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Jade Tiger Paperback – November 16, 2006

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Juno Books (November 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080955674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809556748
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on March 29, 2007
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Shan Westfall is on a mission--she's got to recover the jade statues which, together, create the focus for the famous Jade Circle. Unfortunately, others are after these precious artifacts--possibly the same people who destroyed the Jade Circle, killing her mother in the process when Shan was a child. Well, she's a child no longer, she's spent her life involved in the martial arts, and if she needs to kick some tail in recovering these precious and magical artifacts, then she'll just kick some tail.

While tracking down the first of the missing statues, a jade crane, Shan arrives just as a mysterious one-eyed man is ripping through a University research area--after first decking an archeology professor, Ian Dashell. Shan needs to remain singleminded in her pursuit of the artifacts, but she can't ignore the instant attraction that flows between her and the professor--nor the fact that he seems every bit as interested as she is. Still, Shan's past experiences with ex-boyfriend Patrick, makes her reluctant to trust anyone, especially not a sexy guy.

Shan's mission finally takes her to a secret island off China. A reclusive billionaire holds an annual auction of the best of the illegal and contraband art objects stolen or looted from around the world. There, Shan has every reason to believe she'll find the remaining jade statues. Whether she and Dashell can survive the encounter is another question. These people killed her mother--and Shan knows she'll never be the martial artist her mother was.

Author Jenn Reese maintains a galloping pace of martial arts action, interspersed by sweet romance as Shan learns to trust men--or at least one man.
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