By Shannon Duffy
Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe — the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.
As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.
I am happy to take part in the blog tour for Spectral, and was lucky to receive a copy of the book for review. First of all, I really enjoyed the whole witness protection, picking up and moving all over background to this story. It was interesting and engaging, and gave things a little spice to get the book started. (I wish there had been more of this!) I really liked Jewel, too, for her desire to break free, figure out who and what she was, and solve her own problems. She was a great character and brought the story to life. I did feel like the love-triangle thing with Chase & Roman felt a little off, but overall the romance angle was fun and kept the pages turning. I have no idea if there is another book planned, but I hope there is if only because I would have loved to get more insight into the covens, endowments, and other interesting parts of the witches' world! It seems like such an interesting place :) Overall, this was a quick and fun read, with lots of action and a great heroine--do check it out!
***Minor side note here to say that I'm posting today on the awesome David P. King's blog, too, so go check it out, and follow his blog if you aren't already--it rocks!***
A little more about the author: Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.
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