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Serena Cole can kick serious butt thanks to young women only she can see. School bullies aren’t a problem, but Serena’s mental health might be. To shield Serena from a dark secret, her family tries to convince her that her friends are imaginary. Fleeing her distrustful aunt, Serena joins her mother on an archeological dig at Kistishi Island. There, Serena discovers an anciSerena Cole can kick serious butt thanks to young women only she can see. School bullies aren’t a problem, but Serena’s mental health might be. To shield Serena from a dark secret, her family tries to convince her that her friends are imaginary. Fleeing her distrustful aunt, Serena joins her mother on an archeological dig at Kistishi Island. There, Serena discovers an ancient scroll and realizes her invisible friends are goddesses native to the island, and they are in danger of enslavement for their abilities. Only Serena can save her friends if she can discover the past her family has hidden her entire life – the reason why only she can see the goddesses....

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  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-10-16 12:19

    Kistishi Island is one of the most amazing and beautiful novels I've ever read in my life. I only wish I had it in paperback or hardcover! The story of a girl whose invisible friends might just be real and very powerful, this book is a great one and really worth reading.

  • Wendy
    2018-11-05 13:12

    "Kistishi Island" an imaginative and intriguing fantasy revolves around sixteen year old Serena Stymerya Cole, a teen whose only friends are unseen which encourages bullying at school and leaves her aunt struggling with doubt and anxiety about her mental health. After another fight at school which prompts a visit to the psychiatrist, Serena overhears a mysterious phone conversation between her aunt and the mother who abandoned her to study old ruins for the "Location Archaeologists Organization (LAO)". More determined than ever to confront her estranged mother after her aunt's house is broken into, Serena flees to Kistishi Island where not only clues to the identity of her imaginary friends and her past begin to unravel but she must find the courage to save the island from chaos.Jordan Mierek begins her story in Abrams, New York where Serena Cole, open about visitations from her five invisible friends is not only bullied by the students but ends up in the school office after each confrontation. With her mother away on archaeological digs and her aunt distrusting her mental health she continually finds herself in a psychiatrist's office. The plot heats up when Serena after overhearing a phone conversation flees to Kistishi Island where she learns not only that her friends are goddesses but in danger from the magic of a malicious queen. Meshed into the main story line are letters Serena composes to her deceased father that give insight into her feelings, the mystery of her past as well as to what's happening to her. As events unfold this entertaining and gripping story moves quickly as Serena faces not only the violence of a vengeful queen determined to control the island goddesses, pterodactyl-like creatures who try to kill her, but also a police force bent on wiping out the archaeologists. The mystery is fascinating especially when Serena is given a necklace linked to her heritage but there are several incongruities in the plot like the age of the heroine who seems younger than sixteen in dialogue and action, as well as the romantic chemistry that seems to spark more between Serena and Oliver than with her and the king's advisor nineteen year old Stanomar. Although the plot draws to a satisfying climax, it does raise questions about any changes to her relationship with her mother and aunt.Yet this story is exciting and entertaining not only because of its mystery and magic but characters that capture your interest like Serena Cole the teen with the purplish hew to her eyes who's feisty and angry when attacked at school by the mean-spirited and cocky bully Roxanne Bynes. Distant with people in Abrams, with cousins who hate her and an uncle who equates gifts of money with love, Serena discovers friendships and love on the island that elevates her sense of self-worth and brings out her courage. Jordan Mierek creates unforgettable personalities like Serena who infuse the plot with energy, depth and drama; an ingredient that keeps you riveted to the story.I have enjoyed reading all of Jordan's books and "Kistishi Island" is no exception.

  • Nancy Brandt
    2018-10-19 13:19

    The overall story was interesting but there were so many logic flaws that brought me out of the story. Serena is fifteen but doesn't seem to realize that if you travel internationally, you can't generally use American money (although the people of this small country doesn't seem to understand that either). She thinks nothing of running off with strangers, including a drug dealer, to find her mother.The island didn't make sense - how do archeologists set up a dig with no governmental approval? How is there a king and queen on the island but none of the citizens seem to know this? How did the archeologists get to the dig when everyone tells Serena "there's no way to get there?" Why would a mob of over 100 people suddenly decide that killing the archeologists is a good idea and while this is happening, Serena is focused on some "hot guy" instead of her mother and aunt being in danger? An archeologist sees monsters and says, "It's flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz," and he wasn't joking.She is FIFTEEN and one of the adult males kisses her at least once, possibly twice, and this is okay?? She's a child.If you can look past some of the logic flaws, the idea of imaginary friends who are actually goddesses on a magical island is actually fun and could have been done so much better.

