Book Review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Iceandic Intrigue
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: YA Mystery / Adventure
Published: April 19th 2013
Page count: 306 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From the author in exchange of an honest opinion

Book Summary:
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.

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

Loved it! This book was so much fun to read. I think this is my favorite Kitty Hawk book so far (that I've read) and that is saying something since I have enjoyed this series from the very beginning. This book takes place in the beautiful country of Iceland which I came to love while I was reading this book.

What I liked:

The characters found in this book were so interesting to read. Most of the new characters found in the Kitty Hawk series come and go throughout the story so they change constantly. However, I think this exactly why I find them so charming. We are constantly meeting new people and we get to engage them in conversations (through Kitty of course). For example, there is Konrad and his family who are pleasant people that Kitty gets to live while exploring Iceland and through them we really get the experience how it truly feels like to live in the country.

The facts! This book is so full of them. Iceland sounds like a magical place that I would love to visit some time in the future. They have volcanoes, underground geothermal sources, an interesting way to register their names, the food, their culture, the importance of literature, their magical believes, the place overall. It's wonderful.

The plot was engaging as well. It talks about the conservation of mother nature in Iceland and the mishaps that happen in order to accomplish them. This is of course a fictional book, but it was still fascinating to learn both sides of the good and evil on a subject that is so real. There was this character in particular that was passionate and devoted in protecting Iceland's natural territory which was admiring and slightly alarming because he used extreme methods to do so. All the same, I still believe that it was informative and so interesting to read.

There were a lot more aspects of this story that I enjoyed reading. Kitty's adventures get wilder and more compelling in each passing book. The little details are what make her travels great and this story is full of them; try learning about elves, trolls, vikings, among other things! However, there is one fact that stayed with me. There is this place called Hekla, that is known for its volcanic eruptions and that people call it "The Gateway to Hell" for being so active, hence where the expression "What the Heck" comes from. Cool, huh?!

What didn't do it for me:
I have no negative comments for this book!

Final Verdict:
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is such an amusing and enjoyable read. Kitty is an amazing main character and it is always fun to read and experience all of her travels through her eyes.

Happy reading! -- The Chef

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