Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Tiger Catcher from Paullina Simons in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
All the colors of your world are about to disappear…
Young and handsome, Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. His world is turned upside down by a love affair with Josephine, a mysterious young woman who takes him by storm. But she is not what she seems, carrying secrets that tear them apart—perhaps forever.
So begins Julian and Josephine’s extraordinary adventure of love, loss, and the mystical forces that bind people together across time and space. It is a journey that propels Julian toward either love fulfilled…or oblivion.
The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the dizzying heights of joy to the depths of despair and back again in an unforgettable new novel from a master storyteller.
First Line: “I should have kissed you.”
It’s no surprise that Paullina Simons is one of my favorite authors. Ever. Her books destroy me as I get whipped around this whirlpool of love and loss she creates. And I flove it.
Let’s get to it.
People. PEOPLE. There is time travel in this book! To be honest, I had no idea there would be time travel when I first received this book because it’s not completely obvious from the book blurb, am I right? I’m right. *Supposedly* the text is comparable to Outlander, but I didn’t think so at all while reading. Sure, there are elements that are similar (questionable cheating, time travel, etc.) but…meh. You can sculpt your own decision when you read it. Paullina’s writing moves quite a bit faster than Diana Gabaldon. And heck, if you’ve ever read the Something in the Way series by Jessica Hawkins, she has similar plot elements as Paullina! (If you don’t know who any of these authors are, shame on you.)
We meet Julian and he’s kind of a love-sick puppy. Not gonna lie. That’s not a sexy look. Or is it? We follow him between LA and London as he finds his sweet love. And Julian is a geek (yuss my kind of juju)!
No. Julian had no idea. He knew what he had been doing. Lately, nothing. But way back when, he did things, like mark time with his baby down the road from his Hollywood dreams. Sun beating down on palm trees and lovers, Volcos parked in secluded corners. Windows open. Joy flying in, like wind. Julian wasn’t a skeptic then. Well, like he always said, there was a time for everything.
“Where is the Prime Meridian?” Julian asked a gruff older guard inside one of the rooms in the pavilion.
As for Josephine? Well… she is a cheat, a liar, and I really don’t like her. Julian can do better, but for some freaking reason, their love ignites and sends them on a journey of betrayal, lies, and vicious love within the cosmos.
There is a hint of insta-love here, yet at the same time the plot moves slow enough to properly develop the characters. Book 1 does end in a somewhat cliffhanger, and there are a lot of open ended questions that (I hope) will be resolved later in the series.
My favorite part about The Tiger Catcher (and Paullina in general) is that she writes characters that I love to hate. They’re awful humans who make terrible decisions, and I’m no better because I can’t stop reading. Julian and Josephine are selfish, wildly in love, and I seriously want to knock some sense into them. But I just. can’t. stop.