Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Title: Blackwood
Author: Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publish Date: September 4, 2012

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. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond is about the lost colony of Roanoke and what happens when present day inhabitants of the island go missing. It's told in the alternating perspectives of Miranda Blackwood, youngest member of the cursed Blackwood family, and Phillips Rawling, the police chief's son who has a dark secret of his own. With a storyline jam packed full of history's mysteries, fans of suspense are sure to enjoy Blackwood.

I enjoyed reading Blackwood. I found the writing to be reminiscent of L.J. Smith's books. Which is funny, because there is a lot of talk in Blackwood about The Vampire Diaries. Though it's the show, not the books, they're speaking of. It did make me giggle, though. In fact, there were quite a few pop culture references throughout Blackwood. Usually, that sort of thing is hit or miss for me. Sometimes too many references to movies or tv shows can kill the story for me. But in Blackwood, it just works. I found it really helped me connect with the characters.

Miranda is a tough heroine. She's faced with this title of traitor, thinks she's destined to help the evil trying to take over Roanoke Island, but she never once stops fighting. Phillips is a great character. I fell in love with him from the very first second he shows up in the novel, climbing back into his dorm room window after pulling a prank on the principal of his boarding school. Miranda calls him her hero, but the truth is they are equals in their quest to  save their home. I really enjoyed reading about both of their characters. Also, I adored Miranda's dog Sidekick. He's so cute!

Blackwood is a fantastic paranormal thriller that reminded me of the show The 4400 at times. It's suspenseful and will keep you mystified until the very end. I'd recommend it to fans of paranormal romance or anyone interested in reading one author's explanation of the unexplained occurrences that took place on Roanoke Island over four hundred years ago.

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