I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Friday, June 9, 2017

Spectral Review

Shannon Duffy
Ebook Format
Publisher: Tribute Books
ISBN: 9-780-98374-187-9
Release Date: April 10th 2012
Overall Rating: 4/5

            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.

            So. . . My thought after finishing this book was holy crap did I just read that? So much happened. Jewels or True or whatever her name is this week was a trooper, she took certain things with a grain of salt, and she didn’t lose it like I would have. Traveling all over the world sounds like a good time but in Jewel’s case it wasn’t. There were many things about this book that I really liked and a few things I didn’t. One thing I couldn’t stand was the love triangle that started to form, I hate those with a passion, but I’m the powers that be that this one wasn’t as bad the others. I don’t think I could have dealt with that. Another thing I didn’t enjoy was Jewel’s aunt and uncle, man if I could reach into the book and slap some sense into them I would. Pause for a second and imagine doing just that to a character in a book. Feels good doesn’t it?
            What I really enjoyed was the fact that you could relate to Jewel no matter what you’re going through, the feeling of being unsure and confused hits us all at one time or another. In a short amount of time Jewel’s learns more about herself and the people around her than ever before. She finds out who and what she really is and who she trust. I enjoyed discovering all with Jewel instead of just being told about it.
            There is so much I want to say about this book but don’t want to give away anything; but I will say this was an amazing story. They way the tale was spun had me at the edge of my seat, grasping in disbelief. Honestly Spectral was so much better than I thought it would be, and I’m glad I took a chance on it. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself and see.

Shannon Duffy's Bio:

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.

You can Spectral at these places
Amazon - $2.99
Barnes and Noble - $4.95
Google - $3.79
Smashwords - $4.99
PDF - $4.95

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