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Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1)

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

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: December 3, 2012

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 262

Source: Author

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!

3 out of 5 stars


Challenges Completed:

2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • A book with a subtitle
  • A book with career advice
  • A book with pictures

Huge thank you to Iain for sending me his book to read! Like I always say, being able to connect with authors is my favorite part about blogging.

Kitty Hawk is just a normal teenage girl, except she loves flying her plane instead of driving a car. She loves being able to take adventures and travel where she wants, so she decides to follow another passion of hers and learn more about her favorite animal: the humpback whale. She decides to fly to Alaska to stay with her best friend’s family and research whales in the ocean and in inlets while flying her plane. Her adventurous summer of whale watching turns into a crazy adventure with gold smugglers after she finds herself in a sticky situation with some brothers and a cooler full of gold.

Starting off, this book was pretty slow for me. I didn’t really understand why she was going to watch whales and the title was about gold, so right away my interest wasn’t peaked. I would have enjoyed this book much more if she would have gotten involved with the Yukon Gold earlier in the story. It took half the book to even be introduced to the characters she would soon become friends with. After she had met the guys and had started the real adventure, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The second half of this book held my attention, and I’m excited to read the next book of this series.

Kitty was a cool main character to read about, and I liked the relationships she had with the brothers. I wanted her and Charlie to be a thing, so I can hope in the books to come. It’s my prediction that Charlie will insist upon going around the world with her, but all I can do is hope ;). Although it took me quite a long time to read this book, I am excited to read the series. I love adventure books, and don’t get a lot of them in my everyday reading life!

Thank you Iain Reading!

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4)

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)

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Lady Midnight Release!


THE RELEASE IS TOMORROW! I have been waiting for this for so long, and I am so excited to start this book tomorrow!! Now, I am going to try and finish Lady Midnight before the 13th because that’s when I get to go and meet Cassandra Clare at her signing. I would love to have it done by then, and I think I’m going to try and make a short video about the trip as well. You guys. I am so fricking excited. I totally get that ARCs are cool and all, but there really isn’t anything better than starting a book on the actual release date. This is a super short post, but I just wanted to tell/remind people that it does come out tomorrow, so order it on your e-readers or stop into a bookstore and pick up a copy!

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Excitement


Do you ever just get randomly super fangirly and giddy because of your excitement for something? Oh my gosh me too! Same. I get so excited for the most random things in my life, but here are just a few of the most exciting things happening in my life soon(ish).

  1. I have a show choir competition on Saturday (I’m in combo. I play tenor sax.)
    We leave at 4:30 a.m. We get back at 2:00 a.m. Well, it’s going to be a long day, but it will be a ton of fun.
  2. I have a dance audition for a special dance for recital on Sunday.
    We are only having 14 people this year… AHH!
  3. I have an audition for a dance scholarship for a summer intensive that I go to on the 20th!
    I have been going to this dance camp for 3 or 4 summers now, and last year I got $300 off my tuition for it. Crossing my fingers it will be the same, or more this time around!
  4. My boyfriend and I will have been dating for 2 years on the 26th!
    That’s a really long time, but it doesn’t feel like that long, but it also feels like we’ve been together forever. Yay for us! Thanks for putting up with me, Mark, if you’re reading this ;)
  5. LADY MIDNIGHT. I REPEAT. Lady Midnight is coming out in March!
    That is so soon oh my gosh more Cassandra Clare. Mm.
  6. I get to go to my first prom on May 7th!
    I have been asked before, but I wanted to go with my boyfriend for my first prom, and this is the year! I can’t wait to get dressed up and go to grand march!
  7. I get to go to Italy this summer!!!
    I’ve never been out of the country, and I get to go across an ocean the first time I do. My gosh I’m so fricking excited for this.
  8. I’ve been blogging every other day for this whole year so far.
    *pats self on back* This is a huge accomplishment for me, because I was really inconsistent previously. I either posted everyday for a week, or once a month… Very happy I’m keeping up with this!

These are just some of the things I’m excited for that are coming up! What do you get excited about?

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Review: The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #1-4) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson


The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles #1-4) – Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

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Title: The Bane Chronicles

Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

Release Date: November 11, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 528

Source: Book Store

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.


