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Friday, 22 June 2012
SPECTRAL BY SHANNON DUFFY
Publisher: Tribute books
BLURB from Goodreads
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 like the cover of the book with the use of the butterfly. The Butterfly represents the painful transformation that Jewel with have to go through to become her new and powerful self in the book.
Now to the book, initially I got straight into it, then the pace seemed to almost stop at around 24%, and I thought hmm am I going to enjoy this book, but the pace picked up and hooked me back into the book right until the climatic ending of the book.
Jewel believes her family is the witness protection program, that they are running from the mob. So Jewel is shocked to realise that its not the whole family in danger, just her and that they are not running from "the mob" in fact they are running from extremely dangerous dark forces.
Jewel has to face many revelations about whom she thought her family were. No one is telling Jewel the truth she is snooping and investigating the issues herself with some help from a guy named Roman who started school the day after she did. Roman is a dark, mysterious figure who always seems to be around when Jewel is in danger but can she really trust Roman. In fact Jewel has to wonder quite a lot throughout this book whom she can and cannot trust around her. The book has some twists and turns within it that keep you interested to the end. I loved the relationship Jewel has with her little brother, the loving moments they share are depicted and described so well they make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
The ending of the book is done in such a way as it could be the end of the story, all the loose ends of the plot are tied up. however I would say the book has piqued my interest that I wonder what could happen in the future to the characters as well as wondering the further, future directions the plot could take.
Did I enjoy the book? Yes Would I read more in this series/by this author? Yes Would I recommend? Yes, you just need to be patient around the 24% and not want to rush the book!
Available from Amazon.co.uk