Blackwood by Gwenda Bond is published by Strange Chemistry in the UK this week and to celebrate I have a pretty cool guest post from Gwenda herself. But first, here's what Blackwood is all about:
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.
Thanks for the post, Gwenda!
Five Favorite Literary Heroinesby Gwenda Bond
There are so many fabulous ladies in literature that singling out just a few is extremely hard work. I’m sure I’ll be kicking myself later and reordering and substituting, but I’m just going with the first five that came to mind today, from five of my favorite books/series. Most of them come from YA, unsurprisingly, with one exception in number four.
1. Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. How amazing is Lyra? A strong, silvertongued, irrepressibly curious character willing to risk everything, but with a survival instinct as well-developed as her sense of daring. Her daemon Pan and tomboyish ways only make me love her more.
2. Frankie Laundau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. A whip-smart girl decides she’s fed up with the status quo and infiltrates her private school’s secret society for boys only. Pulling off genius pranks and sending the whole school spinning, Frankie is a feminist tour de force all her own. Frankie for president.
3. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Give me a sensible heroine any day. Carson takes the chosen one trope and makes it fresh by creating in Elisa a “chosen” heroine who’s also a student of military history and a zaftig lover of pastry. Elisa’s continued sensible action in the face of whatever challenges come at her make a heroine to root for and to remember.
4. Claire DeWitt from Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran. This non-YA novel about a former girl detective with a surrealist yet no-nonsense bent is one of my favorites in recent years. The heroine of the title, Claire DeWitt, is haunted by the memory of a missing childhood friend, even as she solves a crime in post-Hurricane-Katrina New Orleans. Flawed and fascinating, I can’t wait to see her again as the series continues.
5. Katsa from Graceling (and Bitterblue) by Kristin Cashore. I adore all Cashore’s heroines, but I believe Katsa is my favorite. She’s tough—physically and emotionally—and as the story unfolds she becomes even stronger. She becomes strong enough to trust the hero, Po. But it’s her fierce defense of Bitterblue, her belief in those she cares for, and her unwillingness to compromise her principles in the name of convention that make Katsa such a wonderful character.
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