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- Publication date : November 30, 2012
- File size : 4296 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00AGY6WWK
- Print length : 326 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #958,063 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love this book cover. It perfectly sums up some major events of the book – the plane, Kitty climbing the mountain, the whale in the background – and the art style is just great. I love looking at it and it certainly enticed me in.
I was approached by the author’s publicist about this book. I love mysteries and was intrigued by the “historical fiction” part of this story. I’ll admit, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own, but I decided to give it a try.
Kitty Hawk goes on an adventure flying off in her plane to Alaska in order to watch whales, observe, and study them. Then she runs into a group of gold thieves. She overhears their plan and they catch her before she can run away. Her mission is no longer whales, it’s the gold.
I felt as though this book was slow to start. I didn’t really get interested in it until Kitty ran into the thieves and that was around 100 pages or so into the story. When that happened, I got really into it. I felt as though the plot was cleverly crafted into the story making the history important, but not bombarding me with a history lesson.
I enjoyed Kitty’s character. She was a strong protagonist and certainly knew how to take care of herself. However, a good chunk of her dialogue, especially in the beginning, was her talking to her internal self. It got confusion since her thoughts were in normal quotations and I also didn’t think it made any sense. She was having actual conversations with herself. It became annoying and I didn’t think it was needed.
Once I met Charlie, Buck, Will, and Jay, I enjoyed their characters a lot more. The four brothers were certainly a great addition to the cast. Though, I wonder if all four were needed. Their personalities were certainly different from each other.
However, Jay was the silent type. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it was almost as though he wasn’t even there. He didn’t start really speaking until the main part of their journey was halfway over. I had completely forgotten about him to the point that when his name was stated I had no idea who he was.
This story flowed well. As stated earlier, I felt as though the beginning was slow, but it did pick up when the adventure truly began. Once that happened it was smooth sailing. The history lessons were minimum but I learned a lot anyway.
I enjoyed all the description of their adventure, though a lot of the dialogue felt unrealistic to me. A lot of dialogue didn’t contain any contractions making the characters sound almost robotic. It just didn’t seem like something a person would say in real life.
Overall, this was a great read. Once you get past the beginning it’s an enjoyable read. If you like a casual mystery and have a taste for adventure, give this one a try.
“Apparently even in deadly serious situations boys simply can’t resist the urge to play like they are secret agents or something.” –Iain Reading, Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
*This review was originally published on RachelPoli.com
Move over, Nancy Drew! I have a new favorite teen detective! This book ended up being so much more amazing than I ever expected, with an adventurous plot full of twists and turns, compelling and complex characters, and clever dialogue.
The plot really surprised me several times. I was gasping, and jumping up and down in my seat. I was giggling, and crying, and shaking my fists to the skies. I was completely swept away by the story!
I adore Kitty's character! I love how she talks to herself, and she is sometimes awkward or silly. She is tough and smart, but also emotional and sensitive. She is a complex and relatable character, and at times, I felt like I WAS her. I was the girl in the story, savvy and capable and running headlong into danger, or nervous about a first date and checking my hair in the mirror. Kitty is so adorable and sweet and plucky!
I have such a fondness for the crazy brothers she tags along with on her adventures. Each brother has their own understated but powerful personality, and I was always puzzling through their story, eager to know more about them. I pretty much fell in love with each of them, especially Charlie.
It was the dialogue between these characters that really made me love them. It can be difficult to write natural dialogue that feels like actual people are talking, but so many times, I was drawn in by the brilliant and familiar conversations between characters that showed their closeness, their fatigue, their anxiety, their affection for each other, and a myriad of other aspects of their relationships and the essence of their characters.
I gained a whole new appreciation for the wonders and beauty of nature in the Yukon, Alaska, and surrounding coastline. Kitty travels through hundreds of miles of beautiful terrain, across dazzling seas, through pristine forests, and around lakes and rivers. The way she describes the clear air and the splendid Northern Lights made me feel like I was there, experiencing these natural wonders for myself. Talk about a fantastic setting! Every new place that Kitty went made me eager to see more and go further, deeper into the wilderness with her.
A big part of my enjoyment of the lovely setting was the exciting history of the Gold Rush and the mysteries of missing gold, sunken treasure, and the stories of old miners hiding their loot. The rich and terrifying history of the Gold Rush served as a backdrop for Kitty's story, and the more she learned about the bizarre past of the land, the more I wanted to learn too. The writing masterfully paced the release of historical information so that it was seamlessly woven in with the action-packed plot.
I only have two complaints about this book. The print was really small, and I found myself squinting to read. And there are far too many chapters, and some chapter breaks are poorly placed within the story. Having 82 chapters is a bit too much, especially when most chapters are only 2-3 pages long. It broke up the pacing of the story at times. I would have preferred longer chapters, and a slightly larger print type.
However, I loved the writing style, and I appreciated the excellent story-telling. So many times, I completely forgot that I was reading, because I was completely immersed in the story.
I can't wait to read the rest of this series! I am completely in love with Kitty Hawk!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
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However, I'm concerned that if I'd read this book first, without reading the Titanic one, I would not have been inclined to read the rest.
I zipped through the Titanic book in a night (probably because I'm interested in anything Titanic), however, this seemed to drag quite frequently, and did not hold my attention as well as it could have done. The storyline didn't intrigue me, and while i enjoyed the introduction to Kitty and how she starts her journey to go around the world, this book eases you in, with Kitty whale watching. It also seems quite juvenile at times, as I see other reviewers have mentioned, with Kitty and Amanda, which I think did not work for the storyline.
For some reason, the author decided to base this book around the mystery of the Yukon Gold, and the infamous American Gold Rush. Kitty gets kidnapped by a group of brothers, who are on their own mission regarding the gold, but Kitty misses multiple opportunities to escape from them. She has a little voice in her head (the voice of reason), who reminds me a bit of Ana's Inner Goddess voice from the Fifty Shades books.
What really disturbed me about this book, was how quickly Kitty went from being an unwilling victim in a kidnapping, to best of friends with the brothers, even crying when they were due to separate. Something didn't ring true for me, and it dragged this whole section down. The lines became quite blurred, and I had to go back and re-read a couple of times, as I was shocked how quickly she turned - Stockholm Syndrome at its finest.
I enjoyed the Titanic book more, as there were more puzzles and clues scattered throughout, and got your brain working, particularly for youngsters, who want to see a strong female lead.
There's something that doesn't work quite well for these books - they're aimed at young adults, maybe slightly younger, but at the same time, I feel like the author slips up and forgets what age group is trying to target. So far, I feel like, from reading two books, Kitty has a man in every port, plus there's Charlie, who I still don't get. And Edward. Can't forget Edward.
I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this first book better, and I really don't think if I'd picked this up first, I would have continued with the series. I'm hoping the rest of the series will be good, and more up to the standards of the fourth book. And Kitty doesn't suffer from Stockholm Syndrome in any of the other books.
This book will have the most appeal to young teens and pre-teens, but all other age groups will also enjoy this fun adventure story.
Looking forward to reading the further adventures of our young heroine!
This is one of those books which you just have to read in one session (because one just doesn't seem to be able to stop reading).
Kitty Hawk, a young girl of seventeen who has an inquisitive mind, gets involved into a story about goldthieves and a mysterious curse