Published by Self published on Apr 19, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations.
This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.
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.
After the first two books in the series took place in North America, Kitty is finally heading out on a true adventure beyond her home continent. Her first stop is Iceland, where she obviously runs into some trouble.
I was excited to see her heading to Iceland. I know very little about the country, so it was interesting to read all the historical and culture tidbits in the story. I did find that some of these educational pieces didn’t blend into the story as well though, and at times they seemed quite out of place.
Overlooking the obvious education, the story itself was quick and exciting. There is an environmental element to it, and quite a bit of Icelandic superstition woven into it, which made it a bit more fantasy-like than the previous books. I really liked this direction as the overall feel of the story seemed to absorb the local culture.
While Kitty and her insatiable curiousity remain the clear and lovable main character, I found the secondary characters in this book to be less noticeable than in previous books. Their development was less thorough, which was a bit disappointing. There certainly aren’t any characters that can stand up to the absent Charlie, that’s for sure.
Speaking of Charlie, I’m not impressed at his letter and action taken near the end of the book. No spoilers, but I’m not happy about it. Hopefully Kitty finds a way to either make it work, or finds a way around it. Either way, I’ll be looking forward to her next adventure. I just hope the educational information is a woven into the story a little smoother.