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Roanoke Vanishing (The Vanishing Series Book 1) by [Seal, Auburn]
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  • File Size: 3041 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Keys Publishing House (October 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAS0RF4
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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 presented as previously known facts (to which the main character is trying to disprove) did not sound right to me. Neither did some of the flashbacks. It just seemed like the effort to research in depth was lacking. The generalities seemed okay at most times, but the details were off.

I also found Avery to be an annoying and intolerable character. She paid little to no attention to what was going on around her, and endangered the life of her best friend without even a thought. Then gave barely any thought to her best friend that was fighting for her life, she just went on to the next part of her hunch.

The mystery was pretty interesting, though a lot of the mysteries brought up in the book (Besides the 'what happened to the colony', which did get solved), were not solved. They were left open for the next book, which I have no intention of reading.

So, I found it rather disappointing to say the least.
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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 truth or conspiracy surrounding the lost colony of Roanoke.

The basics:

Avery Lane is a die hard grad student and very passionate about lost colony of Roanoke as she prepares to present her theories to her favorite professor, Jonas Allen. Except Jonas doesn't want her investigating further into Roanoke. He's very insistent about it, in fact. But it's not a "nice" insistence, he's harsh and surprises Avery. It's a side of the man she revered that she has never seen before. Then strange things start to happen. Avery is followed by a car going home and someone breaks into her house and paints a strange symbol as a warning. Things aren't right but it doesn't stop Avery from researching her new theories on Roanoke, theories that rebuke Jonas's theories. With help of her best friend Jen, Avery uncovers more and more that someone doesn't want known which is a dangerous thing.

Roanoke Vanishing is told from two perspectives in two different time periods, Avery and Elinor Dare's. Elinor Dare is one of the first settlers in Roanoke and her daughter is the first born on the new settlement, the famous baby Virginia Dare. I had no problem switching between POVs and in different time frames. I likes that Auburn Seal could write both time periods well.
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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.
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The characters in this novel are one-dimensional. The heroine repeatedly uses people to further her agendas. For example, early on there's an account in which she dumps her boyfriend of five years because he's too pushy- after all, she gave him one drawer in her house for his very own, why isn't he content with that? And her next boyfriend- who she takes up with on the day she meets him!- gets to keep a suitcase in her house. She gets her best friend shot while out of town, and then leaves to go home without visiting the hospital. Although that one may be forgivable, as the best friend is narking on her to the villain! And such a villain- one wonders how this man has ever been able to fool anyone into having a positive opinion of him, he's so villainous.
The descriptions of the heroine's graduate studies are not consistent with a typical graduate school: one does not typically present one's thesis proposal in the last semester before one graduates, and then write the thesis between receiving approval for the topic, and graduation at the end of the semester. And while I've never heard of someone being promised a place in a doctoral program before they apply for it, that wasn't the mind-boggling part: no, that was the promise of open-ended funding for the heroine's future research! Not the typical funding of research assistant or teaching assistant, but a blank check so she can do whatever she wants.
There are copious 'waitaminute' moments. Someone breaks into the heroine's house and spray-paints a mysterious symbol on her shower curtain. The symbol is shown in the book, and it's an extremely detailed one: could a person actually spray-paint that much detail into an area smaller than the side of a barn, much less a shower curtain?
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