Jade Tiger, by Jenn Reese (Unabridged)
Shan Westfall—halfChinese, halfAmerican, one hundred percent kung fu badass—is on a mission to recover five mystical jade animals before they fall into the wrong hands.
Over 15 years ago, Shan's mother led a secret society of female martial artists sworn to protect the statues. When the Jade Circle lost four of the five statues during a...more
It didn't hurt in the slightest, either, that the love interest in the book was a skinny, geeky scientific type with sticky-uppy brown hair, brown eyes, narrow features, and a prominent nose. And there were also several scenes towards the end where he was running around in a tuxedo ...more
Like most YA fantasy I have read, I was extremely frustrated and annoyed by the decently interesting plot that kept getting submerged and overlooked so tha ...more
Let me put it this way. With two little kids at home, I have a desperate craving for sleep. But I stayed up late to finish the book.
Jade Tiger tells the tale of Shan, one of the last survivors of the Jade Circle, a martial arts group dedicated to the teaching of women. The circle was attacked years ago, ...more
If you're looking for a ass-kicking chick who can save the world, her heritage and herself while still finding time to have a hot romance, Jade Tiger is the book for you.
This book is the story of a Chinese-American girl, Shan, whose sole purpose in life is to reunite the jade animals which were separated after the Jade Circle (society/village/training area) was destroyed when she was a young girl in China. She gets a break when one of the animals is photogr ...more
The things I loved include Shan herself, and her committment to her quest to retrieve the individual figures of the jade circle, and Ian, the delightfully geeky-as-attractive romantic interest. Things I didn't l ...more
That said, having a martial arts fight on land dividers in a pool---totally unrealistic but hilarious. I think Shan's revelation at the end was very sudden and wasn't all the believable.
However, in this first effort, one can easily see Jenn's ability to develop characters, theme and background.
While I will not recommend this novel, I am glad to have read it.