Jul 122014
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s GhostKitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) by Iain Reading
Published by Self published on Sept 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

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.

Oh, how I want to take a vacation in the sunny Florida Keys. Nevermind that my local weather is nice, this story conveys the beauty of the Keys so well that I want to experience it myself.

This book is a lot more laidback and not as dangerous feeling as the first, but the storytelling was just as amazing. Like the first book, I learned a lot about the history of the setting, without realizing it. I’m left with a sense of wonder about it, and the urge to know more. Luckily, the author was prepared for this, and there are a ton of suggested resources (mostly digital) at the end of the book.

Kitty is turning into one of my favourite characters. She’s strong and independent, and knows what she wants to do. She also has some realistic worries and self doubts, and knows when to ask for help. She’s amusing and smart, and a great companion for an adventure. She’s a very positive character and role model for YA readers looking for contemporary stories that don’t revolve around romance.

Overall, I loved this book as much as the first one, and can’t wait to see what Kitty gets up to next, now that her trip around the world is really getting started.

  One Response to “Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost”

  1. Thank you so much for this fabulous review. I totally agree with your assessment of Kitty Hawk as a character. Even as the writer of the book series I still find her to be a great companion for adventure and am thankful to be able to follow her along the way. Still more adventures to come, thankfully.

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