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July 24, 2017

#BookReview: Strange Alchemy by @Gwenda @SwitchPressPub @Netgalley

 
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.





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.



When I first got approved for this one Netgalley I was like OOOOH a new Gwenda Bond book.  I was a little disappointed when I realized that it was just Blackwood redone. That being said I have been totally blown away with the updated version. Which I now need LOL.  
This book is like a slow but fast burn. You get a ton of mystery and then the fantasy aspect starts unfolding and the book just grows to become something totally and truly amazing.  I couldnt put it down and I really hope we get more from this author and this new reimagined world she has created. 





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