Publisher: Strange Chemistry.
Release date: September 6th 2012.
Paperback, 350 pages.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Source: Received from publisher for review.
Reviewed by: Jen
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.
Blackwood, by Gwenda Bond was a book that I truly wanted to love. I have always been fascinated by the mystery of Roanoke and what happened to the 114 colonists who disappeared into thin air. The premise of Blackwood is quirky and original. It is a great story to modernize as it remains a mystery to this day and it has not been retold to death. Unfortunately, within the first chapter I had a sinking feeling that this book would fall short of my expectations.
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