Roanoke Vanishing

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Avery Lane is driven to discover the fate of the 117 missing colonists of Roanoke. When she encounters a mysterious group called the Descendants, who are determined to keep the colony's secret hidden, Avery must choose between her obsession for the past and her own survival. Will solving this mystery cost her everything? Is there more to this secret than what is buried at Roanoke? Haunted by visions of the past, she must find answers before the Descendants stop her and forever ...
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Overview

Avery Lane is driven to discover the fate of the 117 missing colonists of Roanoke. When she encounters a mysterious group called the Descendants, who are determined to keep the colony's secret hidden, Avery must choose between her obsession for the past and her own survival. Will solving this mystery cost her everything? Is there more to this secret than what is buried at Roanoke? Haunted by visions of the past, she must find answers before the Descendants stop her and forever banish the truth.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781482036145
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/20/2013
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Posted March 25, 2014

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    3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Yes, and no, but mostly yes

    3.5 stars




    Did I enjoy this book: Yes, and no, but mostly yes – I think.
    I’m deeply conflicted about this book. I think the story idea is interesting. I believe Auburn Seal has really strong writing skills and a great imagination. I feel certain that we’ll see books from her in the future that are really good.




    I’m not sure Roanoke Vanishing is that book, unfortunately.




    I began the book expecting historical fiction. But then ghosts showed up, we had a murder mystery, we flashed back to England in the 1500’s, then a love story.




    I usually like complicated books with lots of twists and turns. I’m just not sure it worked in this case. There were too many cross-genre moments. You can blend maybe historical fiction with a mystery (like National Treasure with Nicolas Cage). Or romance, murder, and ghosts if you’re really good (like Ghost with Demi Moore).




    But it’s nearly impossible to mix ghosts, murder, history, romance, mystery, betrayal, etc. into one story. But she comes darn close.
    She may have been able to pull it off except for one character development flaw. Avery initially lacked clear motivation to risk everything to solve this ancient mystery.




    Her boyfriend broke up with her, someone broke into her house and threatened her, her professor claimed he’d fail her. And she’s too pigheaded to stop. I couldn’t figure out – and believe me I tried – what her motivation was to risk everything to solve a mediocre historical mystery.




    But I have to give her points for trying. I enjoyed each story individually but as a whole the novel lacked cohesiveness.




    Would I recommend it: If she makes specific revisions to tighten the novel’s focus, I think it’d be a grand slam story.




    Will I read it again: And yes, I’d love to read it again.




    As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.




    (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest  review.)

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