  • Iryna Combs
    2018-10-28 18:02

    I really enjoyed this book. I am a very picky reader and rarely read fiction but this book I can highly recommend anyone. Love the cover, love the story about 16 year old girl, it was interesting from cover to cover, kept me intrigued. Really well written book!

  • Pam
    2018-10-21 20:17

    Kritishi Island is by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek. This is an extraordinary book. I was sent this book and asked to review it. I put off reading it to get to others I had waiting. Had I known how great this book would be, I would have read it much earlier. As it is, I, once more, stayed up until 2 AM to finish reading it. I just had to find out what happened to Serena. It was definitely worth it. Serena was a fifteen-year-old girl who lived with her Aunt Nikki and her uncle. Serena’s Mother, Sophia, was an archeologist and was always gone on digs. Occasionally, she would call to check on Serena or would stop by for a visit. However, she would always leave without Serena. Serena wanted to leave with her Mother so badly. Serena was an outcast at school and it seemed even at home. Serena had always had imaginary friends. When she was little, it was acceptable since little children often have imaginary friends. However, Serena’s friends stayed with her. The other children at school would laugh and make fun of her because of her imaginary friends. Aunt Nikki had her to doctors and psychologists to have them try to get rid of these friends; but nothing worked. Aunt Nikki was always called to school because of fights that Serena would get into. The school she was at now wanted Aunt Nikki to have her tested and taken to a special school. Her final fight at school was with Roxanne who now wanted Serena to meet her at night and finish this off. Instead, Serena left and through forgery managed to get a flight to Kistishi Island where her Mother was supposed to be on a dig. Serena was unaware that once she got to the Island, her life would just get much more complicated.

  • TDCbookreviews
    2018-10-24 20:18

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the first I have ever read from this author and it was pretty awesome. Serena has always been an outcast with her family and classmates. Most of them considered her crazy because of her imaginary friends. Some of the teens were pretty awful to her and constantly fighting with her. She lives with her aunts and wishes for some normalcy with her mom. Her mom, oh boy, I hated her all the way until the end. She is a career minded person and was never suitable to be a mother and I think that shows throughout the book. She may love her daughter, but not as a mother. Serena has a lot going on in this book and I loved the backstory. I think Serena did have a lot of healthy relationships with her imaginary friends. I think they made her stronger as a person. I loved the adventure in this book. I really liked the friendship shown in this book. The ending went way too fast, although I did love the ending and the way it played out. Book Blurb:Serena Cole can kick serious butt thanks to young women only she can see. School bullies aren’t a problem, but Serena’s mental health might be. To shield Serena from a dark secret, her family tries to convince her that her friends are imaginary. Fleeing her distrustful aunt, Serena joins her mother on an archeological dig at Kistishi Island. There, Serena discovers an ancient scroll and realizes her invisible friends are goddesses native to the island, and they are in danger of enslavement for their abilities. Only Serena can save her friends if she can discover the past her family has hidden her entire life – the reason why only she can see the goddesses.

  • Glenn Turner
    2018-10-26 12:12

    Wonderful read. In all honesty, I haven't read much for a while. I agreed to try this when a friend asked me, and I was reminded of why I love reading. Jordan Elizabeth crafts a tale which follows a young girl, Serena, who apparently is a bit off her rocker. She spends her days as an outcast. Alone, unless you count her imaginary friends. These are friends that no amount of counseling or medication could get rid of. I loved watching Serena grow in maturity and confidence throughout the story. But by bit, mysteries blossom then bloom at a pace that leaves you turning the page to either figure out the answers you are looking for, or to confirm what you hope to be true. Such a great, well paced balance.Kistishi Island was a breath of fresh air that reminded me why I love literature, and has drawn me back into long hours of feeding my soul with good books.

  • Eve Culley
    2018-10-31 12:20

    I was asked to review this book and I am very glad that I did. This was my first book to read by author Jordan Elizabeth and I wasn't sure what to expect. Also, I asked my 17 yr old grandson to read it for his point of view on the storyline. There was magic, gods and goddesses, and rebellion involved right up his ally. I thought he would enjoy the book and he enjoyed the book very well, even to the point of laughing out loud several times as he read.Serena is a troubled young lady who is seeking to come to terms with her mother, her aunt, her imaginary friends and bullies from school. The viewpoint from an overly stressed teenage girl is handled very well as is the turmoil and confusion of her first brush with romance. Overall I was glad that my grandson read the book and I would recommend it for other teenagers and adults as well.

