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Roanoke Vanishing

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  269 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
When The Lost Colony of Roanoke vanished mysteriously in the late sixteenth century, Elinor Dare's fate--and that of her family--was lost to the world. Now it's 2013 and Avery Lane, an over-zealous master's student, is determined to find out what happened to those who disappeared from England's first colony.

The Descendants have discovered her interest and will stop at not
Paperback, 323 pages
Published October 31st 2013 (first published October 29th 2013)
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Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
I normally would not review a book that I did not finish, but I am making an exception. I thought the interesting subject matter (the mystery of the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists) would get me through. But the amateurish writing style of explaining every excruciating detail, as well as the poor editing and proofing and missing commas, was just too distracting. I am surprised by all the positive reviews.
Chocolit Chick
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
In the anticipation of eating a homemade chocolate chip cookie, but still needing to suffer through the rigors of baking, I sometimes take shortcuts. For example, I don’t bother with separating the dry goods from the liquids; I just dump them all in together. No one is the wiser until biting into the baked goodness. Make no mistake, I wolf down at least five before I pause and think, “Hmmm, this could have been a luscious masterpiece if I just would have slowed down and followed the directions. ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Roanoke Vanishing is a captivating read about a little known aspect of early American history. It reminds me of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. Roanoke Vanishing builds its momentum within a similar academic setting involving an with unsolved historical mystery, paralleling Howe's work with a strongly written female-grad student who endeavors to impress an older, male academic advisor, a mysterious, cryptic symbol, and strained relationships with a guy and the plucky best ...more
Bonnie Brien
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I won this book through Goodreads and did not enjoy it. I felt there were several problems, least of all the frequent grammar and punctuation errors. In considering the flaws, I concluded that the main problem is a lack of authenticity: the characters, action and dialogue did not ring true; they felt made-up. I do believe the author has potential to write engaging stories after much further writing experience.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am not always interested in History, but Auburn had me wanting to read more about the early American settlers. Plenty of mystery and intrigue to keep me hooked. I appreciated that while it is obviously the beginning of a series, there was also a completion to the storyline. Looking forward to #2.
Kristyn Morgan
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mystery, some romance, a little paranormal--this book has it all! Follow along on Avery's quest to unlock the mystery surrounding the Lost Colony of Roanoke. The author masterfully mixes both the past and the present to bring this story to life. I highly recommend it to readers from Young Adult and up.
Julie Bird
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This had a good idea, but the writing was not good. Just kept going over the same conversations over and over again. I won't go on to the next book.
Avery Lane wants to do her thesis on the fate of the 117 missing colonists of Roanoke because she finds it fascinating and has some theories she believes could be possible. But her professor tells her to drop it and choose something else.But she doesn't want to! That is until she meets a group that call themselves the Descendants. They threaten her and tell her to drop it or die. But it's not that easy because Avery is seeing the ghost of one of the colonists, who tells her that their story need ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I am so fascinated by all things history, and Roanoke is a special area of fascination for me. I found myself stepping into Avery's shoes and living through her in Roanoke Vanishing because she loved Roanoke even more than me. I loved her passion for history. The historical mystery aspect of this book was so wonderfully done. It made for a riveting and kind of mystical story. The book alternates back and forth between present day with Avery as the main character and the past with Elinor Dare as ...more
Alyssa Greatbanks
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
In general I really like Historical Fiction that is based off of a specific event or person, rather than ones that are just set in a different time period. I like hearing the different 'theories' on how stuff actually happened, and it makes you really think about the person or event.

So, as you may assume, I thought I would really like this book. It sounded great. I have learned about Roanoke previously, in school and in documentaries, but I am no expert on it. Even still, some of what was presen
Caprisha Page
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cleverly bouncing between the late 1580s and present, the author takes us on a journey into a mystery of our American past: the lost colony of Roanoke! Certainly one of the earliest unsolved mysteries on our soil, it continues to pique our curiosity as to where 117 people could have ended up, leaving only a carved word and a few letters behind as proof they were ever there. Auburn Seal delicately weaves fact, fiction, and fantasy together to deliver a tale that has it all: love, betrayal, murder ...more
Amanda Allen
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
This is 100% not something I would normally choose as I find history as fascinating as watching paint dry. However, I totally loved it. Ghosts! Interesting characters! Getting the shiz beat out of you--always a good choice. Plus, I knew enough of the actual history, alas, to know that Auburn Seal did an excellent job working in the actual events to the fun of fantasy.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
An engaging read, the story is fast-paced and interesting. I found the characters somewhat 1 dimensional and was seriously distracted by the modern parlance of the 16th century characters. I thought the general ideas of the story and plot were just entertaining enough to overlook this, but I think the author should do a bit more research into fleshing out any historical characters.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the history in this book. The writer tells 2 stories, one past & one present which was written well . The story moves along at a good pace, the history is fascinating and the characters well written. I'd recommend especially if you like Early American History.
Auburn Seal
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Full Disclosure: I'm reviewing my own book to get the ball rolling. I'll just say that after six drafts of this book I've given you my 5-star version. Enjoy!
Naznin Azeez
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avery Lane is a history student who has been researching 'The Lost Colony' aka Roanoke for about an year. However, once she gets deeper into figuring out what exactly happened to those colonists who simply seemed to have vanished, she gets threatened by several people including her 'respectable' professor, who all of a sudden wants her to drop her research. What Avery Lane doesn't know is that she is destined to solve this riddle.

