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Monday, August 16, 2010

MINI-VIEW: The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike


One minute Sara's bored on vacation in Istanbul. The next, she's unearthed a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn—or genies. By her side is Amesh, a hot boy she's starting to love but doesn't yet trust. When Amesh learns the secret of invoking djinn, he loses control. He swears he'll call upon only one djinn and make one wish. The plan sounds safe enough. But neither Sara nor Amesh are any match for the formidable monster that that swells before them. It hypnotizes Amesh, compelling him to steal Sara’s flying carpet—the ancient Carpet of Ka—and leave her stranded.

Discovering the Carpet of Ka has sparked a new path for Sara, one that will lead her to battle creatures even deadlier than djinn. In this fight, Sara can save mankind, herself, or the boy she loves. Who will she be forced to sacrifice?


Book: The Secret of Ka by Christopher Pike
Release Date: September 13, 2010
Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Standalone
Free or Purchased: ARC for review
Rating: DNF (Did Not Finish - 0 zombies)

Okay, since I didn't like this book at all, I've decided to do a mini-view instead of a full on review because it didn't inspire me to write about it. It just wasn't very good. The main character, Sara, was whiny and snarky (not in a good way), not to mention the biggest spoiled brat on earth. She wasn't empathetic or entertaining, just annoying. And she had seriously bad taste in men.

Sara's love interest, who's name I could never remember, was hideous. He wasn't attractive to me, he had all the personality of a greedy pillow case, and he was disloyal. I hated him from page one, no matter how hard I tried not to. And really, should I have to try to like a character? It isn't my job to like him, it's Pike's job to make me like him, and he didn't do it well, if at all.

If you're into stupid, stuck-up main characters with sexist jerks to moon over, then this is the book for you. If not, I suggest passing it up. I know that I will.