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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Juno Books (November 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080955674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809556748
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,183,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Reese's vibrant debut introduces Shan Westfall, a half-Chinese, half-American crime fighter, who yearns to unite the mystical power of the Jade Circle, an ancient female order embodied by five jade animal artifacts. The Jade Circle is currently incomplete, broken by a ruthless crime lord who seeks the statues' power for his own nefarious purposes. Shan's determined search leads her to the jade crane held by archeologist Ian Dashell, who becomes an ally and, after a period of smoldering erotic tension, her lover. Flying kicks, heart-stopping spins and amazing somersaults propel the action. Complicating matters is Ian's colleague, Dr. Daniel Buckley, an antiquities expert; One-eye, an evil Asian martial artist; and Sifu Xia, a feisty 60-year-old kung fu queen. Reese choreographs both the romantic moves and the martial arts with flair. Juno is a new fantasy imprint of Wildside Press featuring strong female characters, exotic locales and romance. (Jan.)
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More About the Author

Writer. Martial artist. Geek.

Jenn writes science fiction and fantasy stories about heroes and adventure and lasting friendships. Her short stories have appeared online in Strange Horizons and in a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning Paper Cities. She makes her home in Los Angeles, a sun-bleached desert city of freaks that she absolutely loves. When she's not sitting in traffic, she's studying martial arts, playing video games, and dreaming of rain.

For more information on her stories, novels, and adventures, visit www.jennreese.com.

Novels in the Above World series for ages 10+:
ABOVE WORLD (Candlewick 2012) - 2012 Nominee for SFWA's Andre Norton Award
MIRAGE (Candlewick 2013)
TBD (Candlewick 2014)

Novels for older teens and adults:
JADE TIGER (Juno 2007)

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Reese creates an enjoyable story with well developed characters.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2006
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I absolutely loved the balance of strength and vulnerability in Shan, the main character. The brilliantly described fight scenes showed both the skill of Shan and the author. Shan has obviously been emotionally isolated and her character gains emotional strength as her professor/sidekick teaches her that it's ok to love. Just as the stone representations of powerful kung fu energy are both beautiful and deadly, Jade Tiger has something for pretty much any guy or girl and as such a quick read, I'd recommend this be a book on everyone's shelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Jasper on November 21, 2006
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Location, location, location.

That's the rule in real estate, of course, but it also works magnificently in Jenn Reese's debut novel Jade Tiger.

Over the course of this kung-fu romance adventure, featuring a hunt for the lost Jade Circle statues from protagonist Shan's past, we get to tour the world. Starting in the Hunan Province of China and moving to upstate New York, then on to the Alps, England, LA, and then Hong Kong, Shan and her acheologist soulmate Ian put the travels of Indiana Jones to shame.

And on the course of their quest, the action never stops. I'm not a kung-fu expert or pracititioner (not by a long shot -- I so much as think about doing a roundhouse kick and I pull a hammy), but that didn't stop me from enjoying the fight scenes and paging faster and faster through the book to get to the epic battle at the end.

Jenn's writing is sharp, detailed, and at times quite funny (I love the awkwardness Shan and Ian both express at times as their burgeoning love grows -- quite realistic and believable!). She'll take you around the world but you'll never feel lost.

I recommend Jade Tiger to anyone looking for a good read -- think Indiana Jones meets a female Bruce Lee, and you're only part-way there. The book is completely original and most of all: FUN. A good Christmas gift, I'd suggest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 17, 2006
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In Hunan Province, China, the intruders attack the Sanctuary of the Jade Circle, but instead of fighting back, her mother sends her twelve year old daughter Shan Westfall to safety. She also leaves her beloved offspring with the protection of one of the five jade statues, the tiger.

Sixteen years later, Shan searches for the four missing statues (the crane, snake, leopard, and dragon) to complete the circle; as well as seeking information on her mother. Thus her quest takes her to Risley University in Upstate New York where she comes upon a kung fu expert beating up archeology Professor Ian Dashell. She intercedes and though a tough fight she prevails over her foe. Courageous though no athlete, Ian joins Shan on her mission that takes them into danger in Europe and Hong Kong. On their global trek, the soulmates struggle to survive a malevolent enemy while searching for this evil who destroyed the Jade Circle, but needs the last animal to complete his nefarious plans.

JADE TIGER is a stupendous romantic fantasy starring a nerdy male professor and a warrior woman. The half Chinese half-American Shan is an improbable yet stupendous superheroine out of the Lara Croft School of kick butt women. Readers will admire her spunk, skill and tenacity as she lands in one precarious situation after another. In some ways her soulmate Ian is even braver as she was trained for this from childhood while he is not Indiana Jones, but his strength of spirit insists he stand by his beloved, which enables her to overcome her doubts that she might succeed when her mom failed. Jenna Reese writes an enchanting saga.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim C. Hines on December 20, 2006
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I finished reading Jade Tiger last night. This is not only the debut novel from Jenn Reese, but also the lead title for Juno Books, a new paranormal romance line from Prime Books/Wildside Press.

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, and most of the women were killed. Shan escaped, taking with her the jade tiger, one of five animial statues that fit together to form a circle. Each statue infuses its owner with traits of the animal. Shan has carried the tiger for years, which has shaped her into a dedicated -- one could even say obsessed -- hunter. Her search for the other four statues brings her to Ian, archaeologist and cute-geek extraordinaire. But Shan isn't the only one searching for the statues....

Reese writes a fast-paced book. There's plenty of kung fu action, a strong heroine, and a nicely written romance between Shan and Ian. Other reviews have compared it to a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Bruce Lee. Personally, I see more of the Bruce Lee influence, complete with the big martial arts exhibition at the end. Reese even gives props to Lee's work at several points in the book, which was a nice touch.

One of the book's greatest strengths is the passion Reese brings. It's always risky to try to guess at authorial intention, but reading Jade Tiger, I feel like I'm sharing Reese's love for the martial arts, and her empathy for girls and women struggling to find their own strength. (Not to mention an attraction to cute geek boys.
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