Saturday, May 12, 2012

2012 book 134

Gwenda Bond's Blackwood
This book has a GREAT premise--on Roanoke Island, the town outcast girl pairs up with the police chief's son (who hears the voices of spirits) to investigate the Lost Colony when 114 residents of the town suddenly vanish. And even the explanation for all that is interesting. And things start off strong, but . . . My problem was with the main characters--there's just way too much telling instead of showing for their investigation, and for their very annoying romance. They weren't fully fleshed-out at all. And the ending is supremely goofy. Now, this book does get props for NC music shoutouts (the Rosebuds) but in general was not at all satisfying. C+.

An e-galley was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in September.

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