Friday, August 11, 2017

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading Excerpt + Giveaway


Today I am sharing with you, an excerpt and a giveaway for the book Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold! I personally think that this book sounds like it would be super fun, but alas, I am woefully behind on my reading and don't have the time! But if you think this book sounds good as well, read on for your chance to win a copy for yourself!


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading
Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: November 30th, 2012
Pages: 336

About the Book


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. 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. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers 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.

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. 

There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5).

“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”

For more information, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Check out the book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxboPL0ge3Q


About the Author

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.amazon.com/Iain-Reading/e/B00B0NGI6Q/

Readers can connect with Iain on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


Excerpt

Chapter Two

Some Postcards And A Good Meal
It was a Thursday in June when "the letter" arrived. I had just walked in the front door after getting home from school and saw it there, propped up on the pottery vase in the center of our wooden kitchen table. A simple white envelope addressed to me with a return address that read Alex Tilley, Tilley Endurables, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It was the response to my letter asking for money for my crazy summer project to go to Alaska to study humpback whales. I knew it was a crazy idea, but I had tortured myself over that letter for days. Writing and rewriting it. Discarding drafts and starting over time after time. I was convinced that I sounded too desperate, and of course I was, but crazy idea or not, studying the whales was something I wanted to do more than anything. But the question was, why would some company that had no idea who I was just send me some money? Who was I, after all? I wasn't some world-famous animal researcher or something. I was just a teenager.
I walked over to the table and looked at the envelope for a moment. I was scared to pick it up. And when I finally got up the courage to do so, my heart sank down into my already heavy stomach. The letter was awfully thin. That was a bad sign.
"Oh well," the little voice inside my head told me. "It was worth a try. You knew that it was a long shot."

With a resigned sigh I tore the envelope open and pulled the letter out. With another sigh I read, my eyes darting from line to line.
My summer adventure was on.
My crazy idea wasn't so crazy after all.
Maybe I convinced them that I wasn't just a kid. Maybe it was my carefully thought-out research plans that I attached to the letter that convinced them that I was worth supporting. Maybe it was the clever diagrams and photographs of the ingenious camera mounts I had designed to mount on the outside of my floatplane that would allow me to extensively document the activities of the whales as I flew above them. Or maybe it was that I had clearly thought of every possible way to minimize the cost of the entire expedition— by arranging to stay with Skeena's relatives in Juneau and eliminating the expense of room and board, by begging and borrowing all the photographic and technical equipment that I needed, and by saving up for my own share of the cost by working part-time over the winter and picking up extra money working odd jobs whenever possible.
Or maybe it was just that I was a kid, after all. And they simply felt sorry for me.
Whatever it was, it must have worked because the thin envelope contained a brief but encouraging letter from Alex Tilley, a gift certificate from the Tilley online store (in case I needed "any additional outfitting for my expedition"), and a check! I couldn't believe it! A check covering all of my additional expenses plus "a little extra for some postcards and a good meal," Alex Tilley had written.
The ecstatic scream that I let out upon seeing that check sent the crows flying off in all directions from the fir trees surrounding my house. Exploding out of the back door, I ran and ran and ran, screaming all the while and waving the check over my head like a prized trophy. I was halfway down the beach to the ocean before it occurred to me how easily a gust of wind could tear the check from my hands and send me on a fruitless chase down the endless beach trying to recapture my prize. I shuddered at the thought of writing back to Tilley to ask for a replacement check. They would definitely realize then that I was just some stupid kid, and they would call the whole thing off.
Safely tucking the precious slip of paper into my zippered jacket pocket, I continued my crazed run down the beach, waving my arms madly and doing a little end-zone celebration dance at the edge of the water, like a football player who'd just scored a touchdown.
Somewhere behind me a dog barked, and I looked up to see our neighbor, old Mrs. McCready and her ancient yellow Labrador, Wilson, walking past.
"Hi, Mrs. McCready," I called out to her, blushing and waving sheepishly. "I'm going to Alaska."
"I never doubted it, Ms Hawk," she replied, looking at me over the lenses of her half glasses. Some of the money I'd saved up to pay for my expedition came from doing various cleaning jobs around the McCready property, just up the beach from our house. "I hope that doesn't mean you're too rich to come over this week and clear the branches from the roof and yard," she said in her endearing, stern, old-lady kind of way.
"No, Mrs. McCready," I replied. She gave me a nod and continued down the beach with Wilson walking stiffly at her heels.
For a while I just stood there, closing my eyes and turning my face to bask in the warm June sunshine and feel the cool breeze racing in off the Pacific Ocean. Without even thinking about it, the pilot inside me instinctually gauged the direction and speed of the wind, making mental adjustments as though I were preparing for takeoff.
But in a way I was preparing to take off, wasn't I? I was going to Alaska.
An Adventure Beyond Words
The next few weeks were a complete blur. Somehow I managed to organize all my equipment and provisions, finalize flight plans, buy new clothes, arrange my accommodations in Alaska, reassure my mother that I was going to be fine (this took a little bit of help from Dad, of course), pack and load everything aboard my floatplane, and of course write a heartfelt thank-you letter to Alex Tilley.
Oh right, and somewhere in there I also found the time to write my school exams and somehow graduate from high school. I have no idea how I did it, but before I knew it, I was sitting in the cockpit of my trusty De Havilland Beaver out on the waters of Clayquot Sound, about to push the throttle forward to bring the engine to life and head for Alaska.

