Monday, February 10, 2014

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold

No.of pages : 306
Published on : December 2012
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency
Genre : Adventure

Short description via Goodreads

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.

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!

My review

Can a four year old fly a plane without mishandling the gear or breaking it? If you have no for an answer, then read Kitty Hawk. The main protagonist tells us in the form of flashbacks how her father taught her to fly at a very young age and her mother to surf. It is not just that.

This is a fiction story about Kitty, a teenager who leaves her home for Juneau, Alaska after she has been given approval for a grand scholarship to study about the Humpback whales. The place of stay she chooses is with her best friend Skeena’s uncle and aunt who also welcome her with open arms which makes her stumble when considering; they are meeting for the first time. 

Kitty has some memorable time with them which helps her start the summer expedition with utmost happiness. She meets a handsome young man there, Edward who kind of resembles Edward Cullen from Twilight series. 

Having read the book,  I felt she is definitely one of the most talented female protagonists I have read so far. She can be called highly adventurous which ends up in getting her being kidnapped by a gang of gold thieves.Ultimately, they take her with them and there is no way for her to escape while her families and her well wishers think she is dead. What happens now is rest of the story.

Kitty Hawk and the curse of the Yukon Gold is, technically, an outstanding read if you don't take into account the second half. The reason, it was boring. The author could have avoided all those dragging in the story which made me to skip reading some of the pages.It was an okay read on the whole.

Rating 3.5/5

Excerpts from the novel 

"Humans tend to only be concerned with what's best for themselves," my mother said as we made our way through the cathedral of cedar trees. "But everything in nature has to live in harmony with everything else. Nature lives and breathes in different ways that we humans do and everything in nature has an awareness of the surrounding universe that we human beings lost a long time ago."

"Sky, water, land," he said, holding his palm flat out, high, low, middle, as he spoke. "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."

Angry with myself for having these endless internal debates, I told myself harshly, "Studying journalism? What kind of stupid subject is that? Are there journalism degrees? There can't be, can there? Why would you want to do that with your life? Even he said he didn't know what he wanted to do with his life. What a loser! At least I know what I want to do with my life!

"It was a good plan. A perfect one, actually. The only problem with perfect plans is that they almost never turn out perfectly. And this one certainly didn't.

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Disclaimer The book was received in exchange for an honest review.