Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Review: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Title: Blackwood
Author: Gwenda Bond
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Publisher: Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot)
Publication Date: September 4th 2012 
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Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Look at that cover, isn't it creepy but it grabs your attention right? Correct, that is, for me. Blackwood's cover grabbed my attention the moment I layed eyes on it. Unfortunately, it didn't capture my attention as I hoped it would. The legend is told throughout the story so in the beginning I was a tad lost and confused as to what was going on. Fortunately, the writing was what made it bearable for me to continue reading the story. I thought this book was quite interesting but I recommend searching up the info it was based on before reading it.
Blackwood is told from the perspective of two characters which I didn't realize at first until the third or so chapter in the novel. Fortunately, the switching has a pattern to it so I soon felt in sync with the point of views. I didn't really connect to the characters but I really enjoyed reading from their perspectives and I really enjoyed the chemistry between them even though it might have been a tad fast for my taste. I felt really bad for some of the things that occur to the main female character, Miranda and was really sympathetic towards Phillips and what happens to him.
The romance.. I don't think the novel revolves around the romance. I mean, yes, it's there but it doesn't seem to be the main point of it. The attraction between the main characters was a tad too fast for my taste but I really enjoyed seeing them figure out and experience things together.
The ending felt a bit rushed but I really liked the things they decide to do in the end. It feels like a movie ending. There but up to your imagination to finish and I really enjoyed that.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the legend.
First Sentence:
"The first time Miranda Blackwood checked the back of her closet for a portal to another world, she was eleven."
"He touched it. He danced with her. He wanted her." -Page 161
"His face was still near hers. Frak. She was blushing. She knew it." -Page 163

1 comment:

  1. Wow this looks really interesting, adding it to my TBR. Great review :D