White Tiger (Dark Heavens #1)
Packed with Chinese mythology, kick-ass action, and sexual tension
.A smart, entertaining read.
A young woman accepts a position as nanny to the young daughter of a handsome, wealthy, and mysterious Chinese businessmanonly to discover her new employer is really a god and every foul demon in creation is out to destroy him! With a premise like that, fan...more
The novel takes place over a period of a couple of years. For the most part, we’re subjected to the surprisingly boring day-to-day goings on in the household of Mr. Chen, a god of the Chinese pantheon. For the first quarter of the novel or so, our heroine Emma crushes on Mr. Chen while demanding that she be privy to...more
Emma is a native Australian teaching English as a second language in Hong Kong, she also teaches private lessons after hours. John Chen, a client of hers, wants to hire her to be a full time nanny for his...more
Lacked a sense of immersion as I never felt that any of the characters were ever truly in any peril and anything that surprised me (read:that wasn't predictable) was only due to the fact that it didn't make sense and came completely from left field.
I feel that anything that needs a 20 page glossary to explain the te...more
The story is of Emma an australian teacher in Hong Kong who is persuaded to become a full time nanny for a very strange family. Then follows the revelations of why they are a bit odd (no spoilers though...) although it was obvious anyway, quite how she didn't know for so long I don't know!
The writing was a little odd, I actually went to look up to see if it was translated into english, as at times it did appear to be. The same...more
The same conversation would repeat. For the first 90 pages Emma would ask various people what her employer (John) did for a living. No one would tell her. "Later, Emma." No additional clues, no forward progress. By the time the truth was revealed both...more
This is simple good versus evil with a hefty influence from romance novels (not my favorite part). It's a good story nicel...more
I originally saw the cover, which was what attracted me to the book. Chinese mythology? Awesome!
Unfortunately for me, the book was too drawn out with too many characters that came and went and made me feel like they were meaningless when their names sounded far more important.
I couldn't bring myself to like Emma I can't believe that anyone can just accept that their boss is a Chinese God in an instant. She seems to be unafraid of absolutely anything and I just couldn'...more
Well, then I start reading. Let's get into that.
Emma Donahoe is an Australian living in Hong Kong. She finds herself in the employ of Mr. John Chen, a wealthy man who needs...more
Emma is a kindergarden teacher in Hong Kong from down under. Emma has one private student she teaches english to Simone. Simone father is Mr. Chen a rich powerful man. The owner of the school Miss Kwok wants Emma to spy on Mr. Che...more
Although at times the dialogue seemed a little stilted, rather than being distracting it actually fit in with the story and location, giving credence to the language flow, dialogue and accent of Chinese speaking English. Of course, as the story progressed this became less and less not...more
Basically, it's not.
It's someone who has experienced chinese culture, and wanted to write a book about it. However, they cannot write a story and it has ended up reading more like a non fiction book.
The actual story is completely ridiculous; The development of the plot and the characters were stupid to the point where I was actually laughing at it. The protagon...more
Stop me when this sounds familiar:
1) Otherwise unremarkable girl (read: Mary Sue) encounters attractive guy
2) Guy has mysterious but poorly concealed supernatural tendencies
3) They fall in love for no clearly defined reason
4) Once they do, they can't be together physically because supernatural powers...more
The plot of this novel was largely setup, with little actually resolved, although there is a definite narrative arc...more
Upon moving into Mr. Chen’s home, Emma starts to discover strange goings on…Leo, Mr. Chen’s driver is actually more like a body guard, and Mr. Chen’s la...more
This book is like popcorn. It's hard to stop eating even though you know it's not good for you, and at some point you'll realize that you should have stopped some time ago.
There's are some really interesting ideas in here, especially the idea of using Chinese mythology for urban fantasy instead of the usual vampire thing, but really, it's still cut and paste urban fantasy. We have a smart-ass first person viewpoint from a female main character who skates...more
Soon her life is put at risk as she becomes closely involved with the family's affairs and finds herself...more
I think that people who like me grew up on enormous amount of Hong Kong movies will love it. People who went to Asia and saw with their own eyes that alien for Westerners multi-layered culture will love it. For everyone else it's a gamble.
I spent 9 months in Asia, and still pretty much don't know anything of the culture and way of th...more
Emma is a bossy young women who thinks that the world should revolve around her. In spite of the fact that she has absolutely no personal charm, the world seems to comply. Inexplicable really. She would have...more
And I also understand to...more
What drew me to this book was that it was based around Chinese mythology – a subject that I’ve always found somewhat interesting. I’d been looking at it for a while, and when it went into the Kindle sale, I downloaded it immediately!
The story centers around Emma Donahoe, an Australian living in Hong Kong who ends up becoming a full-time live-in nanny working for Mr. Chen and his delightful young daughter, Simone. However, things in t...more
The heroine is gutsy and very Australian in her openness and directness and the other characters are all just plain gorgeous. Strong and oozing love and devotion to each other. That's a very powerful state of mind/heart. I finished this one and had to go out and get the next in the series straight away. I just couldn...more
White Tiger is an urban fantasy that uses the rich mythology of China and it is the clear that the author has researched the subject in depth and has done her best to do it justice. Much of it is based in Hong Kong, and again the author's familiarity with the city shines throu...more
Kylie Chan married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in Eastern China, lived in Australia for ten years, then moved to Hong Kong for ten years and during that time learnt a great deal about Chinese culture and came to appreciate the custom...more