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The Adventures of Jillian Spectre

(Jillian Spectre #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Welcome to the Mystic Quarter...

Jillian Spectre knows what happens after you die because the seventeen-year-old mystic seer can see the future of her clients even after they've passed on. And that's not even her coolest power... she can be in two places at once. Problem is, her heart can only be in one.

Supernatural abilities aside, she's a typical high school senior torn b
Kindle Edition, 231 pages
Published March 14th 2014 by Harper Impulse (first published March 13th 2014)
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Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute, bouncy, and waaaay more fun than I originally thought it would be!

First off, let's just get the iffy parts of the story out of the way.
The villain and his dangerous plot to take over the world?
It was ok. And I'll admit that it wouldn't be a big stretch of the imagination to think that someone could use supah-cool cell phones as a medium to suck in teens and adults.
But. I just wasn't feeling it for some reason.
Saving the world seemed sort of secondary to some of the other stuff that was
Kerri (Book Hoarder)

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I mean, come on! A girl who can read minds? A gorgeous cover? Count me in, I love that sort of stuff. But instead of the fun book I wanted, I found myself getting increasingly bored/frustrated as the book went on, and I ended up skimming a rather large chunk of it.

That said, I have a feeling that this book should be geared towards the younger end of the YA scale, so people should keep that in mind when considering this book.

There's a lot of
Harper Impulse's first YA read, and my first experience reading Nic Tatano's fiction - and a triumph on both sides!

I loved Jillian. She was super snarky but still felt like a legitimate teenager. The character was handled very deftly I thought, and never veered into "Mary Sue" territory. The love triangle was also handled in a refreshing way and didn't feel too old hat at all. An absolute highlight for me was the character of Jillian's best friend, Roxanne - who had me in stitches in almost ever
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Have you ever met someone with a really strong personality and you can’t stand them at first, but then you spend more time around them and realize they’re actually pretty awesome and next thing you know you’re BFF’s? That’s how I felt about The Adventures of Jillian Spectre.

Jillian Spectre is a seventeen-year-old seer living in New York City’s paranormal section. Her mom is a seer, her best friend is a muse, and the two guys she most wants to date are a mindreader and a telekinetic, respectively

Featured in a "Reading on a Theme" on Intellectual Recreation.

The Adventures of Jillian Spectre was a pleasant surprise.

Jillian is a seer. She lives in the Mystic Quarter of Manhattan with her mother. The two of them can see into the future. Jillian's best friend Roxanne is a muse. Her best guy friend, Ryan, can read minds. During one of her readings Jillian sees her client die, and then she sees heaven. This moment propels Jillian toward discovering a second power, learning about her missing f
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal, teen-ya
This was just 'meh' for me. It is a quick, plot driven read with high school characters that are geared toward the younger end of the YA scale. I would categorize it as a 'teen' read. In order to avoid too much explanation or creativity, many things in the plot take an expected path for the sake of convenience and quick explanation. It's all too neat and the timing is too perfect to really give it the punch it needs to hold tension and intrigue. The character development is a little strange, esp ...more
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley(dot)com.

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, and not what I was expecting.
Jillian is a seer but she can only see in to people's romantic future. That changes the day she accidentally sees someone's future after they've died. She sees into the Afterlife. She tells her mom who immediately tells the Council (the people who monitor Gifted people). Jillian then learns that her father is not actually dead, but is very much alive, and very e
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delightful! This book is a fast read and fun. It draws you in from the very beginning. I really enjoyed the relationship between Jillian and her best friend Roxanne and found myself chuckling out loud in the middle of their snappy conversations. I see a lot of YA fiction trying really hard to be relevant and deep and full of angst and there's a place for that type of book, sure. But thank God for Nic Tatano, who knows how to write a book I can take to the beach and just have a great time reading ...more
Nancy Brady
May 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, ya
A cute, quick YA paranormal fantasy read about a mystical seer. Jillian Spectre can see romance through her crystal ball. Not hers, but other people's. It is through her seer's powers that she finds out more than she bargained for and must save her friends and family from becoming 'pod' people, that is people so addicted to their technology (read: cell phone). Can she save them? And still find romance, too?
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nic Tatano's first YA novel and I have to say, it's good! I'm secretly a fan of paranormal love stories and this new series is actually pretty awesome!
Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
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This book sounded great. A girl who can see the afterlife? Interesting. The promise of more supernatural powers? Brilliant. Romance? Great. And a family member trying to take down society? It gets better--at least those were my thoughts as I read the blurb for this book and requested it. It also has a beautiful cover that intrigued me even more. However, from beginning to end, none of my original assumptions were proved correct an
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nic Tatano has fast become one of my favourite authors. The reason? His fantastic writing style, witty, kick ass characters and, best of all, the fact that by May he will have released three books this year! I like a productive author so I was pleased and surprised when browsing amazon to see there was a YA title attributed to Nic’s name! Turns out he’s started writing a YA Paranormal series as well as his Chick Lit novels, and I couldn’t be happier.

If you ask me what genres I like to read my fi
April Hollingworth
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth
Jillian Spectre is a mystic. She can see into anyone’s future up to 5 years, but only when in relation to romance, as she’s a novice and lives with her mum. Life’s good, until she finds she has a new power, and that her missing father is trying to take over the world! Then throw in the fact that she’s in love with Ryan Harker, friend extraordinaire, who happens to be a mindreader, and oblivious to how she feels about him. Life is definitely becoming more inte
Jane Hunt
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Adventures of Jillian Spectre is an exciting experience seen through the eyes of a seventeen year schoolgirl who has a special psychic talent. Jillian lives in the mystic quarter of New York and is a seer with defined powers pertaining to romance. When her psychic talents develop and her absent father appears Jillian's adventures become life changing and apocalyptic.

