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Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan review

Red Phoenix by Kylie Chan (Dark Heavens #2)

copy courtesy of HarperCollins

Synopsis from Goodreads

Immortals, martial arts, gods, and demons.

The intrigue deepens as the demon threat closes around mortals and gods alike...

When Emma Donahoe took the position of nanny to John Chen’s daughter Simone, she never expected to be caring for the child of a Chinese god, and she didn’t expect that demons would want him dead. Nor has moving from nanny to partner in his heavenly realm made Emma’s life any easier. Now a powerful race of demons has been created to hunt her and her family from Hong Kong to Europe. And she and Simone have become targets— pawns to be used in a deadly celestial power play.

US/Canada date of publication: 27/09/2011
UK date of publication: 27/10/2011
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Absolutely loved it! It took me 5 hours straight to read this book. 560 pages. That's how good it was.


Again, non-stop action, fantastic battles, lots of intense situations, and Emma! Oh. My. God. I would never have thought in a million years she can be that. I was blown away.


Emma and John have some really sweet moments, and there is a lot going on. Obviously now, that she is Regent, there are plenty of assassination attempts on her life, especially on behalf of One Two Two aka Simon Wong, a disgusting demon who absolutely doesn't follow the code of honour and uses every awful malicious trick in the book to bring John's head to his dad.


Emma hires a new addition to Simone's bodyguards, a young and talented boy. She is also quite busy with other duties helping John to rebuild the mountain and train new warriors. John gets more and more drained of energy and it looks like they won't even have promised two years together. Even Simone's talents progress much faster than John thought and the girl finally finds out the whole truth about her dad.


There are couple of annoying moments. I didn't like how everyone kept telling Emma that she is extraordinary and how confident she was and how self-sacrificing to the point of being ridiculous. But perhaps I'm looking at it from the western point of view, and from the eastern point of view it was quite  natural and expected.


Again there are plenty of fascinating details in book #2 to keep you hooked, and now I can't wait to find out what's going to happen in grand finale! A MUST READ for an urban fantasy fan.

White Tiger (Dark Heavens #1)


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ААААААААААААА! Просто красотища! Схватки в духе Шаолиня, безостановочный экшн, и Эмма.. Ни фига себе! Никогда бы не подумала, что она окажется тем, чем оказалась.


Даже с Джоном у них выходит несколько милейших моментов, когда Тигр затаскивает их к себе во дворец в Поднебесную, и они могут друг до друга дотрагиваться без того, чтобы Джон её убил.


События ускоряются и ставки повышаются. Джон теряет энергию быстрее, чем он думал, и обещанных Эмме двух лет у них скорее всего не выйдет. Даже способности Симон раскрываются гораздо быстрее и девочка наконец узнаёт всю правду об отце.


Я в совершенном восторге. Читать всем любителям городского фэнтэзи!


9.5/10
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