Review by Cass Moriarty: Welcome to Blackwood.

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Front Cover: Welcome to Blackwood

Welcome to Blackwood (Hawkeye Publishing 2020) by Khaiah Thompson is a young adult paranormal fiction novel about a town where ‘nothing is as it seems’.

Featuring shape shifters, handsome strangers, a fairy-tale feel, Truth-Seekers, the Mundanes, genetics, Soul-Stealers, the supernatural and family secrets, these are combined with the expected adolescence angst and issues of self-identity common to most young adult novels.

The protagonist, Freya, is clever and quick-witted and the dialogue is funny and engaging.

This genre is not my usual read, but I can see why some readers – especially young adult readers keen on mystery, the paranormal and supernatural, the unexplained and the unknown – would be simultaneously frightened, enchanted, enamoured and excited by this story of unusual characters set in an unusual place.

The dialogue is especially authentic. I suspect this will be the first in a series of books that develops an almost cult-like following amongst certain readers.

You can buy Welcome to Blackwood from all good bookstores and libraries or you can directly from Hawkeye here.

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Additional Review by Cate Sawyer.

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