  • Carol Riggs
    2018-11-13 15:55

    This was an interesting read, in my exploration of various books by this author. The concept was different from anything I’ve read before. The descriptions and imagery were good, and the storyline kept me reading. While the beginning sounded more like a typical snarky bullying-by-the-mean-girl story, it grew into something more unique. At some points the main character, Serena, acted more like a twelve- or thirteen-year-old than sixteen, but I suppose part of that immaturity could be explained from having “imaginary” friends and being branded with a mental illness for so long. She doesn’t have many actual friends beyond the goddesses whom no one else can see. I personally thought the gore at the end was a bit overdone (surprising for a Clean Reads book), but I really liked the crows, especially the one she named January. The reason she named him that was perfect!

  • Emily
    2018-11-10 12:00

    This book sucked me right in from the beginning! Loved the imagination of the author, and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I like that Serena wasn't you're typical weak female like you find in many books, but actually could fend for herself. I was a little surprised how whiny the character got at the end though. Also I thought it was strange that she kept being warned to leave the island like it was so urgent, yet one of the friends warning her to go, then proceeded to take her for a day of shopping on the island. Overall I enjoyed the read and look forward to reading more from this author.

  • B.W. Morris
    2018-11-12 19:06

    I really enjoyed this book, particularly for the main character. Serena is easy to sympathize with, particularly with how much she wants to be with her mother. The twists in the book were a bit unexpected but they are built to well.It does take a while for the story to get going, but the later chapters are when it becomes a good page turner and you start to root for Serena.I did wish that a couple of the minor characters had been developed better -- they seemed a bit superficial -- but otherwise this was an enjoyable book with a main character who I think teens and young adults will relate to.

  • Derik
    2018-10-15 18:13

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I liked the overall concept of the story with a girl who sees imaginary friends. I found the story to be light and fun with some adventure sprinkled throughout. At times the main character seemed younger than her age of 16 which made me feel like I was reading a book for kids. This would be my only negative aspect of the story is it didn't feel like a young adult novel as much as a story for a younger age group. But overall it was a fun story and one that I enjoyed reading and would recommend

  • Heidi
    2018-10-25 16:00

    I was given this amazing book by the author. I absolutely love her writing and that she can write awesome stories in varying genres. This one is mythology based and keeps you guessing and enthralled throughout the story. Jordan does a great job taking you into Serena's life and explaining the history of everything as the tale moves along. You meet several really cool characters, and some that will completely frustrate you along the way. Serena is a well written character and it is very enjoyable to follow her on her adventure of self discovery.

  • Kim Kasch
    2018-10-20 17:10

    Well written and thought out. I'm not a big fantasy reader unless there are Knights and swords with a sprinkling of magic. But Kistishi Island introduces readers to another world, filled with great dialogue, “imaginary” friends and secret intrigue. Plus, there are a few weapons and a little magic ;D Well worth the price

  • Amy Mullen
    2018-10-16 20:01

    The fantasy world created in this book had just enough reality to give it an authentic feel. The characters are strong and unlike with other fantasy stories I have read, I was able to keep right up with them without backtracking. The author has a fantastic imagination and I would be pleased to recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fast moving and well written tale.

  • J.N. N. Tomczak
    2018-11-12 12:22

    Kistishi Island was an enjoyable, quick read with a few surprises I didn't see coming. It had good characterization, an interesting, unique plot, with a main character you can both sympathize and relate with that you'll be rooting for her till the end. I thank the author for the chance to read this.

  • Kadee Carder
    2018-11-06 18:07

    Kistishi Island was thrilling, suspenseful, and such a story of heart. From beginning to end, it was an enjoyable read. I rooted for Serena every step of the way. Grab this fun story, a twisting page-turner you won't want to put down!

  • Kandy
    2018-10-25 15:14

    I have read several books by this author and have enjoyed them all. Even though I am not in the age group that they are written for, I loved them all. This book was no exception. Very enjoyable from beginning to end. I am looking forward to more books by Jordan Elizabeth.

  • Alicia Huxtable
    2018-11-09 18:58

    I'm sad to have finished this book. The vivid detail that has gone into this book to make it such an adventure for all ages, I'd let my 9 year old read it, is utterly fantastic. I love all the characters. I want to go back!!

