Waiting on Wednesday #7: Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
February 7th 2017, Swoon Reads
YA Contemporary
An unprepared understudy is forced to take the stage with her secret crush in this YA romantic comedy of errors.

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show. 

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
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CUTENESS OVERLOAD! Ever since my friend Becky from Book Nerd Addict told me about this book, I have been having trouble from keeping it out of my mind. I love fun, fluffy contemporary romances with a dash of second-hand embarrassment and this book promises it all. Eeeep! Give it to me, I needs it. ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #126

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Is it me or was last week the longest week ever? And I don't say it like a bad thing this time! I just feel that it was ages ago since I sat down to write last week's post. And then Thanksgiving! And Black Friday (that even I felt despite being in Mexico lol). It was a fun, long week for sure. ♥

Oh, and my sister & I went to see Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them last week too! We really liked the movie and we both agreed that our favorite character is Jacob, the muggle (no-maj? NOPE). He is the character that offered the wonder of discovering a new magical world, and closer to how we all felt when we first discovered it with Harry Potter. But Newt was also a fun character! ;) Aaaaah, and the Niffler!!!


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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Danielle L. Jensen was sweet enough to give me access to an early draft of The Broken Ones since I recently reread The Malediction Trilogy and it is SO GOOD. I am drowning in feels. If you haven't read The Malediction Trilogy then I seriously implore for you to do it before this one comes out. This series is AMAZING. And it has an amazing book boyfriend (who is MINE) and excellent supporting characters. For me, it is Fantasy at its best!
This prequel novel takes place before the events of Stolen Songbird, the first book in the original trilogy, and it's about one of my favorite secondary characters. This book must be read AFTER reading the Trilogy since it holds certain spoilers for the books. So yeah, make sure you read the Trilogy first!

{For review}


I grabbed this on Amazon when it was free because it looks so cool! Cover buy (free-buy?) for sure!
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To Read This Week:



I will be reading Roseblood by A.G. Howard this week! I have heard great things about this book and I hope I end up loving it. AND SO MUCH COVER LOVE. I definitely need this in print when it comes out!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)

#TheThanksUGive ~ I'm Thankful For My Bookish 2016


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your family, friends, and that you eat lots and lots of pumpkin pie! This year has been a tough one for everyone but there are certainly so many things to be thankful for and we should always try to remember them to keep our hearts strong and positive. Better things will come, you'll see! 

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Today I am participating in The Thanks U Give event hosted by Chasing Fairytales & Stay Bookish that is all about celebrating thanksgiving around the bookish community. I wasn't sure what I would write about for this post at first, but then I decided... why not talk about all the great things that I am thankful for my Bookish 2016? So off we go!

I am thankful for you, my dear friends & readers:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog whenever I post and for all your kind words. Your comments make me so happy and I wish I could give you all a hug, stuff you with cake and maybe some of your favorite cookies  too (courtesy of my sister of course since I am not that great at baking like her). Special thanks go to Jordan, Lis, Brittany, Jazmen, and Alex. My blog and I love you a lot! ♥

I am thankful for my friends on Twitter:

My days are not complete if I don't get to connect with amazing peeps like my best buddy reader, Jessica, or Sarah K from The Book Traveler, Helena & Becky from Book Nerd Addict, Theresa J. Snyder,  S. Usher Evans, Eileen from BookCatPin, Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads, Erika from The Nocturnal Fey, Sabrina from Library Luv Books, and many more! You seriously rock my world with your awesomeness and I hope we get to meet one day soon!

I am thankful for my friends & followers on Instagram:

My sister & I cannot say thank you enough for all of your support whenever we post a new photo. You guys have helped us grow so much in this wonderful community and we love how much your creativity inspires us. Everyone is so unique and we are happy to interact with every one of you every day. ♥

I am thankful for the best co-writer and partner in crime I could have ever hoped for:

I have been friends with Becky from Book Nerd Addict for some time (think that for 3+ years now?) but I think this year, 2016, is the year when we really became best friends. Your support and cheer is so amazing, I could not have asked for a better friend to write our first book together. You totally deserve all the cookies!

I am thankful for the opportunity to review and work for Kate Tilton and YA Books Central:

First to Kate Tilton (www.katetilton.com) for teaching me all the ropes and guiding me throughout my book blogging journey since the beginning, I will never get tired of saying that you ROCK. And to C.J. Redwine & YA Books Central, for believing that I was worthy of becoming part of the Staff Reviewing team.

I am thankful for my best author friend, Danielle L. Jensen:

Thank you for keeping my days magical and for writing my favorite series. Heck, for making so many of my bookish dreams come true. I truly am your biggest fan and I cannot wait to read more books from you in the future! 

