Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #2)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: September 11, 2013

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 246

Source: Author

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

4 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain Reading for sending me a copy of this book and for the sweet message on the Amazon gift note!

Kitty Hawk, pilot of a seaplane, embarks on her journey around the world by first stopping in the Florida Keys. She flies down from Canada for her first leg of the trip, and finds herself on an island called Dry Tortugas in the Keys. She takes her plane there and sees a large building made of brick, a campsite, and the beautiful coral reef under the water.

Kitty camps at the campsite and makes some friends with fellow campers who happen to know a lot about shipwrecks from the Civil War era. Kitty falls asleep on a beach, and when she wakes up there are some curious things happening. She sees signaling with flashlights. And a boat out on the water in the pitch black. Hmm. Interesting. Kitty Hawk, being the detective she is, looks into these occurrences and find out some information that surprises her…

This book involves adventuring, sleuthing, snorkeling, and scary barracudas. I enjoyed this book because, like the first, there is adventure. This book had some Nancy Drew vibes which made my heart very happy as I will always love Miss Drew and her detective work. I flew through this book, and enjoyed it so much more than the first one. I loved that Kitty was on her own because it just showed the women can be independent. I think this set a good example for younger readers.

One of my favorite parts of this book was right at the beginning when she went to the Ernest Hemingway museum and was talking to James, the tour guide. It was nice seeing Kitty as a normal teenage girl. She was flirting with him, but she’s kind of awkward, but it was great. I love that she bought quite a few of Hemingway’s books. As a book lover myself, I love reading stories about people who also love books. Although I haven’t picked up any of the famous Hemingway works, I hope to now!

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Huge thank you to Iain, again!

Series:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4)

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #5)

Review: Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt


Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt

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Title: Mercer Street (American Journey #2)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: October 21, 2015

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 431

Source: Author

Weeks after her husband dies in the midst of an affair in 2016, Chicago writer Susan Peterson, 48, seeks solace on a California vacation with her mother Elizabeth and daughter Amanda. The novelist, however, finds more than she bargained for when she meets a professor who possesses the secret of time travel. Within days, the women travel to 1938 and Princeton, New Jersey. Elizabeth begins a friendship with her refugee parents and infant self, while Susan and Amanda fall for a widowed admiral and a German researcher with troubling ties. Filled with poignancy, heartbreak, and intrigue, MERCER STREET gives new meaning to courage, sacrifice, and commitment as it follows three strong-willed souls on the adventure of a lifetime.

3 out of 5


Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this book to read and review! I’m sorry it’s taken so long to review it, but I’ve been in a crazy part of my life lately.

So, this is the second book in the American Journey series. They are time travel novels surrounding the same professor and his ability to travel back in time. This second installment to the series was just as good as the first. September Sky was the first book, and Mercer Street had a whole different cast of characters making it a fun read.

Elizabeth, Susan, and Amanda are the main characters of this book, and they meet the Time Traveling Professor whilst on vacation in California. They find out some information about him, and then decide to travel back in time to 1938, the year Elizabeth was born. The trio travel back using a limestone cave and some magical crystals, and decide to take a roadtrip across the United States.

This is a map that I created on Google about their road trip. As you can see, they do a lot of back and forth around the country. Most of the story takes place in Princeton, New Jersey, where Elizabeth was born. Amanda and Susan go willingly back to this time period and make friends. Specifically male friends. Whom they fall in love with…. Hmm. Professor Bell had only a few rules, and one of them was to not bring back a living souvenir to 2016. Will they be able to follow this rule? Hmmmmmmm.

This book contains romance, time travel, road tripping, supposed German spies, friendly neighbors, and a charming author. Please help to support John and his writing endeavors by purchasing his books from the Kindle store on your Amazon device! You guys. This book is only $4.99.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to pick up the rest of the series. Again, huge thanks to John for sending me a copy!

Series:

September Sky (American Journey #1)

Indiana Belle (American Journey #3)

Class of ’59 (American Journey #4)

Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5)

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Review: Day 21 (The 100 #2) – Kass Morgan


Day 21 (The 100 #2) – Kass Morgan

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Title: Day 21 (The 100 #2)

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 320

Source: library

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and the other members from the first drop ship have been on Earth for three weeks now. Clarke knows about radiation poisoning and understands that some major symptoms start to show on day 21. This is why she’s so scared when her friends fall ill on this day. She has radiation poisoning pills in the medical kit, but knows they will kill them if it isn’t radiation that is making them sick.m She holds off giving them pills until more tell-tale signs of radiation poisoning start to surface. Meanwhile, Wells has captured an Earthling. A young girl named Sasha was found spying on their camp, so they’ve been holding her captive trying to get information out of her. Bellamy automatically freaks out yelling and wondering where his sister is, so naturally Sasha doesn’t talk to him. Bellamy leaves and Sasha talks to Clarke; they begin to see the other side of things. They learn more about Sasha and her people and begin to trust them until three others of the hundred die from mysterious arrows from the forest. Wells finds something very odd when the group finds one of their own hanging from a tree; her feet have a message carved in them and the handwriting looks familiar…

I loved this book just as much as the first one! I love the suspense; it keeps you engaged the whole time. You never know what is going to happen and it’s so great! I love that it’s so different from the TV show. I loved the show, but the books are much better. One of my favorite things is that it goes to flashbacks of all the characters; it’s really cool to learn some of their past. I cannot wait to read the next one! Unfortunately, MY LIBRARY DOESN’T HAVE IT. Okay, cool.

Characters:

Ooh. There is some romance in this book and oh man I have some strong Bellarke feels. Bellamy and Clarke are the perfect couple. Then there’s Wells and Sasha. So cute. I love that the romance didn’t take over the whole book, because… I mean… there are kids trying to survive on Earth. The most important part is that they’re actually on Earth, not how many times they kiss another person. I like that them being sent to Earth is still the main focus.

Who Would I Be?:

Still would be Clarke. I love her; I love Bellamy. I love them together. It’s just perfect. Sometimes her choices are a little dumb, but she always works them out. It’s also pretty cool that she gets to help people because she’s the doctor. I am looking forward to the third book in the trilogy because I know that there is going to be angst between the hundred and the adults. The hundred know how things work on Earth, but the adults are still adults… Can’t wait to see how much fighting occurs :)

Series:

The 100 (The 100 #1)

Homecoming (The 100 #3)

Rebellion (The 100 #4)

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