Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
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. From Goodreads.
I love books based on history. I especially liked how it dealt with an American mystery. No one knows what happened to the Lost Colony so it was nice to see someone else’s view on what could have happened. Miranda is the girl on the island that everyone knows and dislikes. She is the weirdo, even though she isn’t that weird. Old family name, small town, secrets, lies for centuries come out in this book.
Miranda’s dad is the town drunk, her mom died when she was younger and everyone picks on her. Her life obviously isn’t rainbows and sunshine but she makes the best of it. She works with the theater company in town, she has a friend who is a few years older than her and doesn’t mind the rumors of her and her family, has a great dog named Sidekick. Honestly her life isn’t that bad, even though her dad drinks, he obviously loves her.
One day all of a sudden her dad doesn’t come home. Next thing she knows, a lot of people throughout town went missing. Now Phillips returns because he knows he has to protect Miranda from something, he just doesn’t know what it is the harm. Of course there is the history of him taunting her when they were younger so you can see how she was kinda shocked to find him on her porch. I know I would have been shocked.
There were so many revelations in the book it didn’t seem like there was a dull moment. I felt like the relationship between Miranda and Phillips was quickened because one moment she doesn’t trust him and the next it seemed that they were getting butterflies in their stomachs about each other. Although the route they took to get to their first kiss was endearing but rushed a little bit.
The bad guy was definitely not someone I would have thought possible. But at the same time it was kinda gross. Okay it was seriously gross but I read through it and nothing too disgusting ended up happening luckily.
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.