Thursday, May 24, 2012
Review: Spectral by Shannon Duffy
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Amazon Product Description:
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.
Wonderful characters, fast-paced, intriguing, engaging storyline, all around good read!!!
Shannon Duffy has created characters that you fall for instantly. The "bad guys" are nasty and well developed. The kind of antagonists that you love to hate! All the characters are given personalities that bring them to life in your mind as you read the story. She sets them in a world that is constantly tilting for them, keeping them off-balance and running. She has blended a magical, realistic world that is both fantastic and believable. The plot is intriguing and the suspense is sustained to the end. The romantic element is nicely done, keeping it teen while being meaningful, realistic and sweet. The idea of family and what is means and symbolizes for the characters is a wonderful element in the story.
It's an all-around good read. You don't want to miss this one.