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The Darkness Dwellers

(Kiki Strike #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  818 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Don’t miss Strike three!

First they ventured deep under New York to save the city itself.

Then things got personal as the Irregulars ventured into a haunted mansion in Chinatown to uncover an evil twin.

Now, in the third installment of bestselling author Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike series, this delightful group of delinquent geniuses jump feet first into a fastpaced
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Randi (The Artist Formerly known as Guitar Chick)
I was ten when I read the last Kiki Strike book.

I'm fourteen now.

I still want to read it.

If that doesn't say something, I don't know what will. This series remains one of my favorites of all time.

I read the book! It was fantastic. It's really cool how a series that you haven't read in a long time can still grab your attention. Reading this felt like catching up with old friends who have a taste for the dangerous. And it was especially nice to see the Fishbein Guide to Being A Lady back
Rebecca McNutt
I've been waiting to read the final novel in the amazing and brilliant Kiki Strike series for years. Finally got a copy, and it was absolutely incredible.
Vikki VanSickle
I adore the Kiki Strike series. I still can’t believe it’s not bigger than it is. It is one of my missions in life to make The Irregulars a household name.One can only hope with all the spy and international intrigue “Bourne books” on the rise that people will get another chance to discover The Irregulars.

A good part of the book takes place in Paris, but author Kristen Miller does not abandon her beloved New York completely. NYC is just as much a character in the series as any of the girls, and
Feb 11, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
LOVE, LOVE the Kiki Strike Series! So glad that a 3rd book is coming out! I loved reading about super intelligent girls that not only have their wits about them, but are active, inquisitive, and get physical in their daily lives while stopping the bad guys in their tracks. Bring on the 3rd installment!
Samantha Louise
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Seriously. Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers makes me feel bad for people who don't read.

Formal, expansive, review full of praise-dumpage to come.
Wandering Librarians
The Irregulars are back for a final mission. Kiki Strike is determined to state her claim on Pokrovia, and then ending the monarchy forever, all before her evil aunt and cousin can claim the throne for themselves, and who will stop at nothing to get Kiki out of the way. Meanwhile, the other Irregulars are dealing with another mystery of their own. One which involves proper manners and the catacombs of France.

Well. This was a bit of a disappointment. I loved the other Kiki Strike books. Loved.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
In this third book in the Kiki Strike series, introduced in Inside the Shadow City (Bloomsbury, 2006), the Irregulars are now 15 years old. While Ananka Fishbein does the majority of the narration, Kiki Strike (aka Princess Katarina of Pokrovia) and Betty Bent play major roles. Kiki and Betty are off to Paris. Kiki has been kidnapped by her evil Aunt and cousin. Betty, armed with a special invention designed to secure Kiki’s release, tags along with the headmistress of an exclusive girl’s school ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore the Kiki Strike series. They're complex, intelligent stories featuring a cast of talented and ambitious young women. The books are framed as Ananka Fishbein's records of her adventures with Kiki Strike and the other Irregulars. Ananka has come a long way from the first book, but she's put in charge for the first time when Kiki goes to Paris alone. She struggles to maintain control of the Irregulars in addition to preventing her classmates from becoming etiquette zombies and ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the preface: "There are plenty of impatient people in this world who will pick up a book and thumb past its preface. You should be proud you're not one of them. The point of a preface is to prepare you for the story you're about to read. And when it comes to the dark and dangerous tale that's written on these pages, you'll need all the preparation you can get."

I'll admit, I'm generally one of those people who skip the preface. But not this time. I was so, so, so, so excited for the release
Kiki Strike is headed back to Pokrovia to claim her rightful place as Princess. There are a few complications on the way there though and she winds up kidnapped. Now it's up to the Irregulars to help her out. They will need a concoction that can cure female baldness and a way to get it there. Meanwhile it seems like some of the girls are too busy thinking about their love lives to take things as seriously as they should be. The group needs to get their heads right and stick together if they all ...more

Kiki is off to Pokrovia to track down her aunt for the crime of murdering her parents and finally put her in jail but in Kiki's world, nothing is ever easy. With the Irregulars backing her up, she takes off and ends up in Paris, where she is kidnapped. So there are about six,m or it seems, subplots going on while Kiki is stuck in Paris trying to get the proof to pin her parents' murder on her aunt and you can only hope that she succeeds. This is also where Kiki
Afton Nelson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Anyone who likes Nancy Drew, or who is bored by Nancy Drew, or wishes Nancy Drew's friends George and Bess had a few more kick-butt skills like disguises, computer hacking, jujitsu or chemistry, or that Ned Nickerson was a bit of a graffiti artist with a social agenda, is going to love this series. All three books offer great mysteries solved by girls with serious skills, ties to royalty, crime bosses and the worlds largest private library.

