BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond
Release: September 2012
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Description (from Goodrerads): 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 Blackwood, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips Rawlings, 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.
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BLACKWOOD puts a great paranormal spin on a piece of history. The unravelling mystery is tense and exciting. The story is creepy, absorbing and full of surprises. Blackwood is set in modern times in a small town with a rich history. The history of the characters and the Lost Colony weaves deep and is explored thoroughly, allowing the little pieces of the mystery to click together one by one. I thought it was fantastic.