And I am thankful for all the amazing books I read in 2016 & for almost 3 years of blogging:

2016 has been a great reading year for me. I have discovered so many amazing authors and I cannot wait to discover more next year. It is even more amazing to think that on January 6th, this blog will be turning 3 years old! I have no idea where the time went and I am so happy that I decided to click that publish button that day. I feel that I have grown so much after all these years and I am excited about what the future awaits us both. Hopefully many more happy book blogging years! ♥


What are some of the things that you are thankful for this bookish year? :)


Rimrider Blog Tour: Book Review + INTL Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop in the blog tour of Rimrider by L.A. Kelley! This is the first book in the Rimrider Adventures series and I had a blast discovering this YA Sci-Fi book, reason why I'm super excited to share with you all my thoughts about this book, a quick intro written by the author AND a great INTL giveaway you don't want to miss! Thanks so much for stopping by and I sure hope you enjoy today's post. ♥
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Rimrider 
by L.A. Kelley
(Rimrider Adventures #1)
Publication date: July 30th 2016
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Teenager Jane Benedict is awakened by her father and ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation. To evade the company's murderous clutches and uncover the meaning of her father’s last message, Jane leads Will on a desperate escape across the galaxy aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex. Tangled in the crew’s fight against UEC, Jane saves the life of young smuggler Maclan Sawyer and learns her father’s code identifies a secret cargo shipment that may spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race. 
Piracy, intrigue, romance, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the planet Rimrock. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose on the galactic rim or will death for high treason be her fate?

*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
Rimrider by L.A. Kelley turned out to be such a fun read! I am honestly not much of a sci-fi reader but this one got me hooked. I mean, how can you NOT like a book featuring Space Pirates?! 

What I liked:

Right from the start, I loved Rimrider's pace. The story moves incredibly fast but not too much to get readers confused. We quickly get introduced to amazing characters and experience the great outer space aboard the Solar Vortex, a Freetrader ship (a.k.a. space pirates!).

This is the first time I read a book about Space Pirates but I really think I hit the jackpot by reading this one first. Not only because the characters are amazing (they are and I will talk about them shortly) but also because I could relate to all the talk about smuggling, trading and cargo shipping. I mean, this is my area of expertise since I studied Foreign Trade and Customs, and I enjoyed coming across terms such as broken labels, taxes and duties. Also how even the freetraders have to abide by INCOTERMS--which are the terms used in a contract where you specify where the responsibility lies when shipping goods from a customer to a buyer. But worry not! Rimrider doesn't get too heavy on this type of stuff, this is just something that I particulary enjoyed and I could totally see myself working this way in Space, but not on behalf of the UEC because I am a Rimrider through and through! ;)

Anyway, the characters in this book are so much fun! I believe that's what happens when you stumble upon a spaceship of good space pirates. There isn't a single character that I did not like. Starting off with the MC, I loved how Jane was a girl of action, intent on helping whenever there was need, even risking her own life in the process. She also has a great relationship with her 12-year-old brother Will, who is also a bright, funny kid. I felt for their heartbreak since they become orphans pretty quickly in the beginning of the book, but I admired their determination to make a life for themselves. 

And I would seriously need pages and pages to talk about the rest of the characters, however, I will say that Mac (swoony love interest!), Doc, Captain Kwan, Adelyn, and the rest of the Solar Vortex crew (including the kids) are such a joy to be around and I cannot wait to read more about their antics. Oh, and I cannot forget Gem, the super smart and always hungry Leewit. ♥

One thing that I found particularly interesting was how this time around, Earth is not the chosen place to live. It is still habitable, but the people running Earth under the UEC are the wrong kind, so no one is attached to our planet anymore, instead they try to colonize other planets. This is such a sad thought because even though I would love to visit new planets--and if I had the chance to visit I would--I've always thought that I'd come back to Earth. I hate the thought of people having the power to drive you away from things you love. Sigh.

With that said, Rimrider has lots of room to explore! A new planet, different space stations, a new species, awesome space food, and so much more. I cannot even begin to imagine what's in store for the next installment!

What didn't do it for me:

There are definitely a lot more pros than cons for Rimrider, but I do have to say that I wish to have read more about Jane's and Will's parents. Why they died is of great importance to the story and yet I feel they did not get enough recognition for it. I also believe that neither Jane nor Will were given enough time to grieve over their deaths and I wished to have seen that part. I was heartbroken by it, and I know they were too, but they hardly showed it. I needed showing.

Additionally, there were a few times when some of the characters come off a bit immature, especially in the beginning, so I did worry for a second that perhaps I would not be the right audience for this book and that it would be a pain to read. Fortunately, it didn't come to that as the story progressed and I ended up loving the characters, but I can see how some readers might have trouble pushing through the first few pages.

