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We have an archdemon of embarrassment who does extremely well by doing dodgy dad dance moves in public and feasting on the cringing contact embarrassment! He has his minions reveal your distressing porn habits to the whole office! How can all this wonderfully, quirky, unique awesomeness be over so soon? But then, I think it needed to be without being boring or losing its shine. I think it would have collapsed under its own weight if it were too long, like a big sugary confection — sweet and light and tasty and fun but not intended to be substantial.

It has a story and a world, of course, but neither take themselves too seriously. The star of this show always is the fun, the snark, the hilarious turn of phrase and the near slapstick hijinks the demons get themselves into. In fact, even potentially deep issues are quickly glossed over. This book is brain fluff. A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a review. Labels: 3. He has his minions reveal your distressing porn habits to the whole office! How can all this wonderfully, quirky, unique awesomeness be over so soon?

But then, I think it needed to be without being boring or losing its shine. I think it would have collapsed under its own weight if it were too long, like a big sugary confection — sweet and light and tasty and fun but not intended to be substantial. Read More Apr 26, Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: demons , paranormal , arc-read , fantasy , ya-paranormal , author-review , own.

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 Ros Jackson has written a fun read with a quirky cast of characters! When approached by a mysterious witch who says that if she is able to steal a powerful grimoire from an evil demon group, Kenssie may save her own life, that is, if they don't kill her in the process. Can Kenssie find the grimoire? If she does, then what? This short tale is fast paced and full of fun characters with their own unique attitudes about how to be a demon!

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Kenssie is quite a character, a little irreverant, feeling rather alone against the world, but gutsy as heck! And her master? He totally fits the embarrassment demon bill,in true demonic style! A fun, fast read! This ARC copy was provided by the author is exchange for my honest review! Publication Date: July 15, Aug 22, Maghon Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: paranormal , fantasy , reviewauthor. 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 Kenssie is a demon. But if she helps Perm, she'll piss off the Council. I loved Kenssie, because mainly, she was so likable. She just wants to live. And maybe not get killed in the process to live.

I would love to know if in this world and setting, if there are others llike Kenssie, who aren't evil demons. Remember, it's not always black and white, but sometimes grey. I would love to know more about Rak and Kenssie's past, and future. And since this one is a little short, I say just keep on writing!

Jul 15, Paul Little rated it really liked it. 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, double dealing and bad against worse they are demons after all. The main characters are well developed and easy to empathize with.

Jackson describes it as an urban fantasy adventure for young adults and this seems a very fitting depiction. Judged on that background alone it is a very fine debut. As an adult this is an easy and entertaining read that is well worth the time. Sep 04, Jamie Turner-norton rated it really liked it. 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, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: ry , read-in 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. One owns her, one wants to possess her and one wants to use her… but for what? As I said, this is an unusual tale…I liked the different spin on demons, how the enslave the lesser blooded demons to be their thralls and make them gain more power for the master to feed on and even though it was kind of hard to get my head around at first, I think I get the gist now.

I was left wanting to know more about her and her background because the storyline hints at bigger things for her. I mentioned that the world was a bit hard to get my head around at first but I did like the idea and where it could go in future books. The council captured my attention and seem to be a story waiting to be told, we get introduced to a couple of players that are against Kenssie and gives you the impression that they know more about Kenssie than she does. To be honest, if the story was longer and had more depth and area to really get into the plot and the characters, I would have liked it a whole lot more.

A good start though, I enjoyed it. Apr 16, Meghan rated it it was ok Shelves: reviewed , e-books , author-review-request , first-reads. 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 I always feel quite terrible when I read through a review book and don't enjoy it. There was quite a bit happening, so it wasn't boring or anything like that.

I enjoy a fast paced book but this one was a little bit too fast for me. Just as I was starting to get used to a certain scenario or grasping what was going on, things were changing and moving on to something else. It wasn't necessarily hard to follow, but it was hard to get into the story or attached to the characters when everything was flying by so quickly. Nothing was explained too clearly during the story. We can grasp the main idea which you get from the synopsis above, but we pretty much hit the ground running in this story with no time for catch up or back story or even just more information about how these characters work.