"This is it," I said to myself. "This is where my adventure begins.”


Giveaway

This giveaway is for your choice of a paperback or Kindle copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold.

It is open to international entries.

Please note that the prize is provided by the author/publicist and if you win, I will share your information with them.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Queens of Innis Lear


The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 544

Summary (from Goodreads): 

A KINGDOM AT RISK, A CROWN DIVIDED, A FAMILY DRENCHED IN BLOOD

Tessa Gratton's debut epic adult fantasy, Queens of Innis Lear, brings to life a world that hums with ancient magic, and characters as ruthless as the tides.

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king's three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm's only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

This book sounds a lot like Three Dark Crowns to me (which I have yet to read, but NEED to) and I am rather excited. The cover is pretty rad and it just sounds fun!!

What books are you looking forward to this week?

Monday, August 7, 2017

DNF Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Rating: DNF @ 32%
Source: NOVL's Beach Reads Box
Format: Physical ARC
Pages: 400

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

The Hearts We Sold is about a girl named Dee who trades her heart away to a demon for 2 years in exchange for the money she needs to keep going to her boarding school and avoid going back home to her parents. I got the idea that her dad was probably pretty abusive and her mom just drinks to cope with it. So when her scholarship gets cut off, she gets desperate and makes a deal with a demon.

Let me just start by saying that I don't really think that this was a bad book. There wasn't anything seriously wrong with it for me to DNF it. I just thought it was really boring.

I read about 130 pages, I think. It's not like things weren't happening, a girl traded away her heart to a demon and is now a member of a group of 3 other heartless teens who blow up voids full of something that threatens a demon. I mean, things are kind of happening. But I was just bored.

I think my problem with this book might have been that I don't necessarily like the writing? It just FEELS boring to me. I don't know, I just know that I really don't care enough what happens in this book to go on reading it.

This was kind of a pointless little DNF review, but I just wanted to give a little insight as to my reasons for DNFing and also have something to post while I'm gone this week!!

Have you read The Hearts We Sold? What did you think of it?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 2017 Wrap Up

Books Read:

          

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Shadow by Colleen Oakes

Favorite of the Month: Song of the Current

Least Favorite of the Month: Shadow

I actually liked all the books I read so far, but if I had to choose, I would say Shadow.

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Book Haul:

I don't think I've gotten any books this month so far. I am working on saving up money to go to Indiana so I haven't bought any.

I did borrow Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco from Mariam, though!

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In My Corner of the Blogosphere:

I talked about Owain Glyndwr in my A Glimpse Back in Time post featuring The Raven Boys!
I posted my review of Now I Rise by Kiersten White.
I signed up for #TheReadingQuest!

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What's New With Me?

July hasn't been a super eventful month for me. I went on a spending ban to save money for my road trip to Indiana that's coming up soon. It kind of worked and also kind of didn't. I didn't buy any books. The only super frivolous thing I bought was a new purse, but even that wasn't too bad. It was on sale.

Basically the worst things were the fact that as soon as I said NO SPENDING, I got busier at work than expected so ended up buying myself lunch more often than I wanted to because I'm too lazy to pack one.

And also ended up having to take two of my kitties to the vet for abscesses. One of them I had to take twice because he needed an additional antibiotic shot. So that was like $80 bucks.

Let's see... I caught up on Grey's Anatomy. I started watching Sailor Moon. I haven't watched it since I was in like middle school when I watched it on Cartoon Network. I didn't think that the fluffy American version would be so different than the actual show is supposed to be. But it was actually quite a bit different. There are three episodes that I remember well and one of them that I remember REALLY well and it is SO different. Obvioulsy the Real Version is better.

The only difference that I noticed that makes me sad is that the transformation music is different. When I think about Sailor Moon from when I was a kid, one of the things I think about the most is the transformation music. It's a lot prettier sounding, whereas the music in the Real Version sounds more badass and possibly more fitting.

Also, the end of season one made me die a little inside. And so far season two hasn't brought me back to life yet.

That's really about all that is new in my life right now.

How did July go for you? Have you watched Sailor Moon? Are you so ready for season 14 of Grey's Anatomy? I AM!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up!


I am super excited to participate in #TheReadingQuest Readathon hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight! She seriously comes up with the absolute coolest readathon ideas.

You start by choosing your character class.


I chose the Knight's path because that was the path the was easiest to insert my ARC August TBR into.


These are the books I tentatively have chosen for each prompt as of right now:

THE FIRST BOOK OF A SERIES: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

A BOOK WITH A VERB IN ITS TITLE: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

A BOOK WITH A WEAPON ON ITS COVER: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

A BOOK WITH A RED COVER: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

A BOOK THAT HAS A TV/MOVIE ADAPTATION: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Hopefully future movie adaptations count)

Side Quests:

POTIONS: Violent Ends

MULTIPLAYER: ???

