Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gwenda Bond: Blackwood

Where to start?

A possible YA story of what happened on Roanoke many centuries ago and the curse of it being handed down through generations still living on the island?
Sounds good to me. :)
If at times a bit scary which is not something I usually encounter in YA novels, even when they deal with zombies.

Miranda is very mature and serious for her age but then again, her mother died when she was young and her father became an alcoholic so yes, it makes sense she is the way she is.
Of course, she is the main character through whose bloodline the curse is being kept alive. The other part of the puzzle comes packed in a "bad" boy - Phillips.
Well, you can guess where that leads to.

But, in the meantime, we are treated to some funny dialogues, some melodramatic phrases (I really don't turn my eyes often at dialogues, I mean, I do read romance as a rule, but some parts were really eye-roll worthy here, which I found funny) and some interesting ideas as to what might have happened on Roanoke.
Ok, the interesting ideas are only possible in the paranormal world but they are still interesting.

And, some parts of the story were rather well hidden so you couldn't guess them. Which is always a plus. A huge plus actually.

As usual, I'm skipping telling you everything what this book is about, there's much in the story to keep it flowing and interesting.
I really think I should give books I read a scale of how good I find them by either having to read something more interesting in the meantime or reading them straight. This one I read straight through. :)

As this is Ms. Bond's (great surname btw) first book, I am looking forward to those that might come next.
Because her version of paranormal YA verges perfectly on the boundary to really scary and that is something to admire.

My copy of the book was received through Netgalley.


  1. I've heard great things about this one. I'm always for scarry!

    1. I haven't yet read any other reviews but I would certainly recommend this if you like scary. :)

  2. I've heard nice things about Blackwood and I love your review. Delving into The Lost Colony mystery is an interesting idea for a story.

    1. Thank you Canada. :)
      I love it when someone comes up with a new idea of a book setting.