Spectral by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: April 10th 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
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Okay so, let me start off by saying that I LIVE for romance in YA novels, especially forbidden romances. Besides an awesome plot, F.O.L.(full of life-in Depth) Characters, and the twists that I didn't see coming, it’s what I enjoy most about losing myself in a book, pure bliss! And Spectral has it.
The relationship between Jewel and Roman is so dangerous! But that passion and danger also makes it breathtakingly and beautiful; It definitely added more tension to the story.I held my breath with their every encounter. Duffy’s description throughout the novel is wonderful- this story had it's own special voice. Duffy did an amazing job making me feel as if I were with Jewel and her family always traveling and hiding. Jewel’s dialect was authentic. She was a very likable character. Although I tend to have issues with weakness in MC's, Jewel's weakness was also part of her strength, and she overcomes her fears in record time. I loved this girl. I see a lot of potential in Duffy, I can't wait to see what she has next. I could gush and gush and go on forever about the things I liked in this book. If you’re looking for a read to lose yourself in, with lots of romance and paranormal twits, I recommend Spectral.