Book Review: Blackwood

Book Review: BlackwoodBlackwood by Gwenda Bond
Published by Strange Chemistry on September 4th 2012
Pages: 352

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.

I was excited to read my first Strange Chemistry novel and loved to see the mix of history with a modern tale. So, I dug in, not sure how this tale would unfold.
Miranda is a Blackwood, an outcast family on the small island they live on. She may also be the only hope of getting back the missing people who disappeared. Phillips has been away for years and returns after an urgent call from his father. The island holds voices for him, something that has kept him away from home for long. Sometimes the voices overwhelm him and sometimes he can control how loud they get. When he gets back, the island is silent and he must find out what is going on and how it involves Miranda.
I really can't describe the novel beyond that. There's some history and a twist of a story line that isn't quite revealed until the middle of the book. Blackwood had a nice pace to it. There was enough of the relationship between Miranda and Phillips melded into the main plot and they were definitely more focused on saving their lives and the lives of their families than hooking up. Overall, it wasn't an awesome, but it was a good read. I didn't feel quite connected to either of the main characters, but the plot pulled my interest in enough to keep me reading.
Final Verdict: Definitely a nice melding of history and the modern age mixed with magic and alchemy.
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