Final Verdict:

All in all, Rimrider is a wonderful space pirate adventure that will appeal to many readers, even those who stray away from the sci-fi genre. It is action-packed with unique elements that will certainly entertain and have you wanting to catch the next trip into space aboard the Solar Vortex!
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*A Word From the Author*

One of the fun aspects of writing science fiction and fantasy is world building, especially if the setting is another planet. Space colonists will have to adapt to not only new climate conditions, but new sensory experiences as well; sights, sounds, smells, touch, and yes, taste. Embracing local (alien) cuisine is the first sign of adaptation in a space explorer. The strange starts to become familiar.

Knowing what’s for breakfast won’t advance the plot, but can give readers a real feel for a civilization’s priorities. There’s a big difference between people who care enough to grow fresh food in a hydroponics lab on a spaceship and those whose crew survives on prepackaged MREs. Inspiration for characters can come from people around you while inspiration for alien cuisine can be as simple as tweaking a few items from the kitchen panty. Make it sound tempting. Invite your readers to a seat at an imaginary table filled with foods not available on Earth. It’s all a part of building a believable world. 
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About L. A. Kelley

Best-selling Kindle author, L. A. Kelley lives in Florida where the heat and humidity have driven everyone slightly mad.  Every aspect of Mother Nature in Florida is evil and wants to kill you. The state has hurricanes, tornadoes, rip currents, floods, brush fires, and giant sinkholes that will drag you to hell without even time to pack a change of underwear. She considers it a favorable place to write fantasy/scifi adventures with humor, romance, and a touch of sass. Her favorite pastime is to call in Bigfoot sightings to the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are heartily sick of hearing from her.

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INTL GIVEAWAY!

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Book Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Title: Illuminae
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: YA Science Fiction / Dystopia
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: October 20th 2015
Page count: 600 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased


Book Summary:
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 5/5 stars

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I take it back ... I take back everything I had thought about the book after seeing the format it was written in.

At first I was super excited in reading Illuminae because everyone was talking about it and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I had little knowledge about its plot because I wanted to avoid spoilers at all cost; but then I looked at the format. My first reaction was: What?! Seriously. I prefer books with normal narrating. I struggled to get the hang of it and I had no idea what was going until I got past the first 50 pages. That was when it clicked for me. Just WOW.


What I liked:



Where should I begin?


The characters were magnificent. I truly enjoyed the way each character evolved during the book. There wasn't much information about them with the exception of the main characters; however, they felt so unbelievably real. The whole scenery was very well done. I thought that I was going to miss the narrating and that I would not get the whole picture clearly of the situation, but I was wrong. I felt right inside the story like it was me next to the characters. I got sucked into the story and felt everything.

It was a fast-paced book. Most of the books that I have read about science-fiction are full of technicalities which I am ashamed to admit that I don't all get and for that matter I am forced to have my server opened to look up some of the terms. Illuminae is not like that. I found it pretty easy to read  without me going to look terms up so that I could grasp the context. Also, while reading, it has some illustrations that just makes you honestly grasp the position in which the characters are all living in the moment. Boy, oh boy!

Finally, I want to say: Yikes! The plot is just so terrifying to even think about it. Why do sci-fi books always leave me like this? We are so small in a vast universe.


What didn't do it for me:



Mmmmm... I guess the only irritating part for me was getting used to the format, but I cannot complain for that now. I ended up loving it <3



Final Verdict:

To wrap it up, this book gave me so many emotions. I felt depressed, confused, trapped, nervous, anxious, relieved and it still managed to squeeze a bit of humor. It was great and I am off to buy Gemina as soon as possible. I must finish this series completely. Highly recommend it to all sci-fi book lovers out there. I loved it so much, we featured it in our bookstagram yesterday with the picture below. Happy reading, darlings <3



The Week's Entrée #125

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Even though I'm not from the US, I did get to live there and celebrate for three years in my childhood and several more occasions in the last few years that my family & I  cannot let it pass unnoticed. At least we have to have pumpkin pie in the house! 

So I hope you all have a wonderful week full of love with your family and other loved ones. Let's be thankful of the beautiful stuff that are in our lives, okay? ;)♥

In other news...

My sister & I went to a book fair in our city! It was kind of fun, not big though and we only ended up visiting the booths because the events were taking place much later in the afternoon. Maybe next year we'll hang around even more. Here's a photo of the front entrance because it's the only one that I like from the ones we took (lol).

