The Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons is the first book in the End of Forever trilogy. I used to love reading Paullina Simons books in my twenties. Books like The Bronze Horseman trilogy, Tully and The Girl in Time Square were some of my favourites. It has been quite a while since I’ve read any of her books.
I saw The Tiger Catcher on bookstagram and a bookstagrammer I follow described it as “a passionate love story.” So I rushed out and bought it the same day. I was so eager to start it that I nudged aside all the other books on my to be read pile. And, well, I’m sorry to say but this book was a huge disappointment for me. I don’t like to give overly negative reviews, but I struggled to get through it. I only finished it because I had spent money on it.
The Tiger Catcher is a time travel book of sorts. It’s set in LA, on the streets of Hollywood. The book’s protagonist Julian Cruz leads an unremarkable life until he meets a young actress named Josephine who is performing in a play in New York. Julian can’t get her out of his mind and then she appears in his life again. The two quickly become crazy about each other until one day something happens that rips them apart forever. Or so it seems…
To be honest, it’s hard to tell you anything more without giving the plot away. The first half of the book dragged for me and the second half was slightly more interesting. I don’t want to be too harsh about this book. I was just disappointed when comparing it to past books by Paullina Simons which I really loved. This book was difficult because of the two main characters (who I didn’t warm too). I just didn’t think their love story was that appealing when both of them were so annoying. Their love story was meant to be so great that Julian would literally cross time to see Josephine again. But I just wasn’t sold on it.
I would love to hear what other people thought about this book. Maybe I wasn’t in the right reading mood for it. Sorry about this grumpy book review. I wanted to love this so much.
Verdict: Not my cup of tea.