Uncovering Cobbogoth

Uncovering Cobbogoth

by Hannah L. Clark



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ISBN-13: 9781462114269
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hannah L. Clark was born and raised in central Utah. She has been creating stories since age four, when she used to record her favorite adventures on tape, “DJ Style,” so she wouldn’t forget them before learning her letters. In 2006 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Utah Valley University. Hannah currently lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Sam, in Pleasant Grove, Utah. If she were an elementalist, she would be a very green thumbed Wood Weaver. Find out more about the Cobbogoth series at: www.hannahlclark.com

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Uncovering Cobbogoth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm always in awe of an author who can spin a fantastic tale full of adventure, romance, and creative ideas. That's exactly what a reader gets with this one. Norah is unlucky. Born prematurely, she loses her parents while in the hospital. And now, right after her graduation, she finds out that her uncle is murdered. Who can she trust? Who can help her solve the mysteries surrounding his death and the mysterious fabled city of Cobbogoth? That's where her neighbor James comes in. He's a fire fighter, but has an "in" with the police department. He's a mystery, too, and it's hard for Norah to know if she can really trust him or not...but he's all she has left. Norah is a very intelligent and gifted young lady--she has a photographic memory and is really smart, especially in sciences and languages, which is why she's the perfect person to solve these mysteries. But don't underestimate James! As with most books that set up a new world, there are a lot of parts that are very informative and move away from the story in order to set up the background, characters, and plot. I know it's important for the story, but I wish there could have been a little less info and more action. Content no language; moderate, PG-13 type violence (deaths, murders, etc); mild romance. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
Uncovering Cobbogoth blended mythology and fantasy into an exciting roller coaster ride! Have you ever wondered what happened to “lost” civilizations? Did the Atlantians truly just disappear or did they go into hiding, never revealing their true identities? There are many theories and myths surrounding civilizations that have disappeared. In Uncovering Cobbogoth Hannah Clark explores the lost city of Cobbogoth and it’s inhabitants, the Cobbogothians (entirely made up, of course, but she does an amazing job of making it all seem so real!). Norah Lukens was raised by her Uncle Jack; her parents were killed just days after her birth in a fire that swept through their home. Uncle Jack is married to his work as a renowned archaeologist and myth-hunter. Norah has grown up on a steady diet of stories about Cobbogoth. She’s led a rather reclusive life and isn’t what you would consider a “normal” kid at all. She has a photographic memory and her uncle uses this to both his and her advantage; teaching her multiple languages (including dead ones), allowing her to explore her love of physics, and even teaching her his own language that he uses to encode all his research. As far as I know, there are only two people in the entire world who can translate this journal. One of them is dead now,” I said “And the other?” Narson asked. “Is me.” Upon returning to Boston after a year away at school, she finds her uncle has been murdered and the only person she has left to turn to is James. He has been her only friend, the one boy capable of breaking her heart. There is some wonderful world building in this book. The Cobbogothians use stones for everything; they can even create portals with them! I was entranced and eager to see what new uses Norah would learn about next. The characters are very well thought out and I can’t wait to see how she continues to build them as the series goes on (warning, I have read that there will be a total of seven books in this series). Norah is highly intelligent and sometimes it seems that her intelligence gets in the way of good sense, but you also have to consider that she is just shy of 18 years old. Her reactions were somewhat predictable, but by the end of the book we were starting to see a different side to her. I can’t wait to see how her character is fleshed out through the series. James, her only friend and long-time crush, is one of those characters that you love and then you can’t decide if he’s the good guy or the bad guy. He is all Norah has left, but he’s keeping secrets. Will those secrets be the end of their relationship? Uncle Jack, while not a living character in this book, is presented in a way that makes you root for him, and in turn, root for Norah to continue on with what he started. I almost felt at times that he was an active participant in the book, even though he really wasn’t. I love mythology and the mystery that always surrounds it. Are the myths really just stories that were made up to explain things that otherwise had no other explanation or is there some factual basis to them? Uncle Jack seemed to think there were facts hidden away in the myth of Cobbogoth. There are points where the plot becomes predictable, but the author always make a great recovery by throwing something in the mix you didn’t expect. I’m excited about this series. There’s a little bit of everything in this book; supernatural creatures one could never imagine existing, lost civilizations, myths and mythology, mystery, and a little bit of romance. I have high hopes for the rest of the series and can’t wait to see what is in the second book!
