Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Secret of Ka
Author: Christopher Pike
Rating: 3 stars
Summary: One minute Sara's bored on vacation in Istanbul. The next, she's unearthed 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 he'll call upon only one djinn and make one wish. The plan sounds safe enough. But neither Sara nor Amesh are any match for the monster that that swells before them. It hypnotizes Amesh, compelling him to steal Sara’s flying carpet and leave her stranded on the island. Discovering the carpet has sparked a new path for Sara, one that will lead her to battle creatures even deadlier than djinn. In this fight, Sara can save mankind, herself, or the boy she cares for. Who will she be forced to sacrifice?
Review: This was a fun read, but a bit of a let down from what I was expecting. I was excited for a magic carpet adventure involving djinn. I liked how the author changed the normal djinn "three wishes" to one wish for free, and then serious consequences for any others. There were too many exclamaition points. The romance was pretty bad; Amesh and Sara seem thrown together just for the sake of attracting the romantic audience. Also, at the very beginning Sara lies about her age, and at the end when she states her age out loud (talking to someone else) Amesh doesn't react at all! The fact that Sara is a Kala isn't as stressed as it seems like it should have been. The worst part is that there's a cliff-hanger ending, yet this is a stand-alone novel.