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The Secret Eater

(Kenssie #1)

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Variant cover edition ISBN 9780957573208

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 heig
ebook, 86 pages
Published 2013
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May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I was given this book for an honest review.

I want to start off by saying that I absolutely love the cover to this book. With that out of the way let's move on to the story. This was a very unique take on demons and I do not believe that I have ever read any story quite like this one. The demons in this story actually looked like how you would believe demons to look. They did not look like rock stars or super models but were actually to our standards pretty much ugly and grotesque but to them
This was quite a different read for me and I can't really pinpoint exactly how I felt about it... I didn't love this novella, but I didn't hate it either. It left me feeling intrigued and I thought that the characters and situations were fairly funny and interesting at times. I also appreciated how the author was able to accomplish some impressive world-building in a short amount of pages. Mostly, I enjoyed envisioning this author's creation and it was fun to read about demons in such a unique s ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kenssie is a demon, and she enjoys her a point. She thinks a lot of her master, Rakmanon, and wants to stay with him and please him in her emotion collecting. She feeds off of emotions, mainly embarrassment, and she collects embarrassment emotions to give Rakmanon so he stays strong. Lately though, she is finding it hard to stay focused and is finding that her powers seem to be dwindling She is normally invisible to all by wanting to be so. Lately she is finding she is weak and also tha ...more
Kate Policani
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: win
Kenssie is a demon who eats secrets. Her mission in life is to creep into humans' minds and devour the energy from their secrets. Her other missions include: pleasing her Master, Rakmanon, stirring up humiliation for him to feed on, and figuring out what is happening to her power. She is growing weaker and she doesn't know why. The Demon Council offers no help, instead poking fun at her and kicking her out of their chambers. Her Master can't seem to help her either.
But a part-demon witch named P
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
2.5 Stars!

This was definitely a fun, slightly quirky take on demons, witches and humans. Nothing too original or unique but still fun and different with the humor that the author engaged into the characters.

This was a pretty fast read and I think because of that it really lacked the character development that I think it really could have used as well as a sound plot to really keep the story moving and interesting. I think with a little fine polishing this could really be a unique and great read
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just didn't really like this one as much as I thought I would. Granted, I didn't really have any expectations heading into this. I found the interactions between the demons to be interesting and the hierarchy of the demon world was unexpected. However, I just found the plot to be mostly weird and never really settled in one direction. It wasn't a terrible read but it wasn't for me. ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an ebook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my review.

This was the first urban fantasy story I have read. When Ms. Jackson reached out to me to review this novella, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. The summary definitely caught my attention, but seeing as how I've never read anything in the urban fantasy genre, I was skeptical. THE SECRET EATER was definitely a pleasant surprise!

I'm not going to write a summary of what t
Are your secrets safe?

The Good

Kenssie is a character that is hard not to enjoy. She is the ultimate underdog in the world of demons. With the power to steal people's secrets, the tidbits that she picks up are pretty funny. Her powers are slipping and on top of that she is a thrall to a pretty scare demon master. She doesn't have wings like her master, Rakmanon, and has to rely on him to enjoy this thrill.

The plot is a pretty good one. There is a grimoire that she needs to get her hands on, and s
Fangs for the Fantasy
Kenssie feeds on secrets, not too unusual for a demon, even one that’s as weak as she is. But even her weak powers are beginning to fade and aside from being worrisome, it’s pretty embarrassing as well. And she knows all about that as a thrall to an embarrassment demon.

