(BookR)Strange Alchemy

Pages: 320

Cover: 2/★’s out of 10

Book:  7/★’s out of 10

Publishing Date: August 1st, 2017

Publisher:  SwitchPress

Description:

Gwenda Bond’s first book Blackwood has been reimagined and brought back to life with new vision. On Roanoke Island, the legend of the Lost Colony ― and the 114 colonists who vanished without a trace more than four hundred years ago ― still haunts the town. But that’s just a story told for the tourists. When 114 people suddenly disappear from the island in present day, it seems history is repeating itself ― and an unlikely pair of seventeen-year-olds might be the only hope of bringing the missing back. Miranda Blackwood, a member of one of island’s most infamous families, and Grant Rawling, the sherrif’s son, who has demons and secrets of his own, find themselves at the center of the mystery. As the unlikely pair works to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony, they must dodge everyone from the authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

My Review:

This book is, as you can tell from the description, a re-imagining of the first book in the Blackwood series for Gwenda Bond. I have never read any of the books in the series however, and as such will be reviewing it as a stand alone book.

The description and the fact that it was reviewed favorably by Scott Westerfield were among the major reasons that I decided to review this book. Bundled up with the review and with the enticing description is the the fact that the Author is a resident of Kentucky, the state from which I come, and it was just irresistible.

About the Author:

Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, and The Woken Gods. She has also written for Publishers Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.

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