Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.
Colleen Houck’s New York Times bestselling Tiger’s Curse series has received national praise with the fourth book, Tiger’s Destiny, debuting September 2012. Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.
Zenn Scarlett is a bright, determined, occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. That means she’s specializing in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars will find her working with alien patients from whalehounds the size of a hay barn to a baby Kiran Sunkiller, a colossal floating creature that will grow up to carry a whole sky-city on its back. But after a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school and other near-disasters, the Cloister is in real danger of being shut down by a group of alien-hating officials. If that happens, Zenn knows only too well the grim fate awaiting the creatures she loves. Now, she must unravel the baffling events plaguing her school, before someone is hurt or killed, before everything she cares about is ripped away from her and her family forever. To solve this mystery – and live to tell about it – Zenn will have to put her new exovet skills to work in ways she never imagined, and in the process learn just how powerful compassion and empathy can be.
The Top 5 Reasons My Heroine Has No Friends*
(*Qualifier: human friends)
1. Zenn Scarlett is the only student in her class. Actually, the only student in her school. She grew up isolated behind the mud-brick walls of the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic in a deep canyon on the edge of a human colony on Mars. At 17, she’s now the only novice attending the cloister’s exoveterinarian training program. Why the student body deficit? The Rift: a total trade and communications embargo with Earth. So, that kinda cuts down on the potential-friends-roster. She fills this hole in her social life by developing an intense empathy for the diverse alien creatures housed at the clinic. Not surprisingly, this has consequences – some that Zenn’s logic and intelligence allows her to foresee, some… not so much.
2. The people who live in Arsia City, the village of colonists a few miles from the cloister, think Zenn has cooties. OK, not cooties, exactly. The thing is, the towners dislike the fact that Zenn spends most of her time around big, dangerous alien animals. That’s what an exovet novice does. The towners think these alien creatures are “unclean, disease-carrying monsters.” In fact, the towners are determined to shut down the cloister and eliminate what they see as the threat of the alien animals being taken care of there. Why the xenophobic ‘tude? Because a few decades ago, the population of Earth was decimated by a mysterious virus. The Earthers, as well as most of the colonists on Mars, believe the propaganda being spread that says alien animals carried the virus to Earth, prompting the embargo. So, I take it back; the towners DO think Zenn has cooties. So, does she? No. There are no such organisms on Mars.
3. Because of the above cootie-misunderstanding, Zenn believes all towners are so deeply biased against aliens that there’s no likelihood of changing their minds. Are they all paranoid about off-world races and creatures? No. Some of them are smart enough to understand there’s no scientific proof that the nasty virus on Earth was carried there by alien animals. But since these people are in a clear minority, and since the xenophobic community members are becoming increasingly militant, this open-minded minority keeps their mouths shut and their smart opinions to themselves. Which only reinforces Zenn’s beliefs about towners. Kind of vicious circle thing.
4. Zenn’s main friend at the cloister is Hamish, an eight-foot-tall, sentient beetle working as the cloister sexton, or all-around handyman (bug). Hamish is bright and personable (insectable). Zenn gets along well with him, and he’s become her primary sounding board about various issues in her life. Unfortunately, he’s both alien and rather spectacularly insectoid, and this only serves to make the towners even less likely to associate with Zenn.
5. Zenn has a rule about making friends outside of the cloister: no friends. Sounds a little severe. But she has reasons: the people in her life that she loved, that she depended on, have left her, one way or another. Plus, when she was younger, she was mocked and ostracized by the towner kids because she was an outsider who consorted with “snot-monsters.” Now, one exception to the usual towner mindset is Liam Tucker, a street-wise, sorta cocky, sorta hunkish boy who is Zenn’s own age and who, lately, has shown some interest in getting to know her. This both annoys and puzzles her. Puzzles because he’s a towner (see xenophobic note above). Annoys because she’s in her very crucial end-of-term testing period in school and can’t afford any distractions. Even a sorta hunky one. Will her no-friends rule survive this annoying-but-oddly-alluring intrusion? Good question. But until this burning issue is resolved: human friend-count: zero.
About the Author
Christian Schoon paid his new-writer-dues as an-house copywriter at the Walt Disney Company, followed by a stint as a freelance script/copywriter in Los Angeles. After moving back to the Midwest, he bought a farm, started volunteering with a group that rescues abused/neglected horses and another group helping to re-hab wildlife: black bears, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, assorted other critters. His animal welfare work, combined with his life-long sci-fi geekery, inspired Christian to write his first book, the young adult science fiction novel Zenn Scarlett.
Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers...
Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.
So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not even human.
Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning...
About the Author:
Carrie Harris is the author of BAD TASTE IN BOYS and BAD HAIR DAY. Her husband is a cancer survivor and a ninja doctor, and her three kids are already in training to fight evil someday. She collects monster-themed clothing, is physically incapable of being serious for more than five minutes at a time, and isn’t a derby girl…yet.
Escaping ITEX in
Florida, the Flock head west, with Max more burdened than ever by the
knowledge that she's meant to save the world. But while their leader is
keen to stay on the path leading to her destiny, Fang and the others are
more interested in settling down and letting the chips fall where they
may. With the Erasers eerily absent from their lives of late, has the
Flock finally earned a bit of peace...or is this all just the calm
before the storm?
The Flock stayed in the School for a while in this volume and I liked that we got to explore it a bit and learn more about it as well as ITEX.
Story:(4/5) I enjoyed this volume far more than the previous one. The plot felt less hectic to me, although there were revelations that came out of no where, as always. It's safe to say that you can't really guess what will happen next with this series. We also finally find out what the School and ITEX's plans are, although there are a lot of things that are still a mystery (as usual) - like the voice in Max's head (ahh it's annoying me, what is it!).
Main Character:(5/5) Max
seems to be realizing her feelings for Fang in this volume. It's also odd to note that Max wants to save the world. I mean, I understand why she wants to do it, but it seems like she's being played by the higher-ups. Instead of trying to save the world, she should try to stop them.
Characters:(5/5) Angel:It's been hinted in the previous volumes that Angel is more devious than she seems. In this volume, we finally get to the bottom of that, although the ending left it unclear once again. Fang:There is some progress with Max and Fang's relationship. I think it's pretty clear that they care for one another (romantically). What makes their romantic relationship interesting is that even if they weren't interested in each other romantically they'll always mean something to each other and will always have the strong bond all the Flock members have with one another. Ari:I felt really sad for Ari in this volume. He was always shown as an antagonist, a villain, but Ari is being used just like the Flock with no regard to him as a person. I really want him to join the Flock, it will be interesting to see how they interact with one another if he did. Dr. Martinez and Ella: They both appear once again, which I'm glad for. The Flock seems to have enemies everywhere and I'm glad they have allies as well, otherwise this series is going to get tedious real fast.
Originality:(2/5)ITEX's plan was just, I don't know.. extreme? It seems like it's been done before and other villains had a similar plan. I don't see it often enough, which makes it a bit interesting, but it's still kind of ridiculous. It's becoming painfully clear that this series is just a mash up of overused ideas and concepts with no real originality except for the randomness and the shoving of all these overused things into one story. Overall:(24/30)I enjoyed this volume more than the previous because the plot felt less hectic and we finally had some insight on what the antagonists want.