Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Strange Alchemy By Gwenda Bond|Review

Strange Alchemy
Published by Switch Press on August 1st 2017
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 322
Format: eGalley

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 Thoughts

The mysterious of Roanoke Island have always captivated me. Unfortunately, I wish I could say the same for Strange Alchemy. Don’t get me wrong, the book did have its moments. The premise was interesting and captivating (to a point). 

In all honestly, I struggled to get through this book. There were far too many unanswered questions. Either the answers went right over my head or I failed to make obvious connections. But honestly, how could a family not know the reason behind their curse.

The added romance was not my favorite. But then again, I’m not the biggest fan romances in the first place. Insta-love at it’s finest. 

The. Plot. Holes. I understand that this book is realistic fiction/fantasy, but being unable to explain certain ordinary occurrences blows my mind. 

Overall, this book was a bit of a let down for me. There was a good chunk of mystery but not the kind that will leave you lying awake at night to want to continue reading.

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