Whacky hijinks follow as she tries to find the key to get her powers back, being dragged into various machinations of her boss and her contact along the way

After finishing this book I was annoyed. Why? Because it was a novella. A
Ros Jackson has written a fun read with a quirky cast of characters! The Secret Eater sounds a little different, just by the title and it is! What if your power was to get into someone's head and 'hear' their secrets? Kenssie belongs to a demon who feeds on embarrassment, making them potentially a pretty powerful team, but another demon wants to possess Kenssie and being a slave to a fear demon is not the way to peaceful longevity in her world. When approached by a mysterious witch who says that ...more
Maghon Thomas
Kenssie is a demon. She eats secrets from people for energy. Her master Rakmanon, aka Rak to me, likes her to humiliate her victims so he can also feed on them. And she is losing her powers, but she can't tell anyone. She's trying to figure out why her powers are getting weaker, while keeping her master, and every other demon from finding out. The Demon Council, yeah they are a joke, so no help from them. Then she meets a witch named Permilia, aka Perm to me, who may be able to help her. But if ...more
Paul Little
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Secret Eater” is written in a delightfully engaging fashion and takes a fresh look at the universe of demons and their relationships to humans and witches. The chilling idea that demons exist solely to enable our own self-defeating actions and surreptitiously eat from our darkest secrets is just one of the vignettes of the piece. I especially enjoyed the satirical scene in the stock exchange; I can almost imagine that this is completely true!
The plot is a splendidly confusing story of intrigue,
Jamie Turner-norton
Bad Ass Cover.
Well written story that kept me hooked. Different take on demons. It could have been a little longer for my liking but all in all it was a good read.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
review posted here...

The Secret Eater is an unusual tale of demons and their way of life. Each full blooded demon has minions aka thralls who go into the world and cause situations that will feed their master. Kenssie is the property of such a demon and her power is to take a persons’ secrets straight from their heads which nourishes her and gives her more energy to do her masters bidding. Lately her powers have been waning, bringing her to the attentio
I always feel quite terrible when I read through a review book and don't enjoy it. But I have to do my part as a book reviewer and be honest, since that is what an Author expects when sending out copies of their books. It definitely wasn't a terrible or completely un-enjoyable book, and I'm sure there are readers out there who will enjoy it. But it wasn't for me and don't worry I will explain why.

The entire book felt to me as if it had been pretty hastily thrown together. There was quite a bit
Kenssie is a young demon who feeds on secrets. Lately Kenssie does not feel very well, she has problems with even basic demonic power - staying hidden from humans. Kenssie must find solution for this problem before her master finds out. Cooperating with witches and fighting other demons will be inevitable.

When I imagined Kenssie, I always pictured Kenzi from Lost Girl tv series in my mind. Probably because their names are similar. :)

Novellas are one of the hardest things to review. Since they ar
Marie Harbon
This is a novella about witches, demons and not a whole lot else. I accepted an ARC from the author as I loved the concept and the idea seemed fantastic. However great the concept though, this book lacked a solid plot. While the author built a world of demons and witches in vivid detail, The Secret Eater lacked character development and Kenssie herself finished up extremely one dimensional. The other characters were described in detail and were presented imaginatively, but they may as well have ...more
Kenssie, the main character is a demon that feeds of secrets of mortals. This is what instantly grabbed me from the synopsis. I love all paranormal’s and I haven’t read a lot of stories that focus solely on demons. I really enjoyed Kenssie’s character. She was supposed to be wholly wicked but she wasn’t, there were layers of soft spots that showed through several times. I was actually surprised, despite the length of the novella, how invested I was in Kenssie.

The world building and plot in The S
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC copy of The Secret Eater, and I wanted to read it as I was intrugued as to how the title fit in to a paranormal book about demons! This soon becomes apparent, but I wont say any more as I don’t want to give anything away.

The Secret Eater is a novella, and I had to remember that as I was reading. The concept of the story was good, and Ros Jackson has created some brilliant characters and has a fantastic imagination when it comes to the demons she has created. I just felt like we

The Secret Eater by Ros Jackson is a very short novella about demons and what one, Kenssie, has to go through to get her magic back and not become the thrall of another demon. The story started out really fun as well as funny but around the half way mark it kind of stopped being humorous and was a bit more quickly done. I find that problem a lot with novellas in that there isn't enough time in the book to make it descriptive or a good ending most of the time.

