Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review by Irene: Blonde Eskimo by Kristen Hunt

Part Viking, part Eskimo, Neiva Ellis knew her family’s ancestral home, the island of Spirit, Alaska, held a secret. A mystery so sensitive everyone, including her beloved grandmother, was keeping it from her. When Neiva is sent to stay on the island while her parents tour Europe she sets out on a mission to uncover the truth, but she was not prepared for what laid ahead.

On the night of her seventeenth birthday, the Eskimo rite of passage, Neiva is mysteriously catapulted into another world full of mystical creatures, ancient traditions, and a masked stranger who awakens feelings deep within her heart. Along with her best friends Nate, Viv and Breezy, she uncovers the truth behind the town of Spirit and about her own heritage.

When an evil force threatens those closest to her, Neiva will stop at nothing to defend her family and friends. Eskimo traditions and legends become real as two worlds merge together to fight a force so ancient and evil it could destroy not only Spirit but the rest of humanity.

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Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

Blonde Eskimo is rich in knowledge about Eskimo's and their heritage. 
That being said I was like Neiva. It did my head in at times. I had to re-read some things just to get what her friends were telling her.

Neiva went to live with her Grandmother so she could learn about the secrets of Spirits, Alaska. Little did she know she was part of the secret. She went every summer so she knew some of the natives.

I did kind of have a hard time getting into the book. It picked up once Neiva was learning about Spirits and who she actually is. 

I had some laughs. There is teenage school drama. However they all ban together to help fight evil. 

The ending though......I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger. It did leave me with questions though. I can't wait to see if there is a book 2 and if so how long will we have to wait for it.

Kristen Hunt is an artist and writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is an avid fan of movies, graphic novels and Young Adult literature. Anything evolving fantasy and supernatural experiences captures her interests. As a young child Kristen visited her family in Nome, Alaska and learned of her Eskimo heritage. Her Grandmother, known as the blonde Eskimo because of her golden hair and blue eyes, told Kristen the many legends found throughout Alaska, such as the Ishegocks, totems, and much more. It was these stories that inspired Kristen to write her current novel.

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