Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller
Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller

A group of misfit girls form a club and explore the secret city that lies underneath Manhatten.  Each girl has a special talent [ creating disguises, mechanical ability, chemical knowledge, computer skills, etc…   ]   Check out the author’s website at : and join this team of spys and help save the world.

Above by Leah Bobet
Above by Leah Bobet

A group of freaks and misfits live in a secret place underground that they call Safe.  When their world is  invaded by demons,  they must flee to the world up above to regroup. While “Above”, they learn that everything they were taught or  thought they knew  about themselves is wrong.

To me, Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City  seemed like a fleshed-out graphic novel, without benefit of the pictures.  Kind of a shame.  The premise of the story was interesting, but the characters seemed a little cartoonish. I could not really relate to them.

I enjoyed the writing style in Above and the cover art is fantastic! The first part of the story- which centered on the world of Safe- was interesting, but once the characters left their underground world I was not as motivated to continue turning pages and reading.

Both books have great plot ideas, but I don’t think either of them lived up to their promise. It may be that I am expecting too much because I have read so many similar novels and now judge each one a little more harshly than deserved…or it may be that too many authors are cranking out the same kind of stuff.

You can decide for yourself and let me know if you disagree.


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