Kelsey=OTP imho) I loved that we are able to get into his head and really understand him on a different level. He’s so polar opposite of his brother. His character development was so profound in this book and I really do love him more.

So Anamika. Holy Hannah I loved her character. She’s smart, sassy, strong and unlike any heroine I’ve ever read about. I mean… she’s a goddess, so that definitely has a huge influence on her character.

The parts about her past broke me. So this novel is classified as YA/NA, but this is not because of cute little college level sex scenes! Before you read this, know that for sure. There is some pretty heavy, heartbreaking material in this novel that you should probably know in advance. Just because I think people should be a little forewarned about what they’re reading, this novel deals with childhood sexual assault and other gross, disgusting, gut-wrenching things.

Even though it’s hard to read, I think it was dealt with in a pretty healthy way. Kishan respected the HELL out of Anamika’s boundaries and he made sure she was okay with anything he was doing.

SO! Time-travel. I HATE time-travel novels. I will do anything possible to avoid books that have anything remotely to do with any sort of time-travel. BUT, because I love this story so much, going ‘back in time’ to see the events take place from a different perspective is not something I minded at all. If it’s been a while since you’ve read the full saga, don’t worry about it at all, you get a good recap.

But don’t get me wrong, it is not repetitive or boring or anything. There is SOOO much more added to the story that adds so much to it.

This book is big. Like… 806 pages big. But I promise you, it doesn’t feel long enough. I did everything in my power to read this as slow as possible but I wanted to do nothing other than read this.

Also… there’s a particular character who reappears and I SOBBED. Not even lying.

My heart hurts, but I’m so happy I was able to read this. That ending was THE most perfect thing I have ever read in my life. Every question you ever had about the Tiger’s Saga is answered in this book. Read it. If you loved the series, you need to read this. If you haven’t read this series, getting to this book is the absolutely perfect reason to binge read this series.

5 Stars

I just can’t right now. Everything is amazing. And I’m happy. And crying. And so relieved that I loved this.

And I really want to reread all of these books again.
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I was so lucky to have received this ARC for review, I can’t even explain. Tiger’s Curse was my favorite series of 2014/2015 and to be reading the last and final book of the series just makes this little human as happy as I can be.
This series was such an amazing journey, exciting and adventurous. It made me want to explore more of the Indian culture and beliefs. But specially, it made me fall in love with the two tigers. Having this book was bittersweet, because although I was expecting it so much, I also didn’t want it to end.

We start off a few weeks after the events on Tiger’s Destiny, in Kishan’s POV. I’ll admit the beginning of the book is a little slow, but it’s so full of details and sassy dialogues. After a while, I got hooked into Kishan and Anamika’s life. We get to see all of the characters from the former books, as well as getting to know Anamika and Kishan more deeply.

What I loved most of this book ties everything in the most amazing way. This is literally the book that all os us who asks at the end of the book “What happens next?” dream come true. Not only it tells what happens next to everyone, but explain all their adventures in details you never expect, without taking away it’s magic. Each detail is explained in such a way that keeps you mesmerized and also tells you how everything was done “behind the curtain”.

If you’re a fan of the series like I am, you won’t be disappointed.

NOTE: Thank you Jean and Colleen for the opportunity of reading this amazing book.
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I've been waiting for this book for so long! I was so happy to return this world. It feels complete now. :')
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When I realized that I would be able to read Dream before it was released, I can't even express my excitement! 

Here's the thing... All of us that love the series know that Ren and Kelsey were just meant-to-be from the very beginning. We all know that Kishan, however, was just as amazing and wonderful as Ren... He just needed a different girl. Kelsey was never meant to be his. Poor Kishan. 

Dream picks up right after Tiger's Destiny, which ends with Ren and Kelsey happily-ever-after and poor Kishan stuck in the past as the goddess, Durga's, tiger. Or, Anamika's tiger. Seeing as how they are one and the same. You get a sense from the beginning that if Kishan could just let go of his romantic love for Kelsey and move on, Ana would be the perfect match for him. But, you know, these things are never that simple, are they?

I made sure to reread the whole Tiger Saga before I started on Dream. I wanted to make sure it was all fresh for me. Amazingly, even though I've read them all quite a few times already, I still needed the refresher as I would've missed some things from Dream that I had forgotten about. 

Ms. Houck has been promising that Dream would be the book to answer all of our questions from the whole of the series. Honestly, though--Dream answers questions that I didn't realize I should've been asking. There are so. many. intricate. details. Things that happen in the rest of the series, that seen from Kishan's point-of-view will change the way I read these books forever. It's like a veil has been lifted. Behind that veil? The genius that is Colleen Houck. 

