Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the first in a series about Kitty, a teenage pilot living in Canada who is determined to travel the world. She wants to follow in her idol Amelia Earhart’s footsteps (but without dying at the end, obviously), and her first stop is in Alaska. Kitty is spending the summer flying her plane over the waters of Alaska and documenting the habits and movements of the whales that populate them. But when Kitty spots something strange in the background of one of her whale photographs, she stumbles across a mystery that has its roots in the gold rush of the 1800s.
One of the most fun things about this book is Kitty’s relationship with the criminals she comes across. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoilers, but let’s just say that once Kitty decides to investigate, she falls in with the funniest group of criminals I’ve read in a while. Although it may come across as a bit unrealistic, I enjoyed it.
This book also does a good job with teaching the history of the gold rush, without making it too dry and boring. There are a few info dumps, but they’re presented as stories the characters tell to Kitty, which keeps them from becoming overly intrusive.
While I really enjoyed this book while I was reading it, I did forget most of the details as soon as I put it down. I can’t remember any of the characters’ names (except Kitty, and her name is on the cover!), or the details of the mystery. The book was also told as a flashback from an event that took place in the first chapter, but the story never circles around to that event at the end (a pet peeve of mine). I would definitely be interested in reading the next book in the series because of the travel and historical aspects, but I won’t be expecting a hugely unforgettable story.
Rating: Good but Forgettable