Saturday, 6 October 2012

Audiobook Review: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Title: Blackwood
Author: Gwenda Bond
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Genre: Fantasy
Source: AudioGo
Format: Audiobook
Publication Date: 4th September 2012

Tell Me About It
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance.

My Thoughts
I really enjoy listening to audiobooks, and when I was contacted to review Blackwood I jumped at the chance.  I have previously heard of Blackwood, and it has drew my attention but I have not actually gotten around to picking up a copy.  From the minute I began listening I was hooked and I found it very difficult to stop and have to wait to listen again.  Even going as far as listening to it going to sleep, and putting it back on for just another half an hour to see what happens.

The narrator of Blackwood made it interesting and kept me entertained.  I even forgot a few times that it was just one person doing all the voices for the characters.  I loved her accent and the different tones she uses to get across the emotion the characters are feeling.

I really liked the whole idea behind Blackwood and I enjoyed getting to see Phillips and Miranda work together, unwillingly at first, but soon striking up a friendship.  They made a great team, and while they may not have done everything legally, they did get things done in the end.
One person that amused me was Roswell, the doctor.  Although he isn't an amusing character, his name is just perfect for him.  His whole attitude and quirkiness fits his name to a tee, and was also very fitting for the story.

Blackwood was a great story to listen too and I am looking forward to more from this author.

[Purchase at AudioGo]

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