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ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Shannon Duffy
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Number of Pages: 334
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.
Spectral by Shannon Duffy is a mind-blowing mystery full of witchcraft, and deception. When I picked up this book, I was instantly wrapped up in the story. Jewel and her family have been on the run for as long as she can remember, moving every six months as part of the witness protection program. This last move is different from all the others, because this time whoever is after them almost caught them. At her new school she meet the gorgeous nice guy jock, Chase, who also takes notice of her. She also cannot seem to stop thinking about the new guy, Ramon, who has a bit of a bad boy edge.
When Jewel thinks that her biggest issue is which guy she likes, her extended family shows up. When her Grandmother, Aunt, and Uncle, everything starts to change and Jewel is not sure whom she should trust. Ramon is telling her that her family is dangerous, but Jewel does not exactly know a lot about Ramon. As things become complicated, Jewel digs to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her family looking for answers.
This book kept me on my toes, with its fast pace and quick changing events. Just as I thought I knew what was going on, Shannon Duffy took the story around a corner I did not see coming. I loved both of the love interests; I could understand how difficult it was on Jewel to choose just one. Ramon had a special draw, because of his magical abilities, but Chase was everything normal that Jewel craved.
I really like Jewel as a character, she starts a little on the meek side, but she grows and changes throughout the story. I like watching and experiencing a character grow and change during the story, because it gives the character depth. Shannon Duffy has done an unbelievable job with Spectral, and I could not be happier I had the chance to explore and experience Jewel’s story.
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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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