Tuesday, May 27, 2014

[Blog Tour Review] Uncovering Cobbogoth

Uncovering Cobbogoth (Cobbogoth, 1) by Hannah L. Clark, illustrated by Rebekah G. Shakespear, May 13, 2014. 288 pages. Published by Cedar Fort Publishing and Media. Source: blog tour.
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.
First Sentence:
Long ago, at the beginning of time, a peculiar race ruled the earth.

While I really enjoyed Uncovering Cobbogoth and the uniqueness of the plot, there were some things that I just didn't care for. So, even though there are some things that were not of interest to me, I'm sure that someone else would be delighted by what failed to completely please me.

When it comes to romance in books I am very, very picky. I don't enjoy seeing a romance overrun books when I'm expecting more of a focus on mystery solving or saving the world (sometimes, I like seeing both [solving and saving] in one book). So, while I, personally, thought the book spent too much time on the relationship between Norah and James, I was happy that their story did, in the end, play into the main plot of the book. Could the book have been better with less romance, yes.
    Although I would have liked to see less focus on the romantic angle, I do believe that most readers will really enjoy watching things play out between the two characters and seeing how their pasts have brought them together to save the Cobbogothians.

My thoughts on the writing are pretty simple. I enjoyed Hannah Clark's ability to weave an interesting story. Even though it was at times predictable, the overall story pulled me in because I wanted to know if my theories were right and whether or not Norah would discover what I knew.

With there being a couple things I disliked about Uncovering Cobbogoth, I'd like to now share what kept me vested in the outcome. I really enjoyed the story the author wove concerning the Cobbogoth's and the role that Norah would play in saving them. It was definitely an interesting concept and well thought out. As you've probably guessed, I enjoy books with either fictional or real histories, especially when they are written in a way that makes one want to know more about how it'll play into the book. And, I do think that Ms. Clark did a great job making me, the reader, want to know more about the Cobbogothians and their story. 

Even though I enjoyed most of  Uncovering Cobbogoth, like the writing and the story of the Cobbogothians, I wish there had been less of a focus of the relationship between Norah and James because it felt like the romance to primacy over solving the murder of Norah's uncle and saving the Cobbogothians. As you've probably recalled in many reviews, I am just not that into reading about swooning or blossoming relationships, especially when it starts to cloud that of the main plot. While I would have liked to see less flashbacks about how things changed between them and all the little clues Norah missed, in the end it did tie in quite well with the plot. I just would have been happier if a different mode had been used to tie the past and present lines of the story together.

Final Verdict: Uncovering Cobbogoth- Hannah Clark weaves an interesting tale that, even with it's faults, pulled me in.

Uncovering Cobbogoth earns

About the author:
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.

Hannah loves running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, and growing things. Like her heroine,
Norah, she is slightly inclined to believe that trees have souls.

To learn more about Hannah and the Cobbogoth series, visit www.cobbogoth.com.
You can haunt Hannah Clark at-

About the Illustrator:
Rebekah G. Shakespear lives with her husband and two sons in Texas. She received a double degree in Graphic-Web and Print Design from Henry Ford Community College in Michigan.
Bekah loves being a mom, photography, illustrating, refinishing furniture, organizing and being related to the author, for whom she has held a long abiding love and admiration for since before Hannah was even born.  
This book was received in exchange for an honest review 

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