Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Review of Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people 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 one thing they can’t dodge is each other.
Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.
Hmm...I can honestly say I have no opinion good or bad on this book. There were many interesting facets of this story, yet it was a little hard to follow along.
This book has history, mystery, ancient curses, ghostly voices inside one's head, alchemy and body jumping bad guys. As I said, interesting facets of a story. There was a lot going on and the story felt busy in a good way.
I wish the story wasn't so jumpy between Phillips and Miranda. It felt like a game of ping pong a little bit. I do like the idea of dual narration though.
If you like history, then this book is for you. The author worked very hard at using an old history lesson and twisting it into a modern day story. I found the premise interesting.
Okay folks, I think that is all I have to say about this book. It will be out 09/04/2012 if you want to venture a historical fantasy read.