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Blackwood Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 55 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098WD68Y
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By Haddayr COPLEYWOODS on September 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
ABSOLUTELY loved it. A really good, solid, deeply enjoyable read. Such a beautiful sense of place and of ghosts and the ship was creepy as hell. The romance and the troubled lives of the kids all was rendered so perfectly.

I felt like I was ON Roanoke Island. I found myself really liking the main characters so much as people, and believing in their parents as real if flawed people.

I liked the wonderful old family traditions in it, which turn out to be magical, and the weird physical reactions to leaving a
place. I felt like so much of it could be read as a metaphor if you wanted to but also as literal magic, which I think sometimes is what
makes books ring out the most for me.

I loved the amazing gun that really transformed. It was just a really interesting device. And the language everyone used, and the cops vs. feds, and the delightful car Pineapple, and Sidekick!

I loved the way Bond packed really complex family, town, history, magical, and character dynamics into a very tightly-told story. I
loved how allegiances seemed to shift even though they didn't, really, and how deeply scary and creepy it was, but also so matter-of-fact.

Wonderful ghost story. Wonderful family saga. Interesting mystery. This is not a light, easy read (although I tore through it very quickly). This is a thoughtful chewy story and I am so glad I read it.
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Format: Paperback
The mystery of Roanoke, VA, has always intrigued me, so when I saw this paired with a fantasy aspect, I bought the book. The main character Miranda is descended from the Blackwood family, who is cursed to stay on the island (they literally can't leave it). In the story 114 people disappear, and Miranda's father is murdered. When he dies, Miranda inherits the curse, which includes a snake that's on her face. She and her boyfriend Phillips have to battle against charges from the FBI that they murdered Miranda's father, and worse, a man from the past who is trying to bring himself back to life.

I was disappointed with the book, though because it didn't seem to know what it wanted to be. Mystery? Alien abduction? Fantasy? These elements pulled it in different directions. The result was that the middle of the book was essentially Melinda and Phillips of various stages of running away from everyone with little else happening. I'm an action reader, and there was action, and I was bored! Instead, everything got compressed into the ending of the story, and it left me without any time to really enjoy the intriguing history that was being developed.
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Format: Paperback
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond is about the lost colony of Roanoke and what happens when present day inhabitants of the island go missing. It's told in the alternating perspectives of Miranda Blackwood, youngest member of the cursed Blackwood family, and Phillips Rawling, the police chief's son who has a dark secret of his own. With a storyline jam packed full of history's mysteries, fans of suspense are sure to enjoy Blackwood.

I enjoyed reading Blackwood. I found the writing to be reminiscent of L.J. Smith's books. Which is funny, because there is a lot of talk in Blackwood about The Vampire Diaries. Though it's the show, not the books, they're speaking of. It did make me giggle, though. In fact, there were quite a few pop culture references throughout Blackwood. Usually, that sort of thing is hit or miss for me. Sometimes too many references to movies or tv shows can kill the story for me. But in Blackwood, it just works. I found it really helped me connect with the characters.

Miranda is a tough heroine. She's faced with this title of traitor, thinks she's destined to help the evil trying to take over Roanoke Island, but she never once stops fighting. Phillips is a great character. I fell in love with him from the very first second he shows up in the novel, climbing back into his dorm room window after pulling a prank on the principal of his boarding school. Miranda calls him her hero, but the truth is they are equals in their quest to save their home. I really enjoyed reading about both of their characters. Also, I adored Miranda's dog Sidekick. He's so cute!

Blackwood is a fantastic paranormal thriller that reminded me of the show The 4400 at times. It's suspenseful and will keep you mystified until the very end. I'd recommend it to fans of paranormal romance or anyone interested in reading one author's explanation of the unexplained occurrences that took place on Roanoke Island over four hundred years ago.
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Blackwood is a hauntingly mysterious read that gave me chills from the moment I began reading. Gwenda Bond's debut novel captured my interest as soon as I recognized the blast into history that fuels Blackwood's plot. I have to mention how much I adore the cover because it's always a plus when a book's cover allows me to know the story before I've even started reading the story.

The characters of Blackwood are so likable that I couldn't help try to solve the mystery with them as they uncovered the tragedy befalling their small town. Miranda Blackwood, Battle Star Galactica and frequent 'frak' fan, was so alone in her pain and need to leave the town she's doomed to reside. Phillips Rawling was no better off, taking on the bad boy role to escape the whispers he inherited. Together, Phillips and Miranda were unstoppable. I loved seeing how they reacted and responded to each other. It was almost as if they forged a bond that kept them sane through all the madness they experienced. Both characters were more than what they appeared to be and diving deeper into the story proves so.

Blackwood's tone is dark and eerie despite the occasional bouts of laughter Phillips and Miranda conspired from me. I didn't expect much of what happens in the story and it took some time for me to twist and wrap my brain around some of the events. The Lost Colony legend is not one I've heard much about before and I love how Bond infuses it into a contemporary setting. Blackwood has pretty much shaken what my idea of a supernatural mystery is and I'm anticipating the next novel from Gwenda Bond.

*eGalley provided for review through Netgalley*
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
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