  • Melissa Levine
    2018-10-31 16:59

    I’ve read several stories by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek and she has yet to fail me in regards to keeping me entertained with her imagination. This was an overall very interesting, very different kind of story. But I did have a few questions that this story.For a sixteen-year-old I found it extremely surprising with how naïve, unaware, strange Serena was, not even taking her ‘imaginary friends’ into account. With the way she acted around others and her overall vibe made it more believable for her to have been homeschooled or something, like she’s not around others that often. I homeschool my daughter and while she’s more of the loner type, she’s better at interacting with others then Serena was. It’s like Serena wasn’t really a teenager, she was much younger. I found it funny that she kept thinking that she wasn’t a little kid and didn’t like everyone treating her like one, yet, that’s exactly how she acts throughout the story; what about all the times she’d let her aunt pull her around? One good example of what I’m trying to say is with how long she continued to believe her friends were imaginary. Who cares about the bus driver and him having been around to see Linguagem; who cares about the way Stanomar was acting and what he was talking about, or, I forgot who it was that said it but the person that said the goddesses (her imaginary friends) could be seen on the island. How did she continue to believe it was all in her head?Serena and Corvo are conversing and Corvo asks her if she’s human, that’s when Serena seems to have a lightbulb go off in her head that there’s something more going on. But, sadly, it’s a really small lightbulb so nothing really changes.Is it when Serena ends up going underground into the pyramids that she realizes something strange is going on? Of course, not! She’s hiding in the room with the Evil Stola Lady and the servant. This is when she realizes that the lady is a Queen and that they believe in gods and goddesses. This she finds unbelievable. Yes, because falling through walls and having all these imaginary friends around, some she just met on the island, is believable.How in the world was Serena so….,I don’t know what the adjective is that I’m looking for, in regards to that necklace but she was so it! Haha She was all “It’s just a necklace.” Yes, that’s why the Evil Stola lady is after you, trying to kill you, hurt Elisa, and whenever someone notices the necklace they have a mini freak out. It’s just a necklace! Right.Stanomar ends up going on about the king in front of Serena, her mother and aunt. When Serena questions this new information to her aunt and mother they act as if they have no clue what he’s talking about, at least in front of Serena. But why? I didn’t understand that. They knew there was a king and whole magical world under the sand but wouldn’t believe anything Serena told them? Everyone kept telling Serena to go home, specifically her imaginary friends. Why? Here’s another thing that didn’t make sense to me. Her friends, the goddesses, know the Queen is after Serena because they stole the Queens necklace and gave it to her. Yet, they had no problem simply telling her to go home? Even though the Queen had already been there. Even though she would have been going home by herself, none of the goddesses offered to help her home.

  • Cathrina Constantine
    2018-11-02 18:21

    I've read a few books by the prolific author, Jordan Elizabeth, and she never ceases to amaze me with her imaginative tales. Kistishi Island is a unique blend of characters. The main character, Serena is terribly bullied in school, and it's her imaginary friends that seem to pull her through these tough battles. She lives with her aunt and feels abandoned by her mother, who's an archeologist and is traipsing around the world. When she learns her mother is going to Kistishi Island, Serena finds a way to get there, and learns there's a reason why these imaginary friends have been by her side. They're not exactly imaginary, and turn out to be Goddesses. Goddesses that help Serena find her way.

  • Arie Antonia
    2018-10-31 15:19

    Great ReadI wasnt sure what to expect upon purchasing this book but then again with this author I never do. But what I do know is that I have enjoyed everyone of her books and the adventures that they take me along for. Every book has been so refreshing to read. This book was about Serena, a 16 yr old girl with imaginary friends. Things are bad for her, she is bullied at school, her mother isnt involved in her life, and her aunt nikki is at her wits end wit Serena. The only people there for her are her imaginary friends. Fed up with it all Serena takes matters in to her own hands and starts a chain of events that will change her life and shake up everything she has believed up until now. This book is very entertaining and it kept me interested from beginning to end.

  • Kirsti Call
    2018-10-29 16:55

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. What I liked: The premise of this book is intriguing, the characters likable, and the story fast paced. There's lots of foreshadowing in this book and watching the mystery unfold was fun as a reader. What I didn't like: I felt like some of the writing was stilted. Although the MC was 16 years old, she seemed much younger to me in her dialogue and actions.

  • Leanne ~ Tales From The Heart
    2018-10-28 16:57

    Such an intriguing tale, not really my thing but none the less it was well written. The story took me on a journey to another world. A teenager's fantasy or was it? Serena sees people that nobody else does. The reasons why come to light into the tale. The characters were likeable and entertaining, I really enjoyed this book.

  • Jane Firebaugh
    2018-10-21 15:09

    Jordan Elizabeth has another winner with Kistishi Island. Treated like an imbecile at school, and dragged to psychiatrists by her aunt who is raising her in place of her absent archeologist mother, sixteen year old Serena has only her imaginary friends to console her, and luckily for her, they are very good at that, as well as at teaching her a lot of important things she wouldn't learn at school. Not all is ever as it seems though, so be prepared for an emotional and suspenseful ride when you read this book. I highly recommend it.