Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for a review*

Source: Goodreads

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
Author: Iain Reading
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Book #: 1

My Rating: 

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!

This book was sent to after being contacted by the author to see if I wanted a copy for review and after reading the synopsis I was very interested in it.

Kitty Hawk is not your everyday teenager, she can fly a freaking plane! How awesome is that?

So this book follows Kitty Hawk has she sets on a trip to study whales and their patterns until she finds a way to get thrown in the mix of a sort of mystery. And yes it was totally her fault she got caught in it. It takes place in Canada and Alaska, which is different from what I have read so far.

The author really explores the history of Gold in those regions and it was, for the most part, well incorporated into the story.

I can't really go into depth about the characters since there's some twists when it comes to who's bad and who isn't and I really don't want to spoil anything for you. I can say though that Kitty was the main character and this story was completely told from her point of view.

I found some issues with this book though, but nothing that really compromised my enjoyment of it.

Kitty seemed way too young sometimes, from the way she talked and thought and her decisions she sometimes seem to be 13 to 14 tops. And since she was fresh out of high school that was a bit of an issue when it comes to portraying her in your mind I guess. Her decision making was almost irrational at points, I could not believe she would do certain things under the circumstances she was in. This all loops back to her seeming way too young, only a child would do certain things she did.
There was also the issue with the way she talked to herself because it made it seem like she almost had two different personalities. The Kitty you read about and a Kitty who was actually smart and aware of her circumstances. And the insta love... I was hoping it wouldn't happen but it kinda did.

The only other issue I had with this book was overexplaining. There were chapters that I couldn't tell why they were included since they really didn't add anything to the plot and the actual overexplaining things. Even though I can sort of understand this since this is aimed towards younger generations.

All in all I really had fun reading this book and I absolutely enjoyed the concept since it was so different from anything I had read before.

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