Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spectral by Shannon Duffy Blog Tour and Book Review!

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.

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.

My Review:
First off I wouldn't be doing the cover justice if I didn't mention how gorgeous it was. Truly eye catching.

I always love it when I am pleasantly surprised by a book. When the writing and storyline go above and beyond my expectations for it.

When I find myself caught up in the story and the lives of the characters. When I put other things, like laundry, on hold so I can finish the book and get lost in the story.

This truly is one of those stories.

The writing was well done, the characters are people you would want to know. The story never gets boring or lags and there are so many unforeseen twists and turns that you feel a little dizzy like you just stepped off a roller coaster ride.

And did I yet mention the wonderful guys in this story? Chase and Roman and even Stefano, are all wonderful characters that you can't help but like and maybe even swoon over a little.

Jewel is courageous and brave and as time goes on becomes one heck of a kick butt heroine. Her whole world was turned upside down in a matter of weeks and really, she handled it beautifully.

This was one of those stories that you really hope there will be a sequel too because you want another adventure to go on. You don't want the story to end.

If you are a fan of paranormal romance this really is one of those reads that you just can't miss out on. 

I give this one 4 Solid Stars!



  1. I love when you can really connect with the story and characters! I agree, the cover is stunning! Great review!

  2. So glad this was w good for you, I have it coming up. I am all for a good paranormal romance with not guys. I love the cover as well. Tribute Books does some great covers!

  3. Ali, I'm so glad this was one of those "the laundry can wait" books for you. Love it! Thanks for the review.

    Mindy, I hope you get a chance to check it out. It's only $2.99 on Kindle.

    Heidi, thanks for the compliment on Shannon's cover designer.

  4. @Heidi, I completely agree about the covers, all of the ones I have seen so far have been gorgeous!
    I hope you like this one too!

    @Tribute Books, you are so welcome. I really hope there will be a sequel!!