The Darkness Dwellers (Kiki Strike Series)

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First they ventured deep under New York to save the city itself.

Then things got personal as the Irregulars ventured into a haunted mansion in Chinatown to uncover an evil twin.

Now, in the third installment of bestselling author Kirsten Miller's Kiki Strike series, this delightful group of delinquent geniuses jump feet first into a fast-paced international pursuit, going underground in Paris to pursue a pair ...

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Overview

First they ventured deep under New York to save the city itself.

Then things got personal as the Irregulars ventured into a haunted mansion in Chinatown to uncover an evil twin.

Now, in the third installment of bestselling author Kirsten Miller's Kiki Strike series, this delightful group of delinquent geniuses jump feet first into a fast-paced international pursuit, going underground in Paris to pursue a pair of treacherous royals who have killed Kiki's parents.

With a dash of romance, a fresh take on good manners, and loads of butt-kicking bravery, Kiki, Betty, Ananka and the other Irregulars sharpen their amazing skills in this highly anticipated new adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Third in the "Kiki Strike" series, this unusual story continues the escapades of the Irregulars. As explained in previous books, this is a group of oddball, misfit teen girls whose mission is "to protect the Shadow City, a network of forgotten tunnels beneath downtown New York." The tale is told by Irregular Ananka Fishbein. Kiki Strike, another Irregular and former princess of the small Eastern European country of Pokrovia, is on a mission to avenge her parents' death at the hands of an evil relative. Kiki must return to Pokrovia to prove to the government that her parents, the real heirs to the throne, were murdered by her Aunt Livia. The Irregulars support Kiki by troubleshooting when her trip is sidetracked by her evil relatives. The cast of characters, fast-paced dialogue and numerous storylines make this other-worldly tale fun to read. The tongue-in-cheek humor and brash cast of characters urge the reader onward. Fortunately, the author outlines each character at the beginning of the story, which proves to be an invaluable aid for keeping the challenging text straight. These girls are a hoot. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Miller introduces another side story. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
VOYA - Jennifer M. Miskec
In volume three of this adventure mystery series, Kiki is off to the small nation of Pokrovia to decline the throne and dismantle the monarchy once and for all. Ananka is left in charge of the Irregulars, a band of badass teen girls, back in New York City. Kiki is kidnapped and held captive in Paris, and Irregular Betty must head to Paris to rescue her. Once in Paris, Betty becomes embroiled in her own mystery involving jilted royalty, an accused World War II traitor, a humorless headmistress, and a secret community, The Darkness Dwellers, who patrol the Parisian catacombs. While Ananka helps another Irregular, Oona, solve the problem of her evil twin wreaking havoc in Chinatown, the intercontinental mysteries twist and turn and eventually entwine until the truth is revealed and order is restored, thanks once again to the Irregulars. What is interesting about the Kiki Strike series is that Miller’s Irregulars are not static types, nor does Miller reduce the Irregulars’ victories to distractions from “normal girl” activities. The Irregulars are smart, tough, and skilled, their exploits of worldwide significance. In turn, the familiar conflicts of young adult “girl books” are not present in this series, or if they are, they are made to seem petty and inconsequential compared to the real battles the girls must fight. That the girls like doing battle and solving mysteries, and that they are depicted as being dedicated to strengthening their individual talents in order to strengthen the group, makes this mystery series unusually smart and original. Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In this latest installation in the series, the Irregulars, a secret group of girl geniuses, are older and a little wiser. While Ananka Fishbein does the majority of the narration, Kiki Strike (aka Princess Katarina of Pokrovia) and Betty Bent also play major roles. Kiki jets off to Paris, where she is kidnapped by her evil Aunt and cousin. Meanwhile, Betty, armed with a special invention designed to secure Kiki's release, ventures to the City of Lights alongside the headmistress of an exclusive school that turns naughty girls into proper ladies. There, both Betty and Kiki become involved with an underground organization called the Darkness Dwellers, who live beneath the streets of Paris. Meanwhile, back in New York, the other Irregulars are busy cracking secret codes and tracking down the errant sister of Oona Wong. One need not have read the previous books to immediately be drawn into this fun and exciting story. A fast-moving plot and wonderful dialogue keep readers smiling while turning the pages. Chapter endings sometimes offer words of wisdom from Ananka's guidebook on essential skills (e.g., a lady "Knows how to defend herself-in an argument, a sporting match, or a dark alley."). A must-have for libraries that own the first two titles.—Melissa Stock, Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Kiki Strike and the Irregulars are finally back, in their third (and seemingly final) adventure. This time, the adventure involves an evil twin, a World War II mystery, Upper East Side zombies (of the well-mannered sort), the catacombs of Paris and a possible resolution to Kiki's lifetime fight to prove that her evil aunt killed her parents. Plus some romance, both successful and hopeless. Whew! It's a good thing Ananka Fishbein is there to lead the Irregulars in New York while Kiki and Betty take Paris by storm, even if Betty's perfect boyfriend proves distracting for Ananka. Like the previous entries in the series, this girl-power mystery/adventure is tongue-in-cheek but full of heart. Miller's motley crew of heroines can take on anything, and by the tale's end, it looks like their breed of awesome is poised to take over all of New York City. Thematically, this volume is all about being true to oneself and recognizing that genius comes in many forms. Happily, this "lesson" comes wrapped in sheer delight. Here's hoping that this latest volume attracts droves of new devotees for some of the coolest girls in fiction. (Adventure. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599907369
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Kiki Strike Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 480,057
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirsten Miller

