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The Secret of Ka

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  617 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
A riveting fantasy from the imagination of New York Times best-selling author Christopher Pike.On vacation in Istanbul, Sara unearths a flying carpet that cleverly drags her to the mysterious Island of the Djinn—or genies. By her side is Amesh, a cute guy she has a crush on but doesn’t yet trust. When Amesh learns the secret of invoking djinn, he loses control. He swears h ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 23, 2010 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel the need to point out that this book begins with a number of MAJOR factual errors, as listed here on Amazon.

As a short sampling, let's just point out that Turkey is a modern, secular Mediterranean nation where women do not habitually wear veils (indeed, the proposal to allow women in university to wear headscarves was considered shocking! ATM, the requirement is that they attend bareheaded). There is no desert in or near Istanbul - in fact, Istanbul (which is NOT the capital of Turkey!) i
Mar 22, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A story of an American girl who while visting in Turkey with her father falls in love with a local boy, discovers a flying carpet that takes her to an island inhabited with djinns (genies), and must prevent a war between three mystical races from starting up once again. An enjoyable novel somewhat but I found the two main characters to lack real personality. They are typical teenagers: selfish, hotheaded, and stubborn. Because of this I felt no chemistry between them and their love to be artific ...more
Jan 24, 2012 J.Elle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Secret of Ka
Dear Christopher Pike,
Please stick with horror. This foray into Istanbul and djinn (genies) was NOT a success. You are better than that.
A concerned reader

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Jul 16, 2010 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
So, I spent a good portion of my teenage years reading Christopher Pike. Probably, at the time, he was my favorite author. I haven't gone back to read any of the same books to see how they stood the test of time. I suspect the writing quality is about the same now as it was then. Easy, entertaining reading that will appeal to teens.

The story here was different than most of the other YA fantasy that's on the market right now. There wasn't a love triangle in sight, thank goodness. The problem was
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Lydia Presley
I don't know about you, but I've been in love with magic carpets since I first heard the story of Aladdin, then Disney went and made a movie about it and cast a totally cute animated character in the role and a beautiful princess and the hook sunk even deeper in.

So when I came across The Secret of Ka on NetGalley I jumped at the opportunity to read it. But let me warn you - I know I received an uncorrected e-galley of this book and am not sure if the book was deliberately typed up like I receive
Dec 13, 2010 Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I found THE SECRET OF KA to be fairly different from other Pike books. With the idea of genies and magic carpets, it’s much more fantasy than horror/thriller; but I liked it just as much. Sara’s a pretty interesting character. At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of her. She’s this headstrong, get what she wants type girl, who’s a tiny bit bratty. As the story progresses and Sara comes into posession of the Carpet of Ka, her entire character begins to change. She realizes there are bigger ...more
With this book, I have now been reading Christopher Pike books for fifteen years. Back then, he was writing YA supernatural horror with a heavy emphasis on romance (see: The Remember Me trilogy). Now, it's more fantasy than horror, but the rest stays largely the same. But the for most part, that's a good thing. The plot of the story is that Sara Wilcox, fifteen year old American girl, is vacationing in Istanbul while her father works. A few random misadventures, and she's teaming up with hot (si ...more
Phil Ansell
I am a massive fan of Pike's books, both the adult and teen ones and cannot recommend them enough. However in my opinion The Secret of Ka is the worst one i've read. The idea for the story has so much potential and could be a great read but the execution of the book seems shallow and rushed with no real depth.

I think the main problem, other than the innacuracies about Turkey and Turkish people (as discussed in many other reviews), are the two main characters and their relationship.
Sara is not a
Rhiannon Ryder
Jan 25, 2011 Rhiannon Ryder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like so many others I was a great fan of Christopher Pike growing up. His teen thrillers were positivly iconic, and i'm thrilled to see he's still going strong (his thirst series is a New York Times Bestseller), but even more excited to see he's branching into a slightly younger audience.

The Secret of Ka follows Sara on her bored ramblings through Turkey while her father spends all day everyday ensconced on a work site she's not allowed to visit. Until, that is, she discovers the Magic Carpet of
Sep 14, 2010 Jaime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Pike and I go back a long ways. When I was in junior high and high school, I was obsessed with his books, counting his Final Friends series, Chain Letter, and Gimme a Kiss amongst my favorite books. Every time I was able to visit the Mr. Paperback a half hour from my house, I would go straight to the Young Adult section and hope for a new Christopher Pike book, anxious to fork over my $3.95. I owned every book he published. So it’s not surprising that I was excited to see this new bo ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-harder-2015
So I picked this book up as part of my Read Harder challenge. The task was to read a YA novel. I thought I would give Divergent a chance. But when I got to the YA section of the bookstore, I found a familiar name - Christopher Pike. In my teen years, & even into college, I read EVERY book by Christopher Pike I could, starting with Slumber Party. So seeing this book rekindled my love affair with Pike, & I was excited to get to it.

Well, either I'm really over YA novels, or Pike is. Because
Holly Botello
Aug 13, 2013 Holly Botello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it!! It pulled me in after the 5th page. Pike has a special way of introducing history and culturial facts into his books. It was such a pleasure read this book I felt drawn in and given the ablility to fly and feel the magic, he woven into this book.
Jul 06, 2014 Jezebel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed in The Secret of Ka after reading Christopher Pike's Thirst Series and Remember Me. Usually Christopher Pike has a female protagonist that quickly adapts and begins to solve any issue with or without a guy besides her, and in this case there was a guy. The romance just seemed forced and unnecessary after the male love interest turned out to be selfish, corrupt, and greedy and the female protagonist seemed to turn a blind eye. The Secret of Ka was a major let down for me ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2010
I don’t know too many books with genies and magic carpets so the first thing that came to mind was Aladdin because that’s the only story I know with genies and magic carpets.

