BOOK REVIEW: Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond

Title: Strange Alchemy
Author: Gwenda Bond
Publication: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Switch Press
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction
Pages: 336



SYNOPSIS: (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 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.


**A copy of this book was provided by the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

As those who have read my reviews before, you will know I am a fan of Gwenda Bond and her Lois Lane series. Her writing is smooth, detailed, and thoroughly entertaining and Strange Alchemy, while different than other books I’ve read from her, is just as enjoyable and amazing as her other work and is great for the younger and older generations to love.

Strange Alchemy is the story of a few teenagers who have to solve a century old mystery. While this is labeled a YA Fiction book, I would say that it also falls into the categories of mystery and suspense. This book has everything I had expected and more. These characters are fun to follow, you are cheering them on as they go through this chaos and trying to solve this mystery and bring things back to “normal”. I fell in love with these characters, which I do with every other Gwenda Bond book I read.

Strange Alchemy is definitely one for the book shelf at home and to pass on to your children as they reach their teenage years. I recommend it highly for everyone, especially if you are looking for a great read with a little mystery weaved in.


You can get your very own copy of Strange Alchemy by Gwenda Bond on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Also check a local bookstore near you. Remember to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished reading. Gwenda Bond is also the author of the Lois Lane series, which currently has three books. You can check out our reviews of Lois Lane: Fallout, Double Down, and Triple Threat.

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