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
After months away at boarding school, Norah is returning home to her uncle, the only family she has. This is not an easy homecoming though, because of the strain between her and her best friend, James, but even that awkwardness pales when Norah and James find the police at her home. Why would anyone want to kill an archaeologist? Could his government work have something to do with it? And why is the police detective so eager to have her translate a journal written in a secret code without having an official cryptographer look at it? These are only a few of the questions that arise and it soon becomes very obvious that much more is at stake than just identifying a murderer. Uncle Jack has always been involved with proving the reality of myths and legends and, this time, he may have gone too far. Unfortunately, Norah and James find themselves at the center of a fable gone rather mad. Fantastical creatures that are both awe-inspiring and frightening, loss of memory, powers that Norah never dreamed she had, a crystal city in the caves of Iceland, secrets that have lasted for millenia, all converge to turn this girl’s life topsy-turvy while she’s on the run from the law and from what may or may not be gods and demons…or perhaps they’re all just hallucinations. Uncovering Cobbogoth is an intriguing blend of mystery and fantasy with a heavy dose of mythology and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of particular appeal to me is that the focal point of these myths is Iceland, a country few authors choose as a setting, yet these are not your usual Norse legends. Ms. Clark’s real strength lies in her worldbuilding, down to the details of certain stones and the personalities of the characters both mortal and immortal, and I could envision everything that was happening in Norah’s quest to find the truth. She herself is almost larger than life and I connected with her and with James on several levels. The pacing of the story is a little slow in the beginning but picks up before too long and, near the end, is close to breakneck. There’s a sort of cliffhanger that isn’t *quite* a cliffhanger as you might expect and the author could easily have a choice facing her; a sequel would fit very nicely but it would also be possible to have the tale end here. After rummaging around on Ms. Clark’s blog, I’m happy to say that she refers to the Cobbogoth series and mentions working on the second book, so I think we’ll be seeing more of Norah. This reader is very happy about that ;-)
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS This is a fantasy adventure. Most of the story takes place in Boston. Their is another world of Cobbogoth that is very detailed. As they reveal little by little about it. and their race of people and talents that are more. There is lots of drama, action, betrayal, romance, sacrifice, and a whole new world. It is a clean YA story. The characters are revealed little by little. You are never sure who to trust. Or who is on the right side of a major battle of good and destruction. Norah Lukens is the main character. She has been away to school for her senior year. Her life has changed and is trying to figure out what is going on. She wakes up on a bus with no memory of leaving school. Her hair is a mess, a strange bracelet is on her wrist. When she gets home she finds her Uncle murdered. James is a firefighter. He lives down the street from Norah and her Uncle. Last year they got close while is gram was dying. He has not called or written Norah since his gram died. He brings Norah to stay with him after her Uncle's murder. There are a lot of characters, and myths told in this book. There are so many secrets that are revealed a little at a time. I don't want to ruin the secrets. Norah has to face a lot of her fears, as she tries to figure out what is going on. She agrees to help finish her Uncle's work even though it will be dangerous. The pace of the book is fast and action packed. I did not want to put the book down till I had too. The description of Cobbogoth sounds really special, beautiful. Lots of details to make it seem real. It is a place I would like to see. This is the first book of a planned 7 book series. I will want to read the next book for sure. I was given this ebook to read and agreed to give honest review and be part of its book blog tour.