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.

www.kikistrike.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Great Read!

    I love the other Kiki Strike books, an have read them repeatedly. This one is not a letdown. It's exciting, fast-paced, and tye twists and turns keep you guessing throughout the entire book. I also love that this one is focused on Betty, on my favorite characters. I recommend this to fans of the other Kiki Strike books, or anyone who likes female characters who kick butt. For ages 10-14.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Awesome!

    One of the greatsst series I've read. Great for all ages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    I love kiki strike books!!!!!!

    Amazing book!!! Reccomended for age 10-14.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Cursed Cubit: Chapter 8

    ((/)_- I accidently hit post.))<p>A puppet. That was what Flain had turned into. A mere puppet controlled by... something. "Wh-what?" Seismo stammered, looking at his best friend in bewilderment. The ev<_>il controlling Flain forced him to laugh in its dark and deep voice. "This is too much," it/he finally said. "Who are you?" asked Teslo. Replied the ev<_>il thing/Flain "That was the same question the Infernite asked me. But why do you need to know? You'll be de<_>ad, anyway." "What have you done with Flain!?" Seismo shouted. Flain wanted to say *I'm right here!*, but once again he couldn't. "The same thing I've done with the Nixels, except on a more slightly extreme scale. With them, I simply gave them an idea or two and the occasional gu<_>t feeling. Not enough to convince the Nixels that something is controlling them, but enough where I can make them do what I want. With your friend, however," the ev<_>il thing/Flain said, "I have complete control over him."<br> "You po<_>ssessed Flain!?" Teslo said.<br>"No. More along the lines of control from a distance," it/he said, pointing at the Cursed Cubit, which was lying on the floor. "A matter of fact, in po<_>ssession, the ho<_>st does not know what is going on. But the Infernite knows perfectly what is happening, though he couldn't do anything about it." Then the evil thing/Flain took two ki<_>tchen kn<_>ives (it/he has been standing by the cabinet where Shuff keeps the si<_>lverware the whole time). "But enough ch<_>it-chatting. It's time for you to di<_>e."<p>Flain was thankful that Seismo and Teslo could manage to dodge the attacks the ev<_>il thing forced him to do. It/he lunged at Teslo, a kn<_>ife posed to st<_>ab his heart. But Teslo moved out of the way, and counterattacked by el<_>ectrocuting the evil thing/Flain. Pa<_>in ra<_>ced thoughout Flain's body, but the ev<_>il thing didn't seem to care. All it seemed to want is the Cragster and the Electroid de<_>ad. But Seismo and Teslo seemed reluctant to hurt Flain. *Don't worry what'll happen to me! Just stop this thing!* he wanted to scream, but, once again, he couldn't finally. After much fi<_>ghting (and pa<_>in on Flain's part), the ev<_>il thing/Flain finally said "Forget this. I probably won't have to ki<_>ll the Mixels myself, since the Nixels will likely do it first." The ev<_>il thing released its dark hold on Flain. Then Flain lost co<_>nciousness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Good

    Not as good as the others but still a good read. It also took way to long to come out :O Anyway I don't know if the author had troubles or not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    good

    good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Pantherpaw

    Name:pantherpaw fur: jet black & has dark grey eyes brother: none sisters: none rank: apprentice mate: none mother father: never knew them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Arrowheart

    Name:Arrowheart. Mother: Aspenfire. Father: Darkheart. Brothers: Calicofur, Stormtalon and Duskclaw. Sister: Sweettail. Age:8 moons (13). Fur: light gray with one black paw, black tailtip and black hest and belly. Rank: Warrior. Mate: none. Mate was: Soulwhisper (died in battle). Kit/s: Noblepaw, & Redpaw. Wishes: wants to be deputy someday

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Kikistar

    Leader. 1 moon. Black pelt and green eyes. Smart strong joking. Kits Alabamakit.~Kikistar

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