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The Secret Name

(Kendra Temples: The Demonic Diaries #1)

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3.23  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When Kendra gets a job working as a librarian in a creepy mansion, she thinks it’ll be the perfect subject for her blog. But as the owner starts to act suspicious and the mansion comes alive, she begins to wonder about the real reason he hired her—and if life really can be like a horror film. Follow Kendra’s blog in this collection of intriguing posts as she uncovers the s ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Independently published
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Kasey Ashton
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun & quick novella - I really enjoyed the blog post style which kept the story moving and engaging. The main character, Kendra, was the kind of person in real life that I would probably run and hide from, she's self-centered & oblivious, yet personable with a talent for telling her story and making you want to find out what craziness will happen next. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a fun, dark, but not grim little gem of a book. Looking forward to the next installment! ...more
Rebecca
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me by how easy it was to read. I’ve read a lot of quite full on stories lately and I was expecting the same from this but it’s actually written like a blog (I know right, how’d I miss the word “diaries” on the front cover? Some reason I was still expecting to see a wall of text) it was a really refreshing change and acted like a kind of palatte cleanser between reads.

The characters in the book are nicely written, you can imagine the relationships being real and it does feel a
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Ruth Santiago
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow

This was a quick read... It only took !e two hours... I can't wait to get started on whatever else this author has written
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The Scribblings
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Despite some reservations, thanks to a rather unusual interview, Kendra accepts a job as a private librarian. Her new boss wants her to curate the library of the mansion he’s recently purchased, with particular attention to the occult section hidden somewhere inside. But, as Kendra uncovers more of the libraries contents, she comes to realise that the mansion holds even more secrets.

Written (and originally posted) as a series of blog entries, the reader sees events unfold more or less as our nar
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Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)
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Heather
Eve Harms brings us the short tale The Secret Name (Kendra Temples: The Demonic Diaries) in the form of a series of blog posts. It’s an intriguing and original attempt, but it often makes the scary material feel like it’s being held at arm’s length.

Kendra Temples is in desperate need of a job–her boyfriend Steve is getting pretty upset at the amount of back rent she owes. When she finds a job listing for a librarian for a private book collection, she knows she’s found her dream job. Unfortunatel
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Sci-Fi & Scary
The Secret Name was a quick, easy read. At only 136 page and written in a diary/blog-entry format, I blew through it without realizing exactly how quick it was going. At least until I finished and noticed I’d went from 55% to done in 26 minutes! (YMMV, I read very fast.)

I liked Kendra. She was a fun, quirky character that appealed, and Eve Harms gave her a relatable voice that made me root for her. The other characters, though we don’t get much interaction with them, were interesting as well. Ex
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Armand
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review."

I went into this book completely blind. I’ve never read anything by the author, and I didn’t know anything about this book.

I can not tell you enough how surprised I was to find myself hooked on the first page alone. I absolutely loved the book’s format. It was unique and that made it worth reading itself.

If the interesting format wasn’t enough for me there was still the setting. I mean, what kind of reader would
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Matthew X Gomez
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when an unemployed Goth girl takes a job as a private librarian? And what's with all the screaming at night?

Told as a series of blog posts, Kendra Temples' novella is at turns irreverent, deeply personal, disturbing, and nail-biting. More horror than urban fantasy, the gradual reveal of the mystery at the heart of the novella takes a deliciously dark turn though the ending left me somewhat unsatisfied and there is room for Temples to explore the world she created even more. I did ap
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Jacey K.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a free review copy in return for an honest review.

However, I also was a fan of this blog series before it turned into a novella.
Fresh. Witty. Intriguing. Thrilling.
The Secret Name pulls you in with a clear and concise writing voice, and an unravelling mystery. For every breadcrumb of information provided, there is another question needing answered; propelling you down an occult rabbit hole.
The author's voice shines and creates personality for the novella. Passion for the m
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Lacey
This was a cute short story. I really liked the blurb, so much in fact that I read it right away instead of filing it among my other "to read" books. I wish the story itself had been as interesting as that blurb. I guess I was looking for a suspenseful novel with complex characters. This maybe has the potential to become that. ...more
Antigone Walsh
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun

A quirky girl finds her dream job working at an occult library hidden in a,movie producer's mansion. But the dream becomes a nightmare.

This is a fun read. Told via,blog entries it is witty and interesting. I liked Kendra the main character. She is definitely a modern heroine. Look forward to the next one.
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Bill
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kendra temples gets a well paying job at a rich persons mansion cataloging boks. In reality, they hired her to find black magic books.
She relases a demon and recaptures it but not before it captures her boyfriend.
SUE
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was very good and interesting. The job (librarian) that Kendra was given to do was a great idea on the owner. It kept the interest going until the end when they started talking about the inexplicable horror.
Cathleen Harasty
Jan 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really bad ending. SMH!

Waste of time reading this. I should have quit reading long before the ending (which, by the way, was ridiculous). Will not read another book by this author!
Barb
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kendra accepts a job as a private librarian. Her new boss wants her to curate the library of the mansion he’s recently purchased, with particular attention to the occult section hidden somewhere inside. The mansion holds even more secrets.
Stephania Maslow
This book was definitely amazing.
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pamela boseman
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The secret name

This was a good quick read. Loved Kendra . The other characters were good too. Ready to read more
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Ht
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different

It kept you hooked for the most part. Very strange as story goes on. Not sure if I liked the 'daily entries'. Just very different.
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Angela
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome

Loved it and recommend to anyone who likes creepy. Its a page turner. I u r l I h j.
Edna Ritchie
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this

When I started this book I was not sure about it but it caught me up and held me till it ended.
Viki H
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's a diary.

I couldn't get past the third chapter. I just dislike this format, I was so hopeful too, it sounded like it could be a good story.
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Jeanine
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-ebook, horror, own-it
Short, entertaining stort.
Phyllis H. Pajka
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was fairly good and completely different. Give it a try. It's not very long and is interesting. ...more
Tylerr Tyrant
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Short Story

Interesting short story! I thought it was a fun and creepy take on a new job story. Never know what you'll find off of Craigslist! Lol
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Lily
Just No....
Jo Brammeier
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
💜

It is short, but fantastic. I read it all in one sitting. I can't wait to read the next one!
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Laurel
I read this fun novella ahead of the release of the next book in the series, and it's a fun, quick read. The blog style chapters made it fly by, and allowed for a format I hadn't seen before in this type of story. I like Kendra, and her quirky narrative voice, and Harms knows how to plant little tidbits that make us want to know more. A cobra tooth? Tell me!

The only complaint I have is that with the blog post format, we see the action packed climax in retrospect, instead of in the moment, which
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Nancy
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-read-again
I got this free on Amazon. The synopsis sounded interesting, however the book was not. It is written in blog format. When I finished reading my first thoughts were, "What the hell did I just read?" This is the most messed up story I have read. And what the heck is that ending. No, just no! ...more
Abby
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Shorter than I was expecting. Actually love how it’s written in blog format. Wish it kept going lol. Looking forward to any more books coming out in relation to this one
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