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
Can we all please take a moment and appreciate this gorgeous cover?  (stands in awed silence) This is one of those books just gets better and better as you read along. Kind of like the snowball effect...the momentum just keeps on building and building and BOOM! You hit the climax and you're like "mind=blown." (do I even need to explain this GIF?) If you like plot twists and/or seemingly unconnected pieces of information provided early on in the book that later "click" together, then you've hit the jackpot with Uncovering Cobbogoth! The book was pretty interesting from the beginning, but it wasn't hang-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of suspense. Like I wouldn't feel terrible if I needed to stop reading at any given point (you know I love a book when I tell myself "I'll start my homework after this chapter" and then promptly ignore what I just said.) But by the time I was 70% into the book, I was tearing through the pages. Okay, just for a good measure....I'm going to repeat myself: There are a LOT of plot twists but they are all totally believable! And when everything comes together at the end of the novel....it was like a light bulb had lit up in my head :-) oh yea duh (ohhhh---now-I-get-it! moment) At first, I wasn't too keen on Norah's character. She had just suffered many tragedies and I felt that she spent a lot of her time crying (okay okay! I know her uncle just died--call me cold hearted if you will :-P) But as the plot progresses, Norah learns to find her inner strength--especially in the last chapter. The plot of the novel is sooo unique! You're dealing with metaphysics and an "elevated" race of beings and all sort of magic/science combos. But the author conveys the ideas to the readers very clearly. Stones (namely, gems) play a huge role in the book. For some reason, I found this aspect of the novel to be very intriguing. Instead of using wands/spells/potions/whatever-stuff-you-normally-associate-with-magic to perform "magic", Cobbogothians (the "elevated" race) used stones. For example, a bloodstone could help heal a wound, obsidian can help restore breath, another type of stone could make the wearer invisible and so forth. My only major quip was that in one (rather long) chapter, there was quite a bit of info dumping. Basically the whole chapter is a conversation between Norah and a Cobbogothian in which Norah learns about the Cobbogothian world and history. It wasn't tedious to read, but it was a lot to take in at once. I would've preferred it if the info had been a bit more dispersed. Okay, so ending on a happy note! I found many quotable quotes that I adore in Uncovering Cobbogoth. I listed some of my favorites below: "Like the moon without her planet, I was falling, and there was no one left to anchor me." Can we please just revel in the beauty of the word choice used in this one sentence? "That night, I saw a piece of myself reflecting back at me--a beautiful piece I'd never known existed but had always longed for. It was the real me--the complete me." I love this sentence as it marks Norah's transition from a naive person to one who knows her place in the world. "You can't really be courageous without fear, [child], for courage is when you act in spite of fear...and I believe you'll find that you're braver than you know." Such beautiful words! *sobs* "[If] I've learned anything in my life, it's that the smallest things tend to make the biggest difference where right and wrong are concerned." Wise words....Important life lesson here
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read the next book. Did I enjoy this book: If there’s one thing I like more than a book about a fake, ancient civilization, it’s a book about a fake, ancient civilization that loves rocks.  And, friends, if there’s one thing I like even MORE than a book about a fake, ancient, rock-loving civilization, it’s a book about a fake, ancient, rock-loving civilization that secretly still exists.  Oh yeah, this book is cool (and, I know I’m snarky, but I’m being serious right now.  I like this book). I’ll spout my usual “the author needs to work on her grammar and the book could use a few more rounds of editing” line (because, as is so often the case, it’s true), but really my only issues were 1: the distracting artwork stamped into the text, and 2: the just-a-bit-too-happy-ending.  I’m anxious to read the second book in the series not because I want to know more about the Cobbogothians’ rocky ways (though I do), but because I want to see if Clark can expand Norah’s character without, well, without the thing that everyone thought was going to happen happening.  So often tragedy shapes one’s character – I hope Clark finds a way to keep Norah from going stale. Would I recommend it: Yeah, it’s cool.  Rocks are cool. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
I was pulled in from the first page. The mystery and suspense is there from the very first paragraph and doesn't end until that one hell of a cliffhanger. With such a suspenseful undertone, I never really got bored throughout the novel. I was always wondering what was gonna happen next, who killed her Uncle Jack, and how they're ever going to stop the evil from spreading.  The main character, Norah, was very endearing. She was determined, curious, intelligent, and someone who only wanted to figure out who killed her beloved uncle. But instead, she gets pulled into a mystery that starts unraveling from the moment she reads his journal. It's a mystery that sends her on a path to unlocking thousands of years of secrets. And she has the help of James, her long-time crush and next door neighbor. Now, James was a great character! I thought he was very protective but not overbearing. He was sweet yet wasn't afraid to speak his mind and stand his ground. But he's also keeping secrets from Norah. Secrets that are unbelievable yet totally easy to guess. And it just made him even more interesting. I thought the romance between them was sweetly done. These two have been friends for a long time, but now they're finding out that they want more than that. Add in secrets, winged creatures, and a murderer on the loose, and you have one explosive and sometimes rocky relationship. I liked that it wasn't overdone or underdeveloped for the length of this story and for their transition from friends-to-lovers.  I guess I'd say that the only thing I really disliked about this book was that the pacing was slow. It took me longer to finish it than most books do at this length. I found my interest straying even though the suspense never ended. The mystery, though, was wonderfully done and was unraveled in a good timeframe. And I also found Norah to be a little naive surrounding certain elements of the story. Certain secrets that were quite easy to figure out. Overall, I thought this was a great first book in a new series about a myth becoming real and a people who were found after being lost to history.