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White Tiger (Dark Heavens #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,613 Ratings  ·  403 Reviews
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 Donahoe 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 dr
Paperback, US/Can edition, 499 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Harper Voyager (first published July 24th 2006)
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Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Dark Heavens trilogy. This is a tough review for me to write because I am a bit torn about this book. I loved the idea and the Chinese mythology...but the writing is just sooooo bad. It’s almost like Chan has trouble with her English and didn’t have a decent editor.

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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noone
Recommended to Nu by: Lythias
Shelves: books, fantasy
Rather long and dull. Obviously a start to a long trilogy as it felt that a lot of story angles and plot lines were being set up but none were addressed or resolved in the first book.

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
Jan 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rant-worthy
I picked this book up because the title caught my attention. "White Tiger? One of the four guardians? Sweet!" Alright, my thought process wasn't exactly like that, but the gist is there. So I see that. There were also two other books out on the shelves, each with a name similar to the first. Hm. A series. Could be interesting.

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
Dec 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book believing it would be a gripping, fast paced, action packed story with martial arts, Chinese culture and mythology.

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
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, and the rest of it's series, is amazing. People have been complaining about the fact that there is too much information being presented straight away, but as I did before I read this book, not everyone has knowledge of Chinese Mythology. I most certainly didn't know a thing, but now that I have read the book, I'm seriously interested in Chinese Mythology. Also, all the information that Kylie gives you pretty much adds up to your total understanding of the story. Without some of the in ...more
Jul 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Set in Hong Kong, this book tells the story of Emma Donahoe, an Australian nanny, and her new employer, a very rich Hong Kong businessman. The blurb talks about the possible targeting of his daughter Simone by kidnappers and Emma's entry into a world of martial arts, magic and extreme danger.

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
OK, I can see why many of the reviewers below complained so bitterly about this book. It *does* read as though written by a fairly young author who's writing her very first novel; and especially towards the last third of the book, the Mary-Sueing with the main character (whom everyone loves and everyone is always praising, and who's just perfect at martial arts and energy work to the point that *I* wanted to slap the author upside the head) starts bordering on obnoxious.

And I also understand to
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up to a 4
Review to come
No. Just. No.

I can't take anymore of this. I've read 188 of the 516 pages of this nonsense. I can't fathom what was going on with the publishers to make them think this book was worth publishing.

All of the characters were dull and needed some serious development.
We know little about the main character, Emma, who is about as boring as they come in terms of a protagonist. All we know is she's from Australia and moved to Hong Kong to teach English. We know nothing about her family or frie
Dan Leduke
This is one of those books that while I read it I didn't think much about it and just mindlessly drove through. On reflection, I realized I had just read through Twilight: Chinese Mythology Edition.

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
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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
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