Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: Mystery, Adventure
Published: 3 December 2012
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment of Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series. Kitty is leaving her home, Tofino during summer to study about Humpback Whales in Alaska. Little did she know that she is not just going to study the whales, but also discovering the stories about stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks and bone-chilling curses. What makes it more fun is that, Kitty enjoyed the adventures despite the dangers and the non-stop steps to go forward.
Thank you to Kelsey and Iain for providing me the review copy in exchange for an honest review!
Wherever we are in this world we are not alone. We are not the only creatures who find life in the sky and water and land. We are not the only creatures who need it. And we cannot just take and take and take. We have to give. And we have to respect.
First of all, I want to say that I learned so much from this book. This book is so good. Even though it’s fiction, it’s really educational. It is told in real place and everything is so meticulous. I love how the story introduced me about the local Indian Tribes: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. To be honest, I don’t know about this before. I mean, I’ve heard about Indian Tribes but not specifically. And I learn some native mythologies too from this book. Gosh, I love learning mythologies!
Let’s just say this book introduce me to some cultures I’ve never heard before. There are so many cultures in this world I still don’t know yet. Even in Asia, I still don’t know ALL the cultures here. It’s just too many.
I like how the writer created all the characters. I really feel like they are real with all the personalities. Kitty, the main character is brave and intelligent. It’s incredible that she can fly a seaplane and the writer really did a great job by telling the details of it. Not just ‘she then flies the plane to Alaska’. Nope, it is written very well. Every time the story brings me to the time she’s flying, I feel jealous because I want to experience that too. And somehow, I want to learn to fly a seaplane. But then, I know it’s impossible so I’m just gonna give that up. xD
For me, of all the characters, Charlie is the coolest one. He’s the boss who leads everything. But I’m gonna say I like Buck more because he’s the funniest one. He’s kind of dumb sometimes but he’s the one who brings the humor during the adventure. I like this kind of person.
In addition, there’s a bit of romance sparks but before it even get started, it already ends. But that doesn’t mean I hate it. I love the way the relationship between Kitty and Edward flows. It is so natural. The way the writer doesn’t forced Edward and Kitty amazed me. Even though I think Kitty is so dumb when she didn’t say anything, it just adds to the point why I say it is natural. Not just that, it feel so freaking real that moment when Kitty said about that smell in the restaurant. I thought the writer is going to be a cliche one but instead, he made the character being very honest. That.. was epic!
I know I said I like this book but the thing I don’t agree is when Kitty cried that time when the guys let her go. I still feel it’s somewhat ridiculous. I don’t hate the guys, though. Instead, I like how their relationship between kitty and them turn out. It’s just how their relationship begins that I don’t quite like. If it doesn’t begin like that, I would sure be happy about it. And that is the reason of why I don’t quite agree when Kitty said the guys don’t have a reason to feel guilty. In my opinion, they DO have many reasons to feel guilty. And also, I always feel like there’s something between Charlie and Kitty. It’s not obvious but I, somehow, just feel it.
My last point is going to be personal matter but I’m going to share it here anyway. This book is a good book. I’ve said that many times already, yes. In my opinion, this book is lacking in cover illustration. Everything is fine but the cover just doesn’t hyping up the good story this book have inside. For a person who always judging a book by its cover, *coughs* yes, that’s me *coughs* I wouldn’t pick this book up if I pass it in a bookstore. I wouldn’t, if I don’t read the synopsis but if I do, and the synopsis excites me, I would surely pick it up.
Anyhow, this book is convincing. Not just it is well-written, but the choice of words are brilliant. Bravo to the writer, you did a great job!
I will recommend this to everyone out there who enjoy uncovering mysteries, traveling by seaplanes and of course, adventure! You really need to give this book a chance.
p.s. I know the answer to why going somewhere took longer than it does when we return.
Have you read a book that relates to planes and seas? Did you like it?