GRIND: ???

TIME WARP: Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

OPEN WORLD: Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

RESPAWN: ???

EXPANSION: Beyond the Night by Alexandra Bracken

MINIGAME: Liam's Story by Alexandra Bracken

ANIMAL COMPANION: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Thanks to CW of Read, Think, Ponder for the artwork for this quest!

I did a pretty good job of incorporating all of my ARC August books into this challenge. I have a few that I couldn't figure out how to put in. The only one that I really wanted to include was The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. I guess I'll just read that one before this challenge starts!

Are you going to be participating in #TheReadingQuest??? It will be lots of fun!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The November Girl by Lydia Kang

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...


The November Girl by Lydia Kang
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: November 7th, 2017
Pages: Not Specified on Goodreads

Summary (from Goodreads):

I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there's no one here but me. And now him.

Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I'm half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can't protect him from the storms coming for us.

I just was scrolling through my to-read shelf on Goodreads and stumbled across this one. I don't really remember adding it, but it sounds really good and the cover is super pretty!

What books are you looking forward to this week?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Purchase
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 380

Summary (from Goodreads):

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

I have seen a lot of recent discussion on Twitter surrounding this book. These discussions gave me certain expectations about what I was going to be getting in this book and I have to say, those discussions don't really do this book justice at all.

I absolutely adored When Dimple Met Rishi. It was adorable. It was fun. I am always super nervous going into a fluffier sounding contemporary novel because, as I always seem to mention in these reviews, they are not generally my favorite. Maybe my reading tastes are changing??

So, this book is about Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel. Their parents have arranged for them to meet as a possible marriage match. Rishi, who is super traditional, is excited at the possibility of meeting the woman his parents picked out to be his possible future wife.

Dimple, on the other hand, doesn't actually know about this match. She wants to focus more on her career and becoming a web developer. She doesn't want to have to worry about getting married and having children yet. So, she is super excited when her parents let her attend a summer program for aspiring coders. She doesn't know that she is going to be meeting Rishi.

One of the expectations that I had about this book was that the romance wasn't going to be super smooth. Rishi wants to be arranged, Dimple absolutely does not. I didn't think that they were actually going to end up becoming such fast friends and start falling for each other so easily. Or rather, I didn't expect it from Dimple.

That was definitely not a bad thing though. I absolutely loved watching their relationship unfold. I did expect a bit more pushback from Dimple just because she was so vehemently against this, but she blames her parents for this whole fiasco, not Rishi.

The other major expectation that I had going in was that I was absolutely not going to like Dimple, at least not right away. The internet made her out to be so awful, saying she's unlikable and abusive. I was not expecting to love her from the get go. But I did. She's really focused on her dream of becoming a web developer and changing lives with her app idea for Insomnia Con. She knows what she wants out of life and she doesn't believe that she can have it if she falls for Rishi.

I was under the impression that she was going to be mean to Rishi, but I don't really find that to be the case at all. I felt like she understood that the situation that they found themselves in was not his doing and that she made every effort to be his friend and be nice to him.

I always knew that I was going to love Rishi. He's SO sweet and thoughtful and caring... Basically he is just every good and pure thing in this world. He really wants this thing with Dimple to work out and he makes every possible effort. I loved it.

And to address the rumor that Dimple is abusive. I think that's crap. She punches Rishi in the ribs on a few occasions. But it's not like she's beating him. She does it once every now and then. I don't remember exactly what any of the situations were where she did it, but still. The first time she does it, he said it hurt, but I felt like she clearly made an effort to not do it so hard in the future.

If she were repeatedly hitting him over and over and doing it hard with the intention to hurt him, yes, Dimple would be abusive. But she's not doing it that way.

And if that makes her abusive then I think that a lot of teenage girls in this world are "abusive". Pretty sure that if punching someone in the arm like Dimple does in this book makes a person abusive, then I am abusive because I give my BF a good punch in the shoulder every now and then. But he deserves it when he tells me things like "Thanks, I like your mustache" after I tell him I like his haircut.

And people rating this book low because of Dimple dumping her iced coffee on Rishi is ridiculous. Because that was absolutely a decent reaction to the situation that Dimple found herself in. Rishi doesn't necessarily deserve that, but he expected her to know about him and she didn't. I, too, would dump my coffee on a stranger that came up to me talking about how I was his future wife.

The only thing that Dimple did in this book that I personally found to be cringe-worthy was going through Rishi's sketchbook without his consent. That's probably the only discussion that I have seen on Twitter that I agree with. That was a bad move on her part, but it does get dealt with in the book.

Overall, I LOVED this book. I wish there would have been a glossary/pronunciation key in the back for some things, but other than that, I can't complain. I will be (not so) patiently waiting for the companion, When Ashish Met Sweetie, to come out.

Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi? Have you read any of the discussions surrounding this book? What are your thoughts?