 

What Really Happened in Peru (The Bane Chronicles #1)

3 out of 5 stars

This novella is the first installment in The Bane Chronicles, and it wasn’t amazing. I’m actually surprised that I didn’t love it, but there wasn’t really a plot to it. I get that it is only 50 pages, but there wasn’t really a point to them even being in Peru. I still love Magnus, and am excited to read more about him throughout this book. Oh my gosh I hope that he’s in Lady Midnight (WHICH COMES OUT IN A MONTH). Anyway, I still don’t know what really happened in Peru, so…

 

The Runaway Queen (The Bane Chronicles #2)

4 out of 5 stars

Magnus is in Paris in 1791 and he has to help Marie Antoinette escape from France. Magnus is hired by Axel von Fersen to Glamour the queen and her family in order for them to escape. This was a lot better than the first novella by far. There was actually a story, but I don’t think that the stories so far have been extremely beneficial to The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices yet. I’m not saying that they’re bad, but they’ve not been helpful to understanding anything from the series yet. I am assuming that they will because Cassandra Clare is really good at weaving information into her series. I think that these are just harder for me to relate to because I’m most used to seeing Magnus with Alec in today’s time, not two hundred years ago. My favorite part so far is that it says that Magnus loves dark hair and blue eyes… Alec has both of those traits…

 

Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3)

5 out of 5 stars

They keep getting better and better! I really enjoyed this one, mostly because it is is London. And London is my thing. Anyway, this novella talked more about Magnus, but let us in on how he had a relationship with Camille. Camille is one of my favorite villains, but she’s not really even a villain. Camille just happens to have some tricky things up her ancient sleeves. I loved getting to meet Will’s dad. The Herondales will forever have a place in my heart; that family is my favorite. There was a reference to the hatred of ducks, which made me really happy, and we got to see a tiny little scene with Charlotte as a toddler. Oh my gosh it was so cute. I really loved this novella. I am glad that I got a little bit of information from pre Infernal Devices, and hope to get more about Alec and Magnus because Malec is my favorite ship.

 

The Midnight Heir (The Bane Chronicles #4)

5 out of 5 stars

I love Will and I love Tessa, and I’m so glad that I got to see the way they developed from the end of The Infernal Devices. James Herondale is troubled, and it’s kind of ironic as to why he’s troubled. He is getting attacked by love, where his father was saved by love. There were so many happy squealy moments to this novella (honestly, ask my family). There was another duck reference, and I loved seeing things from a new perspective. In The Infernal Devices you didn’t really see anything from Magnus’ point of view, you only saw from the Institute residents. I think that this will be the novella I will just read over and over whenever I’m feeling left out of the Shadowhunter world. I literally cannot even express how much I love the Herondales. So much love for that family.

 

Series:

The Rise of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #5)

Saving Raphael Santiago (The Bane Chronicles #6)

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7)

What To Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (The Bane Chronicles #8)

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9)

The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles #10)

The Voicemail of Magnus Bane (The Bane Chronicles #11)

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Just Reflect


As one of my first non-bookish posts in a while, I just wanted to talk about life, so here I go.

Take a few moments to yourself. Close your eyes, and think. Let your mind wander. Where does yours go to?

My mind immediately goes to two things. England/Europe, and dancing.

I have been a dancer since I was 5 years old, and have always loved it. I hope to pursue a future in dancing, and can’t wait to see what my future holds for me.

I have wanted to travel to Europe since early middle school when my cousins (second, maybe third cousins) came from Manchester to visit my nana, grandpa, and aunts. I heard their accents and immediately knew I had to go there some day.

Just think about it; your mind probably wandered to beautiful and exciting things. We have everything we want and need right near us, but we don’t appreciate it enough. I have a wonderful family, a great dance studio, nice things, a handsome boyfriend, and I haven’t taken a step back in a while to be thankful for everything. I love the way my life is right now, even if my curfew is a little too early, and I’m always a little too sore. I love my life, and I’m sure almost all of you do too.

I’m not saying you’ve not had hard times in your life, everyone has, but it’s nice to look at your life from an outside perspective. I want every single one of you to take a few moments out of your day to appreciate the things around you and say thank you to your parents, and significant others, and siblings, and friends. Even if they think you’re super weird for texting them a simple thank you, I guarantee you that almost all of them will have a better day afterwards.

Live life to the fullest. Don’t be scared of the unknown. Dance until you can’t move anymore. Travel until you’re completely broke. Have fun and be spontaneous.

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Review: Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld


Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

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Title: Uglies (Uglies #1)

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 425

Source: Friend

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…

4 out of 5 stars


This book was completely different than I thought it was going to be. I don’t really ever know what books are about before I read them, so it was really cool to jump into this one blindly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, but I just have never gotten around to reading it until now. My friend loaned me this book because she enjoyed it when she read it a few years ago, and I’m glad that I read this.