I'm not just saying this to blow smoke. It's true, people. Ms. Houck had all these little things planned from the very beginning and I don't have a clue as to how. How everything just falls into place and makes SO MUCH SENSE now. I felt so good after reading Destiny. Like, I can die happy now because Ren + Kelsey = 4ever and all of that sappiness. Buuuuut, please. Anyone who doesn't also read Dream would be shortchanging themselves. If you're worried it won't be like the others because there's no Ren and Kelsey... Or any of the other characters, rest assured. They are there. Not in the same capacity, of course, as this is Kishan's story--but there were some great moments with some of our favorite characters. 

So, do yourself a favor, read Tiger's Dream (after you've read all the others, of course), and then bask in the fact that that is how one writes a book series.
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I honestly wasn’t sure how it was going to go reading Tiger’s Dream so many years after finishing the 4th book. My reading tastes have changed and my opinions on the series, as a whole, aren’t the same that they used to be.

For anyone who missed the synopsis on this one and was wondering, the book is from Kishan’s perspective here. Yes, there are spoilers from previous books so you may want to stop reading this review now (and definitely don’t read Tiger’s Dream without reading the other books).

So. Here’s my dilemma. I loved Kishan in the series. Favorite tiger guy by far, lots of character growth going on there, and my hardest ship with Kelsey (not that I think she should get him, but that he should be happy. . . see? Complicated). Getting a book from his perspective was great with the one exception that the story essentially ended in Tiger’s Destiny. To be fair, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending but a lot of that had to do with my favorite ship but that was it.

But we have this 5th book, and I’m not sure if it was the way it was delivered or the way book 4 ended but I felt like it just added way too much on to the series for a final book. Sitting at around 800 pages, there is a lot of new material introduced and the whole story line is thrown all different directions. Furthermore, it felt almost like wish fulfillment where everyone gets a happily ever after sort of deal, everyone finds someone. Not a bad thing but the way it was presented. . . something was off.

I guess. . . well, I think Tiger’s Destiny shouldn’t be marketed as a final book in the series, but rather a companion novel. It’s from another perspective and you don’t need to read it (in my opinion) to be fairly satisfied with the rest of the series. That said, a good chunk of this book is spent recapping the last 4 (and when I say recapping, I mean you’re literally time jumped through 4 books worth of stuff for like 50+ pages). Right off the bat, I was already disengaged from Tiger’s Dream so reading on, it just didn’t settle in for me.

I wanted a new story. Not rehashing the previous one from a different perspective. If Kishan and Anamika are going to have this massive book to themselves, I want them to own it, not live in other characters’ pasts.

Okay, so I haven’t said a whole lot here but if you’ve read the Tiger’s Curse saga and are a Kishan fan, you might want to read this one for him alone. If you’re more apathetic toward the series, then I wouldn’t necessarily bump Tiger’s Dream up your TBR. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for in the final book after so many years of waiting.
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I was really excited about this book, but unfortunately I didn't like it that much. It was mostly just a rehashing of all the events of the original quartet but from a different point of view and in an interesting way. It didn't really leave anything up to the reader's interpretation. Everything happened, and we got to know pretty much everything about the future and what happened. I wouldn't consider this a necessary addition, but it's definitely fun to read and know what happens and how all these things happened.
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This whole series has been an emotional roller coaster all focusing on rescuing two princes from a terrible curse of being tigers and being able to be human for a few hours of each day.  Enter Kelsey who is destined to break the curse but along the way she gotten very emotionally tied up with our two princes.  Who will she choose who will she not choose.  I not gonna say who i am rooting for as i hate to spoil the ride for anyone else.   I do know that Colleen does an exceptional job on this series her way with language is phenomenal and i am so honored to be one of those who got to read an early copy for this tour.  If you not started this series your picky the best time to start it you can read all the books at once and not be hung in agony as you wait for the next one. Great series a must read.
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Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: The last book!!!

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  I sat down and binge read this entire series and OMG it was great. I am very sad to just be finding this series when it is all coming to an end but it will be one that will stay with me forever! All the characters were there and the story was well paced. I do think that we didn't really need a 5th book to this series but I am so glad she decided to create one as I really love this world.  This book is one that I can say is for the fans.  

