May 1, 2012

{Blog Tour} Review of Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Seeing Night Review is the next stop is the Spectral Blog tour with Tribute Books for Shannon Duffy.

Spectral Spectral by Shannon Duffy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Witches/Romance
RECEIVED: Received for Review for Tribute Books
AUTHORS BLOG: Shannon Duffys Blog

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’m always looking for a novel with an original touch and Spectral I felt had the special something I was looking for. I loved the mystery behind the main characters, not knowing who she really was and what her family was running away from. Shannon Duffy wrote a story with lots of twist and turns that keep me turning the pages.

Jewel has only known one thing her whole life; her family is on the wrong from some very dangerous people. Supposedly they are in witness protection but her mother and father keep her and her brother Jayden on a need to know basis. In their new town Jewel gets a new identity as True, but her new town brings new faces. She makes some friends and one boy in particular named Roman, who has many secrets and also has this connection with her. But it seems no matter where her family goes danger is not too far behind.

Jewel is probably the best big sister ever, she smart, tough and determined to keep her brother safe when danger is around. I think my favorite part was how much she enjoyed Jayden’s company; they pretty much only have each other since they don’t make lasting friends. I don’t read a lot of YA where the brother sister relationship is really focused on. Jewel has a lot to deal with when she discovers what her family is been hiding from her and its MAJOR!

Roman, I’m sure I’m not the only one but Roman was so swoon worthy. He is the Romeo of Jewel’s (Juliet), forbidden romance that has a ton of chemistry. I like forbidden love for some reason the part of fighting for what you want appeals to me and these two really have that connection.

The villains let just say they will surprise you, I actually wasn’t expecting it and when you find out who they are was pretty intense. I loved the suspense and danger of who they are and what they wanted to do.

Overall, the plot was well done and as I said before original, with small parts that may have dragged on a bit. But nonetheless this was a book that will keep your attention and make you want more. I hope Duffy continues this as a series because even though the ending was satisfying I very much want more.

This is a young adult novel; fans of authors Cara Lynn Shultz of Spellcaster and Rachel Hawkins of Hex Hall will love Spectral by Shannon Duffy.

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1 comment:

  1. Kristen, thanks for the review. Glad you became a fan of Jewel :)