Book Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1) 
by Iain Reading (Goodreads Author)

4 out of 5 stars

Kitty is a 19-year-old pilot on a summer mission to observe humpback whales in Juneau, Alaska, when she stumbles across the path of some gold thieves and is forced on a trek through the Alaskan wild as their captive.

Move over, Nancy Drew! I have a new favorite teen detective! This book ended up being so much more amazing than I ever expected, with an adventurous plot full of twists and turns, compelling and complex characters, and clever dialogue.
The plot really surprised me several times. I was gasping, and jumping up and down in my seat. I was giggling, and crying, and shaking my fists to the skies. I was completely swept away by the story!

I adore Kitty’s character! I love how she talks to herself, and she is sometimes awkward or silly. She is tough and smart, but also emotional and sensitive. She is a complex and relatable character, and at times, I felt like I WAS her. I was the girl in the story, savvy and capable and running headlong into danger, or nervous about a first date and checking my hair in the mirror. Kitty is so adorable and sweet and plucky!

I have such a fondness for the crazy brothers she tags along with on her adventures. Each brother has their own understated but powerful personality, and I was always puzzling through their story, eager to know more about them. I pretty much fell in love with each of them, especially Charlie.

It was the dialogue between these characters that really made me love them. It can be difficult to write natural dialogue that feels like actual people are talking, but so many times, I was drawn in by the brilliant and familiar conversations between characters that showed their closeness, their fatigue, their anxiety, their affection for each other, and a myriad of other aspects of their relationships and the essence of their characters.

I gained a whole new appreciation for the wonders and beauty of nature in the Yukon, Alaska, and surrounding coastline. Kitty travels through hundreds of miles of beautiful terrain, across dazzling seas, through pristine forests, and around lakes and rivers. The way she describes the clear air and the splendid Northern Lights made me feel like I was there, experiencing these natural wonders for myself. Talk about a fantastic setting! Every new place that Kitty went made me eager to see more and go further, deeper into the wilderness with her.

A big part of my enjoyment of the lovely setting was the exciting history of the Gold Rush and the mysteries of missing gold, sunken treasure, and the stories of old miners hiding their loot. The rich and terrifying history of the Gold Rush served as a backdrop for Kitty’s story, and the more she learned about the bizarre past of the land, the more I wanted to learn too. The writing masterfully paced the release of historical information so that it was seamlessly woven in with the action-packed plot.

I only have two complaints about this book. The print was really small, and I found myself squinting to read. And there are far too many chapters, and some chapter breaks are poorly placed within the story. Having 82 chapters is a bit too much, especially when most chapters are only 2-3 pages long. It broke up the pacing of the story at times. I would have preferred longer chapters, and a slightly larger print type.

However, I loved the writing style, and I appreciated the excellent story-telling. So many times, I completely forgot that I was reading, because I was completely immersed in the story.

I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! I am completely in love with Kitty Hawk!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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