Purple Panda Points: Kiki Strike, The Empress’s Tomb

8 Feb


I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I am currently watching even more snow fall outside my window, and although it’s a bit cold outside, it’s perfect reading time! I’ve gotten through a couple books so far, and I plan on reading some more this evening, (Nothing’s better than a cup of cocoa and a book!) but first, a new Purple Panda Points Review for all of you lovely readers…

Here’s a quick recap of my book review system for any of you who aren’t yet familiar with it:

My book review format is called “Purple Panda Points”, where I talk about three elements of the book (setting, plot, characters) in brief points. Hopefully this will help to keep the reviews informative, interesting, and spoiler-free!

The books are rated using the ice cream rankings (because, obviously)…

1 Panda PointOne Purple Panda Point: One point means that the book was just plain bad. I would never read it again. It’s the book equivalent of spinach ice cream.

Two PointsTwo Purple Panda Points: Two points means the book was okay. Fine. Nothing remarkable. The book equivalent of vanilla ice cream with no toppings in a dish.

Three PointsThree Purple Panda Points: Three points means the book was good. I enjoyed it and would read it again. The book equivalent of vanilla and chocolate swirl ice cream in a wafer cone.

Four PointsFour Purple Panda Points: Four points means the book was great. I loved it actually! The book equivalent of cookie dough ice cream with rainbow sprinkles in a sugar cone.

Five PointsFive Purple Panda Points: Five points mean that the book was one of the best ones I’ve ever read. Amazing! Awesome! Cool beans! The ice cream equivalent of chocolate cookies and cream ice cream in a sugar cone with chocolate sprinkles. Yum!

Woo, that made me hungry! And now onto the review…

Kiki Strike Purple Panda PointsToday I’ll be reviewing “Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tome” by Kirsten Miller. You can read my full thoughts below or a quick overview of them in the image above.

Summary: The Irregulars, a group of delinquent girl scouts led by the mysterious Kiki Strike, are back, and this time they’re diving into the world of haunted mansions, ghosts, evil twins, and art heists. Ananka is being threatened with the idea of boarding school, Betty is falling in love with a squirrel-loving artist, Kiki is dealing with murderous foreigners, and Oona Wong’s dangerous father, Liester Liu, seems like he wants to be part of her family again…but these adventurous girls know that not everything is as it seems.

Plot: The Irregulars’ ghost-themed mystery had it all: Suspense! Kidnapping! Squirrels! Butt-kicking girl adventurers! My only problem with it is that it didn’t focus enough on a certain Eastern European royal family. That cliffhanger though – it killed me!

Characters: The Irregulars are back! The original six were as awesome as ever, and they have a new cast of characters joining them this time around too. Kaspar and Betty’s budding romance was quite cute, and I really enjoyed the antics of the rebellious Molly Donovan.

Setting: A mansion that once belonged to an eccentric socialite that may be haunted by a ghost? Yes please! Although a lot of the Irregulars’ adventure takes place in the creepy mansion, their awesome underground hangout is still very present throughout the book. And how can you not love a city covered in squirrel art?

Favorite Character: I’ll always have a soft spot for Betty, but Oona really rocked this one!

Favorite Line: “One clap switches the lights on, two claps makes me a cappuccino, and if I clap three times, the lasers come on and turn you all into toast. Make yourselves at home.” – Luz Lopez, (when asked why she installed a clapper.)

Recommended Reading: If you enjoyed the second book in the Kiki Strike series, you’ll love Greenglass House, Gilda Joyceand The Wig in the Window.

Overall Rating: Five Purple Panda Points

Five Points

Have an awesome week!


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