In the beginning Sara seemed very spoiled to me and she always has to have it her way. Both she and Amesh have so many arguments about the carpet and she says that they will share it 50/50 but she still feels more entitled to it than he does. At first I understood why Amesh might be so insistent on finding a Djinn (genie) a
Jocelyn Koehler
I grew up reading Christopher Pike, so I was interested to see how his style might have changed the the million years since I was devouring his teen thrillers Weekend and Slumber Party.

The answer: not a whole lot. In The Secret of Ka, American teen Sara is killing time in Turkey, while her father works on some excavation project at an ancient religious site. She’s totally bored, but a chance encounter with the Turkish Amesh, a cute boy her own age, sparks her interest. The two find an honest-to
Oct 20, 2010 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Opening:

"An entire summer alone in Turkey with my father. When I first heard about the trip I was so excited. But now that I had logged the obligatory twenty hours of jet travel that it took to get to the Middle East and another week in Istanbul itself—the hot and crowded capital of Turkey—I was having second thoughts."

Notable Scene:
"Sara!" Amesh shouted. "Stop!"
"I didn't hurt it. I don't think I can." I lifted up the lighter.
"Put that away!" Amesh cried.
I ignored him. There was a pa
Angela  M
Sep 17, 2010 Angela M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was afraid going into this book that a story that involved magic carpet and genies (djinn) would be corny. Luckily, I was wrong. Secret of Ka was an original idea that was well written and well executed. It was a lot of fun learning the rules of the djinn, how you can only make one wish safely, if you get to the classic three wishes then you are in big big trouble!

Sara and Amesh's relationship was the only thing I really had a problem with in this book. I'm getting tired of reading books where
Jessica at Book Sake
While this book is listed as a young adult book, I would tend to think the younger ones would enjoy this book and classify it as more of a middle grade book. The storyline is generally easy to follow even when Pike creates this different world within our world. Magic isn’t a trick and genies in a lamp aren’t like Aladdin’s. Pike’s writing is fantastic, I’ve heard wonderful things about his previous works, but this is my first experience reading any of his books. I would gladly read anything else ...more
Nov 06, 2010 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 15, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book 4 stars if it was wasn't for the many inaccuracies in it, like the fact that Istanbul is not the capital of Turkey. As a writer, there is no excuse to have such glaring mistakes like this. NO EXCUSE! I thought the "romance" kind of unbelievable but I was willing to overlook that due to the recent debacle of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. At least there is some love in this book, even if it is silly. I did love the world CP created here with powerful djinns and ...more
Jun 08, 2010 Felicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, favorites
I am so glad I read this book so soon! When I read the description of the book it sounded good enough to read but I really didn't expect it to be one I would really enjoy. I was so wrong, I wish the description of the book was as well written as the book was because I would have read it sooner. I really expected a juvenile book about genie's and flying carpets but it was not juvenile at all. It was such an original take on magic and fantasy. The story is fun and interesting with so many twists t ...more
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When I first started reading this book, I was afraid that I would have to give it less than 4 stars, but after a slow start I really enjoyed this story.

I had a major problem at first with the main character, Sara. She was very self-centered and mean, but by the end of the story she had matured. I decided that she would be someone I would like to be friends with. The same thing happened with Amesh, Sara's love interest.

Sara meets Amesh in Turkey, whe
Oct 11, 2010 L.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reviews
Sara Wilcox is spending the summer with her Father in Turkey, What she finds is that she is on her own most of the time due to his job at Bectar, a hydroelectric construction site. Sara finds the language difficult and loud, it is hot and crowded, no fun at all. She has just turned 15 years old and looking for something to do.

It is then that she meets Amesh. He also works for the same company as her father. She finds him very attractive and really likes him. He is missing and arm, injured at hi
Jul 07, 2011 Sami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sami by: Netgalley
I’m truly torn with this book. On the one hand I really was thrilled to read a new book by Christopher Pike. I loved him when I was younger, and I read all his Adult books because I love his work so much. I was even more thrilled to find out that his older books are being repackaged and reissued. Especially the Remember Me series which I still love. The Thirst books, originally the Last Vampire series, which I’d actually not read when it first came out. A new book by Christopher Pike? Yes, pleas ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Sara Wilcox is 15 years old, from Raleigh, NC, and is in Istanbul visiting her father who works at Becktar Enterprises. Unfortunately for her, she's left pretty much alone and bored all day long. Then she sees a cute boy with a package for her father. After a tussle in the hotel lobby, she has the package in hand and has met Amesh, who lost his right hand in some sort of accident. He also works for Becktar Enterprises, and with lots of encouragement, agrees to take Sara to the work site.

At the w
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Dear magic carpets, how I love thee! Seriously though, while it may be a story as old as time, I can’t get enough of those darn mystical carpets. When I saw that this book not only featured magic carpets, but also action, adventure, and just a hint of romance to keep you going, I had to get my paws on it. (Thank you, netgalley for the free galley!)

Ok, so here’s the gist of the story…Sara is spending her summer bored in Istanbul, while she’s supposed to be visiting her father. She can’t seem to f
Filthy Little
Jul 11, 2013 Filthy Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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