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Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers Hardcover – January 22, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Kiki Strike Series

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kiki Strike
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599907364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599907369
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Liviania VINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely adore the Kiki Strike series. They're complex, intelligent stories featuring a cast of talented and ambitious young women. The books are framed as Ananka Fishbein's records of her adventures with Kiki Strike and the other Irregulars. Ananka has come a long way from the first book, but she's put in charge for the first time when Kiki goes to Paris alone. She struggles to maintain control of the Irregulars in addition to preventing her classmates from becoming etiquette zombies and her friend Oona's reputation from being smeared by her long lost evil twin.

Kirsten Miller keeps control of multiple plotlines spread across two countries that end up intersecting in quite unexpected ways. THE DARKNESS DWELLERS is a marvel of tight plotting and careful pacing. There's hardly a lull as she switches between storylines, yet it's surprisingly easy to keep track of what's going on. I do not, however, recommend THE DARKNESS DWELLERS to readers who haven't read the first two Kiki Strike books. There's a quick explanation of who everyone is and what they do, but you might not care as much about each girl's story if you aren't already invested in the character. There's too much plot here to waste too many pages on introductions.

I must also commend Miller for how she concludes Kiki's struggle to prove her aunt murdered her parents and that she is the rightful princess of Pokrovia. It's been the overarching plot of the series and it isn't given short shrift in THE DARKNESS DWELLERS despite everything else going on. And every time I thought Ananka was given the B story despite being the narrator, she'd do something rather important.

I also love that the Irregulars are all flawed despite their great talents. Ananka can be petty.
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Kiki is off to Pokrovia to track down her aunt for the crime of murdering her parents and finally put her in jail but in Kiki's world, nothing is ever easy. With the Irregulars backing her up, she takes off and ends up in Paris, where she is kidnapped. So there are about six,m or it seems, subplots going on while Kiki is stuck in Paris trying to get the proof to pin her parents' murder on her aunt and you can only hope that she succeeds. This is also where Kiki hooks up with the Darkness Dwellers who protect the Catacombs there.

The girls: Ananka, Betty and Oona are back in New York trying to help. Oona's long lost twin, Lili, is causing her grief by pretending to be her as well as racking up bills and stealing all over town. Betty gets the offer of a lifetime to be an assistant to the headmistress (Ms. Beuaregard), of a mysterious girls' school that promises to rehabilitate the rebellious. So Betty jumps on the chance and gets to travel to Paris where is forced to help Ms. Beuaregard clear her boyfriend's name. Ananka finds herself falling in love with Betty's boyfriend in the meantime. Oh and Molly, a former student of Ms. Beuaregard and friend of Ananka comes back to settle a score with the school. Whew!

The outcome of that will have you relieved and all of the threads are mostly sorted out and tied up which disappoints me since I have just realized that the series is possibly over. I so enjoy the girls and their growth over through these delightful books that I am going to miss them. I did force the first book on my book club and we gleefully read the second but were sad that it took soo long to get to the conclusion. I highly recommend this series to adults and young teens since they are so full of positive messages. They have just the right combination of adventure, thrills and a bit of romance.
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I kept waiting for this to come out in paperback, which it never did, but had to order in hardback find out what became of Kiki Strike, who, at the end of the previous book, was revealed as the lost Princess Katarina of Pokrovia, and the rest of the "Irregulars," including our narrator Ananka. Kiki and her guardian are on their way to Pokrovia to claim the throne and then renounce it so that the small country will remain a republic. But she's waylaid by her evil aunt and cousin, who want more than anything to rule Pokrovia again, and held captive in Paris.

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.
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Kiki Strike is headed back to Pokrovia to claim her rightful place as Princess. There are a few complications on the way there though and she winds up kidnapped. Now it's up to the Irregulars to help her out. They will need a concoction that can cure female baldness and a way to get it there. Meanwhile it seems like some of the girls are too busy thinking about their love lives to take things as seriously as they should be. The group needs to get their heads right and stick together if they all plan on making it out of this situation as friends and still alive.

More Kiki Strike books are needed. It's a shame there are only three. These girls, though sometimes obnoxious, are very exciting. Kiki Strike is a phenomenal character and in this story we get to see that she is in fact a teen girl and not always a super hero. I also love her little footnotes in this story. Footnotes always make me love a book a little bit more.

Unfortunately we have to see Ananka being a failure at life again. She just isn't as loyal as the other irregulars. It seems like, while she is a great narrator she is a pretty crap friend. Even if she doesn't follow through with all her evil thoughts, the intentions are there.

The other thing that bugged me is the timeline. (Maybe it's just because I have an ARC, I'll have to check a finished copy and I will revise it if it is different.) Ananka mentions that she has been a member of the Irregulars for six years, but she's only fifteen. She became a member when she was twelve, so the math simply doesn't add up. I was excited when she mentioned that she'd been a member for six years, because that would mean the books were following real life's time passage(just about) since the first book came out in 2006. But...
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