Taking me up to ‘Tourist’ level in the challenge (yay me!) is White Tiger by Kylie Chan.
Written before Urban Fantasy had its own dedicated section at mainstream bookstores, White Tiger is a great mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary (lots of demons and Chinese dieties). A light read, it carried me along easily with some well drawn characters and enjoyable humour. Being set in Hong Kong also worked really well, adding extra interest to the people and places as the heroine navigates the difficulties of working for (and loving) a god who’s being harrassed by demons.
Now I knew this was Book One of a series (normally I avoid series/trilogies) but I know people who loved this book, so I thought I’d read it. Sadly it reminded me exactly why I stopped reading series – this book doesn’t end. A lot of things happen. The heroine is changed by events. But nothing resolves. It’s just Act I, not a complete story.
This bugs me. And makes me completely unwilling to forgive this books two other faults: An unflappable “bullet proof” heroine who’s never in danger of failing, and repetition of descriptions & phrases, to the point where the heroine practically has a catch-phrase.
I simply don’t care about the (super)heroine enough to want to read another book, let alone the whole series, to find out if she ever gets to sleep with the love of her life or loses him to the “Celestial plane”. Which is a shame because it’s a great concept.