The Silverwoods are a clan with a messy history and an uncertain future, responsible to protect humanity from the shape-shifting Tromindox. Helen Silverwood, fourteen, is beginning to realize that she will never lead a normal life. There have been clues: Her mother's unusual work habits, her father's absence, her brother's strange abilities with a pencil and paper, and her own recurring dreams and hacker tendencies. And, the family's constant moves from place to place. Things are about to get much more complicated, and it all leads to the remote town of Brokeneck, California. Can the Silverwoods keep from losing each other in space and time, while unraveling a dangerous mystery?
About the Author
Betsy Streeter grew up on a steady diet of Star Trek, The Muppet Show, Atari, and musical rehearsals in her family's living room. Her habits of making up stories and drawing and painting on everything within reach eventually led to degrees in art and communication from Stanford University. She has worked in film and video production, design, and video games, and is president of a community theatre. She and her family are voracious consumers of books, music, movies, art, action figures, and musical instruments, resulting in inadequate storage space. Betsy has published single-panel cartoons, comics, art, and short fiction in paper, digital, graffiti, and tattoo form. She lives in Northern California with her husband, son, daughter, two peculiar and disruptive cats, and a mellow but hungry tarantula.
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Silverwood by Betsy Streeter is a very different sort of paranormal novel. It is very unique with its characters and monsters. When I first started reading it, I was very confused. So much weird information but no background information to explain it. If you get past the first part of the book, it all starts to make sense. Clan Silverwood started out as people living on a high mountain. Every year they had a festival. They drew beautiful pictures on the walkways. One was of a gnarled silver tree. They would send one person to the tree each year as a "sacrifice". They were kept safe from invaders. One year an old woman came to the village. When she was a little girl, she was one of the "sacrifices". She tells them what the tree and its beautiful "leaves" (small round circles with holes in the center) really are and why the village has to protect the tree. Kate Silverwood is married to Gabriel (who is currently in prison--or supposed to be) and they have two children. Kate is a bounty hunter. She chases Tromindox (more on them a little later). For every Tromindox that she kills, she gets money. Helen Silverwood is fourteen and a very unusual girl. She is a hacker (do not think computers). She can take apart items and make them into something else. She takes apart toasters, phones, waffle irons, etc. She can look at an item and see all the insides. Helen also has very special blood! Her brother, Henry is nine years old and can draw the future. He is a smart little boy and wise beyond his years. Unfortunately, they have to keep moving. Because of Helen's unique blood, she is wanted by the Council (Council of Portals). One day they receive a visit and are sent on a new path. They have to go to Brokeneck, California. They will face many difficulties on the way to their destination, but the family will face a bigger battle when they arrive. Tromindox are unusual creatures. They can look like nasty squid like creatures or like a human. They are shape shifters and mimics. They can also get digital faces (complicated). Tromindox feed on human brain waves or activity. They use their venom to immobilize their prey (humans), dissolve the body, and consume the person's energy. It can take a while before the human is completely absorbed by the Tromindox. Before the person is completely absorbed, they can be rescued by Helen's (or Garbriel's) blood. I give Silverwood 4 out of 5 stars. It is very interesting, but also a very complicated book. Once you get into the story, you do not want to put it down. Silverwood will be released on March 15, 2015. The sequel will not be out until 2016. I have tried to give you enough details of the book to give you the general gist, but not too much to give away spoilers. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.