Author: Shannon Duffy
Published: April 10, 2012
Source: Tribute Books
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 really enjoyed Spectral. It was a new and interesting kind of story that hasn’t been discovered yet. Spectral was different and interesting, and it kept you focused on the book, which was a very good thing!
The cover was really pretty. It drew you in and captured your attention. Her face is so captivating that it held your focus for a few seconds, and then it would release you and let your eyes wander to the pretty butterfly on her arm! J
The story had a mysterious tone to it. All you wanted to do was find out why she was on the run and who her family was running from. Spectral is full of twists and turns that keep your attention and makes you turn the pages. It was very well written, and there were almost no spelling and grammar mistakes that I picked up on!
Jewel is the follower type, or that’s what it makes you believe in the beginning of the book. She is moved from school to school, running from some mysterious person who her parents refuse to tell her. She decides she wants to know the truth, and when she begins digging she is determined, and no one can stop her.
Then there is Roman, who, according to me, is amazingly sexy. He is the “bad boy” type that everyone tells you to stay away from, but you don’t and they end up being the sweetest and most caring people ever. Yeah, that’s Roman. While he is that, he is also surrounded by an air of mystery, and you never can quite pinpoint him until the very end.
All in All:
I really enjoyed Spectral. It was a quick and easy read, and you should definitely read it if you like stories about witches! J 4 out of 5 Tacos!