Welcome to the blog tour for Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark!
Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. 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 Uncovering Cobbogoth, the first book in a seven book series based on Clark's mythological brain-child, the Icelandic Legend of the Cobbogothians. Clark loves her family, running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, road-trips, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes trees have souls, but must clarify (for her parents' sakes) that she was not raised by hippies. ;-)
Norah Lukens has always been a bit strange. Her looks and photographic memory have set her apart from her peers, along with her intense love of physics. When her anxiety starts getting severe, her uncle sends her off to a special school. For her 18th birthday Norah is returning back home to Boston to celebrate with her uncle. The celebration is short lived though as her uncle is discovered dead in his home. Things go from bad to worse in a hurry, and Norah finds herself immersed in a world she thought was just myth. Everyone is after Norah, and she must find a way to survive by unlocking secrets very close to the mysterious beings known as the Cobbogoth. Everything will change for Norah...if she can survive.
This story starts out with adventure and doesn't let up until the end. Norah is not a normal girl by any means, and this is made even more apparent as the story progresses. She's smart, but she's also very lonely. I fell like even though Norah is "special," a lot of people can relate to her. She doesn't fit in with anyone, and this leads to a great deal of anxiety, even to the point where they are considering putting her in the hospital. Of course, any person who has read many book can probably see where this is going, although younger readers may not. It is interesting to watch her change though, and try to truly embrace who she is weaknesses and all. This allows her to discover her strengths along the way.
No story is complete without some romance, and this book gives it to us. Norah has always felt close to her friend James, but while she was at school he never communicated with her. Norah finds out the reason behind this, and I'd say James had a pretty good excuse. This was a good example of ways to add some angst to your romance without making it silly. It all made sense in the whole of the plot. This book was an enjoyable read. It took me a chapter or two to really settle in, but things started moving quickly and making more sense so that last few chapters really flew by. It's a very creative and interesting world to get drawn into, and the author is able to leave things open a bit while still taking care of the necessary storylines. Young and old will equally enjoy this book. It's full of fantasy and wonder with a little romance.
Book provided for review.
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