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Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers Hardcover – January 22, 2013
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Kiki Strike, aka Katarina, Princess of Pokrovia, is headed back to Pokrovia to give up her crown since the country can now be deemed a democracy. But her spoiled cousin and evil aunt have other plans. In a second, equally strong plot, Betty Bent is accompanying the elderly, straitlaced head of L’Institut Beauregard to Paris to uncover the remains of her former lover. It’s another subterranean adventure for the Irregulars, once again narrated by Ananka Fishbein, who this time is struggling with the mantle of leader while Kiki is overseas. Crushes, tragic love lost, and real danger make for a strong third entry in the Kiki Strike series. Grades 5-8. --Frances Bradburn
About the Author
KIRSTEN MILLER grew up in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. At seventeen, she hit the road and moved to New York City, where she lives to this day. She is the author of two other Kiki Strike books, as well as the bestselling The Eternal Ones and All You Desire.
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What I really love about this book is that author Kristin Miller actually understands the basic fact that setting a novel in a cosmopolitan and diverse city like New York means that the characters should reflect that diversity. NOTHING irks me more than a supposed "urban fantasy/adventure" novel in which everyone seems to be predominantly white. To authors: set your novels somewhere like Fargo if you want racial homogenity, NOT Los Angeles, Seattle or San Francisco!
Kiki's cohorts, a group of disaffected Girl Scouts--The Irregulars--are girls from various backgrounds with some very interesting "hobbies". Betty Bent is a mistress of disguise who prefers to be someone else rathet than herself (but for very interesting reasons); Luz Lopez is the mechanical wizard who probably owns a shirt that says I VOID WARRANTIES; Dee DeMorlock wears dreadlocks and is a chemistry genius who doesn't mind blowing things up; Oona Wong hacks into computers and forges documents just because it's fun; Ananka Fishbein is the queen of books and libraries.
There's danger, a horrid private school with its own snobby princess who is more than she seems, loyalty, lots of comedy and some really good advice for planning escape routes and even how to foil a kidnapping (and the advice is serious). Kiki is a mystery and all The Irregulars have pasts and presents that make them real and sympathetic while cheering them on. And though this is a series for YA, I know a lot of us adults would enjoy the world of Kiki Strike and wish we had friends as awesomely cool as The Irregulars
Back in New York, Ananka Fishbein and the rest of Kiki's offbeat gang of Irregulars are concerned when their friend doesn't check in. Eventually the shyest member of the team, Betty Bent, is sent to France on the track of Kiki, while Ananka and her friend Molly Donovan wage war on an elite New York school that turns out "Stepford students" and Oona Wong's identical sister makes her life miserable.
This is a wild ride involving sinister conspiracies, the ossuaries and catacombs of Paris, an underground group called the Darkness Dwellers that go back to the second World War, a disgraced spy, Ananka's headmistress, the headstrong Molly Donovan, another of DeeDee's crazy inventions, and even Ananka's mother. But the best part about the story is how Betty comes into her own. A great conclusion to the Kiki Strike trilogy.
Thank you, Kirsten Miller, for setting Kiki Strike loose on the world. I will never walk the streets of New York City and look them the same way again. Now where did they hang those pirate heads? Let me get out maps!
I can't wait to read book two (which I purchased before I even finished the first one), but now I'm off to either book 2 in the Sisters Grimm series, or Lemony Snicket's Ersatz Elevator. Somebody got a coin I can flip?
Kiki is difficult to understand, and the ambiguity of feelings
for her is well written. The girls start to transform from eccentrics
a group to be reckoned with.
Many laughs and comments on how adults dismiss children's
lives as mere tales of fantasy and misconception.
A good read for teens and adults who enjoy the irony of