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- Title: Spectral
- Author: Shannon Duffy
- BN ID: 2940014212656
- ISBN: 9780983741879
- ISBN: 9781476293585
- Publisher: Tribute Books
- Publication date: 4/10/2012
- Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
My Thoughts on Spectral:
Imagine being a 16 year old girl who has been on the run her whole life, no friends, no internet, no boyfriends…nada! Every time you had to move it was a new name, new identity, the whole nine yards sort of thing. Now of course you have no idea why your parents do this, but you expect it to be because the mob is after them.
But what if it was really because you were a once in a lifetime magical being that only occurred during the summer solstice when there was both a full moon and total eclipse. This being, this Spectral, would be the most sought after in the magical world you didn’t even know existed. Some would want you for your power, but some covens just want to kill you!
Join the battle for life, for power, but above all for love. Follow the life of Jewel (or True among other names) as she heads down a path of self discovery, learning about love, but most of all she learns that she has no idea who to trust.
Like many stories I read, I’m not always reading the synopsis, so that leaves me going in completely blind. I’m not complaining now, but I had absolutely no idea when I picked this one up to read. I was sucked in by the first chapter, and had a difficult time putting it down.
The action was creative, believable, and suspenseful. The love story was sweet, innocent, and had you wondering who Jewel would choose. The structure played within the family settings were on par with your run of the mill dysfunctional unit. It was really the perfect blend of fantasy and reality that I loved about the story.
I highly recommend this one for young adults, and those who enjoy romantic urban fantasy. It’s a page turner, so give yourself time to read it from start to finish, because you won’t want to put it down.
4.5 out of 5 Controllers
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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Shannon Duffy's Website: http://www.shannonduffylit.
Shannon Duffy's Blog: http://1fantasyfairy.blogspot.
Shannon Duffy's GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/
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