Josh Reviews: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Posted August 23, 2012 by Joshua Burns in / 4 Comments

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Title: Blackwood
Author: Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published: September 4th, 2012
ISBN #: 9781908844078/ 1908844078
Genre: Young Adult
My Copy: From the Author
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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.

The characters make a lot of quirky decisions that stem from their quirky pasts: Miranda peppers her speech with “frak” (I will always like the substitutions people come up with for curses) because she’s watched too much Battlestar Galactica . Phillips, albeit a little more bland with his mouth, more than makes up for it with his mischief and just how much trouble he is willing to get himself into for the son of a cop. I was, at first, not sold on the split perspective. Too often it spoils the mystery of the other person. I went along with it and came to enjoy some of the things that I saw from Phillips’ perspective. But looking back on just how much I continually figured out about him, I wonder how much more scary it would have been to be stuck with Miranda. There are very few details I feel I can share without spoiling the plot. You wouldn’t believe based on the blurb that it would follow through with its concept. Alchemists on Roanoke Island? Federal agents on Roanoke Island? Yes, they make appearances as does a villain but they all feel a little too pushover when compared to the thoroughly characterized Miranda, Phillips, Phillips’ family, and Miranda’s dog.

Recommended if you like a tempestuous and criminal read redolent of salt-spray.
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