2012 · 4 stars · book tour · fantasy · ya

book tour; cobbogoth (review)

Title: Cobbogoth
Author: Hannah L. Clark
Pub. Date: December, 2011
Summary: To seventeen-year-old Norah Lukens, the Cobbogothians were just a myth. But after her archeologist uncle’s brutal murder, and being asked to translate one of his old research journals for evidence, she begins a journey to discover the truth for herself.

Chasing the myth her uncle was obsessed with, Norah learns that his murder was a cover up for something far more sinister. If she hopes to save others from suffering the same fate he did—including the peculiarly magnetic James Riley—she must head to Iceland in order to find out the truth once and for all.

If she succeeds, she’ll gain the one thing she’s always longed for.

But if she fails, not even the gods can help her.
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Ohhh, my gosh. I seriously was not expecting to like this book half as much as I did! I was expecting a mediocre – at best – novel and wound up being thoroughly blown away.

“You’re a Cobbogothian,” I reminded myself. “Crazy is completely possible with you guys.”

Cobbogoth expertly weaves Icelandic mythology with the present day and blurs the line between what’s real and what isn’t.

For 17-year old Norah, life hasn’t exactly been a walk in the park. Just a few days after her birth, her parents were killed in a house-fire. Since then, she’s lived with self-professed Myth Hunter uncle, a professor at Harvard. Upon arriving home for the summer, Norah’s world is turned upside-down when she discovers her Uncle Jack has been brutally murdered. …in much the same way as her parents.

As a lover of puzzles and codes, Jack taught Norah languages from an early age and it was her ability to read his journals that led to her involvement with the case. However, she quickly finds herself the prime suspect and is soon not only on the run, but also immersed in unearthing an ancient secret.

I’m a HUGE fan of mythology and while Cobbogoth could easily be seen as a retelling, it’s the author’s own creation and that. is. awesome. During my reading I actually took to Google in the hopes of finding out more about the myths, only to discover they’re Hannah’s own doing. Well played, Ms. Clark. The Cobbogothian legends and history are all so beautifully and wonderfully written that they truly feel like real myths.

One of my favorite aspects of the book had nothing to do with the writing. The artwork in Cobbogoth is so lovely. I’m an absolute sucker for decorative pages and Cobbogoth has some of the best I’ve seen.

The only issue I had with the story was that I wish I would have gotten to know the characters better. Especially James. There was so much going on – there wasn’t a single moment where I was bored! – but I would have liked to see the time taken for the characters to be fleshed out a bit more. Cobbogoth is the first book in a seven-book series, however, so I’m hoping there will be lots we’ll learn about the characters!

When it comes down to it, guys, Cobbogoth is the real deal. Definitely add this one to your lists. You won’t regret it!

Unfortunately, wordpress doesn’t like rafflecopter, but there’s a giveaway & FIVE lucky winners will receive a copy of Cobbogoth!! Click here to enter!


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