She doesn't let anything or anyone deter her. She is very strong
Wasn't bad but a good chunk of hook in the ending. But pretty good otherwise I guess. 3*
Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal
Book #1: The Vanishing Series
Source: Author
Rating: 5/5 stars

Avery Lane is dedicated to her research to the exclusion of all else including her long-term boyfriend. For Avery, there is no half-way, there is all or nothing and she is absolutely certain her theory on precisely what happened to the colony and colonists of Roanoke will turn her entire field upside down and secure her future. All Avery needs is the support of her mentor, Dr. Jonas Allen and given their
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.....

I love a good mystery mixed with paranormal. Only problem I did not like was the cliffhanger. Oh and two chapters repeated themselves around chapter 33.
Flirty Reader
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Roanoke Vanishing is a book I don't normally read, but I have always loved the mystery surrounding to what happened to the Roanoke settlers so long ago. History Mystery, as my fifth grade teacher always preached. Plus I love history, so delving into this book was exciting since I usually read romance or erotica and the change was a welcomed one. But don't be mistaken if you think this book will be romance, it's touched on, but largely the book is about the mystery and how Avery unravels the trut ...more
Historical Fiction is not a genre that has ever been at the top of my “to read” list, but when I saw the cover of this book I was immediately drawn to it. Once I realized it was a story based on the Lost Colony of Roanoke my interest was piqued. While I’m certainly no history buff, there are specific parts of history I do find fascinating and this is one of them. The historical facts in this book are impressive. I was glad to see that the author did her research. I enthusiastically dove into thi ...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I liked Roanoke Vanishing! I wasn't sure about it at first, but the more I listened to it, the more I liked it!

I liked that the book focused on the lost colony of Roanoke, and all I knew about them was that they mysteriously vanished. So it was fun to hear one take on what happened them. And I was intrigued enough to want to learn more about them and the different theories about what happened to them. I'm not sure what theories are out there, and how many of them made their way in the book, but
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: Yes, and no, but mostly yes – I think.
I’m deeply conflicted about this book. I think the story idea is interesting. I believe Auburn Seal has really strong writing skills and a great imagination. I feel certain that we’ll see books from her in the future that are really good.

I’m not sure Roanoke Vanishing is that book, unfortunately.

I began the book expecting historical fiction. But then ghosts showed up, we had a murder mystery, we flashed back to England in the
Unabridged Bookshelf
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Roanoke Vanishing is a historical mystery with paranormal elements. The unsolved mysteries of history as fascinate me, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke is one that has always peaks my interest. That is why I could not pass up reading Roanoke Vanishing. With the fluctuating viewpoints between present (Avery) and the past (Elinor Dare), the mystery is given a whole new look from Auburn Seal. While Roanoke Vanishing is a fictional novel, the feel and information in the novel reflects the author’s ext ...more
Adam Copeland
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What’s better than a good story? Two good stories for the price of one.
“Roanoke Vanishing” could be described as such, as the story divides its time between a mystery in modern times and the adventures of the colonists in the past.

Avery Lane has all the pressures of any grad student trying to finish her thesis, but on top of that she has the added stress of her mentor suddenly and inexplicably denying her desire to solve the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. When she decides to proceed anyw
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
If I remember correctly, this book was also recommended by a friend. I downloaded it on my kindle, and then forgot about it for a while. I really enjoyed it when I finally read it.

I have heard about Roanoke, and the mystery behind it. Everyone wonders what really happened to it. Well, in Roanoke Vanishing, Auburn Seal puts her twist on it.

Avery Lane is a master's student who is doing her Thesis on what really happened to the 117 missing colonist of Roanoke. She knows her professor, who is has do
Cristal (Professional Book Procrastinator)
Full review found on The Life & Times of a Book Addict.

RATING: 3 out of 5.

I remember first learning about the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke back in school and always thought it was such an interesting mystery. I always wondered what could’ve happen to all of those people…vanishing pretty much without a trace during the 16th century. Author Auburn Seal decided to explore that mystery with a creative twist in her book Roanoke Vanishing.

The story is told through the alternating dual perspectives
Robyn Echols
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulled Me Along

This story started slowly for me, but it soon pulled me in as I looked for crosses and double-crosses. Roanoke has always fascinated me. I enjoyed the theory of who sought to destroy the English settlers and who saved them. The supernatural angle was well-written. I loved the portrayal of Elinor.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I came across this book entirely by accident, I joined some audiobook group and this was the book they gave me for signing up. All I can say is - wow. I would never have read this book outside of someone recommending it to me, the cover looks like romance, and it contains paranormal activity (ghosts) which I tend to view with skepticism.

I thorough enjoyed it. I liked Avery Lane and her friend Jen, and, for the most part, they were pretty well developed. Her initial break up with her boy friend o
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