I am super picky about the YA I read. I admit that freely. I like my books complex and chewy, and to contain problems beyond teen angst for the protags to overcome. I’m way beyond teen angst and puppy love.
And I really really liked BLACKWOOD because there was substance here, history and enough weird stuff going on to cause me to want to race to the end to see what was really happening. The protags were teenagers, yes, but they weren’t…kids. They had real issues, real problems to solve, and real adult level sorrows to cope with.
Gwenda Bond handled all of the plot threads deftly and her writing is first rate. I’d recommend this book to anyone. If I’d had a paper copy of this novel, I’d have torn through it in far less time than it took to read the ebook.
But I bought the ebook and experienced technical issues with the formatting that I haven’t had with other ebooks. NONE of this is the author’s fault. All in all I just wish I’d had a print edition instead.
If you like history, spooky big bads and a cool story, you’ll love BLACKWOOD. I did.