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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 in...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Strange Chemistry (first published September 1st 2012)
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AH
Everyone likes a good mystery and one of the most mystifying events in American history has to be the disappearance of a colony of settlers from Roanoke Island, VA in the late 16th century. The entire settlement of 114 people just vanished. All that was left was the word CROATAN carved into a tree.

The disappearance of a colony of settlers makes a fascinating premise behind Gwenda Bond’s new book Blackwood. Basically, this story was a modern day retelling of the Roanoke Island disappearances. At...more
Katy
Dec 13, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of YA romantic fantasy, historical based, dark fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal Romance/Historical-based Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Fans of YA romantic fantasy, with historical basis, and hints of paranormal/horror

My Thoughts: So, when I accepted this book, I saw “lost colony of Roanoke” but not “romance”… So I was a bit hesitant about reading it once I had realized it was defined as such. However…

Miranda had a firm policy of never being the silly girl – the kind who went to see what noise that was, or who would believe...more
Kimba
I have always be intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Lost Colony on Roanoke Island and when I saw the cover of Blackwood and read the synopsis I knew I had to read this tale. Author Gwenda Bond offers her unique twist on this mystery. I found this tale to be dark, gritty and creepy! It grabbed me at page one and the mystery kept me turning the pages.

The tale begins when we meet Miranda Blackwood; she is working at the local theater where they replay the tale of the missing colonist for t...more
Kevin
3.5 Stars

This was a bizarre book with a side of creepy, let me tell ya.

To begin I was pleasantly surprised that this book kept my interest at all, after just reading the synopsis that came with it.I just felt reading it, that it had a done to death formula, a misfit girl with some daddy issues and a rebellious boy, who used to make fun of said girl, but now finds her to be the best thing like ever. It didn't help that my favorite character was probably the dog, that I kept wishing would star...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I do so love paranormal stories with plots that incorporate strange and/or mysterious circumstances surrounding real historical events, and this book certainly fits that description. Considered one of America's oldest and biggest unsolved mysteries, the Lost Colony of Roanoke was an attempt by Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement in what is present-day Dare County, North Carolina. 114 colonists ended up disappearing without a trace, with one of the very few clues being t...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Blackwood was really just an okay read for me, I had a hard time investing myself in the characters from this novel.

Opening Sentence: The first time Miranda Blackwood checked the back of her closet for a portal to another world she was eleven.

The Review:

Blackwood was one of those novels, I’m not sure entirely why, that the cover just called out to me and because of that I really wanted to read this novel. I had high hopes for Blackwood but i...more
Livia
Scialbo e trito. (Approfondirò più avanti.)

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Review.

It failed to capture my attention from the very beginning: first the exposition on the history of Roanoke Island, then a short glimpse of Miranda, the main character, in a chapter that really comes alive only when the black ship appears (before we've even got to care a little bit about the character, since we're just told a few facts about her, and nothing is shown), then a short chapter in italics told from other point of views that introduce...more
TheBookSmugglers
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers

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Ana's Take:

On Roanoke Island, hundreds of years after the disappearance of the infamous Lost Colony’s 114 (one of America’s oldest mysteries), the sudden disappearance of 114 people in the present day is the set up to a story that mixes history and fantasy as well as alchemy, curses and romance.

Two teenagers are deeply connected to this mystery. Miranda, a lonely girl from the infamous, cursed Blackwood family (discriminated against by all) and wh...more
Karina Halle
DNF at 29% – no rating

I’ve never given a DNF to a book before. Even ones that were excruciating to get through, I’ve kept going. I’ve realized there are so many awesome books to read and there’s no point wasting your time. I will still find it hard to give up on a physical book that I spent lots of $$$ on, but an e-version doesn’t feel quite as devastating to let go of.

What were my issues with Blackwood, a book with a terrific concept that it failed to execute properly?

