Kitty Hawk [the Curse of the Yukon Gold]

An unexpectedly engaging read that led me on an adventure one only dreams of as a child.

Title: Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold
Author: Iain Reading
★ ★ ★ ★

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.

*I received a free copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

My first thoughts when I received this book was that it was definitely suited for a much more younger audience. Looking at the cover and reading the synopses made me a little sceptical. But in fact once I got past a couple of chapters I found myself enthralled in Kitty Hawk’s little adventure. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to live a fun (and often frightful) adventure that is as imaginative as a kid with dreams as high as the stars. It was refreshing to be pulled into a story that’s main plot doesn’t revolve around falling in love.

There is a very good story to this book that gets more and more intriguing as you turn the page. I was constantly being fed new little bits of information that don’t seam that important until later when you encounter that moment where everything clicks into place in your mind. It is no doubt an adventure book but it also teaches you little things along the way.

I absolutely adored the characters in this. I mean Kitty is just — asdfgh! She flies her own plane!! What other teenager do you know that can fly a plane not to mind own one, fly it to Canada, use it to research whales AND fly it up a mountain while being held hostage   *<=spoiler*
I also really loved Charlie. There was just something about him that felt so real and I would definitely love him to be my brother. Also Will. I thought he was pretty cool.

Kitty Hawk is an adventure series that I really hope to finish. I enjoyed it very much and it was nice to read something different. After a while YA books can start to blend together. They become predictable. I like to step out of that genre now and again and experience new things. And Kitty proved a lovely choice.

★ ★ ★ ★

Happy Reading!!
Marian   ^_^


  • Anonymous July 25, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I saw The Fence Of Stars reviewed this a while back and she seemed to have a similar reaction as you (as in, it seemed like a book for eight year olds, but was surprisingly good). I'm definitely interested in a YA that doesn't focus on (often forced) romance. If I'm ever looking for a fun read I'll definitely consider this, thanks for the review.

  • Amy-Anne Williams July 31, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I've never read anything by Iain Reading, but this book looks okay. I like the idea of being able to fly a plane at my age and going to Canada 😛

    Little Moon Elephant

  • Marian July 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Ooh! She read it too?! … I must go see 🙂
    Yes, YA has become almost obsessed with romance. Characters seam to be unnecessarily "wedged" together instead of letting them develop and naturally lead their own journeys. If it's not natural then it's not meant to be!
    Oh you should definitely read it if you have the chance! ^_^

  • Marian July 31, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Yeah, I hadn't either. But trust me, it is better than it looks. Who would't love to fly a plane?! That would be absolutely amazing!! Thanks Amy ^_^


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