written by Hannah L. Clark
published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Cedar Fort. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: If there’s one thing I like more than a book about a fake, ancient civilization, it’s a book about a fake, ancient civilization that loves rocks. And, friends, if there’s one thing I like even MORE than a book about a fake, ancient, rock-loving civilization, it’s a book about a fake, ancient, rock-loving civilization that secretly still exists. Oh yeah, this book is cool (and, I know I’m snarky, but I’m being serious right now. I like this book).
I’ll spout my usual “the author needs to work on her grammar and the book could use a few more rounds of editing” line (because, as is so often the case, it’s true), but really my only issues were: (1) the distracting artwork stamped into the text, and (2) the just-a-bit-too-happy-ending. I’m anxious to read the second book in the series not because I want to know more about the Cobbogothians’ rocky ways (though I do), but because I want to see if Clark can expand Norah’s character without, well, without the thing that everyone thought was going to happen happening. So often tragedy shapes one’s character – I hope Clark finds a way to keep Norah from going stale.
Would I recommend it: Yeah, it’s cool. Rocks are cool.
About the book – from Goodreads: Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.
When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own
About the author: Hannah L. Clark lives with her kinzura and their kynd in Utah. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, and immediately began writing Cobbogoth.
Hannah loves running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, and growing things. Like Norah, she is slightly inclined to believe that trees have souls.