Genre: Fiction

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

Posted January 9, 2018 by karenbaron in Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Series, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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 GoldKitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Series Rating: three-stars
on November 30, 2012
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle
Source: Publisher
three-stars

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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three-stars

About Iain Reading

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club.


Running Man by Jennifer Young

Posted December 26, 2017 by karenbaron in Fiction, New Adult Fiction, Review, Romance, Series / 0 Comments

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Running Man by Jennifer YoungRunning Man by Jennifer Young
Series: Lake Garda #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on September 21st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

At 21, Giorgia Manfredi is a wealthy Cinderella in a golden cage. Trapped in her family's business — a luxury hotel on Italy's Lake Garda — she yearns for a normal life. When jogger Danny Davies rescues her from a mugging, Giorgia finds that love comes at a price, bringing with it hostility, deceit — and conflict. Can she forgive those she loves and find happiness with the man who’s stolen her heart?

My take on this book:                       Running Man by Jennifer Young is another good book by Ms. Young. She picks this book up three years after Going Back and it was really good. I am glad to see that Gigi is able to find love for herself while still wanting to be apart of the hotel. Well kind of. This book has three different people it follows. Gigi Manfredi, her beau, and a co-worker of Gigi’s. The book centers around Giorgia trying to have a separate personal life from the hotel while trying to take care of her father who has gone downhill when Nico and Leona return from their little honeymoon to trying to have a love life with someone that people might not like, and trying to have a good life.

Giorgia Manfredi is a twenty-one-year-old co-owner of her family’s hotel and is also an heiress.  What I like about her is that she is a pretty smart girl that is at time naive. Another thing that I like about her is that she is taking care of the family hotel and trying to live her personal life her way.  She wants a love like her brother who is now married to Leona. What I don’t like about her is that she decided she needed to away and she just took off without telling anyone. After her brother Nico confronted her, she just went back to her old ways of pleasing the family instead of wanting to fight for something that she knows that she deserved.

The next character is Danny Davies who just so happens to be Gigi’s love interest in this book. What I like about him is that before he met Gigi he was just trying to stay on the path of good on his own which wasn’t really working very well on himself. Then after he met Gigi he wanted to be good not only for himself but for her as well. What I didn’t like about him is that after Nico saw them together, Danny basically chickened out instead of trying to see if it would work with Gigi despite his checkered past.

The last character that had a chapter dedicated around them is Matt. Gigi and her dad hired Matt to replace Nico since he didn’t want anything else to do with the hotel which Gigi’s dad didn’t like. What I liked about Matt was that he was trying his hardest to keep a boat that he really did like along with a girl that he seemed to love.  What I didn’t like about Matt was that he changed his goals and wanted to prove to his dad that he was better at everything. He also was starting to go after Gigi despite having a girlfriend. Then he realized that he could have everything that his dad wanted just by marrying Gigi. He is a good character in the way that you didn’t really know what he wanted to do or that he did something until he started to unravel.

Running Man by Jennifer Young is a good read and one that I completely enjoyed. For that reason, I am giving this book five stars since it kept me engaged and wanting to know more once I closed my Kindle for the night or even to get going on my chores. It’s those types of books that I love to read.

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five-stars

About Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young is an Edinurgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. Thanks You For The Music, which is set on the Balearic island of Majorca, is her first published novel.


Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna Hagele

Posted December 1, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Animals, Dogs, Review / 0 Comments

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Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna HageleDiscovering the Legend of the Amazon on August 12, 2016
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 72
Format: Kindle
Source: Author, Publisher
five-stars

Are YOU ready to discover what adventures lie hidden in the Amazon rainforest?

My name is Eli Moore and I can’t wait for you to discover what I’ve found on my adventures with my dad and my dog Kara. Come with us as we hike through the rainforest, search for rare animals, and even ride down the Amazon River. Keep an eye out for my field journal sketches. They include all of the animals we found on our adventure. But, be warned! There is more to the forest than meets the eye. And one legend of the Amazon rainforest becomes the subject of my final sketch. This is my first expedition, but after these stories and sightings, it will surely not be my last! Come along and join me on this exciting adventure!

My take on this book:              Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna Hagele is a perfect book for young kids in the sixth grade to even adults that are in their twenties who are reading to their nieces and nephews or just by themselves. This book is a short read that has wonderful pictures in it of the different type of animals that the main character has drawn for us in the book.

Eli Moore is a young ten-year-old boy who is much like his father not only in looks but also with his love of science and exploring. Eli is also our narrator of the book and it’s pretty interesting to see the Amazon through Eli’s eyes. I’ve never been so it was still really cool. He’s such a three-dimensional character, he wants to go with his dad for this one trip, to help his dad find this elusive lizard that his dad has been trying to find. Once Eli gets there he realizes that it’s most definitely different from what he’s used to. I wish we could have learned a bit more about this myth that one of the people in the outpost was talking about.

The next character is Eli’s father, Peter Moore, who is a biologist who also travels around the world vlogging for kids to learn more about different types of animals. Peter is the grown-up version of his son Eli. Peter becomes very bubbly and talkative about the animals he films for his vlog. However, he doesn’t have that celebrity type of vibe that most people have when they vlog.

Then there is Kara, Peter and Eli’s dog. She is a gray German Shepard and most of the people in Peru have called her a wolf because they don’t know what a German Shepard looks like. Kara mostly goes on these trips with Peter to keep him safe and out of trouble, so that he could return home to Peter’s wife and Eli. But know she also has to protect Eli as well. She seems like a very well-behaved dog, which is always good.

Discovering the Legend of the Amazon by Anna Hagele is a good read for anyone and of any age to read. I am giving this book five stars.

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five-stars

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