 
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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Many thanks to Merit Press for sending me a finished copy of Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman! This book goes out on sale on December 2nd and it sounds like the type of read that will leave an impression. I truly cannot wait to read it!
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To Read This Week:



I'm half-way through The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova and so far it's so interesting! I seriously don't know how this author does it. She writes like mad and SO WELL. After I finish this one (and two other books I'm half-way through as well), I think I might open my copy of Teach Me to Forget. ♥
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)

YABC Book Review: Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas

Title: Rose & Thorn
Series: Ash & Bramble #2
Author: Sarah Prineas
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published:  October 18th, 2016
Page Count:  416 pages
Format: eARC
Source: From publisher via Edelweiss


Summary:
This beauty isn’t sleeping! Sarah Prineas’s darkly imaginative retelling breaks down the classic story of Sleeping Beauty in a big, bold way. Brimming with action and romance, beautiful Rose must escape the curse that will force the kingdom to fall into a century-long slumber and fights for the freedom to find her own happily ever after.

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with, curses that will have drastic consequences if they take effect. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Griff and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to this forced fairy tale. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the prescribed story they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty. If you like your fairy tales dark, your heroines daring, and your suitors dashing, this is the book for you.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

Rose & Thorn is a captivating retelling. It's dark, gritty, and gives a new spin to Sleeping Beauty where Rose doesn't need to be saved by Prince Charming nor wait for true love's kiss. 

What I liked:

I haven't had the pleasure of reading Ash & Bramble, the first book in the series, but it was no trouble at all to read Rose & Thorn since it works perfectly as a standalone. From beginning to end, I was enraptured by its story and enamored with the whole concept of Story (an actual force) being the bad guy. It was fascinating how each fairy tale is product of Story to gain power and control over all the lands, and yet its characters rebel to make their own stories.

I adored all the characters that take part in Rose's story and their spirits. From the shoemaker (who later on I learned was one of the main characters from the first book) to the highly energetic Quirk! I also liked how every character seemed to be connected somehow and no one was ever not important. 

Oh, but Griff stole my heart. Even though he's cold and unemotional thanks to his father's upbringing, his thoughts were the perfect window to his heart. That's why it's so great that the author allows us readers into his POV as well as Rose's. It wouldn't have been the same with just one.

And while Rose doesn't need saving from a Prince Charming, I did love her chemistry with Griff. Their relationship is sweet and innocent, and I loved how this time the lady is the one that takes the lead! Pretty darn cool if you ask me.

What didn't do it for me:

Although I highly enjoyed Rose's character since she's definitely more than just a beauty, I felt that it took a bit too long for her to grow some backbone. She eventually gets there, but it would have been nice to have her more strong-willed in some parts of the story. 

Another aspect that stopped me from fully enjoying the story was the big finale. We don't get to spend much time in the City at the end and I was strongly looking forward to it. It was a nice ending though, story-wise, yet there were a few questions left unanswered. Maybe they will be revealed in the next installment! 

Final Verdict:

Rose & Thorn is more than a fine addition to the world of fairy tale retellings. Readers will surely enjoy reading about this beauty that doesn't let herself be defined by her supposed "happily ever after"

Waiting on Wednesday #6: Geekerella by Ashley Poston


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:



Geekerella by Ashley Poston
March 7th 2017, Quirk Books
YA Contemporary
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
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This book sounds so adorable, I cannot wait to read it! I love contemporary retellings and this just sounds like that Hilary Duff's Cinderella movie (which I love!) but at a Con, so even cooler! I hope to fall with this Prince Carmindor/Darien too ♥♥♥♥♥ and get all the feels. I NEED CUTESY FEELS. Pretty please? :))))
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Book Review: Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Title: Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: MG Adventure
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: November 30th, 2012
Page count: 262 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From the publicist in exchange of an honest review


Book Summary:
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! 
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 4/5 stars

This is the second book I have read of Iain Reading and I must say that I love reading his books. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is such a perfect middle grade read. It is the kind of book that is considered fiction but it's full of information and true facts about certain topics. This book is the first of the series. While reading it, I was reminded a lot of Amelia Earhart and Pippi Longstocking and I'm thrilled to discover that I wasn't so far-off since the book summary above mentions that Iain Reading took those characters along with Nancy Drew for inspiration.

What I liked:
I really liked that this book combines make-believe with educational information. It makes it so much entertaining to learn about certain aspects of history, culture, geography, etc. This book really covers a lot of topics, even common judgment and what not to do. The characters were amusing and even though there were some aspects of Kitty Hawk that I didn't agree with her, I still thought she rocked and came through with her story. Also, I loved  the small storytellings within the book that were intriguing as well as spooky true.

What didn't do it for me:
For my liking, I thought that the story was a bit slow; however, it picked up after a few chapters.

Final Verdict:
I love it when a book manages to tell you a fiction story within facts, it makes it so fascinating and otherworldly. When I finished reading it, I did some background studying about the Yukon Gold Rush and ended up researching more than I intended to in the first place. It is just so freakishly engaging. 
I highly recommend this book. Even though it might take time at first to get hooked on the story, I encourage to keep reading, it gets better.
 Happy reading darlings ;)