Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spectral by Shannon Duffy ~Blog Tour Review

Today I am delighted to be a part of Tribute Books Spectral Blog Tour. Grab a cup of coffee and check out my review:

by Shannon Duffy
Publisher: Tribute Books
Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Buy: Barnes and Noble / Amazon

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.(synopsis from Goodreads)

Spectral is the debut novel of author Shannon Duffy. This young adult paranormal romance offers us a delightful looks at witches, covens and the power of celestial events. This was a beautifully written, fast paced tale that kept me engaged. Spectral is sure to delight fans of paranormal, suspense and mystery as we travel from a small town in the Midwest, to Russia and Italy.

The tale begins with Jewel and her family moving yet again. Jewel and her family are in the witness protection program and she along with her seven year old brother Jayden have moved with her parents just about twice a school year. There are those who wish to harm them, and it’s never safe. She was just starting to make friends at her old school when her Dad whisked her away in the middle of class. When they arrive, they pick new names and head off to their new school…but not before their parents go over the rules. 1. What are your names? 2. Our names?  3. Where did you moved from and 4. The biggest rule of all for Jewel; let no one see your scar! The tale that unfolds was engaging and suspenseful as Jewel begins to discover things about who she is.  

The characters in Spectral were interesting. Whether I loved them or hated them they felt genuine. Jewel is a typical seventeen year old, who adores her brother and tries for their own safety to obey her parents. I questioned why she didn’t demand more information about why they had to keep running, but the human mind is complex and I know plenty of people who choose to ignore the pink elephant in the room. Despite this, I liked Jewel; she was brave, sweet and loyal. This novel presents a love triangle. Ugh! However Jewel does indicate her choice, but we all know that could change with the stroke of a pen. First we have Chase, school athlete, tall and gorgeous he befriends Jewel and makes his intentions known. Then there is dark and mysterious guitar carrying Jacob. He knows about Jewel and her family; he has been tracking them. Both boys are completely swoon- worthy and I adored them both. I will leave you to decide which team you will join. Now the characters I loved to hate…you will meet a snotty, stuck-up female bully and an Aunt straight from the movie Matilda. A Grandma that reminded me of Raymond’s mother Marie from Everyone Loves Raymond. She was all sweet and gooey on the outside and sour in the middle.

The world-building was exciting in Spectral. I loved Duffy’s take on witches, the covens and of course Jewel. At times it had elements that reminded me of the DaVinci Code and I loved it. While I am so not a fan of love triangles, Duffy did a great job with it. To complicate matters she mixed in a little insta-love and forbidden romance! I know by now you are seriously scratching your head but all of these elements are present and it was believable. While the plot leaves room for sequels, this book would work well as a standalone.

I recommend Spectral to fans of paranormal romance, suspense and witches. I read Spectral in a few hours and found it to be an entertaining and delightful tale. I have added Duffy to my list of authors to watch. 

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5. 

Shannon Duffy
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.

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At May 22, 2012 at 4:03 AM , Blogger Danny said...

This sounds so wonderful! And let's face it, the cover is beyond beautiful! Wonderful Review and although I'm not such a big fan of witches, this one sounds great!

At May 22, 2012 at 7:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally didn't enjoy the characters too much, but I really loved the whole plot line. Plus, the cover is stunning. :)
Wonderful review ! :D

At May 22, 2012 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Lindsay said...

Captivating cover and the story sounds good, although not in my usual genre. Nice review.

At May 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Sounds like a great story line...and I love that cover...wish I had her hair and eyes!

At May 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM , Blogger Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I have this book coming up. I am excited about the witches and the witness protection part but not the love triangle and the mean girl. Thanks for your thorough review. I am glas that overall you enjoyed it. I will have to come back and compare notes when I review this onr!

At May 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good :) I could do with something light at the moment. I am all over the place and needs to sit still and read

At May 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Tribute Books said...

Kimba, thanks for the review!

At May 22, 2012 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I'll say I love that cover!! It is beautiful. And sounds like a wonderful YA read. :) Thank you!

At May 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Fictional Candy said...

This sounds interesting. I think I might give it a try. I've really been digging on the books from Tribute, so I'm betting this one is good too!

At May 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM , Anonymous Christy @ Love of Books said...

This cover is really pretty. And I love that the story takes place in different parts of the world.


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