The plot line just seemed to be lacking in depth, and quite a few events just didn't really make sense to me. I found it to be kind of flat and stitched together with a few characters thrown in there that we don't really get the chance to know at all. It definitely makes for a quick read with only 10 chapters, and none of them being very large. So if you're looking for a quick fantasy fix or a light read in between books, then this might work for you. Fantasy and paranormal are usually a soft spot for me and it's not hard to get me hooked on such a book, but unfortunately this book just didn't do it for me.

I found it to be anti-climatic with an abrupt ending that left me feeling confused. That being said I know there will be others who will like it and find all the strong points that I missed. Apr 08, Dragana rated it liked it Shelves: witches , short-stories , urban-fantasy , demons. 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. Probably because their names are similar. Since they ar Kenssie is a young demon who feeds on secrets. Since they are short, the characters and world are usually not well developed, but Ros Jackson managed to dish a lot of interesting information about the world where demons, witches and half breeds life under unsuspecting human's eyes.

And it didn't feel like an info-dump, in fact I was left yearning to know more. One thing that The Secret Eater is missing is some kind of resolution or a big revelation. Story starts and ends in the middle of events, a lot of questions are left unanswered and we can can only guess what will happen next. This novella feels like it's a prequel to some bigger book. And I hope that my feeling is true, because I would definitely want to read more about Kenssie! Still if you are in the mood for a short read and you like urban fantasy full of demons, witches and action, give The Secret Eater a chance.

You will be definitely signing up my imaginary petition for Ros Jackson to write more. This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bit more styled edition. May 09, Sabriena rated it liked it. 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't 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.

I liked Kenssie enough but I didn't really care about what happened to her in the end sadly. The book has a great plot to make it a fantastic book and perhaps just not a novella. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of good in this book that I enjoyed such as the convocation that they had was super interesting and also the evolution that the demons could go through if they wanted?

I would have liked to seen more of that but I understand there was no more time. The ending was lacking to me. In fact when I read the last page and it ended I was a bit surprised because it didn't seem like an ending. However, this was a good afternoon read for something quick and having demons in it and the powers that they possess.

Tick yes if someone had to explain those words to you. Did anyone have to help you with this? Apr 20, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: readinglevel-ya , release , booktype-indie-selfpublished , read-in , genre-paranormal , booktype-novellas. Kenssie, the main character is a demon that feeds of secrets of mortals.

This is what instantly grabbed me from the synopsis. I was actually surprised, despite the length of the novella, how invested I was in Kenssie. The world building and plot in The S Kenssie, the main character is a demon that feeds of secrets of mortals. The world building and plot in The Secret Eater was great for a novella. Often I was entirely confused about what was real and what was not as the powerful demons have the ability to alter the perceptions of others.

The plot was wonderful and very engaging. I loved how you had no idea what was going on and what was going to happen next which really kept you on the edge of your seat. There were quite a few sharp twists to the story and none I was expecting. The only downsides to The Secret Eater I have are that explanations sometimes fall short as well as you are thrown quite a bit of information at once and the length. Obviously the first reason ties in with the second but I really wish that The Secret Eater was a full length novel. It is incredibly interesting and I wanted the story to go on for so much longer.

That being said, it was a great story and if anyone is looking for a quick, paranormal read I highly recommend picking this up! Apr 08, Marie Harbon rated it it was ok Shelves: tracy-riva-review-pile. 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 This is a novella about witches, demons and not a whole lot else. The other characters were described in detail and were presented imaginatively, but they may as well have been cardboard cut outs. The cast comprised a host of pictures with no real personalities.

The Secret Eater never reached its full potential, mainly due to a weak plot. While reading it, I felt it came across as a series of scenes, sketches and dialogues. They were well written and humorous but due to the barely perceptual plot, they failed to string together coherently and engage me as a reader. I quickly reached a point where reading this book became a chore.

There were insufficient hooks to drive the plot forward and keep the pages turning. Some sketches were interesting, for example when Kenssie dropped by the stock exchange and the financiers didn't care but otherwise, I wasn't sure of the purpose of many scenes. The fact she ate secrets, especially embarrassing ones seemed more a character trait than part of the plot. This concept could have been developed much further as it has great scope, but it wasn't.

If I'd have purchased this, I would have returned it for a refund as I gained little enjoyment in reading it. It has some merits, e. I think this book will appeal to diehard YA fans who enjoy anything with demons and witches. May 07, Lisa rated it liked it. 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 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! I just felt like we didnt have a chance to go into as much depth with all the different demons as I would have liked to as the reader, and I also felt like some of the best parts of the story were rushed and I wanted more from them, they seemed to end too quickly.

