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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 di ...more
ebook, 242 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Tribute Books
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Lately I’ve taken a bit of a nose dive with paranormal reads, whereas before I couldn’t get enough and use to devour them in one sitting, I feel as though many continue to follow the same clichéd paths and thus are unable to keep my attention. However with Spectral I was first drawn to it because of the cover; it had a mesmerising allure to it and my interest was piqued by reading the blurb, what was up with Jewel? And what does fate have in store for her?

Jewel and her family have been on the r
Lauren Hammond
This book was awesome! Trust. If you love a good para/romance, you will want to read this!
Veronica Bartles
Honestly, I read this book as a favor for a friend and I was a little bit hesitant when I picked it up. I usually read YA contemporary novels, and I haven't been too impressed with the paranormal trend in YA lit. (I wasn't a huge fan of the TWILIGHT saga, and I'm probably the only person in the world who doesn't have any desire to read HARRY POTTER), so I wasn't sure if this book was for me. I began to read with a healthy dose of skepticism, determined simply to find a few good things to say abo ...more
Kelly Hashway
I love a good witch book, so I had to read this the second it was available, and I wasn't disappointed. Jewel is an amazing character. Her parents have been lying to her her entire life, and it leaves Jewel feeling disconnected from everyone, except her little brother. And she has good reason for feeling this way. I won't give spoilers, so you'll have to read it to find out what I mean, but let me just say that Duffy throws a twist in here that is truly awesome. Actually, she throws quite a few ...more
Rachel Harris
Spectral is a fun ride filled with intrigue, suspicion, twists and turns, lies and betrayals, kick a$$ super powers, and most importantly, hot guys.

So, so many hot guys.

While Jewel is torn between Chase (the swoony boy next door) and Roman (the sexy, brooding guardian), I fell hard for Roman's cousin Stefano. He might not play a huge role in the book itself, but Oh Mylanta, does he float my boat. Sigh.

As a protagonist, Jewel Rose is so relatable. She grows in strength and as a character throu
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
This dark, menacing book has brought me something to read. Simply wonderful!
Trisha Wolfe
Spectral is a non-stop thrill ride! From the moment Jewel discovers an unsettling truth her world turns upside down. And with two boys vying for her attention, her struggles only multiply as she battles to protect herself and her family from an unstoppable evil.

Shannon puts an original twist on a paranormal theme we’ve seen before, but never like this. I was lucky enough to read this story while Shannon was writing it as her critique partner, and I looked forward to each new chapter showing up i
Marie DeLaRosa
Wow where to begin on this review, Jewel is not your average teenage girl, unfortunately due to being in the “witness protection" or at least that is what she has been told, she has moved quite often, each time a new place and new identity. Finally they arrive at their new home and things start to change, as her seventeenth birthday nears closer and closer Jewel starts to uncover secrets about her family, if they really are her family that is…This is when we mean hot and mysterious Roman, now la ...more
“Three Stars: An action packed book filled with witches and deceit!

Jewel and her family are yet again relocating. For her entire life, almost seventeen years now, she, her parents and little brother have been part of the witness protection program. They are constantly on the run, hiding from the bad guys. Jewel's life consists of new schools, no friends, constant moving and new aliases. She is sick and tired of living a nomadic life, never able to settle in one place long enough to make friends
Jessie Harrell
This is the third witch book I've read in a row, and like the others, it did not disappoint. I'll be posting a full review later on my blog as part of the blog tour.
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Witches/Romance
RECEIVED: Received for Review for Tour

I’m always looking for a novel with an original touch and Spectral I felt had the special something I was looking for. I loved the mystery behind the main characters, not knowing who she really was and what her family was running away from. Shannon Duffy wrote a story with lots of twist and turns that keep me turning the pages.

Jewel has only known one thing her whole life; he
Wendy Hines
The minute I started reading I was caught up in Jewels life and had a hard time putting the story down. I made predictions along the way and was quite surprise when the usual story line was different than the usual. In the beginning of the story, I will admit I did compare it to Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She didn't know she was a witch till it was close to her birthday. However, that is where all the similarities go. Which makes me one happy girl! Some things were the same like the love triangl ...more
I really enjoyed Spectral. It was a new and interesting kind of story that hasn’t been discovered yet. Spectral was different and interesting, and it kept you focused on the book, which was a very good thing!

The cover was really pretty. It drew you in and captured your attention. Her face is so captivating that it held your focus for a few seconds, and then it would release you and let your eyes wander to the pretty butterfly on her arm! J

The story had a mysterious tone
3.5 stars

Spectral starts off with Jewel’s family moving in to other town. Jewel’s family moves a lot and she gets tired with all the new schools, new friends, and new names. She is convinced that her family is in some kind of witness protection program so she never asks much question about the whole moving thing.

In this new town, Jewel’s false name is True. She quickly makes friends with a very bubbly girl named Taylor and Chase, the guy who seems interested to her. Jewel tries not to get her ho
The Sweet Bookshelf
First off, the cover is gorgeous! It is also perfect for the book. Right down to the color jade and that little butterfly. Everything is relevant to the story. It is so eye catching and beautiful. The model I mean, this is just a great cover. Props to the designer. Isn't it stunning?! This is one of my top favorite covers of 2012.

Now, let me tell you that this book wasn't for me. I'm going to tell you what I like and what didn't resonate well with me. OK?

