I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
on November 30, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska's inside passage and Canada's Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure - flying around the world!
My take on this book: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading was an okay book. This book to me was confusing at first. This book centers around a girl named Kitty Hawk who is a pilot. I thought this book would have been more Nancy Drew-like, but it didn’t quite get there.
What I like about this book:
- Cool information on the humpback whales. I did not know how they fed and that there are different subspecies of the humpback whale species. It was quite interesting to read the main character using her plane to follow the daily paths. Though what she was planning on doing with this information wasn’t completely explained.
- I liked relearning about the Klondike Gold Rush. It was a pretty cool thing to revisit and I liked the interesting tidbits Mr. Reading added in. I did not know about Harrison Ford having a personal plane so that was pretty cool to learn.
What I disliked about the book:
- That there is two prologues’ and two epilogues’. That to me was just really confusing and didn’t make any sense. I mean I get the first one setting up for the whole series but it was still a bit weird.
- Another thing that I disliked was that the chapters to me were divided into the scenes which made it seem like a mini-chapter within the book. That to me was very confusing.
- I still didn’t get much with why Amanda Phillpott is Kitty Hawk’s enemy.
- I think the book might have worked better in third person instead of first person.
- I still didn’t necessarily get with why Kitty cared if the boat had gold on it or not since it didn’t really affect her all that much.
What I was iffy on about the book:
- How could Kitty not have told anyone what she was doing before going to check on the campfire? I mean if it was me I would have just left it alone.
- That she could fall for a guy without really knowing that much about him. And especially when she knew that she wasn’t going to stay there for very long.
- That she now considers the people, that started the campfire, as her family. I mean to me that is just plain weird. I wouldn’t think of them like that.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading is an interesting book and one that I wouldn’t really recommend to my readers. I am giving this book three stars because I couldn’t get into it and I just don’t get how the gold and the whales really fit in together as a story. It also took me eight days to read this book and that is just something that I take into consideration as well when reading a book.
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