Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

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Title: Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold   (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Author: Iain Reading

Published: November 30th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Adventure

Stars: 4      Content Rating: 2

Synopsis:

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.

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.

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!

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I’m wondering if I need to say more? Did you read this synopsis? Kitty Hawk grows up learning how to fly with her Dad, so she is pretty much born a pilot! She is the perfect combination of funny and smart with a big dose of curiosity. She is down to earth but still can see the magic our world has to offer. As soon as she turns 18, Kitty flies to Juneau, Alaska to stay with friends and study Humpback whales for the summer.  One of my favorite things about Kitty are the conversations she has with herself. I love it. This whole book is narrated by her and so you get to see her arguing with herself over the situations she finds herself in. I can so relate to this. I’m constantly talking to myself. Pretty much her smarter more sensible self is constantly telling her curious self to stay out of trouble and yet she find herself in the middle of a gold robbery!

As Kitty goes about her summer doing her whale research she finds something odd about a fishing boat. As she figures out one clue and the next and starts putting things together, her curiosity puts her on the biggest adventure of her life. She does amazing things and meets amazing people on her way. Another thing I loved about this book is the ” one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure” is very accurate. The author definitely did the research! I feel like I had a history lesson, only it was the best history lesson I have ever had because I felt like I was hearing these stories from friends and solving a mystery.

I have to say its hard to do a book for all ages. Typically I’m a YA reader. This book I would say is more a Middle Grade read, which is AMAZING because now I can recommend it to my nieces and nephews. What is really great though, is that I can literally recommend it to anyone. When finished it, the first thing I did was tell my Mom that she had to read this book. She loved Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking as kid. Adventures and mystery is her thing, and to have a fun heroine in the center of the story making it come to life is just icing on the cake! I simply can not wait to continue with Kitty Hawk’s next adventure!

Thanks for reading!

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PS- There are 5 books out in the series so far, and you can buy the books on Amazon. The kindle version is only $2.99 or free with kindle unlimited! —> Kitty Hawk #1

I need give a great big THANK YOU to Kelsey and the author, Iain Reading, for a copy in exchange for an honest review! I truly loved it!

 

 

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

Title: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Stars:                 Content Rating: 1

Synopsis:

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

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Hello fellow readers!! As always, thank you for following my blog. It really does mean so much to me. I started blogging because I had so many people asking me what I had read lately, and I thought, “I should just blog about what I read!” That being said, it has grown so much more than I would have thought and it makes me happy to share something I love with you all!
Now, the thing that makes my reads a 5 star rating instead of 4 stars is this: would I read it again? The answer is obviously YES! This series has 4 books. They are ALL out. I know that is a biggie for some of my readers. They don’t love the anticipation of waiting 5 years for the whole series to be released! Am I right? If I have the whole series I binge read it so fast! Which is fun, BUT, I also like it when I am forced to wait. It makes the next book so much more magical. Don’t get me wrong, it kills me, but I like having something to look forward to.
Okay, okay. On to this book! I have had it on my list FOREVER. Just like most books on any TBR list. They sit in my Amazon cart, or Goodreads list until I finally make time for them. Or in this case, a few friends that wanted to read it together. I am so happy I did! All the characters are interesting. They all have a role to play and it took me a minute to see how important each one is, and even now I am only at the tip of the iceberg.
Gansey is a complex character. He has everything he could possibly ever want, but after a near death experience and whisper of “Glendower” he is obsessed with it. With unlimited amounts of money he spares no expense.  Adam is not rich. He lives in a double wide with an abusive father and he is determined to make his way in the world. He works multiple jobs and goes to Aglionby on a partial scholarship. Ronan is… dark and dangerous. After his father’s death he becomes this brooding, mystery. I really can’t figure him out yet but I know that his part in the story is significant. He knows Latin like its not a dead language and finds a baby Raven he names Chainsaw. Noah is the quiet one with a past. A past that not even I saw coming. He cares for his friends and seems to be wiser than his years. These boys make up The Raven Boys. Blue is funny. I love her character. She comes from a family of physics but is not one herself. After her St. Marks eve encounter with Gansey, fate or destiny has made it clear she would be in their lives. Working together to find Glendower is an adventure that starts out as something fun, and then it gets real. Magic is real. The story no longer just a story. It’s alive and they all play a part in bringing it about. Really, I can not tell you how much I loved this book!
After the second chapter I had legit chills. I was hooked that fast. 2 chapters. I love it so much when I can get sucked in that fast. The story is intriguing the whole way through. The little bits and pieces that eventually come together, to create the best story ever. The twists were so unexpected and I loved them. I bought only the first book and now I have to wait for the next in the series to arrive. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! You better believe I am buying the rest of this series, and yes.. I will most likely devour them when they get here. Well done Maggie Stiefvater. Well done.
I hope you enjoyed my review! As always, happy reading!!
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B L A C K S O U L S by Nicole Castroman

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“For several moments they simply held each other, their connection strong and unshakeable.”

