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Kimi's Secret
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
Kimi's Secret starts out at a run and stays there. As a reader I hardly had a chance to breathe, the pace is wonderful. Kimi is a normal girl - at least she thinks so until her imaginary friend for years ago turns up and wants to whisk her away to another world. What follows is a terrific journey. You will meet Balancers, Adepts, Tuplas, find dodo's alive once more and discover little fairy creatures called the famoose (who get a very bad end of the stick yet they are sooo loveable). There's magic - but it's called mojo - and a great cast of supporting characters. This is a fantastic read, I really can't recommend this enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
My ten-year-old daughter was a little intimidated by the length of this book, but once she started it she couldn't put it down. When I asked her what she liked about it she shrugged and said "everything". I like the fact that the leading character is a positive role model. She's a girly girl, with hopes and dreams, who has a slight physical deformity. It's interesting to watch her evolve from a dependent clueless individual into a strong leader. It's refreshing to see a young character who loves and gets along with her parents. She's funny without being belittling. Kimi is also kind and respectful, but she's no pushover. I couldn't help but to root for her as she's thrust into Heart, a world full of magical mojo, barf swamps, and wonderfully weird characters. It's a race against the clock as she works to unravel the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Overall, a highly imaginative entertaining book for young and old. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
Well, I finally retrieved my copy of this book from a young visitor (long story/visiting bored teenager) and together we have formed a review. I'll let her go first...
`I thought it was really good. I've read loads of fantasy stuff but I liked this one because of the main character being a girl and she's kind of cool with a deformed hand. And oh yeah, Marmite!
I'm scared of birds so the crows were proper scary. She gets to go to this other world called Heart and it reminded me a bit of when Alice fell down the rabbit hole, which is still one of my favourite books.'
Tia, aged 13.

So, if I could just get my two-pennyworth in...
This was not my usual read but I do like to venture off the path of tried and tested now and again.
It's the eve of Kimi's eleventh birthday and she thinks her parents are off to a secret meeting to arrange her birthday treat, but when mum and dad don't return and a strange crow appears, Kimi is drawn into another world. The world of Heart; a world full of amazing characters and magic, sometimes dark, dangerous magic.
This story is full of rich colour. The workings of your imagination will be dragged to the very perimeter of your mind. Well drawn characters and a perfect read for the teenage market and also for those, ahem... young at Heart.
Jan, aged 55.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed every word in this book, even the descriptive meal that made me actually gag. Excellently written, very descriptive. I now am aware of crows. The young ones would love this book. I highly recommend to anyone that loves a bit of fantasy with their scifi drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
One thing I really love about books like this (takes place in a fully fictional world) is that there is no way you can possibly predict what will happen next. But with this, the ending will blow you away. Its absolutely brilliant. I also love that I can recommend it to anybody; my grandma or my kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
Although I know John Hudspith slightly, this is a wholly unsolicited review.

Kimi's Secret is one of the strangest children's fantasies I have read in a long time, consisting of an odd mix of popular culture tropes and terminology. It's not magic, of course. It's mojo. And a child's imaginary friend becomes a tulpa (a Tibetan visual thought projection, as described by Alexandra David-Neel). The traditional gray aliens of UFO lore appear in chapters parallel with fictionalized versions of real historical figures such as Madame Blavatsky and Charles Babbage (who appears in a nightmarish dream sequence involving clowns). And there are twirlies and stunners and winged rodents inside glowing bubbles and toads turned inside-out and monkeys riding giant motorcycles and a giant male chef named Sue (reference to Johnny Cash's song, no doubt) who smacks things with tea towels.

Kimi is a down-to-earth, likeable girl, with good impulses and intelligence, who has the spirit if not the characteristics of L. Frank Baum's optimistic heroines like Dorothy Gale and Betsy Bobbin. Her Tulpa/sidekick Bentley is very well-realized also. My favorite character is a Scots girl named Stella who acts like an older sister to Kimi and comes out with bits of dialect that make me grin with surprise.

The book overall is very imaginative and tightly structured, with no boring parts, and it is sweet and kind at a time when a lot of kids' literature has turned dark. I would not hesitate to offer this to any child to read. Good job, John Hudspith!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2013
Although I am not really into this sort of book I was gripped to it and I was hugely impressed with the story and how it evolved. It would be great to see this story as a movie. Great work! I must say you have a very active and vivid imagination. I will be recommending this book to my family and friends.
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on July 10, 2013
I'm ambivalent. I'm not quite sure who this book was intended for. The abundance of physically revolting features (snot, pus, liquefied brains, etc.) suggests a target audience aged 8-16 but the game of not telling the protagonist (or the reader) what the book is actually about until midway through it may annoy a young reader sufficiently to give it up. I know I almost did!
Protagonist Kimi Nichols finds herself in an alternate world where she is repeatedly told she is safe except for hoards of attacking crows, giant feral cats, and the like. What everyone refuses to tell her is why she was brought there in the first place.
After learning new ways to handle her body (magic/mojo) Kimi discovers the reason for herself, and this knowledge finally pulls together the random pieces of the tale, turning it into a quest.
Kimi, who is on the verge of 11 and sometimes acts far more maturely, has a group of friends surrounding her as well as several powerful enemies.
Oh, and the ending is a surprise that unexpectedly rounds out the story. I'm glad I stuck it out!
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on August 31, 2014
I have just finished reading Kimi’s Secret which is unquestionably escapism at its best.
Once started, I was completely enthralled by the originality of the book which immediately hooked my mind, transporting my imagination into a world of charming fantasy. The characters came alive from the vivid descriptions, and the twists and turns kept me riveted and eagerly turning each page.
A compelling journey like no other, the story is a delight from start to finish, packed with great imagination, flair and clever attention to detail . . . everything that a fantasy reader will love.
If you relish a story that will stretch your imagination, with unconventional characters and magical events, then prepare for a journey like no other!
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on January 12, 2014
I had high expectations of this book and I wasn't disappointed. Upon the arrival of a creepy prophetic crow, little Kimi's world is turned upside down. Launched into the world of Heart, with its collection of wonderfully eccentric characters, ominous terrors and gruesomely magical events, Kimi has to overcome all kinds of odds - and so will you alongside her. Exciting for adult or child alike this book will catapult you into another realm, with such colour and vibrancy you can't help but jump on the rollercoaster with John Hudspith's mini heroine.
This book has a rich gothic edge to it which I loved. The crows are dark, and terrifying. The meal of choice for the famoose (fairies of a very different kind) grossed me out perfectly. It really is a fully constructed, compelling read. I loved it.
I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but prepared to be engrossed enough to be propelled straight into book two.
There is so much brilliance in this book for little people that I ordered two paper copies for children in the family. Needless to say, they are as absorbed as I was.
Rich, imaginative, action packed... it was a definite win for me. The characters stay with you and I hope there will be many more adventures in store for Kimi. I'd love to see her grow into a feisty young woman one day!
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