I was quickly swept up in this
Spectral opens with Jewel having no idea what she is. As far as she’s concerned, her father did something when she was a baby and they have been in the witness protection programme ever since, often having to run for their lives in the spur of the moment. They are constantly on the run and moving from place to place. So, she is somewhat surprised to come home from school one day to find her grandmother and an aunt and uncle at her house. When she overhears them having a conversation about her be ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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 peopl
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)

The Good
Okay, this review is going to be difficult. Spectral is the kind of book that hits you with surprise after surprise. With so many twists, I don't know what I can talk about without revealing too much. I'll try not to divulge any more than what's in the summary.

A Special Jewel...
Jewel and her family have been running since Jewel's birth. Staying in different cities across the world for no more than a few months. But why they have to pack up at a mi
Convinced she is a part witness protection program; Jewel’s life is all about moving from one place to another, one school to other. Tired of living this live, Jewel has stopped questioning. Being born in total lunar eclipse which was same time as the full moon during summer solstice, Jewel Rose is a very special girl who is destined to be powerful all on her seventeenth birth day and witches from other covens are after her life. Not knowing how much danger she is in, Jewel tried to adjust her n ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun

“Listen to me , Jewel. I wanna tell you a story..........It’s the story of the butterfly....”

I absolutely loved Spectral. Shannon has written a great story. All is not what it seems, and I loved the curveballs Shannon threw at us.

I am going to say, the guys in this book are gorgeously written. Chase Quinn, the jock type, Mr Karate kid, is a fine specimen and I would love to read more about him. Stefano, is a little sarcastic, gorgeous of course, he
Cecilia Robert
Jewel and her family have been moving from place to place all her life. In each destination required a fresh start complete with change of names. All she knows is what her parents have told her: escaping the mob. One night she overhears a conversation which changes how she perceives things, and finally finds out who she is. A Spectral: Like the ultimate witch. She also gets to meet a boy, Roman, who says he is her guardian. There is more than meets the eye where Roman and his coven in Italy are ...more
Charlotte  Black
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Shannon Duffy's Spectral is fascinatingly unusual straight from the off. To begin, Jewel is moving to a new location. Her dad, mum and younger brother all have new names to get used to (for Jewel its 'True'), and Jewel has a new school to attend. They're all part of the witness protection program and on the run from bad guys chasing her father...or so she thinks. Things start getting weird when Jewel overhears a stran
Sarika Patkotwar
I had been seeing Spectral around a lot when it came out. The moment I saw the words witches and magic, I knew this was one book that I had to read no matter what. Add to that a gorgeous cover and an intriguing summary. I won the book in the Indie Author giveaway hop. Unfortunately, I just didn't get the chance to read it even when I had the copy. Then came the Spectral Read-a-thon hosted by Nicole @ Tribute Books whom I'd like to thank and it was so much fun chatting with her! I knew this was m ...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
“Anything for my butterfly,” he whispered, and then softly pressed his lips against mine.

What an amazing read! I didn’t know what to except going into Spectral, but now that I am done all I can say is with romance, action, mystery, suspense, and witchcraft all put into one epic novel, this has made one amazing YA debut!

Spectral is through the eyes of True…well at least that is her name for the moment, True’s real name is Jewel. Jewel is a part of the witness protection program, her and her famil
Renee Rearden
Every story has its own theme. Even if it’s a premise that’s been done before, execution makes all the difference. Light, fun and predictable can still succeed. It mostly did for Spectral.

The plot both worked for me and it didn’t. The opening chapter drops the reader into an active scene full of tension. Curiosity had me flipping pages to get all the details explaining Jewel’s life in the witness protection program and why her family was moving yet again. As a reader, I was definitely sucked in
"Esta es la historia de una mariposa.."

Bueeeno, pues lo encontré en mi lista interminable, y dije, ¿por qué no? Así que empecé a leerlo en cuanto leí un chico sexy y misterioso, ah, Roman, mi querido italiano.

Bueno, Jewel ha estado siempre huyendo de su familia, piensa que esta en algún tipo de protección de testigos, así que cuando llega a un pueblo y un chico misterioso le dice que esta en peligro y que él es su guardián esto se vuelve un poco mas loco.

Así que Jewel empieza a investigar el po
Tia Bach
Jewel has been running all her life, but she's always had her family. Or so she thinks. Now known as True, since every location requires a name change, Jewel faces her seventeenth birthday in a new town with no friends. Then she meets Chase and Roman. She's drawn to both boys, but Roman is different. Soon she finds out, so is she.

The story takes the reader through a maze of self-discovery with scenes full of emotion, confusion, action, peril, and romance. Jewel is drawn to Roman, who declares hi
This is a Bookcase to Heaven™ review.


Spectral was a brilliant mash-up of everything I loved, and Shannon Duffy's skilful mastering of all the aspects of YA is, in one word, sensational.

Let me start off by explaining the various well-executed ingredients in this tale. From the daunting experience of being the new girl in school to crushing on the ridiculously beautiful new boy in town, from ancient family secrets to dangerous kidnapping across continents, and lastly, a cat-and-mouse chase from c
Novels On The Run


“Listen to me , Jewel. I wanna tell you a story..........It’s the story of the butterfly....”

I absolutely loved Spectral. Shannon has written a great story. All is not what it seems, and I loved the curveballs Shannon threw at us.

I am going to say, the guys in this book are gorgeously written. Chase Quinn, the jock type, Mr Karate kid, is a fine specimen and I would love to read more about him. Stefano, is a little sarcastic, gorg
I liked this book, although I should admit, this is not really that memorable.

I would like to start this review by complimenting the author for making a protagonist that isn't dumb or too much of a damsel. Jewel is a fine lead. She's bold, clever, and independent when she needs to be. My only problem of her is that she constantly say "hot" or "gorgeous" every time she meet Roman or Chase. And when I say constantly, I'm not kidding. She even has this annoying way of thinking how hot this two guys
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