Title: Blacksouls

Author: Nicole Castroman

Published: April 11th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Adventure

Stars: 4          Content Rating: 0 -Clean

Synopsis: Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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“Not all treasure is silver and gold mate.” -Captain Jack Sparrow

I felt like this quote went with this story very well. This is a story about love. When I first read BLACKHEARTS and began reading knowing it was about Blackbeard, I was very surprised. I was expecting a fierce adventure story with lots of pirates. It was not. It was the prelude to how Blackbeard became the pirate. Who would ever choose to be a pirate? What must have happened in their lives, or what was their situation like to think piracy was the better option? Or maybe its the only option.

Blackhearts left us with Anne and Teach both sailing off to the Caribbean on two separate ships.  Anne with the hopes of finding her mothers family and Teach with the hopes of finding Anne. Just a few days out from Nassau the Deliverence was attacked by two ships and Teach was only able to save the ship and the men by taking over as Captain. Anne had met Coyle and Cara on board and became fast friends with the siblings. From their ship they saw the attack but the captain would not go out to offer aid. Once in Nassau, they found Coyle and Cara’s uncle, who owned a tavern. Alistair isn’t just a tavern owner. He is a very wealthy merchant and is against slavery. The governor is all for supporting the African Trading Company and wants Alistar’s ships for the venture. When Alistair makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with it, all sorts of bad things start to go down. You can’t trust anyone on an island where the ones in charge of justice are not honest and good men.

Teach finally makes it to Nassau only to be charged with mutiny and locked up with his men. Governor Webb makes a deal with Teach. Go after this pirate Easton, bring him back alive and then his men are free to go. If only Teach knew how corrupt Webb was. Teach finds Anne only to have to hide their relationship in fear that anyone he loves will be used against him. This whole book is full of plans that don’t go according to plan. All the officials are corrupt and the pirates.. well.. they are the good guys. Can Teach and Anne outrun Pelham and Webb, or will they stop them before more innocent lives are taken?

Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing to do the right thing.” – Easton

This book really took me on an adventure. The author has painted a pretty amazing story for Edward Drummond, aka Blackbeard. I love how she was able to create this story by taking all the research of what is known of Blackbeard and that time period and fill in the blanks. This romance version is really incredible. I can’t wait to read the next book. Will Teach and Anne ever get their happy ever after? How many oceans would you cross for love?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

 

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garbar

Published: January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Stars:  5    Content Rating: 3

Synopsis:    Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

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I am so excited to be in my new house!! Now that I am in, with most things put away I can get back to the important things… like reading! It has been a super busy and crazy month but now I am ready for things like cold weather and snuggling up inside to read all day. Bring on Winter and all the fun family filled holidays!

I have had this book on my list for a L O N G time. I see pictures of it all over Instagram and I thought it sounded intriguing. It never made it to my “I have to buy this book” list but when I was looking for a new book to listen to on Audibles and it popped up. I decided to give a go and now I can not wait for book 2. I will be buying both for my reading room. (yes.. the new house is going to have a reading room.. I am beyond excited!) This book was so good. The whole time I was trying to figure out what the end game is going to be. What is real? They say it is all a game, but how much if it is just a game? When the game is over… how did it change you? Who are players and who is actually playing? The plot was so good. It was magical and different. I loved how it kept me guessing. The sisterly bond is a fun twist to see. There is a little romance and then the ending left you wanting more. The sequel “Legendary” comes out next May and it is going to kill me to wait. I seem to like waiting. You would think I would learn to wait for the whole series to come out before I jump in but I haven’t. A part of me likes the wait. I think it’s because I enjoy having something to look forward to. If this is you, then READ THIS BOOK ASAP. You will love it. If you need to wait for the series to come out, I totally get it but you should definitely put this series on your TBR.

Thanks for reading!

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