Hello all :3! As you can see from the nifty banner above, I'm part of Hannah Clark's Uncovering Cobbogoth Blog Tour with Book Nerd Tours, and today I'll be sharing my thoughts on the novel.
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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?
*I received a PDF copy from Cedar Fort in exchange for an honest and fair review.*
Uncovering Cobbogoth is a tale of delightful creativity, an immersion into a world where myths—particularly Icelandic myths—aren't actually myths, but reality. Its potential is truly staggering.
If you aren't familiar with Celtic/Icelandic mythology (or uh...any mythology...sort of like me...), don't shy away from giving Uncovering Cobbogoth a chance; it's a neat story, and you might enjoy it more than you thought you would.
The beginning was a little bumpy. The pacing was a bit slower than I wanted it to be, the 'suspense' and 'mystery' were often more aggravating than intriguing, and some scenes were just plain confusing. In fact, one of the greatest challenges Uncovering Cobbogoth largely failed to overcome was that of 'extraneous sceneage'.
There were several scenes overrun with details that neared the entertainment level of uber boring and that had (seemingly) no significant connection to the plot. They could've been obliterated from the novel, and it would be just fine. Another thing I took issue with was the flashbacks.
The. Many. Flashbacks. -_-
As I hinted at above so eloquently, flashbacks were used too often for my taste. Worse, I felt that they weren't really worth reading half the time because they were extraneous and/or boring. When I first started getting into the novel I was interested in them—like maybe the first three or four. But I wasn't feeling it for the next ten or so.
By the time I reached the middle it got pretty good, though—the pacing evened out, the flashbacks dissipated almost entirely, and the plot was fairly gripping (if predictable in some parts if you were paying attention).
As for the characters, I generally enjoyed them and found them relateable. The one character I couldn't seem to get along with was, ironically, Norah. I really wanted to like this protagonist because she had so much to offer, but I ended up liking her potential character more than her actual character.
...Yeah, it was kind of weird...
I think the author tried to make some of Norah's quirks and abilities come out in a kind of literary slow blossom (though only somewhat effectively), so I don't want to spoil by giving them away—part of the fun is in figuring them out as time progresses, right?—but I will say that Norah was given a strange combination of traits that made her unusually fascinating, and there was so much potential. So much.
But I quickly discovered Norah was not going to be a character that I could connect with deeply. Or like. (And thus the gap between potential and reality widened.)
I'll be frank: characters who land themselves in stupid situations because the author seemingly needs a next step and it needs to be somewhat plausible? Not flattering. I find it difficult to relate to and/or respect a character that has a brain but struggles to use it too often. Norah does have moments of brilliance, but given how people describe her (gifted, bright/smart), I expected her to act more in accordance with such descriptions than she did.
Overall, Uncovering Cobbogoth is a fun read, even if a bit melodramatic on occasion. I loved the ideas and the imagination behind the creation of this world; it's brilliant. Honestly. Although I was expecting more out of this work because of its vast potential, I'm still happy to have read it—both as a reader and as a writer—and I recommend it to those who particularly enjoy tales with mythological origins/flair.
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.
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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.
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**Apologies to BNT and Hannah Clark for failing to have the correct tour banner at the time of the original post and for not putting up the giveaway on the original post!**