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White Tiger

Dark Heavens Trilogy

"White Tiger" follows Emma, our "cold blooded", yet spicy heroine. After leaving her position at a Hong Kong English school, Emma becomes full-time nanny to Simone, an adorable four-year-old and daughter of wealthy businessman and expert martial artist, John Chen. From here, things get very strange for our level-headed heroine. From being attacked by gangsters that somehow turn into black goo when struck, and finding out that not only are Chinese gods and demons real, but she's somehow gotten herself inextricable entangled with them, nothing is what it seems. The reader is simply taken along for the ride, high action, romance, mythical beasts, and all.

There was plenty to love about this book. The characters, for one; many of the secondary characters are treated more as major characters with smaller voices. Emma herself is really mischievous, especially in her friendship with Simone's ultra-intimidating bodyguard, Leo (hint: pink underwear!), and is never afraid to speak up for those she cares for. Yet she's so low-drama herself, everyone, gods and demons, are surprised at how well she handles her new life. especially her developing- and impressive!- fighting skills. John, her love interest, is absolutely her match, and the tragic/idyllic tone of their romance is even more entrancing for the fact that it flourishes, minus any true physical contact since that would kill her. I also really enjoyed the introduction to Chinese mythology; the Shen, or Gods, are all distinct and entertaining, whether Grace or lech (i.e Bai Hu). And, having visited HK some time ago, I felt almost as if I walked with Emma, identifying a number of places from my own experience, and yearning to return and experience others that were new.

The main negatives I'll say about this book were rather minor. The first was that I questioned how Emma, towards the beginning, didn't notice all the strange things in the Chen household, even though she had worked there for several months. I'd readily put it off to a small enchantment placed on her, only this was never confirmed. The other issue I had was that certain chapters seemed to cut off a bit abruptly. Though not common, it was sometimes a little disorienting. Other than that, I found this to be a fun, easy read, and one that has me itching to get my hands on book #2 (and #3 and.). Definitely recommended!

Book Blurb for White Tiger

ACTION, INTRIGUE, DEMONS AND DRAGONS Kylie Chan creates a fast and furious story balanced between the celestial and the mortal, the powerful and the innocent …

Emma Donahue has just started her new job as nanny to Simone, the daughter of John Chen, a very rich Hong Kong businessman. She understands that Simone may be a target for kidnappers but she does not expect to be drawn into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger, where both gods and demons can exist in the mortal domain. When John and his American bodyguard, Leo, teach Emma their particular style of martial arts, they begin to realise that Emma herself is more than she seems …

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 4.25