- Slightly juvenile writin...more
Beth Fred
The concept is brilliant. It's unique for a YA paranormal romance. Nothing about this concept is ordinary. I enjoyed the freshness of the idea and some of the unique elements--like the villain's weapon, a bedazzled rifle, but this book fell short of my expectations. I started off liking the main characters, but I don't think I really like Miranda by the end. She made a decision that I suppose was courageous but really just seemed cold and calculating, and she didn't even seem to struggle with it...more
Laura Martinelli
I’ve heard a lot about Gwenda Bond from the various authors that I follow online, but she was always an author that I’d read the synopsis of her book and just end up putting back on the shelf. I don’t know what it is, but there’s always something about the synopses that just turn me off on the book. And having read Blackwood, I’m still unsure if I want to give Woken Gods a shot. (I will also admit to being incredibly busy this month, which is why it took me so long to get through this book. Amon...more
Alyssa
Truthfully, be it because history isn’t my forte or because I live in Canada, I had no previous knowledge of the real-life disappearance of 114 settlers from Roanoke Island before starting Blackwood. Alas, to say I was interested in the premise of this novel, which is loosely based on the facts of the mystery and expands on the supernatural-esque intrigue, would be an extreme understatement.

Miranda Blackwood, a Roanoke native and the town freak, wakes up one morning to discover that her father...more
Darkfallen
I tried very hard to get into this book. In fact I tried so hard that I read 72% of the book before I finally admitted defeat.

The things I had problems with is that the mundane actions in this story are over described in a way that leaves you thinking "Well, duh!" and it happens enough that it pulls you out of the story. Leaving you annoyed at times even.

My other main issue was quite the opposite of the first. See while the little things of over explained, the main details of the plot and the...more
Ole Imsen
I'm a big fan of history, so I was immediately drawn in by the historical connection this novel has. The Lost Colony at Roanoke Island will be familiar to anyone who's ever had an interest in the "mysterious disappearances sub genre" of history, and Bond really does use it to great effect in her novel. I was especially pleased with the appearance of one historical figure who is connected to magic. It seems so logical when you read it, and it brings the supernatural elements from history to the...more
Jennifer
Blackwood is the debut novel of Gwenda Bond.

You might recall the story of Roanoke Island and the Lost Colony from your history classes. Somewhere around 120 people (114 for the purposes of this story) vanished from the English settlement on Roanoke Island. The only clue as to what happened to the colonists was the word "Croatoan" carved into a tree.

In Blackwood, Miranda's family lives on Roanoke Island. When 114 people vanish again (as well as Miranda's father), a boy named Phillips returns to t...more
Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

To this day no one really knows what happened to the 114 people who mysteriously disappeared from Roanoke Island so many years ago. The current inhabitants of the island have capitalized on this mystery and have centered things around it for the tourists. So when 114 people suddenly disappear, everyone thinks it is a publicity stunt at first. But two teens from very different backgrounds know different and they set out to find the missing. W...more
Vickie Ramage
I was really excited to get a copy of this in the mail as I wasn't expecting it and I've heard many GOOD THINGS about it. I've been curious about the Roanoke Island mystery for a while now, so I was really curious to see where Gwenda would take it - and she certainly took it places I never would have imagined! The story starts off pretty quickly, getting us straight into the action with the missing people. It slows down after this, giving us a chance to meet Miranda and Phillips, who I hadn't re...more
Justin
I’ve come to appreciate books from the publisher Angry Robot the same way I’ve eventually warmed to Baen: unapologetic genre fiction that provides reliable escapism, free of pretentiousness. I was excited to hear about their YA imprint, partly because of my own literary ambitions but mostly because I’m all for more fantasy and sci-fi in YA lit. I gave Strange Chemistry a try with an advance reader copy of this book, and while it didn’t really blow me away, it’s definitely a good start for the au...more
lafon حمزة نوفل
Star, stars, stars. We are so obsessed with these icons of the heavens. So said I before reviewing this ARC which I received from NetGalley, mostly because I don't really want to review it as I believe it might take away from the enjoyment I experienced reading it.

OK. So I'm going to do something I don't do all that often. I'm going to make a list.

1) Plot idea, good.
2) Characters, agreeable.
3) Romance, not too cheesy, kinda sweet and cute, not bad.
4)Execution, third-rate. Nah, make that second-...more
Manda
I was really pleased with this book, and when I found out that it is based on true events, I was even more enthralled with it. This story is an interesting one, and not quite like anything I’ve read before. The mix of mystery and paranormal are intense, and there is even a little romance thrown in too. This is definitely one that I enjoyed reading and am happy to review.

