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Thatâ€™s pretty much it for characters. Â There are technically other characters but they are basically just a means to an end. Â There is the aforementioned offensive Italian stereotyped ringmaster who speaks like a caricature of Mario. Â The other characters involved in the circus part of the story have no purpose and arenâ€™t worth mentioning. Â A bit later on in the book, there is a sage-type character named Phet, who is described as missing several teeth, which does not speak well for Houck and her view of Indian culture. Â There is also the appearance of Durga, who is in there for a few parts of the book to provide exposition and shill Kelsey.
My conclusion with Tigerâ€™s Curse is that it is possibly the worst book I have ever read. Â Itâ€™s certainly my least favorite now. Â The writing is amateurish at best, the characters are either annoying or have no real character to speak of, the plot is poorly paced, and the overly romanticized views of Indian culture doesnâ€™t ring true. Â Hell, the book reads so much like a bad fanfic that the Fanfic Critic might as well review this because I certainly donâ€™t know how I got into the business of bashing bad YA novels. Â Iâ€™m getting out of here before this book angers me any further.