Review: BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond

September 6, 2012 Review 1




by Gwenda Bond

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer:  No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Strange Chemistry (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • ASIN: B007GYN7DU


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.


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 offers a unique supernatural twist  explain the disappearance of the colonists of Roanoke.  I enjoyed how the present day disappearances mirrored those from the 16th-century. The present day mystery was suspenseful and interesting enough to keep me guessing throughout the book. The reveal was an interesting mix of mysticism while playing fast and loose with the actual history of various Roanoke colonists. While the end result was good I would have liked it if it was explained a bit better as I’m still a little bit hazy on how Miranda solves the mystery and saves the island.

Despite the semi confusing reveal I did enjoy the slow build up to it, whereas the romance between Miranda and Phillips felt too quick and out of place. Miranda and Phillips vaguely knew each other from childhood They seem to fall in love after only a few hours which doesn’t come off as very realistic for Miranda’s ‘town outcast’ situation and her lack of trust in the townspeople.

BLACKWOOD had an interesting take on the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke but I would have liked the reveal to both the past and present day disappearances to be more fleshed out and straightforward.

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One Response to “Review: BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond”

  1. Alexia561

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you. I like my reveals to be clear and concise, but like the idea as the mystery of Roanoke is one for the ages! Will take your advice and read an excerpt first.