Monday, April 7, 2014



Today’s post is on Blackwood by Gwenda Bond. It is a stand-alone novel. It is 325 pages long and is published by Strange Chemistry. The cover has Miranda, one of the main characters, in profile with a snake wrapped around her and on her face. The intended reader is young adult but I think adults can enjoy it too. The story is told from the main characters point of view third person close of Miranda and Phillips moving from chapter to chapter. There is no sex, no violence on camera and some language in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just a story for the tourists. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people right now, an unlikely pair of 17 year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The only thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Review- I love the Roanoke mystery and so I came to this book with very high expectations. I was not disappointed. Bond takes the oldest mystery in America and she gives it an interesting new twist. Miranda Blackwood is the child of a cursed family but she does not know that yet. Phillips Rawling just wants the voices to stop so he got himself sent to a private school hours from the island. But now something is coming back for both of them. It is a mystery with some supernatural elements. The writing is very solid, the characters are believable, and plot is fun. She takes real history and some real historic rumors to give a fun and strong novel. If you are a fan of the Roanoke mystery then you need to read this book. I cannot wait to read whatever Bond is going to write next which I have in my To-Be-Read pile and I think that I will be moving it up now.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.