Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Publisher:  Strange Chemistry (imprint of Angry Robot)
Publish Date:  Sept. 4, 2012
ISBN:  978-1908844071
Pages:  416

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This story starts out with a theatrical production of "Roanoke" and ends with a fantastical discovery of what happened to the 114 people who disappeared off Roanoke Island.  Not familiar with the original story?  It's worth reading:  Roanoke Island Mystery

Miranda Blackwood is a teenage girl who lives on Roanoke Island with her alcoholic dad.  Miranda was born on the island and has never once stepped foot off of it.  Her dad told her that she can't or she'll die.  She deals with stares and talk, her family bears the name of the original betrayer of the island. Miranda is a great character - she's strong, smart and brave; but not ridiculously so.

Phillips Rawlings is the teenage son of the police chief.  When he moved to the island with his parents, he began hearing voices in his head and he couldn't make them stop.  His parents sent him to the mainland to go to a boarding school and he hasn't had any problems...well, at least none with hearing voices.  Phillips is always in trouble for something.  Phillips is a little weird, smart and sweet, he's a good boy component for the story.

But now Phillips' dad has called him to come home, maybe he can help.  Over 100 island residents have disappeared...and somehow, Miranda's involved. 

It took me a couple of chapters to get sucked in, but I love the Roanoke connection, so I stuck with it.  I'm glad I did, it's an excellent read!  The romance was okay, I get that it's kind of necessary, but it was a bit cheesy and fast.

My only real complaint?  I wish the whole story had been a little more drawn out. :)

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