The secret Eater Review at Quintessentially Bookish

Release Date: July 15th 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 80

The Secret Eater

From the book jacket:

Kenssie is a demon who feeds from secrets. Lately pickings have been slim, and she has grown so weak that her shield of invisibility is slipping. As the servant of a demon who eats embarrassment she already feels like she’s the laughing stock of the demonic world. But the scorn of someone who thinks that Hawaiian shirts are the height of cool is the least of her worries.

A powerful fear demon is dead set on making her his slave, a position that carries seriously short life expectancy.

She has no friends.

No powers.

No clue.

Her only hope of escaping a life of terror lies in stealing a grimoire she’s never seen from the clutches of a vindictive group of master demons.

Plot:

I really can’t add anything; the book description explains almost the entire plot.

Overall Thoughts:

I was really into this book up until it very abruptly ended.  It’s a novella, so of course it will be short, but there was potential for so much more story.  There are a couple of story lines that really weren’t resolved or used fully; we don’t even really find out what is happening to Kenssie.  That’s really my only complaint with this book – that I wanted more.  I wish the author had considered writing a full length novel.  Short of that, I would have liked an ending that felt more final.  As it is, it felt a bit incomplete.  I kept looking for another chapter or even another page to wrap things up.

Aside from that, it was a good story.  The idea of demons (and really neat, quirky demons at that) that feed on human emotions and secrets is a nice change from the usual paranormal fiction out there.  I also appreciated that it wasn’t yet another romance; there was an actual story involving a female character that didn’t center on catching a boyfriend. It’s such a fun read I finished it all on my lunch break.

Characters:

Kenssie is hilarious. She actually kind of reminds me of a Meg Cabot heroine (which is very high praise from me).  She’s a great combination of naive, snarky, and mischievous.  I was rooting for her immediately, even when I knew she was doing something that would get her into trouble.

The secondary characters were all super interesting, but sadly not as developed as I would like.  I wanted to know more about each of them and of their history and the world of the demons.  Again, this just goes back to me wishing this was more than a novella.

Setting:

It’s set in modern day London, though the setting isn’t as important to most of the story as other aspects.  When there is need for it, the setting is described in more detail, but for the most part the setting wasn’t very noticeable.

Writing Style:

Jackson isn’t an incredibly descriptive writer, but she is great at dialogue and inner thoughts.  Kenssie has a very clear voice and the book reads like she is telling the reader the story.

Extras:

Demons that actually look and act demonic.

Favorite Line:

Are you intellectually subnormal? Tick yes if someone had to explain those words to you

Read This If You Like:

The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

The Trylle Triology by Amanda Hocking

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. I did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions here are my own.

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