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.
I loved this book. This book follows Jewel who’s spent most of her life traveling from one small town to the next and having her named changed so many times. In this latest move she is now True. Deep down Jewel/True just wants to be a normal teenager, but as her birthday approaches she finds out everything is not as it should be. Her aunt, grandmother and uncle have moved in with her family, giving Jewel/True no privacy. All eyes seem to be on her to see if she is feeling any differently. Determined to find out what is going on she goes to the library to research it and stumbles upon being a witch that she never knew. She also spends time with Roman who is a guide to Jewel/True. She also develops a friendship with Chase which puts him in sticky situations. The cover of this book is so beautiful and captivating. Definitely a great book people will soak up. I know I did in one sitting! Shannon Duffy is a great powerful writer who’s book Spectral could be up there with Cate Tiernan’s Wicca series.