This third book in the series wraps up the story that
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for Kiki #3 to come out, and I am so glad that it did. Kiki Strike is AMAZING. I think I liked the first book better, then the second, and then this comes in 3rd place with 4 stars.

I feel like Ananka's usual..attitude wasn't captured, since she gets this out-of-the-blue crush on Kaspar. I just thought it was a little bit akward.

I absolutely loved the catacombs and Darkness Dwellers. While the others are helping Kiki, Betty is with Amelia, and finfing a cure for baldness,
Starts off a bit slow and picks up speed. I ended out liking the character development and the occasional sage advice. The book is interspersed with Ananka's principles of etiquette (when you read it, it will make sense)which are surprisingly apropos.
There's a bit of romance, and of course more royal intrigue as Kiki's devil aunt continues to pursue the throne for her daughter- what a pair! Lili and Oona sustain their rivalry as only they can. Multiple family mysteries wrap up in a tour of the
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Abby by: the rest of the series
I loved this book just as much as I loved the first two in the series. The band of amazing teens "The Irregulars" are globe trotting as they take down evil sisters, grave robbers and power hungry, throne grabbing, relatives. It's been a long time since we had a new Kiki Strike (and I don't like the reboot covers) but I fell right back into the story like an old friend. I hope that there is a fourth though that is not as certain as it was before...
Nov 06, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Has this book been released or.... ?
I feel like I've been waiting since I was 12 for this to come out & I'm 16 now :/
What's going on with this series?
Alyssa Goodnight
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I love the Irregulars!
Emily M.
Nov 30, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I love the Kiki Strike series. I am so exciting for this book to come out.
Isabelle | BookwyrmBites
3.5 stars.

I definitely enjoyed reading this, but most of the Irregulars have been relegated to comic background characters (even Oona, the literal face of one of the main subplots) so Ananka and Kiki can continue to take center stage — the exception is Betty, who really comes into her own — and I really missed the group dynamic; it seemed like there were only a handful of scenes where Ananka is actually with the group, and half the time her mind is somewhere else. Leadership is hard, but I don’
Real rating: 3.5 stars

It hurts me that each book I've rated lower and lower. Overall, still an enjoyable romp, but there were just pieces that rubbed me the wrong way. Every girl gets paired up with a boy (except Oona and Deedee but still, how are none of them gay for each other), there is an unnecessary love triangle (but it's at least handled humorously), and while this, like the other Kiki Strike books, has 6 different plot lines that connect together, they felt more half-assed? Like we
Klaartje Linseele
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have now read Book 2 and 3 of this series from Miller. This one is not as good as it could be. The plot was in the catacombs in Paris, and considering these girls are all about underground exploration - the overall plot is a major letdown. Admittedly, the girls are growing up - I liked Betty best here - but it still needs a solid plot to make it a true page turner.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This would have been a solid 4 star rating if Ananka and Kiki hadn't acted like completely different characters for a huge chunk of the book. But the plot was great, the wrap-up of the arc concerning who gets the throne in Pokrovia was more than satisfactory, and Betty got to be her best badass self. It could have been better, but in the end I'm more than satisfied.
Aliena Jackson
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
An amazing conclusion to an amazing series! 10/10 would read again.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We need more Ms. Miller! The series cannot end here, not when these adventurous girls and their faithful fans have so much more life in them! Please continue this much needed series.
No, David! No!
I liked this best of the three books. The mystery was a little better, and the characters were fun. It was a quick, easy, entertaining read.
Erin Mendoza
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun conclusion (?) to the stories of the Irregulars ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this series years ago! And it’s only now that I’ve finally read this last one (it wasn’t released when I originally read them.) It was a great conclusion! If anyone would like to form a girl gang that explores and protects underground tunnels, shoot me a message!
Heather Jensen
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love you, Kiki Strike series. You have always shown me girl-power and independence and how to be a lady, from my preteen years up to my teen years now. I'm the same age as Ananka, and I feel like we've grown up together. Although we've had our occasional disagreements, I'd like to think that Ananka and I get along very well. I can relate to her and at the same time give her much-needed advice. And in this book the advice I needed to give was STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM KASPAR YOU'RE SMARTER THAN ...more
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