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.
Right from the start, I was drawn into the world of Jewel, a girl with a birthmark that she must hide.
Jewel craves to have a normal teenager’s life. Unfortunately, because her family is constantly moving around, she finds it difficult to be an ordinary teenager making friends at school or dating anyone.
Although Jewel has a sarcastic attitude, I find it hard not to like her. She is a patient and caring sister to her little brother Jayden. Even when she dislikes some of her relatives, she seldom makes things difficult for her parents. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Jewel notices things in her life begin to change. People whom she expects to trust are behaving in ways that she can’t comprehend, and when she starts digging up bits and pieces about her origin, she learns that she has been misled and deceived all along. Although Jewel feels betrayed and hurt, she doesn’t completely lose herself to anger. Rather, she chooses to keep moving forward and not to give up on herself easily. While I don’t agree with every move that she makes, I can understand her sense of insecurity, doubt and self-judgment.
This is a story about witches. Personally, I find it interesting to read about the different gifts or endowments (levitation, invisibility, freezing time, etc.) that coven members have. Watching how these gifts are being put into action is actually quite fun. The fighting scenes are well-written and I have a great time visualizing the images. 🙂
The story itself is well-paced. Although I find the romance a little too surreal for my taste, the chemistry between Jewel and Roman doesn’t come across as forced or rushed. The ending of the story wraps up quite nicely and I’m glad to see Jewel breaks free from her ugly situation and evolves to become a much stronger person.
Overall, I enjoy reading Spectral from start to finish. I haven’t read many stories about witches, so I can’t really make any comparison, but if you’d like to read an excerpt, you can go to this link: http://spectralwitch.blogspot.ca/2012/03/excerpt.html.
Happy reading! 🙂