Author: Auburn Seal
Publisher: Keys Publishing House
Source: ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Tour Company: AToMR
Genre: New Adult/Adult Historical Mystery
What if the only thing standing between you and certain death was the spirit of someone long dead?
Avery Lane, a plucky grad student, is determined to discover the fate of the colonists from sixteenth century Roanoke. Nearly one-hundred twenty souls vanished without a trace in August 1597 and their demise has remained a mystery to world's historical experts. Aided by a ghost from that time, Avery is certain that she is closer than ever to the truth, but soon discovers that some people will stop at nothing to keep the secret buried. Can Avery find the answers she seeks before it’s too late?
Flirty Review: Four Lip Bites
Avery Lane is a die hard grad student and very passionate about lost colony of Roanoke as she prepares to present her theories to her favorite professor, Jonas Allen. Except Jonas doesn't want her investigating further into Roanoke. He's very insistent about it, in fact. But it's not a "nice" insistence, he's harsh and surprises Avery. It's a side of the man she revered that she has never seen before. Then strange things start to happen. Avery is followed by a car going home and someone breaks into her house and paints a strange symbol as a warning. Things aren't right but it doesn't stop Avery from researching her new theories on Roanoke, theories that rebuke Jonas's theories. With help of her best friend Jen, Avery uncovers more and more that someone doesn't want known which is a dangerous thing.
Roanoke Vanishing is told from two perspectives in two different time periods, Avery and Elinor Dare's. Elinor Dare is one of the first settlers in Roanoke and her daughter is the first born on the new settlement, the famous baby Virginia Dare. I had no problem switching between POVs and in different time frames. I likes that Auburn Seal could write both time periods well. The dialogue, the world build, the characteristics of each period were well described. I really loved discovering the new world with Elinor and her family, it was very interesting.
Another aspect in Avery's story is that she's visited by ghosts who help her find clues to evidence of the lost colony. I liked this touch because we are then introduced to what will become the ongoing antagonists, the Descendants. They are the ones trying to silence Avery and her search for answers to Roanoke. But what the ghosts tell her is everything but what actually happened to the colony. They give her clues, but no definite answers. Which I thought was so funny since Avery and the ghosts carried on full conversations and they could have easily told her the real reasons the colony disappeared without her going through this whole thing to find the clues to then find answers. I kept on talking to the book, "Just spit it out."
Be that as it may, Roanoke Vanishing is a nice history mystery. It held my interest, but being the person I am, I would have loved to see some more romance. Oh well. Maybe book two.
She is a fair-weather blogger (it’s possible she has commitment issues), and has a unique ability to weave the dead into her stories.
Auburn graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Student Loans. Oops, Justice Studies. Note the irony. Still, Go Sun Devils!
One of her favorite activities is getting to know new people, so send her an e-mail and check out her website. firstname.lastname@example.org
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