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Inside the Shadow City (Kiki Strike Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Amazing!

This book is really good. The summary of the book on the back cover does not describe the book well. This book is about six girls who form a group called the Irregulars with Kiki Strike as the leader. They find an underground city and call it the Shadow City. All is wel...
This book is really good. The summary of the book on the back cover does not describe the book well. This book is about six girls who form a group called the Irregulars with Kiki Strike as the leader. They find an underground city and call it the Shadow City. All is well until disaster strikes. A bomb explodes near a gas pipe in the underground city, leaving a member of the group seriously injured. Kiki disappears and the Irregulars never see her again. Or do they?
Kiki Strike is suspensful, mysterious, hilarious, thrilling, and my favorite book ever. You have to read this book!

posted by 1465015 on June 13, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Some books can be described as noir films, others are color movies. This one is definitely a cartoon.

At first I was hard pressed to say that I enjoyed this book because it was a struggle to finish it. Looking back I can now say that I did like and look forward to reading the next Kiki Strike book because I think the series can only improve with time.

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At first I was hard pressed to say that I enjoyed this book because it was a struggle to finish it. Looking back I can now say that I did like and look forward to reading the next Kiki Strike book because I think the series can only improve with time.

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City is Kirsten Miller's first novel. It follows Ananka Fishbein, a New York native, as she discovers a sink hole in her neighborhood when she is twelve. Not one to miss out on a good adventure, Ananka decides to investigate. In the hole she finds a hidden underground city and Kiki Strike, girl spy extraordinaire.

Spy that she is, Kiki disappears before Ananka can find out who she is. Luckily, Kiki stands out in a crowd thanks to her small size, pale skin, and blonde-white hair. Eventually the girls meet up again and Kiki begins to assemble a band of reject Girl Scouts to map the shadow city (note the title). The girls that Kiki finds are not what could be called realistic characters. In addition to a girl spy, Miller introduces girl master-forger, chemist, and master of disguise. In other words, this is one of those novels that really does require a willing suspension of disbelief. Probable or not, the girls definitely kick butt. Here's a set of girl-power-embodying characters without all the messy contradictions common to the girl power feminist movement.

The first hundred pages or so is set up for the actual plot. At this point the narrator (Ananka) is 12 but still sounds like an annoying grandmother talking down to the readers--a fact that I found particularly annoying even if Ananka does offer some useful advice at the end of each chapter (how to be a master of disguise, how to avoid being followed, etc.) The story gets interesting around 150 pages in, which would be too late if the last half of the book wasn't so good.

Some books can be described as noir films, others are color movies. This one is definitely a cartoon. But a really well-animated, thoughtful cartoon. It's silly, but in this case that isn't a bad thing.

Despite my misgivings, the story is interesting (especially after the set up phase) and Ananka becomes significantly less irritating when the narrative catches up to the present time of the story. It's a good book for girls who are trying to break away from the damsel in distress formula common to traditional fairy tales.

Some parts had me laughing out loud. Some parts were written down for future reference. In this book it seemed like Miller was still trying to define her writing voice, so hopefully things will only get better in the next installment.

posted by MissPrint on February 16, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    A review that consists mostly of pauses and uncertanity

    Awesome characters...Captivating plot (in my opinion but not necessarily other people's)...Interesting setting--I think
    Honestly, I've no idea why I am writing this review when all I can remember are mere shreds of the actual plot (which I do recall being quite good). I reccomend reading this on a rainy day!
    NOTE:
    I don't currently inhabit a damp, rainy, place at the moment (something that i hope to change in the semi-distant future) and have absolutely no idea if reading this while it rains will make this book more interesting, however, I do know that reading this book under a tree or a metal pole in the middle of a lightning storm would be very unwise indeed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Good, not quite great

    Kiki Strike does a good job balancing a fast-paced story with interesting meanderings proper spying technique and the history of New York. Multiple times, the plot hinged on incredible coincidences, which kept me from giving it five stars. I suspect most readers will be tantalized by the thought of a hidden world beneath the city's streets, though, and forgive the bumpy plot. (I'd also recommend Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere for a more magical take on this same idea.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Wow!

    At first the book seemed a little young for me, but I couldnt not finish it...and so happy I did. The ending was insane and came out of nowhere!! Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Sageleaf

    She shook her head sadlly at jaypaw."you are too young to understand. Maybe starclan should choose someone else." She walked to the fifth result and layed down with her forbidden kits.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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