When I started reading this one I was a little distracted and I had a hard time getting “sucked” in but things quickly picked u...more
Amber Skye
Original rating was 3.5 stars at www.thereadingaddict.com

Ever since I learned about the legend of the Lost Colony in my high school history class, I've wanted to know more. Just where did those colonists disappear to? What force can cause 114 people to vanish? I was thrilled to find a novel that attempts to explain these questions in an entertaining, unique tale. While I didn't fall in love with Blackwood, it was an enjoyable read simply because the historical aspects of the mystery intrigued m...more
Pixie
May 27, 2012 Pixie added it
Shelves: dnf, 2012-releases
Blackwood was a DNF for me. I’ve had a couple of these this year already and it saddens me. But I’m insanely behind on my reading as it is and if something either doesn’t grab me within the first fifty pages or just screams “dislike” at me in the first fifty pages, I’m going to put it up at this point.

Perhaps Blackwood gets better. And perhaps I’ll give it another try when I can. Right now, I don’t have the interest. No offense.
I was let down sadly, reeled in by the appeal of the Roanoke legen...more
Tsana Dolichva
Blackwood is Gwenda Bond’s début novel, out from Strange Chemistry, the YA imprint of Angry Robot, on the 4th of September.

I loved it.

It’s a dark fantasy story about mysterious events on Roanoak Island. After the original colonists had come from England to settle Roanoak Island, all 114 of them mysteriously disappeared (and that part is actually true, more or less). Now, in the present day, Miranda Blackwood and Phillips are caught up in events surrounding a second disappearance of exactly the s...more
Ellie
In the 16th century, 114 colonists mysteriously vanished from Roanoke Island. Hundreds of years later, the mystery remains unsolved but has become just a story for tourists, re-enacted each year in the local theatre. Miranda is a summer intern at Waterside Theatre, the freak at school and a Blackwood, a family name that brings with it a history of outcasts. After losing her mother her father hit the bottle and her only friend is her dog Sidekick. When 114 people vanish overnight, including her f...more
Seanean
http://librarytalker.blogspot.com/201...

Roanoke Island is the stuff of legends... literally. The first settled town of the new Americas, when those who left to get provisions came back three years later, all the people had disappeared. There was no trace of them anywhere. No bodies. No note. Just the word "Croatoan" on a post and all the homes were dismantled.

It's an enduring mystery that many are still trying to solve today.

Miranda Blackwood has lived on Roanoke since birth; she's never even s...more
smexys_sidekick (Tori-Smexybooks)
Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2012/09/review-...

The mystery surrounding the Roanoke Colony, also referred to as The Lost Colony, has always fascinated me. Over one hundred settlers vanished from the small settlement of Roanoke; never to be seen again. The only clue left? The word Croatoan carved into a wooden post. Where did the settlers vanish to? Did they assimilate into surrounding tribes? Were they forced to flee to Croatoan Island, now known as Hatteras Island? Or were they kil...more
Katie_la_geek
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*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review*

Blackwood was a novel full of good ideas. The story was interesting and different, the characters were likable and sweet, but somewhere along the line this book misses the mark.

I had an issue with the writing style. There are a lot of thoughts in italic that appear in the middle of a sentence, or just in an inappropriate place. Sometimes the italics are fully formed thoughts that matt...more
Kristen
First Impression: I was excited to read my first Strange Chemistry novel and loved to see the mix of history with a modern tale. So, I dug in, not sure how this tale would unfold.

While Reading: Miranda is a Blackwood, an outcast family on the small island they live on. She may also be the only hope of getting back the missing people who disappeared. Phillips has been away for years and returns after an urgent call from his father. The island holds voices for him, something that has kept him away...more
Majanka
Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/mini-rev...

Talk about chills. I’ve always been intriguing by the dissapearance of the population of Roanoke, so I had to pick up this book about the mystery, and let’s say I wasn’t dissapointed. I liked the dynamics between the two main characters. They had some definite chemistry, and it’s not insta-love, so that’s great too.
Cornelia
“That in truth, you know little about the colonist themselves, even less about why they came here and nothing about where they disappeared to.”

A cursed misfit, Miranda Blackwood, and a delinquent who hears the voices of the dead, Phillips, come together to solve strange happenings on modern day Roanoke Island. The main clue Miranda finds twice and half way through the book a third time, is a stick like figure with a circle, curved arms and legs and a half moon on top, the monas hieroglyphica de...more
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Gwenda Bond writes books for young adults and possibly escaped from a classic screwball comedy. Up next are GIRL ON A WIRE (Skyscape, Oct.), about a daredevil heroine who discovers danger and passion lurking beneath the big top, and LOIS LANE: FALLOUT (Switch Press, May 2015). Her previous novels include THE WOKEN GODS and BLACKWOOD (Strange Chemistry).

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