It took me quite a while to get into this book; I’ve not read a dystopian in quite a while, so the world building was hard to get used to at first. I really enjoyed this book despite some of my annoyances with it. The world building was really awesome throughout the book, and it felt like I was right there with the characters.

The main thing that I had a problem with was fricking Tally not telling the Smokies the reason that she came there in the first place. The only way that she would have gotten them to trust her for real was if she told them the truth. Huh, weird right? SHE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE TIME TO TELL THEM. wth. Why did you wait that long? David, the love interest, would have trusted you and not been backstabbed if you would have told him right away. And for real, she could have just gotten rid of the necklace. I completely saw what was coming before she did it. Ugh; typical YA.

I am really excited to read the rest of this series! I will definitely be purchasing a box set of this series in the near future. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next books!

UPON THE RE-READ:

I really enjoyed this the second time. I’m still leaving this as a 4/5 stars just because it wasn’t amazing, but it was fun to read. I listened to this on audiobook this time around, and it was a really nice book to listen to while driving home from college. I like Tally even though she was a little annoying. I stand by my statement of being annoyed that she waited to the last possible second to give them away. Ugh.

I don’t understand why she didn’t just put the fricking necklace by the river by the flowers or just leave it somewhere. Literally no one would have found them if she just put it somewhere BEFORE getting into the Smoke, or putting it somewhere outside of the Smoke after she decided to not be a horrible person and give everyone away. But it’s whatever.

Series:

Pretties (Uglies #2)

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Review: The Mine (Northwest Passage #1) – John A. Heldt


The Mine (Northwest Passage #1) – John A. Heldt

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Title: The Mine

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: December 6, 2013

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 291

Source: Publisher

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.


5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Joel Smith, the college senior, is about to graduate but decides to explore a little bit on a small trip with his best friend. Joel winds up in an abandoned mine in Montana with a flashlight and curiosity. He followed the mine shaft until he sees glowing blue stones in the wall. His immediate reaction shows his love of geology, but he’s startled by a rattle snake close behind him. He drops his flashlight and runs as quickly as he can out of the mine. On his way out, something odd happens. The college boy runs and hits his head on a low ceiling, and when he wakes up, he’s in 1941. Joel walks out of the mine completely clueless, and sees that his best friend isn’t there, so he starts walking towards town. On his trek toward the nearest inhabited land, Joel gets picked up by a man in a nice, new, old car. When Joel gets into the car he asks what year it is, and gets the answer he fears. He went back in time 59 years, and doesn’t know how to get back to his time. He doesn’t have any cash with him, and has no idea what to do. He ends up going to his hometown, and sleeping on a bench outside a bar. One night he sees his future best friend getting beaten up by guys their age asking for money. Tom, the boy getting beat up, gets help from Joel, and soon takes the future-naut into his home. Tom and Joel become the best of friends, and Tom introduces Joel to his group of friends. Tom talks about his girlfriend and mentions some of her friends; Joel ends up falling for a girl named Grace. Does Tom ever get back his time period? Does falling in love with a girl from 45 years before his birth ruin anything?

OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The concept was great, and I loved the setting and the characters. I can’t believe that it took me this long to actually read this book. Huge huge thank you to John for sending me this book. I loved it so much. The romance was adorable. The friendship was perfect. I really don’t have any complaints about this book at all. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series, because it ended on an amazing cliffhanger; I will definitely be picking up the rest of these books in 2016. This was the perfect time travel book, because he wasn’t looking to specifically time travel, and made the best decision in the end. He wasn’t selfish, and he acted very maturely. He fell in love and lived his few months in the 1940s with his best friends. I loved this book. I highly HIGHLY recommend this to everyone.

Characters:

Joel was witty, sarcastic, and loving. He was perfectly flawed. He knew where he needed to learn more about the people around him, and about himself. Joel knew the right thing to say, and when to say it. Tom was a wonderful best friend to Joel, and went through rough times, but understood why he had to. Grace (even if I am a little biased to the name… one of my favorites of all time) was beautiful, and tender. She was delicate, but still understood how the world worked.

These were some of my favorite characters. I loved the feeling I got while reading this book; the writing was beautiful. Again, I thank the Lord that he created people who know how to create stories.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Grace; she was gorgeous, smart, and sensitive. Grace loved books, I love books. It’s meant to be. She also got to spend the last few months she had with Joel creating memories to last a lifetime. I love Joel, and she loves Joel. Again… we’re basically the same ;)

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