The story has strong, likeable characters and a fast paced pl
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calibre-library, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

READ THIS BOOK! No, seriously, this book was such an amazingly fun read that I feel obligated to tell everyone to take a break from the boring and annoying life filled with adult responsibilities and check out a fabulously joyous read. The humor of this quick paced book had me desperately clinging to it even though I should have been working or sleeping or doing something else that was not reading.

Jillian Spectre lives in a world w
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 more one the 2 stars rating.
The thing is this book is a quick read, quite short, so yeah, I read it quickly.
The characters are ok. + for the heroine and her best girl friend because they are fun teenagers but the rest was clichés over clichés. The paranormal girl who finds out her dad isn't dead but went coo coo for power because he was special and wait for it maybe she is too. Suspense suspense! NOT. The characters and the stories. I just found the story way to predictable. The world buildi
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 Stars

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and HarperImpulse to review.

I found this to be an easy, interesting read. I really liked the world that Nic Tatano built and I found myself intrigued by the whole concept. I liked the idea of a world where having paranormal powers are not a secret. The idea of a muse was something that I thought was rather original, which is satisfying when reading a book in this genre, because it seems almost everything has been done already.

Overall I was
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this more. I appreciated the veer away from the overdone love triangle territory and there was nothing specifically WRONG with the book, but it just failed to really capture me.

The romance was pretty lukewarm and the world building was very flimsy. I never felt that I had a good idea of how powers worked or why Jillian was so special.

It didn't have many grammar mistakes and the writing flowed very nicely however. Ther
Gina Shoen
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this fast paced paranormal YA rom/com, the story was fast paced, the characters personalities were great and the plot was well thought out and very well written. I was happy to see that there will soon be a follow up also!

I enjoyed the fact that while this book is geared for high school aged teens, it wasn't full of foul language, bad attitudes or gratuitous sex. The heroine was snarky, yet respectful and both the main female characters send a very positive message to teen and
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
Goodreads, why don't you give me the option to give this book 10 stars? It's amazing and I want the sequel now. I can't even formulate a well thought out review right now...maybe later. Just read this book.
Courtney Vasiliev
This book had an interesting plot, but sadly the story fell short for me. I found myself very bored when reading this and after a month of picking it up and putting it down I decided about 60% of the way through I would not be continuing with this book.
This book was a really great new read.

The main character is the title character Jillian Spectre; a teenage girl with the psychic ability to see other peoples romantic future. That does mean she cannot see her own future and she is torn between two guys. She also meets her father who proves to be dangerous to her and others. Jillian is a likeable and strong lead character, I actually loved reading about her.

The most noteworthy secondary characters include Roxanne and Ryan. Roxanne is Jillian's
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2017
This is another one from my kindle backlog. It was quick and I found the plot engaging, but I also found myself wanting. The storytelling lacked cohesion for me, like it started out as one kind of story (teen romance/coming-of-age), but then shifted gears and turned into something different (supernatural adventure). In my mind, those things could totally go together! But somehow, they just didn't blend the way they could/should have for me and the world-building was decidedly lite.
kim caldwell
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story but too light for me

By that I mean easy fixes to hard problems, bad guy is beaten in just a few weeks from the time it started, and everyone gets their dream guy. Too perfect and cute for me, and I read lots of YA.
Sara Gaskill
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
New and interesting premise. Kept my interest but probably not enough to read the second.
Alisha Tarran
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Jillian Spectre is a 17 year-old seer in the mystic quarter. She can see the future of her clients, but lately things have been a little weird....she can suddenly see what happens to her clients..after they die. Add to that the development of a second power that allows her to be in two places at once, and things have got down right freaky.

Supernatural abilities aside, she's a high-school teenager in love with her best friend since childhood, and with feelings for the resident bad boy as well. B
AJ Oakes
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I received a free copy of this book on netgalley in return for an honest review and quotes taken from this uncorrected version, subject to change in the final edition.

Jillian Spectre is a 17 year-old seer in the mystic quarter. She can see the future of her clients' romantic lives. Suddenly, she can see what happens to her clients past their lives into their afterlives. Soon she finds out that her long-believed dead father is actually alive and she has inherited the unique trait
Lauren Kathryn
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Sometimes people put too much faith in technology," says Carrielle. "When they should be putting faith in one another."

This book was very adult in parts and very juvenile in others. It almost felt like it struggled to contain itself to one particular grouping. It wanted to a YA book, but parts were very childish, whereas other moments were too adult to believe that we were still discussing teenagers. It gave the book a somewhat disjointed feel, which probably explains why I didn't enjoy this as
Sherri Bryant
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-young-adult
At first glance, Jillian Spectre is just like any other teenage girl. She attends high school, has a best friend, is crushing on several guys but can’t seem to get a boyfriend. Did I forget to mention that she has supernatural powers? In addition to being a mystic seer providing readings for people on their love lives, Jillian also learns she can literally be in two places at once. She also learns that the father she thought to be dead is not only alive, but evil with his own supernatural powers ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am definitely recommending this book if you like main characters with an attitude and loyalty to friends and family. I was under the impression that it was a YA romance (which there is romance in it) and that is not my favorite genre. It is so much more.

Jillian is a teenager raised by a single mom living in a neighborhood and growing up around people that have special powers. Jillian is a seer. She has friends that are mind-readers, object movers, and even her best friend is a muse. Jillian h
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