Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold [Book Review]

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold [Book Review]
Hello everyone!
Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty
Hawk Detective Agency #1)
Author: Iain Reading
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 30th November 2012
Rating: 3 Stars
*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*

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Synopsis: 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! 

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Review: I was
eager to read Kitty Hawk and the Curse of
the Yukon Gold
seeing as I had already read The Dragon of the Month Club by the same author and really enjoyed
the creativity behind that one. I have to say, this novel wasn’t quite as good
as this one, but it still an enjoyable read. You have to be appreciate Kitty
Hawk as a character.
What I loved the most about this story had to be how much
of an adventure it truly was. There’s no doubt this one can be pegged under this
genre. But at the same time, there is also the quest element to it, and the
mystery element as well. As Kitty Hawk goes on her adventure, she also sees a
lot of the beautiful landscape of Alaska. It was so beautifully described that
it made me wish that I was there myself. Iain Reading knew how to find the
balance between giving us information about what we were seeing and
experiencing as well as describing it in such a way that you had to admire the
scene as if you were seeing it yourself.

However, I still felt like it was hard to peg whether
this one was a young adult or middle grade book. It seemed to drift between the
two age categories, and that bothered me a little. Because while Kitty Hawk was
18 and fresh out of high school, she was also having some pretty juvenile
issues (such as the whole thing with Amanda) which seemed more fitting for a
middle grade novel. It would be hard for both age categories to read it for
that reason, so I felt a bit lukewarm about that.
Another aspect of the novel I really liked was the
individuality of the characters. We get to know a little bit of detail on all
of them individually – especially the four main characters. Yet we also get to
see the four of them acting as one unit. We get to see their motivations and
more about their background that made me actually really care for them. I liked
how my own closeness to the characters seemed to steadily grow alongside Kitty’s
care for them.

As for Kitty Hawk herself, I also loved her. Although at
times she did seem a little too perfect, Reading resolved that by giving her a
bit of a flaw at the end. Mostly, I admired her morals and how she was not
afraid to stand up and hold fast to what she believed in. She had a very good
moral compass that made me wish I had as strong and sure of a hold as she did
on my own too. It made her so easy to love.
My main issue with the novel was at times it bordered on being
a bit too wordy, which made it slower. It could have been faster paced and used
fewer words, making the story more addicting. Toward the end of the novel I was
really immersed and flipping pages, but personally, I felt like it took a
little too long to get to that point. And the chapters were agonizingly short!
It’s a personal matter, but it made the story feel disjointed to me. There were
certainly new places where a new chapter did not need to be started.

Overall, this was a really good adventure story with a
very important life lesson as a theme to the entirety of the novel. It told me
a lot about greed, first impressions vs. true impressions, and loyalty.
Hopefully there is something for you to take from reading this novel yourself,
as well.

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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: What’s the first thing you would miss
if you were stranded in the wilderness?

Olivia-Savannah x


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