I liked Kenssie enough but I didn
The Secret Eater is a fun novella that introduces a lot of interesting characters.

Kenssie is a demon. She feeds off the secrets of others. As demons go she’s not one of the most important, but even so her powers seem to be especially weak right now. She certainly ought to be capable of hiding herself from a lowly Level One witch. But this one has spotted her, and is able to negate her powers. Something is very wrong; a trip to the Council is Kenssie’s first resort.

Rakmanon, Kenssie’s master, do
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked this book, the characters, the demons and how they feed off secrets and fear and humiliation but I feel like this book could have benefitted from an extra chapter at the beginning and end. I felt like we were missing some backstory at the beginning and I felt it ended too rapidly at the end (although, to be fair, there is a sequel).

I found it okay but I think this is another book that could have done well with being a little longer.
The Secret Eater is a short story with a great premise, but unfortunately, it never really goes anywhere. Kenssie is a demon who feeds on secrets and she works for a demon who feeds on humiliation. Basically, her job is to put humans in compromising positions to give her boss meals. Unfortunately, her powers seem to be waning which is hindering her ability to hide among humans and do her job. This is a great set up, and I think it could have worked really well in a full length novel. The demon w ...more
Helena Ison
My First Impression:
I secretly have a thing for demons, so the moment I read the summary I wanted to read it! The idea of the demons feeding on human emotions drawled me in just that much more!

Writing Style:
This book is well-written but has a few grammatical errors. I think this book should be aimed towards younger readers, possibly children in middle school. The story progresses quickly and is a fast read. The plot is a bit thin but has potential. It is humorous and silly at times, making it an
Sadie Forsythe
This is a novella. I didn't know that going in. I'm not a big fan of novellas, or as I like to call them, short stories. And this book is an excellent example of why. It's well written, has a host of interesting characters, a spattering of humour, and the start of some good world building. What it lacks is enough length to allow for any depth in any of these areas, but more problematically in plot development. It isn't that the book is plotless. It's that it's only the beginning of a plot. Readi ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
A copy of this review is also on my blog:

I literally stumbled upon this book while surfing Goodreads one day. I can't even remember how I came across it, and I nearly dismissed it, thinking it was a book about eating disorders. Then I saw the picture of the demon on the front.

Kenssie is a demon who feeds on people's secrets. She is the servant of a master demon who feeds on humiliation and recently it feels like her powers are waning. Her only hope lies in stealing a
(Note: Grimoire - A book of magic spells and invocations.

Even though it's a novella it doesn't feel like it. It's a solid story with a non cliffhanger ending. Now, there are some things that I would like to know more about and questions that weren't answered, which I figure might be in the sequel novella. Kenssie and others don't really have an age being demons, but content wise this had a YA feel to it. Maybe even leaning towards MG. These are also aren't the pretty type demons you might expect
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute, fun little book. Lots of genuine hilarious moments (though a lot of so-corny-i-cringed moments as well). I loved the unique world and cast of mostly female characters. I really enjoyed the magic system, as well.

This is the first in a duology (series?) and so there were a lot of questions left unanswered that I hope will be explained in the next book. I want to understand the relationship between her and her master, and it seems the how and why their magic and thralls work i
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
First, I would like to say thank you to the author and to Goodreads for my copy of "The Secret Eater" which I received through Goodreads First-Reads giveaways.

Absolutely loved this book! Good choice if you're looking for a quick read. You'll instantly fall in love with Kenssie and her story sucks you in from the very beginning. I usually don't read short stories and definitely wish the book was longer, but I enjoyed it all the same and will be looking forward to see how her story continues.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I found this to be a pretty entertaining book. The premise was interesting. However, in some regards it failed to deliver.The world building in this book with weak. I found a character to be interesting but not well developed. If the book had been longer and had spent more time delving into the powers and limitations of the characters it would have been q better read. If you like demons, witches and thralls give this book a shot.
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