Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book Review: Blackwood

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.

When I first read the premise, I thought, “The Lost Colony? Oh, hell yes! Sign me up!”

Miranda Blackwood is used to being Roanoke Island’s outcast. Her dad’s a drunk, and she’s never fit in with the locals. But all of that is about to change the night the invisible ship rolls in and 114 people disappear.

Phillips, son of Roanoke Island’s police chief, returns to town the moment he sees Miranda’s face on TV. He left years prior, to avoid the voices he hears in his head, which only speak while he’s on the island.

Now, Miranda and Phillips have teamed up, ready to figure out the Roanoke mystery. Will they solve it, or are 114 souls lost forever?

Overall, I liked the idea of the story, and the writing was good, but the constant POV shifts left my head spinning. It was just one paragraph to another, with no breaks.

I also felt like something major was missing from this story, and I’m not entirely sure what that might be. There was action and romance, but maybe I was weirded out by the fact that

If you enjoy paranormal stories with action and a tiny amount of romance, then I recommend reading this book.

**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley


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