Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: The Empress's Tomb - Kirsten Miller

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 3 stars (I don't really love how old Oona looks.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count: 369 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon
Add it: Goodreads
Sequel to: Inside the Shadow City

Kiki and the Irregulars are back again and Ananka is ready to tell you all about it. There are lots of secrets that the Irregulars tried to keep from each other, but all secrets are discovered eventually. Lester Liu is back and something is going on with Livia and Sidonia. Oona is all caught up in the Mister Liu mess and Kiki has some problems with Verushka and Ananka's mom is about to freak out if Ananka keeps sneaking out and falling asleep in school. The Irregulars need to pull it together if anything is going to work out. It may be the most unlikely people that end up saving them from themselves.

What a fun sequel. I adored Kaspar. I wish there was some squirrel graffiti somewhere in the book. I think that would have made the book look fantastic. It would have been so fun! I wish we had learned a bit more about Kaspar and the animal rights aspect of the story. It seemed like such a huge thing in the beginning  but it went nowhere.

There was a lot of tension in this book between the girls. I was sure someone was going to loose it on every page. There were so many secrets and acting and it was just crazy. I liked how everything worked out though.

Again Ananka was a fantastic narrator. Seriously, her little helpful hints are just too good. I could read a whole handbook of just those. She such a plain character in comparison to the other girls and that may be why she's such a great narrator. She seems to always be where the action is, but she isn't all knowing (like Kiki seems to be).

This was just a really fun second novel and the ending made me need more. It ended well enough, but excitement is certain to ensue. If you haven't started this series yet, you totally should!

First Line:
"The whispers began the day she arrived on horseback at the gates of the Emperor's palace."

Favorite Line:
"My lab partner, a studious girl named Natasha with no talent for chemistry, was dumping liquids into a glass beaker and barely acknowledged my arrival."

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