Apr 292014
 
Review: Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon GoldKitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) by Iain Reading
Published by Self published on Dec 1, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-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!

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I picked this story up because it was described as a cross between Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking. It’s so much more than that though. This is an utterly delightful adventure that features a lot of beautiful BC and Alaskan landscape.

Marketed as a YA adventure story, I feel this is a bit closer to a NA story, strictly due to Kitty’s age. She’s just finished high school and is setting out on her own for an adventure for the summer. This is a bit older than standard YA character ages. There is little to no romance and is a very clean story, so I can see the appeal to YA readers, I just wonder about Kitty’s age.

I did find the prologue a bit off-putting, as it doesn’t fully relate to the story. Kitty starts the book in a precarious position, but the story itself is all about her first summer adventure in her plane. She doesn’t actually reach the situation from the prologue in this book, which I found a bit odd. I assume she gets there later in the series, but I’d have loved to see more relevance to the actual story.

That being said, the adventure Kitty undertook was amazing. The storytelling is very easy to read while still being very descriptive. I felt like I was soaring above the whales with Kitty, and it was exhilarating. Kitty finds herself in some crazy predicaments, and yet always manages to escape unharmed. She is very resourceful and does have quite a bit of good luck.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It was thoroughly entertaining, even if there was a serious case of Stockholm’s Syndrome, which I totally fell for too. I can’t wait to see what adventures Kitty gets up to next. I just hope they take place in gorgeous settings like this story.

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