Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading



Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations.

This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.
My Rating
My Review
The Kitty Hawk series as a whole continues to be a wonderful set of books that remain purely fun for the reader. I'm normally a big fan of the dark stuff, but it's also nice to have a lighthearted break where reading can be nothing short of enjoyable. For me, that's Kitty Hawk.
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue definitely earns it's name, as I found it to be incredibly intriguing. The first two books focused on areas within North America, so there was definitely a change in the setting. I'm not complaining, as I absolutely loved learning more about the culture in Iceland, and how Kitty's experience there differed from her experiences back west. It's like an entirely different world, which was very cool to read about.
In addition, some pretty great themes and topics are brought up in the novel. The majority of which revolve around the environment, but differences in belief and the possibility of something magical are also touched upon, which kept me reading.

Given that Kitty lands in a new place every time requires a lot of different characters to pop up in the series, but Reading continues to do an excellent job with them. Between an intelligent man who can make paper airplanes like nobody's business to an environmental extremist who is passionate borderline insane and everyone in between, there is no shortage of interesting people. (Even if Charlie is still my favorite.)
Although the first half of the novel was a little less exciting than usual, it really did build up to the second half which had a lot of excitement, action and adventure. I completely tore through that part in one sitting, not expecting some of the twists and turns that took place. The lack of thrill in the beginning was made up for by the heavy suspense and action at the end.
All in all, Reading did it again, giving another great adventure with our favorite teenage seaplane pilot. The reading experience was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see where Kitty ends up next.

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