Can’t Wait Wednesday #12: Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond

Posted April 12, 2017 by Lisa Mandina in / 20 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight
and talk about the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.
Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on
Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.  This week I’ve picked something a little different.  This is actually a book that I read several years ago.  It is the book that introduced me to one of my favorite authors, Gwenda Bond.  But shortly after it was published, it soon became almost impossible to find a copy of it. Well it seems the author has found a new publisher, and they’re bringing it back under a new title, and I hear a few changes to it.  I’m excited to have another chance to read this story that I so enjoyed, and am eager to see what changes the author has included.  The original title was Blackwood, and it had to do with the whole Roanoke tale, one that has been given the spotlight again after the last season of American Horror Story used it as its setting.  You can read my original review HERE, and see what the original cover looked like.  Here is the new, improved blurb and cover from Goodreads:

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 vannished 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 the island’s most infamous families, and Phillip Rawling, the sheriff’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 authorities to long-dead alchemists as they race against time to save their family and friends before they too are gone for good.

So, did you read this back when it was called Blackwood?  Have you read any books by this author?  Does this sound like something you’d like to read?  What book or books are you eagerly awaiting this week?

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20 responses to “Can’t Wait Wednesday #12: Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond

  1. I didn't read this before so I'm glad you shared it. I really like stuff related to the Lost Colony and like you, found American Horror to be pretty interesting last season. I just added this one to the TBR.

  2. This book is new to me! I don't think I've read anything by Gwenda Bond, but I like her Twitter handle (@Gwenda) — so cool that she claimed the handle with her first name. 😀 I hope you enjoy this book when you get the chance to read it!

    Have a wonderful day, Lisa. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I'll be sure to mention anything I notice that is different when I do my review, but not sure that I'll remember little details, it has been sooooo long since I read the first version. Thanks for visiting!

    • It was a very unique story! Definitely reminded me at the time how I'd been fascinated with the Roanoke colony back when I was younger. Thanks for returning the visit!

  3. OMG, what a GORGEOUS cover, with all that blue!! (My favorite color, BTW!) And the plot sure sounds exciting and riveting! I DEFINITELY want to read this! I had no idea it was originally named "Blackwood", either. I wonder why the title was changed. But anyway, thanks for the heads up!! This is going onto my GR shelves!!

    Thanks as well for dropping by and commenting on my own CWW post!! <3 🙂

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