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That said, I did really enjoy the story. I loved the fact that it was set in England, with modern day terminolgies, I read a lot and it is very rare I find a book set in London, and other places I am familiar with and can easily picture in my head. A lot of books are set in America or fictitious places, so it was refreshing. I also loved the main character, Kenssie, who even though she is losing her powers and fighting to save herself, she is feisty, and a strong character, her only weakness being her own master.

I did enjoy the story, and just felt it was let down by being a novella, and I think had this been another pages long I would have loved it! Jul 12, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: supernatural , witchcraft , ya. The Secret Eater is a fun novella that introduces a lot of interesting characters. She feeds off the secrets of others. 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. But, Kenssie might just have found an unlikely ally in Permilia, the Council secretary.

I enjoyed this quick read. I thought it had a lot going on and a decent plot, and at the same time laid the groundwork for further short stories or a full-length novel. The hierarchy of the demon world is introduced, with many layers of authority and types.

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The interaction between the supernatural and everyday world is shown, and the part of the action set in the financial brokers really appealed to me. The concepts of demons feeding and thraldom both give lots of scope for further development, as does their ability to evolve or its opposite. I think The Secret Eater has a lot of potential.

Thank you to Ros for sending me an eBook to review. 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.

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This is a great set up, and I think it could have worked really well in a full length novel. The demon w The Secret Eater is a short story with a great premise, but unfortunately, it never really goes anywhere. Kenssie gets a tip from a witch that says if she steals the grimoire from the council, she can get her powers back. What could have been an exciting and funny adventure was just flat and boring. I felt more like I was reading a collection of scenes of Kenssie going from one place to another.

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 This is a novella. Reading The Secret Eater is like putting a page book aside after reading chapter five and never picking it back up again.

There is no sense of completion. I'm the sort who prefers to wait and rent a whole TV series to watch in one go instead of watching each new episode as it's released week by week. I feel the same way about my literature. I want it all at once and make a concerted effort to avoid scenarios where I'm forced to await a continuation.

I enjoyed what I read and when complete I'd be more than happy to read the story in it's entirety. However, as of now I have no intention of continuing the series. For those of you who don't mind the wait between story instalments I recommend picking this one up. I was sent an eARC by the author. Apr 01, Helena Ison rated it liked it. 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!

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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 My First Impression: I secretly have a thing for demons, so the moment I read the summary I wanted to read it!

It is humorous and silly at times, making it an entertaining read. The Secret Eater would be a great book to read to younger teenagers, I'm positive it would be a wonderful experience! My Opinion: I was expecting something a little different, something more aimed towards adults. I normally don't read books geared towards the younger crowd but this one wasn't terrible. The humor presented in this book was its saving grace. I found myself giggling out-loud often.

The concept behind The Secret Eater is amazing, but needs to be elaborated more. I hope that a sequel is written going more into details about the various demons and the emotions they feed on. I'm interested in seeing what kind of trouble Kenssie will get herself into next time! 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 Note: Grimoire - A book of magic spells and invocations. These are also aren't the pretty type demons you might expect. They look like the monsters children imagine.


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Kenssie is a demon who feeds off secrets. She's also the thrall of Rakmannon, a high ranking demon who feeds off embarrassment. Lately Kenssie been having some trouble. With her demon powers. That's really not good. Out of ideas she goes the demon council for help, and from the point on her life toes down the drain at an incredibly fast rate. The more she tries to restore her powers the more trouble she gets in. And it's not exactly crystal clear whose taking them or why.

Breaking and entering, throwback dancing, mean demons, and a whole lot of enthralling all make an appearance in this lovely little book. A copy of this review is also on my blog: www. 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 A copy of this review is also on my blog: www.

Her only hope lies in stealing a powerful grimoire and getting her powers back before a fear demon can make her his bitch for all eternity. The Secret Eater isn't a long book - it only took me a day to read - but it's a really good introduction to the world. There's a second book - Diabolical Taste - which I'm also tempted by.

The plot rockets along at a good pace, so it's certainly never boring and the idea that demons wander around manipulating humans in order to feed on their negative emotions is kinda cool. Kenssie's a kick-ass protagonist, although her boss is kind of a dick.