Go Into This One Knowing: If you are a die-hard fan of this series you will love returning to this world!
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If you have been following me for some time, you will know that this series is one of my favorite series.  The Tiger's curse series is full of magic and fantasy, love and turmoil, magic and time travel.  I am so in love with these characters and when I found out that the last book  in the series, wasn't really the last book, I was ecstatic!  And here is it, the final book in the series.
It was fantastic!  I absolutely loved going back into this world and reliving some of the past books with a different perspective.  Kishan is the main voice of this novel and I just fell more in love with him.  Rough and tough Tiger on the outside but soft mush on the inside!  YES!!!!  This was such an amazing read, the whole series really.  If you haven't picked the series up yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!  If you were just waiting for this one to be released...GO!!!
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I have loved this series so much and although Kishan didn't get his happily ever after, I felt like the story was complete. I can't say how excited I was for Kishan to hopefully find his happy, but I was a little surprised about the process it took to get there.

    I loved getting to know the goddess Durga better. Also known as Anamika (or Ana or Mika), her story is fascinating, heart breaking, and gripping and learning of her past really helped me grow to adore her on a more human level. Of course, I've loved Kishan all along, but his journey rooted him into my heart even more and with a deeper admiration.

    I guess I should touch on my issue. I thought that most things were wrapped up and I didn't always like going back in time to relive situations, especially with this book being over 800 pages long. If things worked out with other characters, why mess with it? Outcomes were twisted or shown again from slightly different perspectives as Ana and Kishan worked to create their own destinies. There were moments when I wanted all of that past to be left alone and a new story to emerge. There were questions answered that I didn't know that I had. Very interesting, but I could have done without some of it, as parts felt like I was re-reading other books. 

    Content: mild romance (implied sexual abuse, kissing, slave trading); mild violence
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A tiger left behind.
A goddess in need of an ally.
Stranded in a time and place he never wished for, Kishan Rajaram struggles to forget the girl he loves and the brother who stole her away as he fulfills his divine role—that of assisting the beautiful, yet extremely irritable, goddess Durga.
When the wily shaman Phet appears and tells Kishan that Kelsey needs him, he jumps at the chance to see her again, but in saving Kelsey, he discovers that the curse he thought was over, is just beginning. As time unravels around him, Kishan realizes that the fates of all those he holds dear, lie in hands.
With the power of the goddess hanging in the balance, Kishan must sacrifice the unthinkable to fight the dark forces swirling around the woman he’s charged to defend. As he does, he discovers that love and loyalty create their own magic and accepts that he must decide his destiny once and for all.
Tiger’s Dream is the conclusion to the epic Tiger’s Curse fantasy romance series that left you breathless.

I was a bit disappointed it was more of a playback on what happened in the first four books and closed up some ties. Maybe rather than a 5th book it should have been a companion to the series.
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Oh. My! I have been waiting semi-stalkerishly for yeeeaarrrs for this book to come out!!! After reading my ARC I'm still catching my breath. I have been in love with this series since the beginning for it's sheer originality and the story itself. To see it come full circle in this last book the way it did, I can only applaud Colleen Houck for the depth in which she crafted this story -- not just in this book but the totality of the whole series. 
  While the first four books mainly focused on Ren and Kelsey and their quest to break the curse, this book follows Kishan and Anamika who are the true focus of this book. This book begins as the last book ended, sending Kishan on the beginning of his and Anamika's journey to fulfill their purpose as Durga and her tiger. I don't want to give anything away because anyone who is a true fan of this series will truly appreciate what was done here. While I'm sad to see it end, it was well worth the wait!
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Kishan has chosen to stay behind and serve the goddess Durga.  She is beautiful and annoying at the same time. His situation is made even tougher by the fact that he knows the girl he loves is with his brother.  After the shaman Phet informs Kishan that Kelsey is in need of his help, he goes full steam ahead and doesn’t realize the consequences until time begins to unravel.  What will Kishan need to sacrifice in order to put things right?  Is there a sacrifice that he is not willing to make?

Tiger’s Dream is the fifth and final book in The Tiger Saga.  It has been nearly six years since the release of Tiger’s Destiny, yet Houck has created a story that not only refreshes the reader’s knowledge of the past events but actually revisits many of them.  I will admit that toward the middle I felt like it was dragging in spots, but once my mind fully wrapped around the time warping aspect of the goddess and her tiger, I was able to relax and enjoy these events.  Tiger’s Dream is a beautiful ending to an epic story.
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I enjoyed the first four books in this series, so when I had the opportunity to read a galley of the fifth one, I jumped at the chance. I looked forward to a new adventure with these characters. Unfortunately, it’s less new adventure and more rehashing of the old ones. It explains away mysteries that would’ve been better off left alone (such as the existence of the different lands) and diminishes much of the action by revealing that they weren’t actually in all that much danger. Worse, a few of the characters become more or less willing participants in some horrible instances, following the idea that the end justifies the means. Never a good reason. So, while there were a couple moments that added to these characters, for the most part, this was an unnecessary addition.
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